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  • 10 Sep 2020 11:18 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    We have an opening at the Arkansas State Library for an Administrative Specialist.  This is a terrific opportunity to experience the variety and strong sense of purpose we get to enjoy here at ASL.  The position primarily supports the Director and Business Office, is primary contact for scheduling our meeting rooms, assists with travel requests and reservations, assists in communication with the Board and Arkansas’ public libraries, and a smorgasbord of other tasks.  We’re looking for someone who is very well organized, has excellent verbal and written communication skills, and is comfortable with technology.  Full job description is available on the Arkansas State Jobs website.

    As always, you must apply at the website referenced below to be considered. 

    Please apply at

  • 24 Aug 2020 1:37 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Academic Support Assistant


    The Academic Support Assistant position is a part-time position at South Arkansas Community College, reporting to both the SouthArk Library and the Academic Support Department. This position will be responsible for working in both departments to enhance academic support to students and help provide college-wide training needed to implement instructional technologies and academic support services available at SouthArk effectively. This is an area of particular importance in the post-pandemic world, as online teaching and academic support in an online environment is crucial to help our students maintain and pursue academic success.


    • Answer college-wide inquiries submitted by email, phone or online via our work order system in a professional and timely manner
    • Assist with new student orientation and faculty orientation events
    • Collaborate with SouthArk Library staff and other departments on student engagement and academic support activities
    • Create web-based tutorials related to Blackboard and instructional technology
    • Deliver library classroom orientations in-person or virtually
    • Investigate reported errors and provide solutions related to instructional technology
    • Maintain and develop library modules and content in Blackboard
    • Monitor and respond to online chats in the SouthArk Library website
    • Promote digital resources and tools
    • Provide excellent customer service, at times by remote control of end-user’s computer
    • Provide reference and customer service assistance at the SouthArk Library front desk
    • Respond to queries via phone, email, in-person, etc. involving the SouthArk Library catalog, databases, services, and more
    • Serve as an instructor for Campus Technology
    • Work with students, faculty, and staff to address academic technology needs
    • Other duties as assigned

    Preferred Experience and Qualifications

    • ·       Customer service experience
    • ·       Excellent written and oral communication skills
    • ·       Experience with or proficiency in various technical platforms (list attached)
    • ·       Interest in library and academic support work
    • ·       Reference or technical service in a library setting (academic, public, or school)
    • ·       Willingness to learn
    • ·       Work well as part of a team


    About the SouthArk Library

    The SouthArk Library is both an academic and a community library serving the students, faculty, and staff of South Arkansas Community College, as well as the residents of El Dorado and the surrounding community. Our mission is to serve at the intersection of education, resources, and community. We believe that everyone should have access to the tools and content they need to broaden their horizons, enrich their lives, and provide for their future. The library is a powerful place, and we see our job as helping our students and patrons to harness this power for their future success.

    About the Academic Support Department

    The SouthArk Academic Support Department (formerly Distance Learning) is responsible for providing technological support for SouthArk students and faculty engaged in both traditional and online courses. Our mission is to provide greater access to higher education and to support the effective implementation of emerging technologies in the online environment.

    Anyone interested in this opportunity should email Philip Shackelford, Library Director ( or HR Director Bill Fowler

  • 24 Aug 2020 1:33 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)


    (Outreach, Programming, and Student Engagement)

    Class Code: C069C


    The Library Technical Reference Specialist (outreach, programming and student engagement) is focused on college and community outreach, programming development, and student engagement. Responsibilities include representing the SouthArk Library at college and community outreach events, such as New Student Orientation, College Night, Outdoor Expo, etc., and developing new outreach opportunities and strategies. This includes internal outreach activities, such as serving as an academic liaison to other college departments, serving as a personal librarian for students, etc., and programming, with responsibilities to plan, coordinate, promote, network, and manage SouthArk library events. Programming duties will include working with new and existing partners to present timely and valuable programming options to the SouthArk community and the public at large. This position also provides reference service, technical support to enable the delivery of library services, and item processing for the print and serials collections. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.


