Thursday, January 26, 2023

Search for new director of Inkster library continues

Area library professionals are asked to check out the open position at the Leanna Hicks Public Library in Inkster.

With the departure of former library director Betty Smith for a job in West Fargo, ND last April, the library board of directors is continuing to search for a new library leader. 

The new Leanna Hicks Public Library building opened in March 2021 and serves a population of approximately 25,000 funded primarily through a dedicated 2 mill tax levy.  

Inkster is a multicultural community and officials said they work to provide access to “big-city” amenities while retaining a small-town feeling. A small but dedicated staff works to provide excellent customer service resulting in a community that strongly supports the library, according to a statement on the city website soliciting applications for the position. 

The position requires an MLS/MLIS from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association. Additional qualifications include three years of professional library experience in a public library, of which at least two years have been in a management or supervisory position; thorough knowledge of public library service; financial management experience; an understanding of technology and its application in public libraries; strong management skills; excellent communication and interpersonal relationship skills; and the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with diverse groups.

Candidates are also required to have sufficient mobility to work in a library setting operating office equipment and able to lift, push or pull at least 20 pounds with or without reasonable accommodations. Physical demands include stooping, kneeling, crouching, and reaching overhead and horizontally.

This is a full-time position of 40 or more hours per week; however, actual hours may vary and could include some evenings and weekends. The position is offering an annual base salary starting at $58,000 and up to $60,000 negotiable based on experience with a 90-day probationary period, officials said.

Benefits include healthcare, paid personal days, and up to a $3,500 retirement matching plan.

 Additional information about the library can be found at

 Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Electronic submissions are required. Interested individuals should forward a cover letter addressing the position requirements, a resume, and three references with contact information.

 Electronic submissions and requests for additional information should be directed to Leanna Hicks Public Library Board at Use the email provided for any questions.