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  • Monday, June 13, 2022 2:27 PM | Jennifer Nabzdyk Todd (Administrator)

    Systems Librarian @ Northwest Arkansas Community College (Bentonville, AR)

    Apply at https://nwacc.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/NWACC_External_Career_Site/job/Benton-County-Campus-Arkansas/Systems-Librarian_JR-320


    NorthWest Arkansas Community College (NWACC) provides quality and affordable higher education to empower lives and strengthen communities within Northwest Arkansas and surrounding areas.

    As the largest community college in Arkansas, NWACC is recognized as a leader in education. NWACC offers a full range of associate degrees, certificates and workforce training programs that prepare students for rewarding futures and careers.

    NWACC employees are dedicated to fostering a diverse educational community and cultural learning environment that supports student success.

    Librarians serve as part of the library management team, participating in short and long-range planning, training of faculty and staff, data collection and reporting, policy development, and other professional support of library operations.

    The Systems Librarian leads the library in planning, development, and implementation of the library’s technology infrastructure and services. This position assists with managing the integrated library system, KOHA Open Source, maintains, manages, and updates as needed the library’s website and affiliated services via SpringShare LibApps, as well as administers the library’s remote authentication solution, OpenAthens. Additionally, this position supervises the library’s multimedia staff and services, the Bentonville Information Commons, and liaises with the college’s Information Technology staff to manage circulating and on-site computing and printing. This position manages and strengthens the library’s electronic resources and equipment.

    This librarian also participates in reference, information literacy instruction, and liaison and collection development work in assigned areas.

    • The Systems Librarian shares in assisting students, faculty, and staff in making effective use of library resources through virtual and in-person services.
    • Teaches information literacy skills, the use of library resources, citation styles, and some software, as well as creates instructional curricula for delivery in-person or online to undergraduate classes, satellite locations, and distance students.
    • Provides a variety of reference services to patrons, including general reference assistance delivered primarily via chat and in-person, plus in-depth reference consultations via in-person and remote appointments and at the Reference Desk.
    • Performs outreach and collection development duties for assigned subject areas (books, media, journals, databases).
    • Actively cultivates and maintains dynamic relationships with individual faculty and the NWACC instructional community at large by promoting collaboration and serves as a library liaison to designated departments.
    • Communicates with various library vendors to manage remote access to databases and other technology services.
    • Administers and maintains the library’s technological infrastructure, including the library website, OpenAthens, Ebsco Discovery Service, and public and circulating computers; investigates, evaluates, and recommends new technologies to improve access and delivery of information resources and equipment.
    • Cross-trains with the Access Services Librarian on the KOHA open-source library management system as coordinates with the vendor, Bywater Solutions, for upgrades and general support
    • Oversees the library’s circulating equipment collection, including the supervision of the library’s Multimedia Coordinator position.
    • Manages the daily work of the Systems department and its personnel. May work a flexible schedule to cover evening and weekend hours as needed, and/or for staff absences and vacancies.
    • Compiles and prepares library usage statistics into reports for the Library Director, including, but not limited to, website traffic, multimedia support requests, and Information Commons use data.
    • Assesses the effectiveness of Systems services overall and makes recommendations for improvement.
    • Fosters the development of innovative approaches to Library Systems in general.
    • Supervises, mentors, directs, and evaluates the work of 2 to 3, full and part-time, support staff and coaches all staff working at the Bentonville Information Commons desk.
    • Develops and implements procedures for the circulation and maintenance of library equipment in conjunction with the Access Services Librarian.
    • Contributes to the mission of the NWACC Library by assessing user needs and satisfaction with learning outcomes, implementing appropriate web-based applications, serving on committees, and maintaining an awareness of changes in allied departments, including Information Technology Services.
    • Develops and maintains professional skills by participating in continuing education and professional development activities such as conferences, workshops, and committee work with professional library organizations.
    • Participates in national library communication by reading, responding to, and initiating information transmitted via listservs and other communication tools and appropriate meetings and asking questions, seeking clarification, or initiating discussion on library issues.
    • Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.
    • Represents the library on college-wide technology committees and other committees as needed.
    • Perform any other related duties as required or assigned.

    This position is posted as open until filled, with first priority for applications received by June 24, 2022.

