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Library Director, Laurel-Jones County Library System, MS


The Laurel-Jones County Library System Board of Trustees in Laurel, Mississippi seeks a dynamic and community-minded leader to serve as Director.


Hours: As assigned, based on library needs; some weekends/evenings required


Starting wage: $52,000 - $60,000 based on qualifications and previous experience. Benefits: Personal/medical leave, health and life insurance, and participation in Mississippi Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS). Job-related travel expenses reimbursed.


Educational requirements: Master’s Degree in Library Science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited library school; At least three (3) years of library management experience, including supervisory background; Strong computer skills with the ability to use and apply effectively Microsoft 365, Microsoft Office, knowledge of integrated library system; excellent management, organizational, and interpersonal skills. 


Job snapshot: Under the direct supervision of the public Library Administrative Board of Trustees, the library director is responsible for the operations of the library system and the development and implementation of its service program, including: (A) assisting the board with long-range planning and policy development and managing all library resources, including human resources; (B) coordination with the board of trustees to promote and improve system services; (C) community outreach and liaison with city council, county agencies, and community organizations; and (D) overseeing the maintenance and safety of the library building and grounds. The library director hires, mentors, and supervises all librarians, assistants, substitutes, and volunteers for the library system.


The Laurel-Jones County Library System serves more than 60,000 residents of Jones County. The main headquarters library is located in Laurel. Its branch library is located in city of Ellisville. The Library System enjoys the support of an engaged board of twelve (12) Trustees and a friendly staff.


Community snapshot: Laurel and Ellisville both have growing communities located off Interstate 59 in southeastern Mississippi. Ellisville is the home of Jones College, the Deason House, and the Ellisville Public Library. Laurel is larger and is the home of Lauren Rogers Museum, the Susan Boone Vincent SportsPlex, the Magnolia Center, the official filming location for Home Town on HGTV, several golfing venues, the Laurel Little Theater, and many other attractions. Both towns have beautiful historic areas, excellent medical facilities, and provide all the amenities and friendliness of a small-town community.


To apply, e-mail a cover letter, resume, and 3 professional references (including addresses, photo) to [email protected]  for immediate consideration.


Library Director, Middleton Public Library, ID

The city of Middleton, a small, friendly, and warm-hearted place to live, seeks an experienced, dynamic, and visionary Library Director. The successful candidate must be able to maintain current library services and to give leadership for future growth. The library serves a population of approximately 8,500.


  • Committed to the mission and philosophy of public library service.
  • Demonstrated skill in leadership and driving continuous improvement.
  • Track record of excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with library board of trustees and community groups.
  • Background in supervising and motivating staff members, volunteers, and community partners.
  • Ability to maintain positive, courteous, and friendly manner with patrons of all ages, library staff, city administration, and professional colleagues.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of library technology, digital skills, and library programming.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree and at least three years of relevant experience.
  • Administrative and supervisory experience required, with preference given to experience in a public library or municipal administration.
  • The ability to complete all duties and responsibilities outlined in the “Major Duties and Responsibilities” section, below, and to meet the demands listed in the “Working Conditions” section, below.
  • A Master’s Degree is preferred.

Major Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Library, including, but not limited to, reference, circulation, library programs, volunteer recruitment and management, community outreach, staff development, and physical plant maintenance.
  • Supervises library staff members and schedules their work hours to create a harmonious and efficient team environment.
  • With the Library Board, provides leadership and direction in the development of the library’s short- and long-range library strategic plans.
  • Participates in the recruitment and selection of library personnel.
  • Responsible for developing print and non-print collections, including selection, organization, maintenance, withdrawal, and disposal of materials, either directly or through delegation, in accordance with the library’s Collection Development Policy.
  • Participates in the planning, organization, and management of technical and automation services for the library.
  • Assists in the preparation of the library’s budget for the ensuing fiscal year for consideration by the Library’s Board of Trustees and the City Council. Manages the library’s finances and ensures that expenditures are equal to or less than the approved total budget. Submits financial report and bills to be paid each month for the Board’s approval. Maintains accurate financial records.
  • Sees that library facilities and equipment are maintained properly, and coordinates maintenance and repair with the city’s maintenance crew or outside services and contractors.
  • Orders or delegates the ordering of all supplies needed for the library, including but not limited to, books and non-print resources, office and book-processing supplies, cleaning and restroom supplies, and items needed for library services and programs.
  • Promotes interest in library programs through publicity, program brochures, cooperation with various community groups, and public contacts; addresses students, teachers, professional organizations, community partners, and civic organizations. Promotes the library at school events as needed.
  • Prepares monthly fiscal and statistical reports for the Library Board and city, reports requested by the Mayor or City Council, and the annual statistical report for the state’s Board of Library Commissioners.
  • Prepares grant requests to public and private agencies. Administers grants as required by the grantor. Accepts or declines gifts in accordance with the library’s Gifts and Sponsorship Policies. Serves as liaison to and prepares funding requests for the Friends of the Middleton Public Library and the Middleton Public Library Foundation.

Working Conditions

Duties are performed primarily indoors in an office/library environment. Duties require extended periods of standing, walking, sitting, and talking or hearing. Duties require occasional periods of climbing stairs, balancing, pulling/pushing items, lifting/carrying items, keyboarding, reaching with hands and arms, stooping, kneeling, crouching, or crawling. Lifting up to 50 pounds at a time is sometimes required. Vision requirements include close vision and ability to adjust focus. Must be able to do business math. Reading materials and verbal instructions require complex interpretation. Hazards are considered minor and controllable but may include exposure to human error and macro- and microaggressions from angry, sometimes hostile, patrons and/or staff. The noise level is usually moderate. Must be able to transport oneself to work-related meetings, workshops, training, conferences, and other library- and professional-related activities.

