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Crawford County Library System Director 

Job Description

The Crawford County Library System encompasses 696 square miles with the Arkansas River Valley in the south part of the county and the Ozark Mountains in the North.  Van Buren is the largest city and the county seat.  The Van Buren Public Library is also the location of the Crawford County Library System Offices.  There are four other libraries in the county, one in each school district.  These libraries are located in Alma, Cedarville, Mountainburg and Mulberry.  Crawford County is essentially a rural county but is located just across the Arkansas River from the metropolitan area of Fort Smith.  It is a growing county with business, industry, agriculture and tourism as the main sources of income.  There are plans for an Intermodal Port to be located on the Arkansas River south of Van Buren.  Interstate 40 and Interstate 49 intersect at Alma for quick access to both Little Rock and the Northwest Arkansas Metropolitan area.

As mentioned above, there are five school districts in the county.  Van Buren and Alma have the largest districts in the county.  Each school district has been recognized for its unique accomplishments in curriculum and staff creativity.  They all have built new buildings in the past few years.

Recreation is very diverse in Crawford County.  There is camping, canoeing, and kayaking available on the Mulberry River and Lake Fort Smith.  Hiking the mountainous areas in the county is prevalent.  The Crawford County Fair is held at the Fairgrounds in Mulberry.  Both Alma and Van Buren have a performing arts center connected to their schools.  The centers have top notch performers scheduled throughout the year.  The Center for Arts and Education is in the process of remodeling a historic building on Main Street Van Buren which will be a state of the art space for exhibits, classes and other art activities.  Historic Main Street in Van Buren is a draw for tourists with dining of all sorts, shopping, and Scenic Train Excursions leaving for tours to Winslow and Springdale.   Each city has festivals and street fairs at different times.  Both Alma and Van Buren have a Chamber of Commerce.  The Crawford County Speedway located between Cedarville and Van Buren has races during the spring and summer months.  Alma Aquatic Park is a busy place during the summer months offering swimming for all ages, slides, a splash pad and other water devices.

Crawford County and the surrounding areas have a lot to offer in making life a pleasant experience.

General Job Description

This is highly responsible administrative work involving the direction of a broad range of public library functions.

Work involves responsibility for the management of the public library collection(s) and for the provision of library services to patrons and community organizations in Crawford County, Arkansas. Duties include supervising branch library directors, policy recommendation, departmental planning, and direction and administration of library activities. The position is also invested with making the most difficult library technical decisions and maintaining a balanced budget. The work requires that the employee have thorough knowledge, skill, and ability in every phase of the public library field.

Supervision Received

Works under the administrative direction of the Crawford County Library Board.

Examples Of Duties

● Drafts and recommends policy to the Library Board and plans for the implementation of public library goals and objectives.
● Evaluates and administers library programs such as circulation, reference, reader’s advisory services, children’s services, community services, and public information.
● Directs the development and maintenance of a public library collection of books, periodicals, records, films, tapes and a variety of other library materials.
● Directs the development, repair and maintenance of the Library buildings.
● Provides staff support to the Library Board of Directors by assisting with meetings, preparing reports, and implementing policy decided by the Board.
● Prepares an annual departmental budget proposal and presents and defends budget requests before the Library Board and Quorum Court
● Works with the County Judge and County Clerk to maintain fiscal records and operate following local and state procedures.
● Directs and controls the expenditure of departmental fund allocations within the constraints of approved budgets.
● Confers with State agencies, other public libraries, corporations, and community groups in the development of library programs for the Town and assists in coordinating interlibrary program efforts.
● Provides reference and reader’s advisory services on a regular schedule to library patrons as supervisor of that department.
● Prepares various kinds of statistical reports on finances or library holdings.
● Confers with county and city officials and the general public to provide information and to resolve problems and complaints.
● Directs the training of library staff in technical and administrative library skills.
● Directs and participates in personnel actions such as hiring, termination, assignment, evaluation, and labor relations.
● Represents the library on regional and state committees and serves as the county authority on library issues. Performs related work as required.
● Advises Friends of the Library groups within the county system.

Knowledge, Skills, And Abilities

● Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public library functions.
● Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of public administration as applied to a public library.
● Thorough ability in oral and written communications.
● Thorough ability to administer the activities of a public library and to supervise the work of others.
● Thorough ability to make decisions in an environment of limited resources and competing claims.
● Thorough ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with superiors, subordinates, associates, officials of other agencies, and the general public.


A Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited college or university is required. Five years of progressively responsible library administration experience including at least three years in a supervisory capacity is preferred.

Special Requirements

● Proficient in basic computer skills including: word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software, collaborative platforms (Google, Zoom, etc.), and general office software programs.
● Willingness to speak to media, government officials, and public groups.


● Insurance: paid for employee (Family Insurance available at employee’s cost)
● Retirement: CCLS employees are members of the APERS (Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System)
● Holidays: 14 paid holidays
● Sick leave: 8 hours per month (can accrue up to 90 days)
● Paid Vacation – 1 week after first year, 2 weeks beginning the 3rd year, 3 weeks beginning the 6th year, 4 weeks beginning the 16th year.
● Salary determined by experience and education.

Send application and resume to:

Jami Balkman, Chair
Crawford County Library Board
3302 Collum Lane
Alma, Arkansas 72921