    Plan, coordinate, and carry out or oversee student engagement activities, library programs, and outreach efforts. Assist patrons by locating and checking materials or equipment in and out of the library, providing information assistance regarding resources, and answering questions concerning the proper operation and maintenance of equipment. Researches library records and resources to ascertain availability of materials and provides information to library personnel or library patrons. Processes and prepares library materials for cataloging and circulation. Prepares materials for internal and external distribution by stamping or labeling, assigning, and recording inventory information. Maintains written and computer records and files including acquisition, and serials control. May oversee others by training student or part-time employees and reviewing work assignments. Performs other duties as assigned.


    Occasional lifting of heavy books and equipment is required. Some weekend and evening work required.


    Knowledge of basic library procedures and practices. Knowledge of computers and their applications. Ability to operate general office equipment. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing. Ability to read and follow instructions. Ability to stand and walk for long periods, to move book carts, and lift up to 20 pounds. Ability to stoop, bend, and reach.


    The formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus two years of experience in a library environment. Other job related education and/or experience may be substituted for all or part of these basic requirements.

    Anyone interested in this opportunity should email Philip Shackelford, Library Director ( or HR Director Bill Fowler

  • 17 Aug 2020 2:21 PM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Philander Smith College is currently accepting applications for the position of Library Technician.

    Under the supervision of the Library Director, the Library Technician, performs duties related to carrying out circulation desk operations such as; open and close the library as needed, assist patrons, maintain library materials and equipment, and maintain the patron database. Greets and assists library users employing effective customer service skills.
    ● Performs circulation services, including: processing overdue & lost material records; assisting patrons in person, computer, and telephone; demonstrating library equipment,
    registering new patrons via the library’s integrated library system (ILS), and keeping statistics.
    ● Assist patrons with technical assistance.
    ● Maintain the patron database in the integrated library system.
    ● Provide reference assistance & information to patrons such as library rules &
    ● Monitors and performs stack maintenance, including shelving of materials, shelf-reading, shifting collections, updating shelf locators, identifying materials for preservation and updating materials.
    ● Respond to the theft detectors.
    ● Perform other duties as assigned.
    Two years college coursework plus two years of experience working in a library or other environment requiring relevant skills and abilities, or an equivalent combination of education and experience required. Bachelor’s degree and experience working with automated library systems preferred.
    Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled. Interested applicants should submit a letter of application, resume, copies of transcripts and three letters of professional recommendations to: . Email
    subject line should include the full name of the position for which you are applying and  documents should be in Word format. You may also mail your information to:

    Philander Smith College
    Attn: Office of Human Resources
    900 Daisy Bates Drive
    Little Rock, AR 72202

    Philander Smith College is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against applicants or employees based on age, race, sex, national origin, ethnicity, veteran status or religion. Philander Smith College is a smoke-free and drug-free work environment. Philander
    Smith College participates in E-Verify.

  • 11 Aug 2020 11:22 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    E-Resource Strategist

    Missouri State University Libraries

    The Missouri State University (MSU) Libraries invites applications from innovative candidates with experience developing, managing, and promoting electronic resources. This is a new position reporting to the Director of Resource Management & Discovery and located in Meyer Library on the MSU Springfield campus. MSU is a dynamic and growing comprehensive university with over 24,000 students, located in Springfield, the third largest metro area in Missouri with a vibrant population of more than 450,000.

    The E-Resource Strategist is responsible for managing the Libraries’ electronic resources, including resource acquisition, implementation, renewals, ongoing assessment, and annual review. They will develop and implement effective communication strategies to reach students, academic departments, and other stakeholders. They will negotiate license agreements to reach favorable terms in consultation with University Legal Affairs and Compliance and Procurement Services and provide support for inquiries related to interpretation of license terms. 

    Education: A Bachelor’s degree is required; a Master’s degree is preferred.

