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  • 15 Jul 2019 9:39 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Shorter College is looking for a library director. See the PDF file for a full job description: Job Posting Librarian.pdf.

  • 5 Jul 2019 7:45 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Yes, we are bragging, but facts are facts.  We have one of the premiere public libraries in Arkansas and we are in need of a Library Director taking the place of the director having served 32 years.  The Garland County Library in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, is the longest serving public library in what was known as the Arkansas-Oklahoma territory.  We wish to continue the progress made over many years by finding a responsive and team-oriented Library Director to provide support and direction to staff and the community as this fabulous institution successfully continues to move in to the future.  Located in the nation’s first federal reservation, Hot Springs is located 60 minutes southwest of Little Rock. The library serves a community of close to 110,000 with about 40,000 residing in the city of HS.  Governed by a five member administrative board appointed by the county, the Library provides excellent and varied services and programs with 24 full time employees and a similar number of part time employees with a $3.7 million plus budget; open 63.5 hours/week; 750,000+ total circ; 50,000+ registered users; 310,000 in-house visitors/year with another 188,000 online visitors/year; 40,000 in outreach visits. 

    Garland County rests within the Ouachita National Forest and is the site of three beautiful lakes including Lakes Catherine, Hamilton, and Ouachita.  Residents are served by National Park College with Henderson State University and Ouachita Baptist University being located within a 30 minute drive.  Hiking, hunting, water sports along with a very active arts community await the lucky. 

    Requires a bachelor’s degree AND a Master’s Degree in Library Science (however named) from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited institution.  Requires a minimum of seven years professional experience in a library setting, including five years of supervisory experience.  Requires valid driver’s license and the ability to get to Library-required destinations. 

    Also requires a thorough and extensive knowledge of library principles, practices, techniques, materials, technologies in the field of library management and administration; ability to meet, to communicate, and to work effectively with all socio-economic groups with varying levels of education; superior ability to speak and write effectively; ability to analyze complex professional, technical and administrative problems and to offer viable solutions; extensive knowledge of building administration and facilities administration; ability to work under intense political and workload pressure and financial constraints; ability to direct, manage, and perform multiple tasks and projects concurrently; ability to exercise initiative, to use appropriate discretion and good judgment, and to make courageous decisions; knowledge of social media and library marketing trends and methods; experience with organizations where collaborative management concepts and strong customer service prevail.  Ability to take risks, to try new things, and to realize failure will happen.  A sense of humor will be of great benefit.

    Please review the Job Description found at  Digital responses are due by August 16th.  Candidates should submit appropriate documents and five work related references.  Also, submissions should include an up-to-five page values statement completing the following statement:  I value and believe in…………   This up-to-five page response should reflect the applicant’s understanding of an excellent public library.  Submit digital responses to  We anticipate a start date of close to the first of 2020.  Compensation, $73,000 and up depending on qualifications. EEO/AA employer.  

  • 5 Jul 2019 7:39 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    The Fayetteville Public Library is seeking a Youth Librarian who is enthusiastic about helping children and families uncover all of the resources the library has to offer. We are seeking a person who is helpful and approachable with patrons and collaborative and creative with staff. This candidate will provide professional reference assistance and exceptional customer service to families and children. They will coordinate multiple youth events, develop and maintain parts of the youth collection, and provide programs and services that reflect a wide spectrum of ideas and viewpoints, mirroring diverse and growing community needs. 

    All Library positions require customer-focused service to both internal and external customers, flexibility, teamwork, reliable attendance and compliance with all applicable local, state, and federal laws. 


