The Jacksonville Public Library (JPL) is seeking a Director to lead its historic Carnegie library. Opened in 1903, JPL is a city tax-supported library serving a community of 18,000 residents. It has an annual budget of more than $700,000.
Jacksonville, Illinois, is located between St. Louis and Chicago, and near the state capitol of Springfield. Rich in history, Jacksonville has thriving fine arts opportunities and hosts museums, historic sites and other multi-cultural venues. Once known as “The Athens of the West,” the city has a robust connection to education: it is home to a 2-year community college extension site and a 4-year liberal arts college as well as state institutions serving visually impaired and deaf students.
The director will work closely with a staff of 6 full-time and 6 part-time employees. In addition, the director should have a good working relationship with the 9-member Board of Trustees.
JPL delivers not only standard library services to all ages, but also provides unique program offerings such as a Music under the Dome concert series, frequent technology presentations, author talks, and summer reading programs for both children and adults. An active Friends of the Library group supports the work of the JPL.