Library Director


Ida Public Library
Library Type: 
Public Library

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Full Time
$52K-$57K dependent on experience


In the conduct of the ongoing business of IDA PUBLIC LIBRARY, the library director is responsible for all business operations, including management of the assets of IDA PUBLIC LIBRARY; hiring, training, promotion, discipline and termination of employees; and for establishing and maintaining the business organization and structure to efficiently conduct the management functions of IDA PUBLIC LIBRARY.

The library director plans for and administers a program providing service in accordance with IDA PUBLIC LIBRARY'S stated purpose and in such a manner that optimum results are achieved in relation to the resources of the agency, and operates under the general direction of the IDA PUBLIC LIBRARY Board of Trustees.


  • Develops and recommends to the board of trustees, specific, written, long and short-range plans for the development of IDA PUBLIC LIBRARY programs and services.
  • Maintains appropriate relations with the Board of Trustees and various board committees, and keeps them informed.
  • Interprets trends in the fields of service in which IDA PUBLIC LIBRARY is engaged, by maintaining involvement in the professional field as a whole.
  • Assists with orientation and training programs for the board.
  • Administers, supervises, and coordinates library operation and activities.
  • Administers, supervises, and coordinates collection development and management.
  • Prepares IDA PUBLIC LIBRARY budgets in conjunction with the library board finance committee and is accountable for control of these resources once approved by the full board.
  • Directs all day to day financial operations of IDA PUBLIC LIBRARY.
  • Follows board approved procedures for management and allocation of financial resources.
  • Shall be authorized to sign checks drawn on funds deposited to the credit of the Board of Trustees.
  • Supervises, directs, and evaluates staff in the performance of their duties.
  • Evaluates the services being provided by IDA PUBLIC LIBRARY in relation to specified goals and standards and recommends modifications, where appropriate.
  • Evaluates adequacy of the library facilities and recommends changes as needed.
  • Maintains appropriate relations with other professional and service groups in the community.
  • Maintains appropriate relations with local, federal, state, and local government units.
  • Maintains appropriate relations with other agencies in similar fields of service.
  • Recommends policies to the board and/or assists the board in the formulation of policies for the effective and economical operation of IDA PUBLIC LIBRARY and its programs.
  • Ensures implementation of the policies adopted by the board.
  • Has chief administrative responsibility for maintenance of agency facilities.
  • Carries chief of staff responsibility to ensure that legal obligations of IDA PUBLIC LIBRARY are met.
  • Prepares statistical reports required by other government agencies.
  • Prepares and sends annual reports to the City Mayor and Council, to the library system, and to the Illinois State Library with statistics about library materials, circulation, registration, and finances.
  • Applies for state or federal grants, whether revenue-sharing, construction or per capita grants.
  • Oversees public relations with such matters as newspaper articles, posters, and public speeches by staff members.
  • Attends monthly Board meetings and also Friends of the Library meetings.
  • Conducts annual survey of library services such as reference questions, program attendance, percentage of population using facility, etc.
  • Cooperates with civic and special interest groups to promote the library program.
  • May be required to work daytime, evening, and/or weekend hours.
  • Performs other duties as required.

RESPONSIBLE TO: Library Board of Trustees


  • Master's degree in library science from an ALA accredited school
  • Minimum -- 5 years' professional library experience.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Valid Illinois driver's license


  • Oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to lead, motivate, and supervise staff.
  • Ability to plan and organize projects and programs.
  • Ability to maintain an exemplary public service attitude at all times.
  • Ability to analyze library needs and participate in long and short range planning.
  • Work independently.
  • Working knowledge of modern library policies and procedures, methods, practices and materials
  • Knowledge of database and online reference sources, computer applications and library system software.
  • Ability to maintain records and prepare reports.


(The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

Work is performed primarily in an office environment while sitting at a desk or computer terminal or while standing at a counter for extended periods of time. However, some travel to a variety of locations to perform work and/or attend meetings is required. Some physical exertion may be required to lift office supplies and library materials from overhead and from the floor. Sufficient vision or other powers of observation are essential to permit the employee to read and sort library materials, and supervise and evaluate the work of subordinate staff.

The duties listed above are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does no exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Open until filled
Application Note: 

Please send your resume/CV to

Application Contact: 
Renee' Keeney
Apply To: 
Ida Public Library
320 N State St
Belvidere , IL 61008
Phone: 815-544-3838
42° 15' 41.8428" N, 88° 50' 45.8376" W