Reference/Instruction Librarian @ Leland Speed Library, Mississippi College

Brief Description: Mississippi College is seeking an energetic librarian to be part of a team providing instructional and reference services to the university community.  The university is embarking on an exciting initiative to integrate information literacy throughout the undergraduate curriculum.  This position calls for extensive collaboration with other faculty and university colleagues in the design, delivery, and assessment of our information literacy program.  The teaching of information literacy competencies is a major component of this job. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to help shape and influence the information literacy program.

The Reference Librarian is a member of the Reference Services team responsible for providing the Library’s instructional and reference functions. This librarian also serves as the liaison to one or more academic departments, providing outreach and collection development for those departments. This position is a full-time twelve month faculty position without tenure.  The salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Minimum Education Required: MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program.

Experience: Preferred – One year post-MLS professional academic reference and instructional experience.

Reports to:  Library Director

Knowledge and Skills Needed: 

  • Ability to develop and provide effective information literacy instruction in a variety of settings to a diverse population.
  • Knowledge of reference and research skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; interpersonal skills consistent with a commitment to user-center library services, including flexibility, enthusiasm, and approachability
  • Ability to manage change and work in a team environment.  Willingness to collaborate and communicate with team members and maintain effective working relationships with the public and university colleagues
  • Knowledge of library theory and practices as well as current techniques and trends in librarianship
  • Ability and desire to learn and implement appropriate technologies


  • Participates in collaborative efforts with other librarians and university faculty to develop, deliver, and assess information literacy instruction. Prepares online and print research guides to augment instruction and to assist faculty and student researchers.
  • Provides reference and research assistance to on-site and distant students and members of the university community.  Some evening and weekend rotation is required.
  • Serves as liaison to one or more academic departments, providing collection development assistance and outreach to these departments.
  • In conjunction with the Library Director, establishes mutually agreeable goals toward improving library systems and services, with periodic evaluation of progress.
  • Serves on appropriate university committees.
  • Participates in the completion of other library projects as assigned by the Library Director, depending on additional expertise, interests and the needs of the library.

Context: Mississippi College, affiliated with the Mississippi Baptist Convention, is a nationally recognized comprehensive liberal arts university. Leland Speed Library is viewed as a vital part of the academic program of the university.  The library has a faculty of eight professional librarians and nine (FTE) support staff.

To apply for this position return a cover letter, a completed Mississippi College Faculty Application, and a curriculum vitae to Kathleen Hutchison, Library Director, Mississippi College, P.O. Box 4047, Clinton, MS  39058 or email to  A Mississippi College Faculty application can be found at  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled with preference given to applications received by May 16, 2014.  Applicants may be asked for professional references and further information after initial reviews.  Employment is contingent upon successful background verification.  The position will be available July 1, 2014.

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Add comment Posted: April 16th, 2014

Library Director @ Romeo District Library (MI)

Looking for a Library District where you can make a difference? The Library Board of Trustees of the Romeo District Library seeks an experienced professional to provide vision, leadership and consistency for the staff and community. Romeo District Library is an independent taxing district with a perpetual millage exclusively dedicated to public library service.  Governed by a six-member Board of Trustees (representing the communities of Washington Township, Bruce Township, and the Village of Romeo), the Library staff (22FTE) serves the 33,839 citizens in the district with a $1.8 million dollar annual budget. The Library consists of the Graubner Library and the Kezar Branch–each with its unique character and excellent staff, programs and services.  This is a library district ready to grow with its communities, move forward with innovation while balancing tradition and history, and be the best library it can be for its citizens.

The village of Romeo is a charming mix of old and new—the deep roots of its stately homes and historic downtown blend with its continuing growth and development. Different living options abound—from a quaint 100 year old home downtown, a modern home on a cul de sac, or a working farm.  Its location provides easy access to a major airport, excellent shopping, dining options, and good public schools.  The community also celebrates its history of orchards and agriculture with the annual Michigan Peach Festival of Romeo. For additional information, on the library and the region, please visit Romeo District Library Links.

Responsibilities. The Director reports to a six-member Library Board of Trustees and under broad policy guidance and direction from the Library Board, performs professional and administrative duties in planning, developing, implementing, and directing public library services for the Romeo District Library.  These duties include personnel, budget preparation and financial management, policies and projects, purchasing, facilities management, and community relations. The Director will be the “face” of the library in the Romeo District as well as an internal leader and listener with a focus on developing strategic directions for both community and staff. For additional details, please see Director Job Description.

Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include graduation from an accredited four year college, a Master’s Degree from an ALA Accredited School of Library Science, and four years of experience as an administrator or a department head for a public library. Successful experience as a library director reporting to a governing board, demonstrated success working with local officials, community organizations and agencies, previous experience working in a union environment, and experience leading and implementing a shared vision and a strategic planning process is desirable.

Compensation.  The starting salary range is $75,000 to $85,000 (with placement dependent upon experience and qualifications) with an attractive benefits package.

For further information contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates via email or telephone. To start the application process, send a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments via email to Karen Miller or Jobeth Bradbury on or before the closing date of April 20, 2014.

Add comment Posted: April 16th, 2014

MSU Libraries’ “Echoes” honored with MHS Hilliard Oral History Award

On March 8, the MSU Libraries was honored with the Elbert T. Hilliard Oral History Award at the Mississippi Historical Society’s annual Awards Brunch in Jackson for the “Echoes of Lloyd-Ricks-Watson” oral history project.

The “Echoes of Lloyd-Ricks-Watson” oral history project contains interviews with former occupants or those with relationships to the Lloyd-Ricks-Watson building and records stories concerning their experiences and the personalities that occupied the building from its original opening in 1929 through its current remodeling and renaming in October 23, 2010.

Ryan Semmes, Interim/Internal Coordinator of the Congressional and Political Research Center, said, “We are very pleased that MHS has honored us with the Hilliard award. This project is unique among oral history projects in that it does not solely seek to document the history of individuals, but also the building itself and its changes. We worked with the faculty, staff, and students, folks who lived in and interacted with the building and each other.”

The award honors Elbert R. Hilliard, who served as director of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History for thirty-one years, and is awarded to the most outstanding oral history project exemplifying a distinguished collection, high-quality preservation, and proper use of oral history.  Frances Coleman, Dean of Libraries, accepted the award during the presentation in Jackson, MS and noted that she was “honored to accept this award on behalf of the Mississippi State University Libraries. These oral histories not only encompass the history of the building and the experiences of the individuals involved, it enhances the history of the University and the state while at the same time providing additional research opportunities for students and researchers.”  She added “The project was successful due to the excellent work and expertise of many Library faculty and staff.”

The “Echoes of Lloyd-Ricks-Watson” project can be viewed and explored online at

For more information on Mississippi State University Libraries, please visit

For information on the Mississippi Historical Society and its awards, please visit

Add comment Posted: April 16th, 2014

Youth Services Director @ Hancock County Library System


The Hancock County Library System, headquartered in Bay St. Louis, MS, seeks a vibrant, innovative Youth Services Director to plan and oversee the delivery of high-quality youth services to the system’s five branch libraries. The Youth Services Director is responsible for: overseeing the children’s and teen areas at the Bay St. Louis-Hancock County Library branch; developing and supervising youth programs at all library branches, including Story Hour programs for preschool children and toddlers, Summer Reading Programs, library tours, and special events; recommending all youth materials purchases to branch managers on a monthly basis; developing reading lists and bibliographies related to department materials; training branch personnel in successful read-aloud and storytelling activities; preparing statistical reports on the use of youth services; assisting in the preparation of the department’s annual budget; maintaining the library’s teen social media sites; serving as an integral member of the library system’s administrative team in grant-writing and planning; attending professional meetings, conventions, and workshops; maintaining memberships in professional associations as approved by the Executive Director.


The successful candidate must either possess a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or be enrolled in a MLIS program at an ALA-accredited institution. Experience working in youth service in a public library is also desired.

The successful applicant will also possess a valid driver’s license, reliable transportation, proof of automobile insurance, and be able to pass a background check to work with young people.

The Hancock County Library System is an equal opportunity employer (M/F/D/V).  Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability or political affiliation.

Salary & Benefits:

Salary will be commensurate with experience and prior employment. Excellent benefits package.


Position will remain open until qualified applicant is found.

All interested parties should submit a résumé, with at least three (3) professional references, and a completed application (available here: ) to:

Courtney Thomas
Executive Director
312 Hwy 90
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520

Electronic submissions:

Add comment Posted: April 10th, 2014

Business Manager @ Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System

Duties include payroll, assisting with budget preparation, accounts payable, monthly financial statements, yearly audit preparation, new employee processing, maintenance of state health insurance program, and other duties for a 1 county, 4 library system. Will report to the Library Director.

BA/BS in Accounting, or related field, from an accredited university/college, minimum of 3 years of relevant experience in accounting and personnel, Governmental accounting skills preferred, and strong computer skills. To apply, submit job application, resume & employment references to: Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System, Application for Business Manager Position, 314 North 7th Street, Columbus, MS 39701 by May 5, 2014.

