Library Director Search

Library Director

Starkville-Oktibbeha County Public Library System*



The Starkville-Oktibbeha County Public Library System (SOCPLS) Board of Trustees seeks a creative and experienced Library Director who can continue to grow a vibrant public library system. The applicant must be passionate, innovative, and public service-oriented with excellent traditional library and technical skills.

Report to nine-member Library Board of Trustees. Supervise 15 employees, including those at the main library in Starkville and the 2 branches in Maben and Sturgis. Oversee materials collection, automated library system, and public access computers. Perform public service functions in branches. Manage annual budget. Develop and deliver library programming. Compile library statistics. Apply for public and private grants. Build positive relationships with county and city officials. Maintain relationships with local Friends of the Library organizations and other community groups. Oversee building repair and maintenance. Use state Accreditation Program benchmarks to guide long-range planning. Implement technological innovations and other 21st Century library services to meet changing needs of Oktibbeha County residents.


  • Master’s degree in Library Science from American Library Association (ALA)-accredited library school.
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Self-motivated. Creative.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office products. Experience in website and social media maintenance.
  • Travel to library-related continuing education programs. Reliable personal transportation.
  • At least five (5) years of responsible library experience with three years (3) in supervisory role.

Salary & Benefits:

$65,000 to $75,000 commensurate with experience. Benefits: Personal/medical leave, health & life insurance, and participation in Mississippi Public Employees’ Retirement System. Job-related travel expenses reimbursed.

January 2020. Apply with a cover letter, resume, 3 references, and a statement of public library service philosophy to Director Search, Starkville-Oktibbeha County Public Library System, P. O. Box 80035, Starkville, MS, 39760. Email: Electronic applications preferred.

Review of applications will begin November 18, 2019; open until filled.

The SOCPLS is headquartered in Starkville, MS, home to Mississippi State University, one of the top research universities in the country. Starkville, named the premier small town in MS by Mississippi Magazine, has a thriving art and music community and an active local theater. Designated a STAR library by MLC, SOCPLS includes a law library, the Stark genealogy and rare books annex, a large children’s library, computer stations, and approximately 80,000 books in the collection; it offers outstanding programs throughout the year for children and youth. The very active Friends of the Library organization provides financial support and hosts events with published authors.

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*An equal opportunity employer, the SOCPLS does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, religion, or nationality.