    Experience: At least one year of experience supporting the management and/or acquisition of electronic resources is required. Experience reading, negotiating, and managing license agreements is required. Experience troubleshooting electronic resource access issues is preferred. Experience using an Electronic Resource Management System such as CORAL is preferred.

    The successful candidate will foster a positive environment of effective communication and collaboration and contribute to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

    This is a full-time professional position with a competitive salary. Candidates desiring further information are encouraged to visit or contact the Committee Chair, Lindsey Taggart, at or 417-836-4658.

    Date of first consideration: August 28, 2020. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

    Employment will require a criminal background check at University expense. Missouri State University is an EO/AA/M/F/Veterans/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity Employer and institution.

  • 11 Aug 2020 7:54 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Library Technician   

    Institution Name:

    University of Arkansas at Little Rock

    The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is a metropolitan research university that provides an accessible, quality education through flexible learning and unparalleled internship opportunities. At UA Little Rock, we prepare our more than 11,000 students to be innovators and responsible leaders in their fields. Committed to its metropolitan research university mission, UA Little Rock is a driving force in Little Rock's thriving cultural community and a major component of the city and state's growing profile as a regional leader in research, technology transfer, economic development, and job creation.

    Below you will find the details for the position including any supplementary documentation and questions you should review before applying for the opening.  To apply for the position, please click the Apply link/button.

    If you have a disability and need assistance with the hiring process please contact Human Resources at 501-569-3180.

    For general application assistance or if you have questions about a job posting, please contact Human Resources at 501-569-3180.



    Summary of Job Duties:

    The occupant of this position serves as a member of the library’s staff and is responsible for providing a wide range of library and customer service activities, including reference and technology assistance, check-in/check-out of materials, record keeping, and student employee supervision and training.

    Circulates library materials and equipment and maintains patron circulation records.
    Provides customer service and reference assistance, in-person and online, with appropriate referral to librarians as needed.
    Provides technology assistance in the use and application of computer hardware and software.
    Supports the use of copiers, circulation and media equipment, microform readers, as well as circulating equipment (e.g., laptops).
    Assists with interviewing, hiring, training and evaluating student employees.
    Supports library classroom operations by providing training, faculty assistance, and room maintenance.
    Monitors building conditions and library security, reporting problems and working with library administration and the university's facilities and public safety personnel as needed.
    Opens and/or closes the library.
    Collects statistics and prepares statistical reports.
    Responds to patron complaints with referral to the Operations Coordinator as appropriate.
    Builds partnerships and relationships among others in the university community.
    Works nights and weekends as needed.
    Performs other work-related duties as assigned.



    Knowledge of multiple units of the library and other library-related organizations.

    Knowledge of library services and specialized areas of library operations and procedures, including library technologies and circulation services.

    Knowledge of supervisory and management principles and techniques.

    Demonstrated flexibility and reliability in performance of job duties.

    Superior communication and interpersonal skills.

    Ability to work collaboratively with students, faculty, librarians, and others.

    Commitment and ability to work effectively with diverse populations in a collegial environment.


    The formal educational equivalent of a high school diploma; plus 2 years of experience in a library environment. This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Criminal background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management.  OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS.

    Additional Information:

    Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

    The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

    The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce.

    The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Under Arkansas law, all applications are subject to disclosure. Persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.

  • 5 Aug 2020 9:52 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Job Details
    Senior Librarian
    Agency: Arkansas State Library
    Section: Information Services
    Date Posted: 08/05/2020
    Posting Expires: 09/05/2020
    The Senior Librarian is responsible for supervising employees in library services and performing professional library duties. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.
    Typical Functions
    Supervises a small professional staff by interviewing, recommending for hire, assigning and reviewing work, and evaluating the performance of incumbents. Classifies library materials by reviewing materials to be classified, searching information sources to determine subject matter, and selecting classification numbers and descriptive headings by using appropriate classification system. Assigns classification numbers and produces descriptive headings and explanatory summaries for new materials. Assists patrons and public libraries in the use of reference sources; interviews patrons to determine the type of information needed, suggests alternate sources and decides which database to utilize. Monitors state and federal document collections to ensure they are current and arranged in the required order; monitors the U.S. Patent collection to ensure microfiche and film are kept in order and available to patrons. Develops programs for library services by recommending program policies, developing and implementing program operation procedures, and conducting program evaluations. Organizes and conducts workshops for public libraries participating in special programs, attends workshops and seminars to stay abreast of new technologies, and serves on committees and councils. Performs other duties as assigned.
    Special Job Dimensions

    Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
    Knowledge of the principles and practices of library science. Knowledge of catalogs, records, on-line databases and classification systems used inlibraries. Knowledge of supervisory practices and procedures. Ability to prioritize tasks, set goals, and establish methods. Ability to initiate and conduct research. Ability to direct and oversee the work of others. Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with others. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing. Ability to organize and conduct workshops.
    Minimum Education and/or Experience
    The formal educational equivalent of a master’s degree in library science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited school; plus one year of experience in professional library services work. ORThe formal education equivalent of a bachelor’s degree in library science or a related field from a school accredited by the ALA; plus three years of experience in professional library services work. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.
    Preferred Qualifications

    Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

    Agency Specific Information
    Salary for this position is $40,340-46,391 annually.

    The position closes at 11:59 pm on the date listed.

    Applications are screened from information on the State Application. List ALL work and/or volunteer experience in "Employment Work History" Section. Resume's WILL NOT Substitute. Incomplete applications will not be processed.

    If you are a Veteran, Disabled Veteran or a Surviving Spouse of a Deceased Veteran and remain unmarried at the time you are seeking preference and you are a citizen and resident of this state, you shall be entitled to Veteran's Preference. Please submit the DD-214 and other official documentation at the time of the interview.

    The Arkansas State Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    * Direct Deposit of net pay [checking and/or savings account] is required for employment [Act 1887 of 2005].
    * 5% Mandatory contribution to AR Public Employee Retirement System.
    ** New employees hired in 2014 or later will be automatically enrolled into the Arkansas Diamond Deferred Compensation 457 Plan with a 3% automatic deduction. You have 60 days from your first deduction to opt out if you decide not to participate.
    Job Details
    Position No.: 22082093
    Class Code: E041C
    Grade: GS07
    Salary Range: $40,340.00 - $58,493.00 per year
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    Job Type: Full Time
    Location Information
    Job City: Little Rock
    Job County/Region: Pulaski
    Contact Information
    Contact name: Trish Luckadue
    Phone: 5016822853
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  • 3 Aug 2020 10:33 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

    Crawford County Library System Director

    Job Description
    The Crawford County Library System encompasses 696 square miles with the Arkansas River Valley in the south part of the county and the Ozark Mountains in the North.  Van Buren is the largest city and the county seat.  The Van Buren Public Library is also the location of the Crawford County Library System Offices.  There are four other libraries in the county, one in each school district.  These libraries are located in Alma, Cedarville, Mountainburg and Mulberry.  Crawford County is essentially a rural county but is located just across the Arkansas River from the metropolitan area of Fort Smith.  It is a growing county with business, industry, agriculture and tourism as the main sources of income.  There are plans for an Intermodal Port to be located on the Arkansas River south of Van Buren.  Interstate 40 and Interstate 49 intersect at Alma for quick access to both Little Rock and the Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan area.

    As mentioned above, there are five school districts in the county.  Van Buren and Alma have the largest districts in the county.  Each school district has been recognized for its unique accomplishments in curriculum and staff creativity.  They all have built new buildings in the past few years.

