Wednesday, January 9, 2008


The Lakeland Library Cooperative (headquartered in Grand Rapids, MI) is seeking a knowledgeable and experienced library administrator as its next Cooperative Director. Lakeland Library Cooperative (LLC) is a state cooperative agency serving libraries in eight West Michigan counties by providing opportunities to share resources, services and expertise for the benefit of the libraries and the communities they serve. With a $1.6 million annual budget and 25 system employees (16.8 FTEs), LLC is a membership-driven organization with a mission to build on the strengths of its diverse members through cooperative action to provide superior service to its member libraries and their constituents.

Responsibilities. As chief administrative officer, the Cooperative Director reports to a nine-member Board composed of representatives from member libraries and has overall responsibility for fulfilling and advancing LLC’s mission through an effective and dynamic program of cooperative services. Overall responsibilities include: organizing and administering the system’s resources to carry out its strategic goals; providing effective leadership in implementation of long-range planning; developing and maintaining an effective communication program; strengthening current funding sources, seeking additional revenue sources and overseeing sound financial practices; developing and maintaining effective training, consulting and continuing education programs; and representing LLC’s interests by participating in library activities at regional, state and national levels. A detailed job description is located at

Minimum Qualifications. A master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited program and a minimum of four years of administrative library experience. Experience with a large cooperative or a multi-site library system is desirable. Essential knowledge, skills and abilities include: a thorough knowledge of public libraries, especially their goals and objectives; significant experience with library automation systems; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to work collaboratively and effectively with others; a thorough understanding of accounting, budgeting and financial planning; and ability to prepare financial and other statistical reports. Experience working with a policy-making board and a diverse membership is highly desirable.

Compensation. Entry salary range $80,000 - $95,000 (placement dependent upon experience and qualifications) with a generous benefit package.

To Apply Or Obtain Further Information. The Lakeland Library Cooperative Personnel Committee requests that all inquiries be forwarded to the library executive search firm of Gossage Sager Associates. Visit for additional information including the complete job description. The closing date for applications is February 15, 2008. To apply, please send a meaningful cover letter and a current resume as Word attachments via e-mail to

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