Jessie Schafer

Special Board Meeting

There will be a special board meeting on Thursday, January 25 to appoint a new library director. This will be an open meeting, in person at the library and on Zoom.

Board of Trustees Special Meeting Agenda

January 25, 2024, 5:30pm

West Branch Public Library Community Room

Online Attendance is available at, by phone at 1-312-626-6799, or by a Zoom application on mobile device with meeting code 845 1023 4590.

Roll Call

Discuss/Approve appointment of Library Director, Set Salary

Next meeting 2/14 @ 6:30pm

CLOSED Job Posting – Library Director

Applications are now closed.

The West Branch Public Library is accepting applications for the position of Director.  This is a full time position with a salary of $50,000 to $65,000, dependent on experience and qualifications.

The library director is an exempt position that requires significant knowledge in the field of library science and has a history of exhibiting sound judgment and personnel guidance.  The director is responsible for managing the day to day operations of the library including personnel, collections, circulation, programming, technology, and building maintenance under the direction of the library board of trustees. 

The director must participate in continuing education and maintain currency in library trends and library information policy.   The director must be able to work with community groups, city and county representatives, and all members of the public in a pleasant and professional manner.  

The West Branch Public Library is dedicated to providing an inclusive space for all members of our community.  The director must demonstrate a working proficiency in the ability to work with the public while appreciating the unique contribution of diverse individuals (i.e. individuals from varied cultures, race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, and veteran status). 

Desired Qualifications

Required: training and experience in Library Science, Masters Degree in Library Science or equivalent library experience, a minimum of one year full time library experience, and use of computer and associated technology.  Supervisory and budget preparation experience is greatly desired.  Must be endorsed as a Library Director by the State Library of Iowa or be willing and able to be endorsed within two years of hire.


To apply, please submit both a City of West Branch employment application (and/or resume with job history and references) and cover letter by January 5th, 2024 to the West Branch Public Library, or email to  Employment application and full job description is available at the library.  The City of West Branch is an equal opportunity employer.

Download the job description here.