    Rate of pay: $46,000 annualized

    Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

    • Knowledge of Library Management Systems, KOHA Open Source preferred, or the ability to learn how to manage circulation and patron information via documentation of said systems.
    • Ability to develop instruction sessions and to instruct users effectively both individually and in the classroom setting.
    • Knowledge of virtual and in-person reference services.
    • Knowledge of applications in current and emerging instructional technologies and experience creating classroom resources using web-based and multimedia authoring tools.
    • Knowledge of issues associated with working in an information commons context.
    • Effective oral and written communication skills.
    • Ability to create and maintain productive, long-term, and effective working relationships.
    • Demonstrated ability to work with diverse faculty, students and colleagues.
    • Demonstrated ability to efficiently manage multiple projects and priorities.
    • Ability to troubleshoot Microsoft Office software application

    Physical Demands

    The conditions herein are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

    Environment: Work is performed primarily in a standard office setting with frequent interruptions and distractions; extended periods of time viewing computer monitor. The employee may be required to work or meet in the evenings and/or on weekends.

    Physical: Primary functions require sufficient physical ability and mobility to work in an office setting; to stand or sit for prolonged periods of time; to lift, carry, push, and/or pull up to 25 lbs.; to operate office equipment which may require repetitive hand movement and fine coordination including use of a computer keyboard; and to verbally communicate to exchange information.

    Required Qualifications

    ALA accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science required, plus one year management experience preferred.

    NWACC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, please see our EEO policy.


  • Monday, April 18, 2022 3:23 PM | Jennifer Nabzdyk Todd (Administrator)

    Position Description

    Position Title: Branch Services Coordinator

    Supervisor(s): Executive Director

    FLSA Status: Exempt (Administrative Employee)

    Position Summary:

    A highly responsible administrative position providing support to the Executive Director and branch library staff members with the goal of ensuring efficient operation of a five county, thirteen branch public library system.

    Key Responsibilities:

    • Assists the Executive Director in the supervision of library branch managers, and makes regular reports to the director on communications with library staff;
    • Assists in the administration and implementation of all library services, develops and provides suggestions for improvements in library services;
    • Acts as Mississippi Library Partnership administrator and maintains a thorough knowledge of MLP procedures and technologies;
    • Maintains a thorough knowledge of the integrated library system (ILS), and trains all new employees on its use, functions, policies, and procedures. Ensures proper use by all employees;
    • Compiles monthly and yearly reports as requested or required by the Executive Director and/or Administrative Board of Trustees;
    • Assists Executive Director in the drafting, updating and enforcement of policies and procedures;
    • Assists in the interviewing, hiring, and performance review of library employees, creates and updates job descriptions as requested or required;
    • Assists the Executive Director in the planning and development of system-wide and individual staff training. Responsible for the staff meeting set-up and coordination as well as presenting relevant workshops and trainings;
    • Writes and initiates grant proposals seeking funding designed to aid, enhance or create library service programs and/or assets as requested;
    • Acts as system contact and coordinator for MMRLS Friends of the Library Groups;
    • Assists in maintaining library website’s helpdesk, creates and ensures that system calendars, informational, and policy manuals are up to date and accurate;
    • Assists and advises in collection development and collection weeding as needed;
    • Assists in the creation of MMRLS promotional materials as needed;
    • Periodically visits branch locations to assist, observe and train. Relates ideas, comments, and other relevant information to the Executive Director as needed;
    • Maintains records of relevant reports and documents as needed, as well as library system and branch history;
    • Performs administrative tasks as needed or required;
    • Helps to ensure the Mid-Mississippi Regional Library System complies with local governmental ordinances, State of Mississippi statutes and applicable federal regulations;
    • Maintains knowledge of standard library principles, practices, and laws through the attendance of workshops, conferences, and other training opportunities, as well as reading current literature;
    • Maintains proficiency with computers, current library software, and other relevant digital technology;
    • Performs other duties as necessary, or as assigned by the Executive Director and/or Administrative Board of Trustees.

    Core Competencies:

