Library Director, McDonald County Library, Pineville, Missouri

Library Director, McDonald County Library, Pineville, Missouri


The McDonald County Library seeks community-minded and qualified applications for the position of Library Director.  The Library Director manages the daily administrative activities of the library, promotes the library in the community, partners with local agencies and educations facilities, writes and administers grants, maintains facilities, guides personnel, and is responsible for all programming.


The library serves a county population of 23,000.  The main library, built in 1984 and recently renovated, lies in the center of Pineville, just down the street from the elementary school.  There are two branches, one in Noel, opened in the late 1990s, and a new facility in Southwest City opened in 2011.  McDonald County is a rural collection of communities, and features a multicultural and economically diverse population.  The county is located just north of the Northwest Arkansas corridor, and was included in the Metropolitan NWA Region in the latest census because of the close proximity.


Library staff includes several full-time and part-time positions, and the annual operating budget is approximately $300,000.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • MLS preferred or other bachelor’s degree with relevant experience considered
  • Professional administrative experience
  • Experience preparing and managing a balanced budget
  • Experience working with current technology and library services
  • Ability to provide quality children, teen and adult library programs
  • Ability to interact positively with community and educational leaders
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience writing and administering grants


Salary and Benefits:

Salary will range between $35,000-$40,000, based on education and experience.  Benefits include vacation, holiday pay, and sick leave. Insurance and retirement may be negotiated.


Application Process:

Email or mail a cover letter, resume, and three professional letters of reference that include reference contact information to or McDonald County Library, Attn: William Chamberlain, Bd. President, 808 Bailey Road, Pineville, MO 64856.


The first round of interviews will begin in June 2020.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


Posted 5/7/2020






iWrite Celebration!


Introducing: Youth Writing Contest.

Enter in your chance to win.

Deadline is September 30th.

Form: Flash Fiction

Topic: A Unique Perspective of Life in McDonald County

Length: 250 words maximum

Deadline: September 30th, 2019

Submission: Instructions Below

Age/Grade: Entries will be categorized in three brackets: 5th & 6th grade, 7th & 8th grade, and 9th-12th grade

Results: Three winners per bracket will be selected.

Prizes: The winners of each bracket will receive the following prizes:

  • First place – $100
  • Second place – $50
  • Third place – $25
  • Honorable Mention – Certificate

Further information and advice


The McDonald County Historical Society, the McDonald County Library, and the Jane Preservation Society interests lie in

  1. Promoting the art of writing among the youth of McDonald County
  2. Promoting appreciation of the rich history, unique places, and the exciting present of McDonald County


Judges will be looking for writing that is creative, displays excellent conventional writing skills, and entertains the reader while writing about a unique perspective of life in McDonald County.





To be eligible, the entry must be:

  • Written by a McDonald County resident or attend McDonald County Schools
  • Typed-written is preferred but not required
  • By a writer within the age/grade bracket at the time of submission
  • An original piece of work
  • Submitted on or before the due date
  • Formatted according to the submission instructions


Submission Instructions


The first page of the document should be a cover sheet announcing:

  • Contest (iWrite Celebration);
  • Category (5th/6th grade, 7th/8th grade, or 9th-12th grade);
  • Story’s title
  • Author’s name
  • Address
  • Phone number

Because of blind judging requirements, no identifying information except title and page number in the header should appear on succeeding pages.


Entries may be submitted handwritten, but typed is preferred as a Word document, Google doc, or similar format in the following ways:


  • Entries will be picked up at each school’s front office the afternoon of September 30th


  • Via email:, subject line: iWrite Celebration Entry


  • Bring to a McDonald County Library branch location; Pineville, Noel, Southwest City


For questions, please call the McDonald County Library’s Pineville office, (417) 223-4489.