Due to the present director’s retirement, the Marshall Public Library Board of Trustees is seeking a new Director. The Marshall Missouri Public Library, opened in 1990, serves a population of 13,000. Marshall is defined as a rural remote area under U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Educational Statistics.
The community has an active performing arts culture and Missouri Valley College, a private liberal arts college with growing national and international outreach, a destination for students from all fifty states and forty foreign countries. Marshall is the county seat of Saline County, which has two state parks.
The Library is open 7 days a week with 1 full-time and 8 part-time staff. It is a member of a state-wide consortium with access to over 2 million items and twice a week delivery between libraries. The annual budget is $273,000 of which 72% comes from local taxes. Known for its wide range of public programming, the director must be skilled in fund-raising. Reference and collection development are essential skills as well as promoting partnerships with the college, schools, and community organizations. The Director is also expected to participate actively in professional library organizations.
The Director reports to a 9 member Board of Trustees appointed by the Mayor.
The successful candidate will possess strong written and oral communications skills, the ability to relate well to the public and library staff, possess good organizational skills, and be progressive. The director will be required to promote public relations and outreach, staff development and team building, and provide ongoing facility and service evaluation.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS – An MLS from ALA-accredited program. PREFERRED – Management experience in a public library.
To apply, please mail cover letter, resume, contact information for three professional references, and copies of all unofficial transcripts to Deb Hollrah, Chair Search Committee, Marshall Public Library, 214 N. Lafayette, Marshall, Mo 65340 by February 9, 2018. Interviews will take place in February and March and the position will be open on April 1, 2018.