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Library Director @ East Baton Rouge Parish Library (LA)

Wednesday, September 21, 2022 1:33 PM | Jennifer Nabzdyk Todd (Administrator)

We are currently working with the East Baton Rouge Parish Library (EBRPL) to help find their next Library Director.  We have reached out to you as a leader in Mississippi libraries to spread the word about this exciting opportunity and to seek recommendations for potential candidates.   


East Baton Rouge Parish Library System (LA) is seeking an experienced and energetic Director with demonstrated leadership skills, professionalism, relevant library experience, excellent communication skills, and the vision and talent to take the system to the next level of excellence to better serve the community. Nationally recognized as a top library system, EBRPL provides public library services for the City of Baton Rouge and the Parish of East Baton Rouge. Serving a population of more than 435,000 in the metropolitan area, the system consists of a Main Library and 13 branches, including two under major renovation, plus one new branch in the design phase. The library has 587 staff who work to better serve the community by offering daily service, deploying three bookmobiles and a fleet of other outreach vehicles, maintaining a collection of 2 million items with an annual circulation of 2.4 million. The library is funded by a ten‐year 11.1 mill property tax, currently rolled back to 10.52, that generates an estimated $51.7 million annually for the operation and maintenance of the existing system as well as a pay‐as‐you‐go capital improvements program. The tax is up for renewal in 2025. 


The minimum qualifications are an ALA‐accredited MLS or MLIS degree and five years of supervisory management and financial experience as a Director and/or Assistant Director; or someone serving in an advanced senior management role; and certification by the Louisiana Board of Library Examiners (certification must be attained within the first year of employment). The ideal candidate should have demonstrated high standards of professional and personal ethical conduct, excellent communication skills, possess the ability to work effectively with the Library Board, city administrators, and staff, be an active listener, have experience in planning and constructing libraries, and provide visionary leadership that is grounded in the realities of proven public library service and prudent budget practices. The hiring salary range is $89,876 – $110,535 and the posting closes on Sunday, October 9, 2022 


If you have suggestions or recommendations for potential candidates you feel might be qualified and interested in this position, we would appreciate hearing from you.  And, of course, if the position holds any personal interest, we would welcome your cover letter, resume and the chance to talk with you further.   Thanks for your help and we look forward to hearing from you soon. 



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