Library Director


Illinois Prairie District Public Library
Library Type: 
Public Library

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Full Time
Starting from $55,000

Supervisor: Library Board of Trustees

Exempt, Regular Full-Time, Salary Grade N/A (as determined annually by Board of Trustees)

General Statement of Responsibilities
Under the direction of the Library Board of Trustees, develops, administers, supervises, and coordinates the work of the library and staff, performs managerial duties related to personnel, budget, collection development, building maintenance, and library operations and services in conformity of the policies established by the Board of Trustees and the regulations of the Reaching Across Illinois Library System and the Illinois State Library.

Qualifications, Education, Experience and Skills Desired

  • A Master's Degree in Library Science from an accredited college or university preferred but not required, plus five years of progressively responsible library administration experience including at least three years in a supervisory capacity.
  • Excellent communication skills and organizational skills
  • Ability to administer the activities of a public library and to supervise the work of others
  • Ability to develop short and long term development, plans, and objectives
  • Maintains knowledge of standard library principles and practices, concepts of freedom of speech, copyrights, collection development, patron confidentiality, censorship, and other library ethical issues
  • Proficiency with computers, popular library software, internet and digital communications
  • Thorough ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, subordinates, associates, officials of other agencies, and the general public


  • Plans, implements, and evaluates library services
  • Develops, implements, and evaluates long and short term goals and objectives
  • Develops and administers policies concerning library operations, budgets and programs
  • Handles complaints in accordance with policy
  • Provides supervision, evaluates, and delegates responsibilities to the library staff
  • Recruits and recommends employment of library personnel recommends promotions, transfers, or termination of staff
  • Organizes, trains, assigns, and evaluates personnel and volunteers
  • Conducts staff meetings
  • Prepares the annual budget and presents and defends budget requests before the Library Board.
  • Directs and controls the expenditure of fund allocations within constraints of approved budgets.
  • Purchases new equipment and furnishings
  • Accepts and acknowledges gifts of money and library materials
  • Pursues and applies for grant money
  • Prepares monthly financial and statistical reports for Library Board
  • Prepares reports for town officials and State Library, as requested or mandated
  • Attends monthly Board of Trustees meetings
  • Supervises maintenance of library building equipment, and furnishings, including in-person maintenance checks to facilities
  • Oversees equipment of furnishings and book collection
  • Evaluates collection for balance and comprehensiveness
  • Schedules withdrawals and inventory of materials
  • Selects materials
  • Cooperates with community groups and town officials to implement library services
  • Speaks before local groups
  • Oversees and approves scheduled use of library by outside groups
  • Prepares questionnaires and surveys to evaluate public responses to the library
  • Keeps informed of current developments in library field by attending workshops, professional meetings, and reading current literature
  • Maintains membership in professional organizations
  • Provides reference and reader's advisory services to patrons as needed
  • Performs other related responsibilities as necessary such as circulation

IPDPL offers a generous benefit package including health insurance, IMRF, vacation time and paid holidays.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Date below
Deadline Date: 
Monday, January 31, 2022
Application Note: 

Send cover letter, resume and references by e-mail ONLY to Board President Annie Hicks at

Application Contact: 
Annie Hicks
Apply To: 
Illinois Prairie District Public Library
208 E Partridge St PO Box 770
Metamora , IL 61548-0770
Phone: 309-921-5074
40° 47' 28.4604" N, 89° 21' 40.7988" W