Library Director | Galesburg Public Library

Posted on Jul 17, 2017

Job Summary:  Responsible for administration of the library under the direction of the Library Board of Trustees.  Oversee the development, implementation and evaluation of library programs and services.

Essential Functions:

  • Listen to customers; provide friendly helpful assistance to find what they are seeking.
  • Follow library policies and procedures while defusing tense situations with customers.
  • Prepare reports and statistics.
  • Hold monthly staff meetings.
  • Hire and manage staff.
  • Comply with all local, state and federal legal requirements.
  • Build positive relationships with partner organizations, policymakers, media and others.
  • Promote library services via radio spots and to the community.
  • Write grant proposals.
  • Represent the library by participating in key associations and organizations, serving on committees and advisory groups, and speaking in public settings.
  • Represent the library to the community.
  • Have a vision for the future and the faith that it can become a reality.
  • Keep current by reading journals and library related social media and attending meetings.
  • Follow library policies and procedures.
  • Maintain a positive work atmosphere by behaving and communicating in a manner which promotes good working relationships with patrons and staff.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • MLS, five years administrative library experience.
  • Familiarity with computer networking and software.
  • Budget experience.
  • Excellent customer service skills.
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written. 
  • Good time management skills; self-motivated. 
  • Patience and understanding. Calm and clear thinking.
  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with patrons, staff and library board.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to reach, bend, stoop, and stand on feet for long periods of time.
  • Ability to push or pull heavy book carts, lift lightweight materials and furniture.


From $65,000 annually and up, depending on qualifications and experience


Galesburg Public Library
40 E Simmons St
Galesburg, IL 61401
United States

How to apply

To apply, email a cover letter, a resume and three references to, or mail application packet to:

Board President
Galesburg Public Library
40 East Simmons Street
Galesburg, IL  61401

Position will remain open until filled.

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