Updated March 5, 2014
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But what’s really great about Mississippi is First Regional Library. Located in northwestern Mississippi just south of Memphis, Tennessee, the most exciting library system in the state is currently searching for a new Director. Headquartered in Hernando, First Regional Library serves 290,000 people in thirteen communities in DeSoto, Lafayette, Panola, Tate, and Tunica counties.
Our counties represent both the best and the most challenging aspects of Mississippi. DeSoto County has arguably the most successful public schools in the state. Due to the impact of poverty, students in Tunica and North Panola Counties are below national standards. We serve the counties with the lowest and highest unemployment rates. Because our funding is 80% local, resources vary widely from library to library. Working for First Regional Library is challenging but filled with surprising rewards.
Our thirteen communities include Oxford, home of the University of Mississippi; Sardis, a small town that is home to Panola Playhouse; and Como, where the library is the center that holds the community together. Our Horn Lake Library’s Family Cultural Exchange/ Intercambio Cultural Familiar provides a way to build friendships between new Spanish-speaking families and long-term English speaking residents. Thanks to gift funds, the Hernando Library sponsors an outstanding cultural series which has featured such authors as Charlaine Harris and Craig Johnson.
Our committed, enthusiastic and creative staff of 132 full and part-time staff members work in branches and an Early Childhood Words on Wheels BookWagon. A 14th branch is being planned, with opening day slated for July 2014.
First Regional Library is a member of an active cooperative of academic, community college, public and school libraries known as the Mississippi Library Partnership. This provides our patrons with access to over 3 million titles. A leader in the state, FRL was the first library to circulate E-books, have a Skype Author Interview Series for kids, and now circulates for in-house use a variety of electronic devices.
Our new director should be long on vision and possess the adaptability, integrity, diplomacy and professional grace needed to help shape the future of the institution. The successful candidate must share our passion for providing excellent public service, bring budget expertise to manage a $5.3 million dollar budget, and have the necessary public library experience to mentor managers and staff toward the future.
The Director is responsible to a five –member Board of Trustees: one member appointed by the Boards of Supervisors of each of the five member counties.
Applicant will have the following qualifications: An ALA-accredited MLS with at least 5-8 years of progressively responsible experience managing public library services, projects, and personnel.
Salary: $85,000 to $105,000 plus benefits, to be determined based upon successful candidate’s combination of education and experience.
This position is open until filled.
Status: Full-time (exempt)
Send letter of interest and résumé to: Mrs. Jolee Hussey, Chair, Search Committee: firstname.lastname@example.org