    1. Provide advanced research assistance, readers' advisory, technical assistance and excellent frontline customer service.
    1. Create, develop, implement and evaluate multiple high-quality, youth programs for children birth through 18, including a multi-week summer reading program and a literary festival involving community partners. Participate in management of $50,000+ annual departmental programming budget, and with department offer approximately 200 diverse programs annually.
    1. Select and purchase materials for assigned library collections. Monitor and manage a print and electronic materials budget of approximately $50,000 annually, ensuring collection areas are balanced, relevant and responsive to community needs.
    1. Evaluate existing collections for relevance and community interests, decommissioning materials on a regular schedule.
    1. Oversee and administer one or more specialized Youth Services work activities, including but not limited to Holiday family events, outreach to local community organizations, workshops for children, and components of Summer Reading Club.
    1. Speak instruct and/or perform in front of library and outreach audiences of all ages (up to 750+ participants). In general, promote library use in the community.
    1. Manage web content proficiently with appropriate tools.
    1. Monitor the work of departmental volunteers. Provide assistance to colleagues.
    1. Pursue professional development, which may include travel, to keep informed of current and emerging library trends.
    1. Serve as manager-in-charge of the Youth Services Department and/or the facilities as necessary.
    1. Staff other public service desks as assigned.
    1. Research and develop grant proposals to enhance and expand library services.
    1. Create print and web bibliographies, user guides and displays spotlighting library collections, services and programs.
    1. Evaluate outreach being offered, prioritizing underserved groups and looking for new opportunities to extend library services within the service area.
    1. Maintain connection with schools and specifically school librarians, seeking to support their work and promote our services within their schools, thus extending the reach of both the school and public library.
    1. Serve on and/or chair library committees.
    1. Assume personal responsibility for the building's condition and solve minor issues and problems as they arise.
    1. Perform any other related duties as required or assigned.


    Graduate degree (M.B.A., M.A., etc), plus 3 years related experience and/or training, or equivalent combination of education and experience.


    Minimum qualifications:

    1.MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program; or a master's degree in a related field; or a bachelor's degree plus concurrent enrollment in an ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS degree program and at least 1 year experience working directly with children in a library or educational setting; or commensurate education and experience.

    Valid Driver's License.


    The following physical activities described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions and expectations.

    Moderate diversity, low physical. Work activities which allow for a moderate amount of diversity in the performance of tasks which are not as varied as those positions with high-level diversity and decision- making.

    While performing the functions of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, talk or hear; frequently required to reach with hands and arms; and occasionally required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl, climb or balance. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds; frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision; and color vision.


    Other Skills and Abilities:

    1. Must love working with children and families, and have enthusiasm for the work and mission of the public library. 
    2. Ability to work some evenings and weekends. 
    1. Creativity and awareness of community needs to design and implement library services for youth. 
    1. Strong organizational and time management skills.
    1. Work both independently and as an effective and valued team member; must be collaborative. 
    1. Work under pressure on multiple projects with frequent interruptions and tight deadlines.
    1. Must have knowledge of children’s and teen literature.
    1. Experience planning and implementing large events is helpful.

    Exempt: No

    Pay Range: $16.50 - $18.97 per hour, commensurate with experience

    To APPLY, please send completed application, résumé and cover letter to: Lindsi Huffaker, HR Manager, Fayetteville Public Library, 401 W. Mountain St., Fayetteville, AR 72701

    Alternatively, you may email completed application, résumé and cover letter to Lindsi at:
  • 27 Jun 2019 8:03 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Qualifications: ALA accredited MLS/MLIS, with three years of library experience in a supervisory capacity. Some community college library work experience preferred. Knowledge of all aspects of library functions, information technology, library automated systems, and electronic databases. Strong organizational skills and the ability to work well with faculty, students, staff, and community patrons required. Must be able to work some evening and weekend hours when needed to respond to class needs.

    Projected Start Date: July 1, 2019. Review of applications will begin May 7 and continue until position is filled.

    Salary and Benefits: $45,500. Full college benefits, including retirement; health, life, dental and disability insurance; a flex benefit plan; and tuition waivers and discounts for employee and family.

    Application Process: To apply for this position please provide a completed ASU Mid-South Application for Employment (available from our website), with three professional references, a letter of interest in the position, and your resume. Please forward these documents to

  • 25 Jun 2019 6:40 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    (Available October 1, 2019)

    The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is seeking an experienced and innovative leader for the position of Director of the UAMS Library. The Director provides leadership and vision in strategic planning that includes policy development, implementation and evaluation of operations and services, allocation of resources in an effective and efficient manner, coordination of personnel administration, and representation of the Library to UAMS administration, other UAMS units, and outside entities.

