Galesburg Public Library

Director Search

Congratulations to Noelle Thompson on her appointment as the new Director of the Galesburg Public Library! We were honored to assist the library with the search and enjoyed working with the library staff and board of trustees.

The Board of Trustees of the
Galesburg Public Library in Galesburg, Illinois seeks an energetic and dedicated leader to serve as Library Director.

Galesburg, a progressive and peaceful place to live, work, and play, is located in northwest central Illinois approximately 35 miles east of the Mighty Mississippi River. Residents enjoy convenient access to Chicago as several long-distance Amtrak trains stop daily in Galesburg.

The Galesburg Public Library, a municipal library funded by the City of Galesburg, provides library service to approximately 32,000 residents of the City of Galesburg. Founded by one of the early supporters of the anti-slavery movement, Galesburg has both an interesting history and a strong community-based vision for the future. Galesburg is also the home of Knox College. From its renowned Jazz Ensemble performances to the lively broadcasts of the college's radio station to the variety of events at the Ford Center for the Fine Arts and the Whitcomb Art Center, Knox College offers something for everyone.

About the Opportunity:
This opportunity is for a director who will serve as a visionary leader, responding to the diverse needs of the Galesburg community and adapting to the changing role of public libraries.

Qualifications and Requirements:
• Lead the staff and the library in a highly professional manner, fostering teamwork, collaboration and trust.

Political savvy with well-developed prowess at building and strengthening relationships.
• High-level managerial experience with financial and planning responsibilities.
Intellectual curiosity, and an eagerness to explore new ideas.
• Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited school.

To apply for this position, please submit a cover letter, current resume and three professional references using the contact information below. Please include your last name in the title of any attached files and “Galesburg” in the subject line of your email. Applications should be received by May 30.

Salary $75,000/year or higher, negotiable based on experience. Excellent benefits.

Questions? We welcome and encourage inquiries.

John Keister & Associates
Executive Search for Libraries
John Keister & Associates
p: 847-955-0541

Photos: Galesburg Public Library

Our firm is committed to Equal Employment Opportunities, and will not discriminate against any candidate because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, disability, veteran status, or sexual orientation.