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The Board of Trustees of Marion Carnegie Library is seeking a Library Director.  Marion is located in the southern part of the state of Illinois.  It is the county seat of Williamson County. The population was 17,193 at the 2010 census.  Marion serves as the largest retail trade center in Southern Illinois with its central location along Interstate 57 and Illinois Route 13.  With an annual budget of almost $1 million, a staff of fourteen, and a collection of over 120,000 items, the library is a full-service, technology-rich organization serving a population of over 17,000 residents.  The library is viewed as a valued resource and destination in the community.

Qualifications: MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited library program.  Minimum preferred 5 years of progressively responsible public library experience, 3 years in an administrative capacity, 5 years experience with automation technology.

Salary:  $60,000+ (negotiable depending on qualifications and experience), excellent benefit package.

Contact: Interested candidates should provide the following: (1) Letter of interest, (2) Resume, (3) At least three letters of reference.  Send information to George Trammell, President, Marion Carnegie Library Board of Trustees, 1102 Tower Square, Marion, IL  62959.  A detailed job description and other information can be found at www.marioncarnegielibrary.org/library-director

Deadline: September 30, 2020.


            CITY OF MARION


              Job Description


TITLE: Library Director


REPORTS TO: Library Board of Trustees, City Administrator, Mayor


The position of Library Director (LD) is a non-union, administrative position for the City of Marion.  The LD shall be appointed by the Library Board in conjunction with the Mayor and the City Council.  He or she shall receive compensation and benefits as the Mayor and the City Council shall fix from time to time.  The LD has general charge of the library in consultation with the Board of Trustees.  It is the chief duty of the LD to coordinate all operations of the library and to carry out the policies of the Board, both as to their instruction, and intent.  He or she shall oversee and directly supervise the full-time positions of; Coordinator of Adult Services, Coordinator of Children’s Services, Coordinator of Young Adult Services, Coordinator of Library Services, Coordinator of Business Services and Office Assistant. The duties and responsibilities may, at times, require an unbalanced schedule and necessitate early mornings and/or late evenings at the library.


  • Hire, train, and assign duties of the Coordinator of Adult Services, Coordinator of Young Adult Services, Coordinator of Children Services, Coordinator of Library Services, Coordinator of Business Services and Office Assistant.
  • Certify bills and money expended; maintain petty cash fund.
  • Prepare monthly, annual financial and library progress reports to the Board of Trustees.
  • Prepare an annual library budget.
  • Manage endowment and gift funds.
  • Maintain statistics on library use and prepare annual reports to State Library.
  • Complete Per Capita Aid Grant application, e-rate application, and pursue other similar opportunities for additional funding.
  • Final approval of all disciplinary action with regard to library personnel.
  • Coordinate and approve selection of library materials as well as approve items to be withdrawn.
  • Establish and implement procedures of operation, in consultation with the Board, that ensures policies are enforced, especially those having to do with safety and security.


  • Authorize expenditures for supplies, equipment, and library materials.
  • Coordinate staff development programs and activities.
  • Coordinate program offerings.
  • Responsible for correspondence and other communications, especially public relations and marketing.
  • Participate in continuing education and professional activities.
  • Serve as the liaison between the library and the city.
  • Work with the members of the Library Board, the staff, local government agencies, the regional library system staff, other librarians, community organizations, and the public in general.
  • All other duties assigned by the city.



  • Must have Master’s Degree in Library Science or equivalent.
  • Preferred minimum requirements:

a.)Five years of progressively responsible public library experience.

b.)Three years in an administrative capacity.

c.)Five years experience with automation technology.

  • Must be able to demonstrate tact, diplomacy, calm and discretion in dealing with employee and public matters.
  • Must be able to operate; personal computer and peripherals, photocopier, fax machine, telephone, and other office related equipment.
  • Must be familiar with social media and other forms of digital communication.
  • Must have valid State of Illinois Driver’s License.
  • Must be bondable.
  • Must complete post-offer of employment requirements such as; drug/alcohol and health screening, background check and residency requirements, per Employee Handbook.



The library stands on the site of the former “Grandma Cline” residence. This property was acquired in 1914 for the sum of $5,003.17 from Sarelda Cline and her heirs. The building was constructed in 1915 with a grant of $18,000 from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation. Clifford Shopbell of Evansville, IN, designed the building, which was constructed by Robert Sparks of Marion. It was opened to the public on February 29, 1916, with 1,162 volumes and 680 borrowers. Marie Williams Roberts was the first librarian. Mark Woodley was the first president of the board of trustees.

A mezzanine existed above the entrance to the library until it was replaced by the present stairs in the east entrance in the late 1930s. The top floor was an attic until renovation on the south half made it the children’s area in 1962. In 1967, the children’s area expanded to include the north half of the top floor. In 1984, the Children’s Department was moved from the top floor to the lower level so it would be accessible for the handicapped. This move eliminated the meeting room which existed on the lower level. This renovation also added a ramp to the entrance and one of the marble staircases at the entry was removed to accommodate a chairlift.

In 1997 a major expansion and renovation of the library was completed, adding 12,000 square feet to the existing structure. Improvements included an elevator, meeting room, more restrooms, study rooms, an expanded children’s departments, and multiple computer workstations for the public. All woodwork on the main floor and lower level of the original building is the original walnut, except for a small section on the main floor. In earlier years, both fireplaces on the main floor were used. The woodwork and fireplaces have been retained as part of the last renovation. The bricks on the exterior of the existing building were made locally and were matched for the addition. The clay roof tiles are the original, and the same manufacturer provided identical tiles for the new addition. The ramp obscuring the east entrance has been removed and the second marble staircase in the east entrance has been restored.