Closing Date

For first consideration, applications must be submitted by August 17, 2020, although applications will be accepted until the position has been filled.

Salary Range

This salaried forty-hour-per-week position has a pay rate of from $22.00 to $25.00 per hour and includes city employee benefits.

This advertisement is not intended as a complete description of all duties, functions, or responsibilities which the incumbent may be called upon to perform.

The Middleton Public Library follows all applicable local, state, and federal laws with regards to its nondiscrimination policy in employment or in the provision of services to the community.

To apply, send a cover letter, professional résumé, and list of professional references to the e-mail address below. Additional materials may be requested from finalists for the position. A non-library e-mail account is being used to make certain no staff members have access to the applications. Electronic applications must be sent to:

Library Director Search Committee
[email protected]
307 Cornell Street
Middleton, Idaho 83644


Youth Services Assistant, Mandan, ND

Salary: $14.04 to $21.58/hour


Department:  Library

Closing Date: July 20, 2020 at 5pm

*Applications without a resume will be disqualified. 

1. Description of Work

  • 1.1. General Statement of Duties: Assists with providing services to youth, ages birth-18; plans & implements teen programs; and assists with circulation duties
  • 1.2. Supervision Received: Works under the general supervision of the Library Director
  • 1.3. Supervision Exercised: May provide guidance and direction to the teen volunteers

2. Major Duties

  • 2.1. Assists the Youth Services Coordinator with providing programs to youth ages
  • birth-18, including story time production and puppetry, afterschool art enrichment
  • programs, and special programs
  • 2.2. Plans, schedules, and coordinates teen programs
  • 2.3. Markets library programs and services (ex: brochures, flyers, press releases, social
  • media, etc.)
  • 2.4. Works the circulation desk according to a pre-set schedule, which includes
  • mornings, afternoons, evenings, and weekends
  • 2.5. Performs routine library procedures including checking library materials in/out,
  • issuing new library cards, collecting fines, reader’s advisory, etc.
  • 2.6. Assists patrons with using library computers, including internet navigation,
  • Microsoft Office products, and the library’s digital resources
  • 2.7. Maintains library shelves
  • 2.8. Assists with covering and mending books
  • 2.9. Assists with weeding the general collection
  • 2.10. Fills in for programs in the absence of the Youth Services Coordinator
  • 2.11. Supervises teen volunteers
  • 2.12. Greets and assists patrons in locating library materials
  • 2.13. Assists with collection development of the Young Adult collection
  • 2.14. Other duties as assigned

3. Minimum Qualifications

  • 3.1. High school diploma or GED.
  • 3.2. Experience working with children/teens and/or education in early childhood, elementary education, or library science preferred.

4. Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • 4.1. Knowledge of or ability to learn the Dewey Decimal System
  • 4.2. Knowledge of or ability to learn the integrated library system (ILS)
  • 4.3. Knowledge of or ability to learn applicable laws, regulations, rules, and library policies, and procedures
  • 4.4. General knowledge of technology as it affects library operations
  • 4.5. Ability to accurately shelve books, periodicals, and other library materials
  • 4.6. Ability to follow and interpret oral and written instructions
  • 4.7. Ability to use a computer
  • 4.8. Ability to work flexible hours
  • 4.9. Ability to work independently
  • 4.10. Ability to speak in front of crowds
  • 4.11. Ability to stay on task and finish work in a timely manner; ability to work with frequent interruptions from staff and public
  • 4.12. Ability to interact, respond appropriately, and use sound judgement when dealing with the public or patrons
  • 4.13. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with supervisor and co-workers
  • 4.14. Ability to transport oneself to work-related meetings, workshops, conferences, etc.
  • 4.15. Ability to contribute to a safe workplace environment

5. The physical activities of this position are:

  • 5.1. Extended periods of standing, walking, sitting, and talking or hearing.
  • 5.2. Occasional periods of climbing or balancing, pulling/pushing items, lifting/carrying/moving items, keyboarding, reaching with hands and arms, stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling.
  • 5.3. Lifting/carrying 15 lbs. and exerting 50 pounds of force.
  • 5.4. Ascending and descending steps while carrying 30-50 lbs.
  • 5.5. Pushing and pulling library book trucks weighing 100-300 lbs.
  • 5.6. Using close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

6. The conditions the worker will be subject to in this position are:

  • 6.1. The worker is subject to indoor and outdoor environmental conditions: Work is primarily performed in an office setting. Work, such as emptying the outside book drop, or loading and unloading personal vehicles or the bookmobile, may be performed throughout the year and is subject to conditions such as high or low temperatures, rain/snow, or slick walking surfaces.
  • 6.2. The worker is subject to noise: The noise level in the work environment is typically quiet and typically will not require shouting to be heard above the ambient noise level.
  • 6.3. The worker is subject to hazards: The hazards are considered to be minor and controllable, but may include exposure to human error and angry/hostile humans.
  • Applicants who are residents of North Dakota and eligible to claim veteran’s preference must include Form DD-214. Claims for disabled veteran’s preferences must also include Form DD-214 and a letter less than one year old from the Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs indicating disability; claims for preference as the eligible spouse of a disabled or deceased veteran must include Form DD-214, a marriage certificate, and a letter less than one year old from Dept. of Veteran’s Affairs indication disability, or the veteran’s death certificate.
  • Applicants who may need additional job information or may require accommodation or assistance with the application or interview process should contact Human Resources at 701-667-3217.
  • Applicants are subject to pre-employment drug testing and background checks. 
  • In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.
  • The City of Mandan is an Equal Opportunity Employer.