    The Director leads a management team composed of the heads of Collection Management, Access Services (responsible for facility and general library operations), and Education and Research Services, and the directors of the Historical Research Center and Student Success Center and the Assistant Director of Library Operations (business officer). The Director and all librarian positions are 12-month faculty, non-tenure track positions.

    About the University

    The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is the state’s only academic health sciences center, comprised of five health professions colleges (Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Professions, and Public Health), a graduate school, six institutes, eight Regional Centers (six of which include family medicine practices and residency programs), and a comprehensive Medical Center. UAMS has a total of almost 3,000 students. The College of Medicine has held a unique and vital role in Arkansas for more than 130 years.

    UAMS is the largest public employer in the state of Arkansas with more than 11,000 employees. UAMS and its clinical affiliates: Arkansas Children’s and the VA Medical Center, are an economic engine for the state with an annual economic impact of $3.92 billion. Centrally located in Little Rock, UAMS’s main campus is a tertiary referral center and the only Level 1 adult Trauma Center and Comprehensive Stroke Center for Arkansas. The Northwest UAMS campus located in Fayetteville and Arkansas Children’s Hospital located in Little Rock as well as other UAMS and Regional Programs campuses located throughout the state support UAMS educational programs at various levels including primary care residencies.

    About the UAMS Library

    §  The Library is staffed by 33.65 FTEs: 12 librarians, one public history professional, eight non-librarian professionals (primarily advanced education degrees), and 12.65 staff positions

    §  The Library is a 44,000 square-foot facility strategically located at the heart of the Little Rock campus plus a separate 1,500 square-foot Historical Research Center Annex also located on campus

    §  The AAHSL Annual Statistics for 2018 indicates that the UAMS Library fits the profile of the ‘composite’ or average health sciences library in annual budget, collection expenditures, number of personnel, composition, and total expenditures

    Focus and Impact for Leadership

    §  Library and information services supporting research, clinical care, education and outreach

    §  Student Success Center including academic assessment and tutoring, writing and presentation skills center, and testing center, and support for student laptop and mobile devices

    §  Historical Research Center collection and curation of artifacts and items related to the history of the health sciences in Arkansas and the UAMS Archives

    §  Collegial/contractual relationships with UAMS Regional Programs, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and medical systems, university, and other partners across the state

    Strengths and Opportunities (Selected Examples)

    §  Education and Research Service including expert searchers focusing on research and clinical missions, IACUC full membership/leadership integration

    §  Liaisons to colleges, including College of Medicine curriculum committee membership and inclusion on additional committees within College of Medicine and other colleges

    §  Significant Historical Research Center with continually growing collection

    §  Heavily used Student Success Center with positive data on outcomes of services

    §  Outreach to UAMS Regional Programs, health care systems and public libraries in Arkansas

    §  Patient and Family Resource Center initiative including volunteers with Consumer Health Information Specialist certificates and collaboration with Center for Health Literacy

    §  Fully digital journal collection with exception of Historical Research Center print holding; Renovation plans funded

    §  Strong librarian participation in SCAMeL, NNLM/SCR, MLA and SCC/MLA

    Candidate Qualifications

    The ideal candidate will have the following professional qualifications and personal characteristics:


    §  Degree from an ALA-accredited graduate school

    §  At least five years of experience successfully leading an academic health sciences library and/or a major library unit

    §  Excellent written and oral communication skills and excellent interpersonal skills

    §  Knowledge of key issues, emerging technologies, and best practices in health sciences education and librarianship

    §  Record of active participation in the profession


    §  Additional advanced degree in education, information science, or health/biomedical sciences discipline

    §  Membership in the Medical Library Association’s Academy of Health Information Professionals

    §  Record of leadership role in profession

    Preferred Personal Characteristics

    §  Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills

    §  Passion for excellence and a high level of energy and enthusiasm

    §  Demonstrated ability to work in a matrixed organization with multiple lines of reporting