    Recreation is very diverse in Crawford County.  There is camping, canoeing, and kayaking available on the Mulberry River and Lake Fort Smith.  Hiking the mountainous areas in the county is prevalent.  The Crawford County Fair is held at the Fairgrounds in Mulberry.  Both Alma and Van Buren have a performing arts center connected to their schools.  The centers have top notch performers scheduled throughout the year.  The Center for Arts and Education is in the process of remodeling a historic building on Main Street Van Buren which will be a state of the art space for exhibits, classes and other art activities.  Historic Main Street in Van Buren is a draw for tourists with dining of all sorts, shopping, and Scenic Train Excursions leaving for tours to Winslow and Springdale.   Each city has festivals and street fairs at different times.  Both Alma and Van Buren have a Chamber of Commerce.  The Crawford County Speedway located between Cedarville and Van Buren has races during the spring and summer months.  Alma Aquatic Park is a busy place during the summer months offering swimming for all ages, slides, a splash pad and other water devices.

    Crawford County and the surrounding areas have a lot to offer in making life a pleasant experience.

    General Job Description
    This is highly responsible administrative work involving the direction of a broad range of public library functions.

    Work involves responsibility for the management of the public library collection(s) and for the provision of library services to patrons and community organizations in Crawford County, Arkansas. Duties include supervising branch library directors, policy recommendation, departmental planning, and direction and administration of library activities. The position is also invested with making the most difficult library technical decisions and maintaining a balanced budget. The work requires that the employee have thorough knowledge, skill, and ability in every phase of the public library field.

    Supervision Received
    Works under the administrative direction of the Crawford County Library Board.

    Examples Of Duties
    ● Drafts and recommends policy to the Library Board and plans for the implementation of public library goals and objectives.
    ● Evaluates and administers library programs such as circulation, reference, reader’s advisory services, children’s services, community services, and public information.
    ● Directs the development and maintenance of a public library collection of books, periodicals, records, films, tapes and a variety of other library materials.
    ● Directs the development, repair and maintenance of the Library buildings.
    ● Provides staff support to the Library Board of Directors by assisting with meetings, preparing reports, and implementing policy decided by the Board.
    ● Prepares an annual departmental budget proposal and presents and defends budget requests before the Library Board and Quorum Court.
    ● Works with the County Judge and County Clerk to maintain fiscal records and operate following local and state procedures.
    ● Directs and controls the expenditure of departmental fund allocations within the constraints of approved budgets.
    ● Confers with State agencies, other public libraries, corporations, and community groups in the development of library programs for the Town and assists in coordinating interlibrary program efforts.
    ● Provides reference and reader’s advisory services on a regular schedule to library patrons as supervisor of that department.
    ● Prepares various kinds of statistical reports on finances or library holdings.
    ● Confers with county and city officials and the general public to provide information and to resolve problems and complaints.
    ● Directs the training of library staff in technical and administrative library skills.
    ● Directs and participates in personnel actions such as hiring, termination, assignment, evaluation, and labor relations.
    ● Represents the library on regional and state committees and serves as the county authority on library issues. Performs related work as required.
    ● Advises Friends of the Library groups within the county system.

    Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities
    ● Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public library functions.
    ● Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration as applied to a public library.
    ● Thorough ability in oral and written communications.
    ● Thorough ability to administer the activities of a public library and to supervise the work of others.
    ● Thorough ability to make decisions in an environment of limited resources and competing claims.
    ● Thorough ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, subordinates, associates, officials of other agencies, and the general public.

    A Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited college or university is required. Five years of progressively responsible library administration experience including at least three years in a supervisory capacity is preferred.

    Special Requirements
    ● Proficient in basic computer skills including: word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, collaborative platforms (Google, Zoom, etc.), and general office software programs.
    ● Willingness to speak to media, government officials, and public groups.

    ● Insurance: paid for employee (Family Insurance available at employee’s cost)
    ● Retirement: CCLS employees are members of the APERS (Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System)
    ● Holidays: 14 paid holidays
    ● Sick leave: 8 hours per month (can accrue up to 90 days)
    ● Paid Vacation – 1 week after first year, 2 weeks beginning the 3rd year, 3 weeks beginning the 6th year, 4 weeks beginning the 16th year.
    ● Salary determined by experience and education.

    Send application and resume to:
    Jami Balkman, Chair
    Crawford County Library Board
    3302 Collum Lane
    Alma, Arkansas 72921


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