State Library Director, State of Arkansas
State Librarian's Office
Job City: Little Rock
Salary Range: $108,110 - $147,200 per year
Please reach out to Trisha Luckadue at 501-682-2853 at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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The Arkansas State Library Board is seeking a dynamic individual with proven leadership qualities to fill the position of State Library Director. The State Librarian is appointed by the State Library Board, in consultation with the Secretary of the Department of Education.
The Arkansas State Library is a division within the Arkansas Department of Education. The Arkansas State Librarian oversees a staff of up to 52 employees, with an annual budget of approximately $7 million in state, federal and other funds.
The Arkansas State Library is the principal library of state government, with a charge to establish and maintain a collection of materials and resources to support the reference and research needs of state employees and the general public. In addition, the Arkansas State Library is to aide in the development of city, county and regional library systems and programs, to provide specialized services to the blind and individuals with physical disabilities, and to administer state and federal programs of aid to libraries.
The Arkansas State Library maintains a research collection containing over 2.6 million items. It is the designated State and Local Government Publications Clearinghouse, Regional Depository Library for U.S. Government Publications, Patent and Trademark Depository Library, the Arkansas Center for the Book (a subsidiary of the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress), and the Library for the Blind and Print Disabled.
The State Librarian directs all day-to-day activities of the State Library (including administration, strategic planning, budget planning), provides leadership in networking across the library community, and works closely with other Divisions within the Arkansas Department of Education, as well as with other state agencies. The State Librarian advocates on behalf of libraries and represents the Arkansas State Library at relevant local, state and national meetings/conferences. The State Librarian serves as the Secretary to the State Library Board, and performs other executive level duties as assigned.
Key traits include strong collaboration skills, proven advocacy skills, and the ability to communicate effectively. A knowledge of technological advances in library services, as well as legislative, budget and policy development experience, is desirable.
MINIMUM EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
A Master’s degree or higher in library or information science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited school; plus eight (8) years of progressively responsible experience as a professional librarian in academic, public, school or special libraries, including at least five (5) years of experience in library management and/or administration.