Job application and a full job description may be obtained by emailing Erin Stringer, Director, at

Salary & Benefits
Salary is commensurate with education, experience and/or qualifications. Benefits include personal/medical leave, participation in the Mississippi Public Employees Retirement System, State Health and Life Insurance, and 10 paid holidays.

Position Available May 2014 until filled

Location (library or institution name)
Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System

The Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System is headquartered in Columbus, Mississippi, home of the Mississippi University for Women and the Columbus Air Force Base. There are three (3) branch libraries located within Lowndes County. The library is a member of the Mississippi Library Partnership and provides services to 24,000 registered library users.

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Add comment Posted: April 10th, 2014

Two Assistant Librarian positions @ Holmes Community College, Ridgeland and Goodman

For more information, please visit:

Add comment Posted: April 10th, 2014

Reference/Archives Librarian @ Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus

Posting closes 04/20/2014

Work reference and circulation desks assisting students, staff and faculty with their library and reference needs. Teach bibliographic instruction sessions as assigned. Create and develop reference and instructional guides in paper and online formats. Perform archival duties including collection management, preservation and digitalization activities.

Add comment Posted: April 10th, 2014

Administrative Librarian @ Hinds Community College, Raymond Campus

Posting closes 04/18/2014

Manages/supervises all aspects of the Raymond Library operation including budgeting, scheduling, collection development, reference, circulation, instruction, technology and archives. Manages/supervises 2 librarians, at least five full-time library staff and many student workers.

Add comment Posted: April 10th, 2014

System Director @ Northeast Kansas Library System

Lead an innovative and accomplished Kansas library system, continuing outstanding levels of service and effective resource sharing. The Executive Board of the Northeast Kansas Library System (headquartered in Lawrence, KS), seeks an experienced library leader—responsive to member, staff, and community needs and skilled in focusing the efforts of a team of talented professionals—as its next System Director. NEKLS, one of the seven Kansas regional systems, is a multi-type library system and works in partnership with its 118 member libraries providing unique and innovative services. With a $2.8 million annual budget (funded primarily from local property taxes) and 10 FTE system staff, NEKLS serves a 14 county region (more than 40% of Kansas population). Member libraries range from small, rural libraries to very large urban libraries. NEKLS is a member-focused organization with a reputation for being an incubator for statewide projects, for providing excellent continuing education opportunities for member library directors, trustees and staff, and for strong outreach services to its diverse membership, including support for innovative technologies. Key projects include NExpress (an open source ILS), Recollections Kansas (a digitization project), KLOW (KS Libraries on the Web), Kansas Library Express (the statewide courier service), and the accreditation and grant program for member libraries.

Ranked as one of the top ten best college towns, Lawrence, Kansas (home of the University of KS Jayhawks) offers much more than championship basketball tradition. Founded in 1854 by the New England Emigrant Aid Society, Lawrence was a stop on both the Oregon and the Santa Fe Trail. Later, Lawrence was the home of Langston Hughes and William S. Burroughs. Considered one of the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s “Dozen Most Distinctive Communities,” Lawrence is one of those rare exceptions-a historic downtown that remains the heart of a city. Centered on Massachusetts Street (“Mass Street”), the area features boutiques, restaurants, bookstores, and music venues. With a population of 89,000 people, Lawrence and Northeast Kansas offer a charming blend of urban and rural environments. In addition to nationally ranked public schools, Lawrence and the area offer the Lied Center of Kansas, Spencer Museum of Art, Liberty Hall, and Haskell Indian Nations University. Outdoor recreational venues include nationally known golf courses, extensive planned bike paths, Clinton Lake and Prairie Park. Two metro areas- Kansas City and Topeka- are a 30 minute drive away. For additional details on NEKLS and the Northeast Kansas region, see NEKLS Links.

Responsibilities. The System Director, under the direction of the 18-member Executive Board, has overall responsibility for leadership and management of a fourteen county multi-type library system that seeks to pursue leadership and innovation in library service. Duties will include management of planning, budgets, personnel, service functions, and legislative advocacy. The System Director works with the Board, staff, member libraries, other Kansas systems, and the State Library to establish the strategic vision for the System, aligning its mission with member library needs and priorities. The Director will also ensure an active NEKLS presence in the statewide library community and professional activities. For complete details, visit NEKLS System Director Job Description.

