Library Consultants at the SC State Library work independently and as part of the Library Development Team to encourage best practices in public library management and operations. The Consultant conducts site visits to libraries to observe, assess, advise, and train on a broad range of library practices and procedures. The Consultant serves as a resource for public library staff and for the Library Development team on any of a number of library topics, and contributes to the overall work of the team. The Inclusion Consultant exhibits knowledge and competence in the area of accessible library services, resources and programs, and addresses issues related to diversity in public library audiences.
- Provide advice on best practices in libraries, especially in the management and operation of inclusive services to diverse populations. • Provide consultation and training on the roles and responsibilities of Library Directors and staff, particularly in regard to library services to special populations. • Serve as an expert resource in identifying barriers to access and recommending resources, collections, equipment, and facilities (ADA compliance) and in recommending solutions to achieve accessibility for all. • Act as a liaison between the State Library, state and national forums and local agencies and institutions, particularly those related to serving diverse audiences. • Assess the need for improvement in library staff skills and in the level of awareness and sensitivity regarding needs in the service population; plan and implement training in various formats. • Work as part of the Library Development team to plan and implement grant funded programs and various events that meet defined needs under Agency goals.
The South Carolina State Library is the primary administrator of federal and state support for the state’s libraries. Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the State Library develops, supports, and sustains a thriving statewide community of learners committed to making South Carolina stronger. We serve the people of South Carolina by supporting state government and libraries to provide opportunities for learning in a changing environment.
Hiring Range: $46,000 – $55,000
Minimum Requirement and Additional Requirements:
A masters’ degree in library science from an American Library Association accredited college or university and 3-5 years professional experience in a public library position bearing responsibility for a core service area, branch or headquarters facility, or other oversight capacity; public service experience strongly preferred.
Familiarity with public library audiences, services, facilities, general trends and current issues. Awareness of, empathy and interest in personal conditions that make access to library resources difficult, and in issues of age-related, cultural, social, racial, ethnic, and economic diversity. Ability to communicate effectively in writing, by email, and by telephone; high degree of comfort in meeting people of all abilities in professional situations. Comfort with public speaking preferred. Ability to work independently and exercise initiative.
The State Library actively promotes professional development and learning opportunities for staff. Work takes place in an office environment. No physically demanding requirements, but ability to retrieve library materials is essential. Limited overnight travel required.
- Supplemental questions are considered part of your official application. Any misrepresentation will result in your disqualification from consideration for employment. • Please complete the state application to include all current and previous work/salary history and education. A resume will not be accepted nor reviewed in lieu of a completed state application to determine if an applicant has met the qualifications for the position. • Please include a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Reference and background check will be conducted. How to Apply:
Find a full position description and instructions for applying on the SC Library Jobs List: http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov/jobs/inclusive-services-consultant
Company Info: South Carolina State Library 1500 Senate Street Columbia, SC 29201 Website: http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov