Library Director – Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library – Meridian, MS

Responsibilities:

The Administrative Board of Trustees of Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library seeks a director who honors the value of public libraries, understands the importance of partnering with community agencies, fosters open communication with the residents and empowers staff by encouraging collaborative efforts. We are looking for a director who can articulate, support and promote the Library’s mission as well as work in a highly effective manner with the Administrative Board of Trustees.

Qualifications:

An American Library Association accredited Masters of Library Science or Masters of Library and Information Science (MLS or MSLS) degree is required and a minimum of eight to ten years of public library experience, in an increasingly responsible supervisory and administrative position. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of outstanding customer service, leadership, vision, staff development, consensus-building, fiscal and facilities management. The new Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library Director will be adept at creating and maintaining strong community relationships and knowledgeable about current library technology and trends in library service.

Salary/Benefits:

$60,000- $70,000, depending on education and experience. Benefits include accrued vacation and medical leave; annual state approved holidays; participation in the Mississippi Public Employees’ Retirement System (PERS); health, dental and vision insurance; and state life insurance.

Application Process:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, college transcripts, three (3) professional references and one (1) page description of his/her public library philosophy to: Mrs. Adrian Tureaud Mosley, Search Committee Chair, P.O. Box 3203, Meridian, MS 39303, (601)482-5438.

Environment:

Established in 1913, the Meridian-Lauderdale County Public Library is located in the historic downtown Meridian, MS. The library serves a population of 80,164 in the city Meridian and Lauderdale County with an operating budget of $ 1,038, 480 and an annual circulation of 205,071.

Meridian is the sixth largest city in Mississippi and Lauderdale County is located in east central Mississippi, bordering the State of Alabama. Meridian’s small town atmosphere complements a passion for arts crawls, historic places and authentic local entertainment. The city has been selected as the future location of the Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Center (MAEC). The area is served by two military facilities, Naval Air Station and Key Field, which provide over 4,000 jobs to the surrounding area.

Posted: March 3, 2015

Deadline: April 4, 2015

Library Web site: www.meridian.lib.ms.us

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