The Library Consultant works with public library directors, trustees and staff to encourage best practices in library management and operations. The Consultant is a specialist regarding the policies and procedures that guide and govern libraries, and serves as a resource for public libraries and for the Library Development team on a broad range of library topics.
- Provide advice on best practices for the management and operation of public libraries to directors, staff, and trustees. • Provide consultation and training on the roles and responsibilities of Library Boards. • Serve as an expert resource in at least two of these areas: Strategic planning; library facilities planning; operational work flow; library advocacy. • Research library legislation and Board by-laws, and write policies, procedures, reports and other documents as needed to guide and support the work of libraries. • Act as a liaison between the State Library and relevant state and national forums and institutions related to the work of public libraries. • Independently identify areas of need in public libraries; research, design and plan for implementation of programs and projects designed to address those needs. • Work with library Friends’ groups such as the statewide Friends of South Carolina Libraries in an advisory capacity regarding advocacy and community support for libraries.
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.
Specific knowledge and expertise preferred in library policy development, library legislation, advocacy, and trustee relations. Broad knowledge of the following public library operational and management elements, or ability to develop knowledge rapidly: Library organization and administration, procedures and typical services; library staffing; collection development principles; library support and finance; local, state, and federal rules and regulations which apply to libraries; library customer service; library standards and/or statistics; library facilities planning. 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. Ability to define personal goals and contribute to team goal setting and accomplishment of goals; ability to guide the work of others (for instance, an intern.)
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/library-consultant
Company Info: South Carolina State Library 1500 Senate Street Columbia, SC 29201 Website: http://www.statelibrary.sc.gov