Qualifications. Minimum qualifications are an ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science and five years of progressively responsible administrative experience. Essential attributes and skills include: vision, creativity, energy and enthusiasm; superior interpersonal skills; flexibility; political acumen; collaborative and consensus-building skills; experience in recruiting, mentoring, evaluating and retaining an excellent staff; and a desire to continue the tradition of excellence and innovation within the System. Success working with and reporting to a governing board, political advocacy experience, the ability to work with member libraries on legal, governance and policy issues, and  prior experience in regional systems or consortia are additional preferred qualifications.

Compensation. The hiring salary range is $80,000-100,000 (placement being dependent on experience and qualifications) with an attractive benefits package.

For further information, contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates via email or phone. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments to Dan Bradbury or Jobeth Bradbury. This position closes June 8, 2014.

Add comment Posted: April 10th, 2014

City Library Director @ New Haven (CT) Free Public Library

Creating Community – Unleashing Potential – the New Haven Free Public Library Board of Directors seeks an exceptional leader to help realize the Library’s strategic goals, create community, and unleash the potential of the city and the library at its heart. The successful candidate will exhibit strong management skills and excellent cultural competencies. The Library Director will work well in a complex environment and be a strong team leader who builds consensus internally and be a passionate advocate who connects the library system externally with a broad mosaic of community stakeholders. The library, with a $5 million annual budget ($4.5 from City appropriations), a strong senior management team and a dedicated staff (52.3 FTEs), provides services and programs through the historic Ives Main Library (on the New Haven Green and adjacent to the Yale campus), four branches and a ReadMobile. The Library Director, working with the board and a related foundation board, will build on fundraising successes of the last decade and secure new financial resources to increase services.  The Library will serve as a powerful catalyst for strong neighborhoods, academic success of every school child, and workforce development. For additional details see NHFPL Strategic Plan 2014-2016.

New Haven is one of America’s most dynamic small cities. The City proper has a population of 130,000. The principal municipality of a metropolitan region on the northern shore of Long Island Sound, it is in close proximity to Boston and New York City, which is accessible by more than 40 daily train connections. New Haven had the largest population growth of any New England city in the 2000-2010 U.S. Census and it has the highest apartment occupancy rate in the nation, with construction of more downtown residential sites underway. Like most communities, New Haven is also home to people with socio-economic challenges – but it has a scale and assets that make connecting residents to opportunity more possible. The local economy has a lot of STEAM – with science, technology, education, arts, and medicine as key drivers. Bioscience is growing, fueled by university research and the presence of Yale-New Haven Hospital, the fifth largest hospital in the U.S. Yale University and five other universities in the region enroll 35,000 students a year. Gateway Community College opened a state-of-the art downtown campus in 2012, three blocks from the main library. New Haven has professional theater, practicing architects, new and classical music concerts, outdoor festivals, and free world-class art museums unmatched by any city of similar size in the country. It also has 376 years of history – seen in its town green and architecture spanning three centuries – and nature is always nearby, with beaches, hiking trails, parks and farms not far from the city center.  Such recreational opportunities are beneficial, given that New Haven is also a great restaurant town – from fine dining to the best pizza anywhere. For additional information, visit NHFPL Links.

Responsibilities: The Library Director is responsible for the administration of all library functions.  The Library Director provides leadership and vision in the creation and administration of a city library system committed to public service that shares, cooperates and collaborates with other educational, cultural and social agencies in the community.  The Library Director reports to the Library Board of Directors on policy, strategic planning and fundraising matters and to the Chief Administrative Officer on administrative, personnel and budget issues. The Library Director also leads the Foundation Board of the New Haven Free Public Library (the Library’s fund raising arm). Additional information on the position can be found in the official job description.

Qualifications:  A master’s degree in library science, business, non-profit management or other related fields.  A minimum of ten (10) years of progressively responsible leadership, management and board governance experience.   Five (5) years of which includes experience in administration, working with unions and authority over personnel.  This position requires an enthusiastic, service-oriented leader; well-versed in trends and the new technologies.  Must have a proven track record in fund raising and development.  Previous experience working in a multi-branch system, working within a municipal or county funding structure and reporting to a governing Board are highly desirable.

A combination of training, proven experience and concrete results, which will provide the management, administration and supervisory functions needed to advance the New Haven Free Public Library and be a catalyst for New Haven’s civic renaissance. Residency in the City of New Haven is required within six months of appointment.

Compensation.  The position offers a hiring salary range of $80,000-103,000 (dependent upon experience and qualifications) and an attractive benefits package.

For further information, contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates via email or phone.  To start the application process, send a meaningful cover letter and resume as Word or pdf attachments to Dan Bradbury or Jobeth BradburyThe position closes May 25, 2014.

Add comment Posted: April 8th, 2014

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