Director | Lakeland Library Cooperative (MI)

Posted on Sep 11, 2017

Lead Lakeland Library Cooperative (LLC)—an innovative and accomplished Michigan library cooperative—to continue outstanding levels of service and effective resource sharing. The Executive Board of the Cooperative (headquartered in suburban Grand Rapids), seeks an experienced library leader—responsive to member libraries, staff, and community needs, and skilled in focusing the efforts of a team of talented professionals—as its next Cooperative Director. Lakeland, one of eleven Michigan cooperatives, works in partnership with its 42-member public libraries providing essential services. With a $1.1 million annual budget (funded primarily from local property taxes) and 11FTE system staff, LLC serves an eight-county region in western Michigan with a service population of 1.2 million people. Member libraries range from small, rural libraries to very large urban libraries. LLC is a member-focused organization—40 libraries participate in resource sharing through a shared ILS with daily courier service. All Lakeland libraries participate in reciprocal borrowing and belong to MeLCat, the statewide interlibrary loan system. The successful candidate will implement the 2016 Strategic Plan with its focus on four core areas: governance, member services, advocacy, and continuing education. Another key project is exploring migrating to a new ILS and implementing that migration.

The Lakeland Library Cooperative Director, under the direction of the nine-member Executive Board and an Advisory Council, has overall responsibility for leadership and management of the eight-county public library cooperative that seeks to pursue leadership and innovation in library service. Duties will include management of planning, budgets, personnel, service functions, and legislative advocacy. The LLC Director works with the Board, staff, member libraries, other Michigan cooperatives, the Midwest Collaborative for Library Services and the Library of Michigan to establish the strategic vision for LLC, aligning its mission with member library needs and priorities. The Director will also ensure an active LLC presence in the statewide library community and professional activities. For the full position description, visit LLC Director Position.


Minimum qualifications are:

  • An ALA-accredited Master's Degree in Library Science
  • Eight years professional public library experience with four years at a managerial level (or an equivalent background and experience that will enable the candidate to perform the work required)
  • Possession of (or the ability to obtain) a Librarian’s Permanent Professional Certificate issued by the State of Michigan.

Essential attributes and skills include:

  • Vision, creativity, energy and enthusiasm;
  • Superior interpersonal skills including flexibility and political acumen;
  • Collaborative and consensus-building skills;
  • and a desire to move the system forward to excellence and innovation.

Success working with and reporting to a governing board, political advocacy experience, the ability to work with member libraries on legal, governance and policy issues, and prior experience in regional cooperatives, systems or consortia are all additional preferred qualifications.




Lakeland Library Cooperative (MI)
4138 3-Mile Road NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49534
United States

How to apply

For further information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates via email or phone. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments to Karen Miller. The position closes October 29, 2017.

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