[Michlib-l] State Librarian, State Library of Iowa, position open!

Jobeth Bradbury jobethbradbury at gossagesager.com
Wed Jul 2 16:02:17 EDT 2014

State Librarian of Iowa

Iowa Library Services/State Library of Iowa


Are you ready to be a state-wide library leader for America’s Heartland?
The Iowa Commission on Libraries and the State Library of Iowa
<http://www.statelibraryofiowa.org/>  seek an energetic, engaged and
enthusiastic professional to lead the Iowa library community as the next
State Librarian. This new leader will understand the realities of
contemporary libraries—school, academic, special and public—and steadily
move toward a future with new programs and services, new staffing models,
and new technologies—while evaluating and supporting current relevant
programs and services. The successful candidate will be a change agent
shaping and communicating a compelling vision for Iowa’s libraries. The
State Librarian will work closely and effectively with the Iowa Department
of Education as well as with national and regional library organizations. 


The State Librarian is appointed by and reports to the Iowa Commission on
Libraries. With a dedicated staff (36.5FTE) and a $4.5 million budget
(excluding flow-through state aid funding), the State Library of Iowa
continues to meet its mission, “
providing leadership for Iowa Libraries and
expanding access to information for Iowans.” The State Librarian works
within the Department of Education and administers three divisions: the
Library Support Network, the State Data Center, and Specialized Library
Services. Advocating for all Iowa libraries, the State Library offers a
fast-paced, innovative, interesting and rewarding work environment focusing
on quality service.  The State Library is located in Des Moines, Iowa's
capital, a hub of government action, business activity, arts and cultural
affairs—with much of the activity focused on the reinvigorated downtown
area. The area also boasts some of the nation's best schools, superb public
services, and friendly, caring neighborhoods.  Des Moines is the best of
both worlds—a bustling metropolis with a small town atmosphere. For more
information on the Iowa State Library and the Des Moines area, see
<http://www.gossagesager.com/Iowalinks.htm> Iowa Links.


Responsibilities. Major responsibilities include providing clear vision and
strong leadership for Iowa Library Services and the Iowa library community
ensuring that all Iowans have equitable access to high quality library
service; directing the three divisions of the State Library; administering
state and federal library laws and funding; annual budgeting including
seeking alternate funding streams; library advocacy; developing and carrying
out strategies to move the Iowa library community forward;  ensuring that
Iowa libraries can access up-to-date and effective technologies; and
successfully interacting with the Iowa library community — staff, trustees,
government officials and interested citizens. For the detailed job
description, see State Librarian.


Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Library
Science from an ALA-accredited school and eight years of progressive,
professional library experience with five years in library management and
demonstrated administrative leadership ability. Desired attributes include
Board, personnel and fiscal management experience; strong interpersonal
skills; ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups and individuals;
team building and decision making skills; initiative, flexibility, and the
ability to facilitate change; experience working in a technologically
advanced environment; knowledge of library trends and issues; and experience
in public library administration. Prior administrative experience with a
state library agency or multi-type regional library organization is


Compensation.  The position offers a starting salary range of
$97,400-137,000 (placement dependent upon qualifications) and an attractive
benefits package.


For further information, contact Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager
Associates <http://www.gossagesager.com/contactus.html>  via email or phone.
To start the application process, send an in-depth cover letter and your
résumé as Word or pdf attachments to Dan Bradbury
<mailto:danbradbury at gossagesager.com>  or Jobeth Bradbury
<mailto:jobethbradbury at gossagesager.com>  on or before the closing date of
August 10, 2014. 


Jobeth Bradbury

Bradbury Associates/Gossage Sager Associates <http://www.gossagesager.com/> 

4545 Wornall Rd, Ste. 805

Kansas City, MO 64111

816-803-7087 (cell); 816-531-2468 (office)


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