    • Work Ethic: Is productive, diligent, conscientious, timely, and loyal. Conscientiously abides by rules, regulations, policies and procedures.
    • Integrity: Models and demonstrates high standards of integrity, trust, openness, and respect for others. Demonstrates integrity by honoring commitments and promises. Demonstrates integrity by maintaining necessary confidentiality.
    • Service Orientation: Demonstrates a commitment to quality public service through statements and actions. Seeks to understand and meet and/or exceed the needs and expectations of customers. Treats customers and staff members with respect, responding to requests in a professional manner, even in difficult circumstances. Develops positive relationships with customers and staff members.
    • Self-Management Skills: Effectively manages emotions and maintains a positive attitude. Works effectively and cooperatively with others to achieve goals. Treats all people with respect, courtesy, and consideration. Adheres to high ethical standards. Avoids conflicts of interest. Continuously evaluates and adapts; copes effectively with change.
    • Accountability: Accepts responsibility for actions and results. Focuses on quality and expends the necessary time and effort to achieve goals. Has knowledge of how to perform one’s job. Steadfastly persists in overcoming obstacles and pushes self for results. Maintains necessary attention to detail to achieve high level performance. Deals effectively with pressure and recovers quickly from setbacks. Takes ownership of tasks, performance standards and mistakes.
    • Self-Development: Adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles.
    • Professional Maturity: Takes initiative to accomplish stated and unstated goals. Manages conflicts and defuses situations.
    • Library Advocacy: Communicates the importance of library services to the public and other parties;
    • Communication Skills: Receives, attends to, interprets, and responds to verbal and written messages and expresses information to individuals or groups effectively. Often acts as the first line of contact for staff members with library-related questions.
    • Results Oriented: Plans effectively to achieve or exceed goals, sets and meets deadlines.
    • Workflow and Resource Management: Demonstrates ability to plan, prioritize, and organize. Understands and implements established chain-of-command procedures, escalating situations to the Executive Director when required;
    • Technical Proficiency: Reads, comprehends, and correctly applies all rules, regulations, and policies applicable to work assignments. Performs work with a minimum amount of supervision.
    • Problem Solving/Decision Making: Identifies, analyzes, and solves problems. Has the ability and willingness to cooperate with other employees in identifying and solving problems in order to effectively and efficiently complete assigned tasks.
    • Leadership: Is fair, yet firm and decisive with others. Monitors workloads and provides feedback. Takes charge of situations and demonstrates a willingness to lead. Provides leadership in a manner which motivates and exhibits a determination to accomplish goals. Clearly and comfortably delegates work. Reinforces and rewards employee efforts and positive behaviors.

    Minimum Qualifications:

    • A bachelor’s degree is preferred. Candidates with a major in a relevant field may be given preference;
    • A minimum of five years of public library or related experience is required, and at least one of supervisory experience is preferred;
    • Relevant prior educational and work experience are equalizing factors that will be considered;
    • Must be a resident of Attala, Holmes, Leake, Montgomery, or Winston Counties, or willing to relocate;
    • Exceptional oral and written communication skills, excellent supervisory, administrative, technical skills;
    • Thorough knowledge, interest, and ability in every facet of the public library field;
    • Valid Mississippi Driver’s License.

    Working Conditions:

    A full-time, 40 hour per week job. Regular working hours are 8am – 5pm. Overtime may occasionally be required to complete job duties. Employee will be required to work with minimal supervision. Tasks may often require standing or sitting for long periods of time. Employee may frequently exert force equivalent to lifting up to 20 pounds and/or occasionally exert force equivalent to lifting up to approximately 35 pounds. Though most duties will be performed in an office environment, employee may occasionally encounter environment that is dusty and/or dirty with a lack of environmental control. Must have the physical ability to climb a step stool and rolling ladder, move a book truck, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch and bend. Employee will be required to work under stressful conditions, and in environments which present continuous interruptions and background noises. Employee will be required to respond appropriately to unexpected situations and scenarios.


    The Mid-Mississippi Regional Library reserves the right to modify job duties or job descriptions at any time. The above declarations are not intended to be an all-inclusive list of the duties, responsibilities, skills, or abilities of the job described, but are instead intended to describe the general nature of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.

    Additional Information:

    Probationary Period: Three Months


    Access to the Mississippi State and School Employees’ Life and Health Insurance Plan, a self-insured plan that provides coverage for more than 185,000 active employees, dependents, spouses and retirees.

    Health benefits are administered by Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi through the AHS State Network of physicians, hospitals and other health care providers, available exclusively only to Plan participants. BCBSMS provides participants with an online medical explanation of benefits and many other tools to manage their health care.

    Optional supplemental employee paid insurance

    Co-paid state retirement through the Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi (PERS)

    Annual and sick leave; other miscellaneous leave

    Approximately 10 – 12 paid holidays per year

    Starting Salary: $42,500.00 – $45,000.00 per year based on education and experience. Salary review after completion of one year of service.

    The deadline to apply is May 1, 2022.

    To apply, visit: www.midmisslib.com/jobs

  • Wednesday, March 23, 2022 6:27 PM | Jennifer Nabzdyk Todd (Administrator)

    Library Overview:

    The Germantown TN Community Library promotes lifelong learning and a love of reading; informs, enriches and empowers every patron served; provides easy access to a wide variety of materials, services, and programs; and meets the personal, educational, cultural and professional information needs of the community.  Located near the Mississippi River along the historic trails of the Chickasaw Indians, Germantown TN offers its residents an attractive and energetic community. As one of six suburban municipalities adjacent to Memphis, Germantown is one of the safest, most beautiful cities in the Mid-South. Today, the more than 40,000 residents enjoy excellent dining, shopping, horse racing, and cultural events, all without leaving the city limits. Residents have the conveniences of a large city with the cozy feel of a bedroom community. To learn more about the library visit: https://www.germantown-tn.gov/services/library.


    You may also email Dana.Braccia@Avenuinsights.com for more information.

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