    §  Demonstrated record of promoting collaboration and cultivating strong internal and external relationships

    §  Capacity to embrace change with an appropriate respect for culture and tradition

    §  Analytical and intellectual skills to lead cogent planning and sound management systems

    §  Demonstrated commitment to diversity

    §  Motivator and mentor capable of developing strong teams and developing others

    §  Personal integrity

    Interested individuals are asked to submit their CV and a letter addressing their experiences that fulfill the criteria for this position to Julian Tunno, Manager of Executive and Faculty Recruitment at Contact Julian Tunno by phone at 501-686-2590. Application deadline is July 24, 2019.

    Written nominations, inquiries, and applications (including emails) may be subject to disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

    UAMS is an inclusive Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence

  • 21 Jun 2019 1:55 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    ADULT PROGRAMMER –  Full-time public service position in the Information Services Department at the Main Library of the Central Arkansas Library System. Essential duties include designing, planning, and implementing programs, processing interlibrary loan and resource sharing requests electronically and physically, conducting library tours and outreach, planning and assisting patrons with locating and interpreting reference and information sources.  Additional duties include working circulation desk and the computer lab.  Candidate must be knowledgeable with digital devices and resources and provide instructional assistance.  Excellent communication and customer service is essential. Must be able to stand long periods of time, push and pull at least 50 lbs., lift, squat, and work some nights and weekends. Salary starts at $12.32/hr., plus excellent benefits. Send application and resume to Aldo Botti, Central Arkansas Library System, by noon June 28, 2019.


  • 19 Jun 2019 2:54 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Connors State College in Muskogee has an open Library Technician position:

    Job Overview: The Library Technician is responsible for a variety of specialized library and media functions related to circulation, acquisition, processing and inventory of print and electronic library materials, general reference, the training and supervision of student assistants, maintaining routine operations, monitoring of student testing and distance education classes as well as duties assigned by professional staff. The Library Technician also provides general library and information services to students, faculty, staff and other members of the college community face-to-face and online.

    For more information and to apply, go to:

    Projected Start Date is August 5th.

  • 6 Jun 2019 8:35 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    LIBRARY CLERK – Part-time 20 hours/week public service position at the McMath Library.  Seeking energetic, customer service-oriented applicant with exceptional sorting ability, great attention to detail, and excellent communication skills.  Essential duties include shelving items, shelf reading, emptying book bins, working circulation desk, and answering patron questions.  Must be able to stand long periods of time, push and pull at least 50 lbs., lift, squat and work  some nights and every Saturday.  Spanish language skills preferred.  Salary is $10.00 per hour. Benefits include some holiday pay, paid time off and optional participation in CALS 457 plan with up to 2% company matching.  To apply, please send application to by noon on Friday, June 14.


  • 29 May 2019 10:47 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    LIBRARY ASSISTANT – Full-time, 40 hours/week, public service, audio-visual position at Main. Responsibilities include management of audio-visual materials such as DVDs and CDs(problems, missing parts, broken materials), checking materials in and out, answering patron questions, registering patrons for library cards, some information searching and shelving. Familiarity with technology, digital media, ability to do instructional assistance on devices, and excellent communication and customer service skills are required. Familiarity with popular reading and entertainment materials desirable. Some evenings and Saturdays required. Salary $10.78/hour plus benefits. Please send application and resume to by Friday, June 7.


  • 29 May 2019 10:41 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    LIBRARY CLERK – Part-time 20 hours/week public service position at the Dee Brown Library.  Seeking energetic, customer service-oriented applicant with exceptional sorting ability, great attention to detail, and excellent communication skills.  Essential duties include shelving items, shelf reading, emptying book bins, working circulation desk, and answering patron questions.  Must be able to stand long periods of time, push and pull at least 50 lbs., lift, squat and work  Saturdays 9am-6pm.  Spanish language and/or sign language preferred.  Salary is $10.00 per hour.  To apply, please send application to by noon on Tuesday, June 11.


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