June 25, 2022

Gibson library director resigns

Gibson Memorial Library Director Aric Bishop has submitted his resignation effective July 11.

Library board President Ann Coulter said the board has begun the search for the next director and hopes to have the position filled about the same time Bishop leaves.

Bishop has been with the library for two years.

Coulter said the board and library staff will continue board functions and operations until a new director is found. The library is researching and raising funds for an expansion project of its building at 200 W. Howard St. and is also reviewing a proposal to relocate the library to the former Walmart building on New York Avenue.

According to the library’s Facebook post the director supports the library mission, vision and values through exceptional leadership and dedicated customer focus.

The director is responsible for managing the facility, budget, staff development, oversees the day-to-day operations including technology, collection development, publicity, programming and the library’s social media presence.

A full job description is available at www.creston.lib.ia.us .

The director will be responsible for building strong community partnerships.

Minimum qualifications include a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college, three years library experience and the State Library of Iowa Public Library Director Endorsement. Preferred qualifications include a master’s degree in library science/library information.

Please send letter of application, resume and three professional references to crestonlibraryboard50801@gmail.com.

Review of applications will begin on Monday, June 27.

John Van Nostrand


An Iowa native, John's newspaper career has mostly been in small-town weeklies from the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi River. He first stint in Creston was from 2002 to 2005.