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Senior Librarian (Job Id 9517 URL Link to South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources Career Space Job Listing)


  • Agency: Department of Education; State Library
  • Location: Pierre
  • Salary: $19.14 - $22.98 per hour
  • Closing Date: Open Until Filled

For more information on the Department of Education, please visit URL Link to South Dakota Department of Education.

Are you passionate about children and teen access to great literature and programming? Are you creative, a natural teacher and enjoy traveling and meeting new people? Would you love to "clone" your talents among dozens of local/rural librarians eager to learn how to reach their community youth? This position is a unique opportunity to have a state-wide influence and develop leadership skills early in one's career. If you possess these qualities, thrive on challenges and are adventurous, then we may have the perfect job for you!

The South Dakota State Library has an open position for their Children and Youth Services Coordinator. The successful candidate will administer a state library program through planning, implementation, and coordination with other library programs; public or school libraries, agencies, or states; and provides consultative services to South Dakota libraries in the areas of development and operations to ensure the effective delivery of library services and the accomplishment of the goals and objectives of the program. This Senior Librarian works with other librarians at the State Library and specifically oversees the children and youth services area.

Working conditions or other specific requirements:

  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs., hold a valid legal driver's license from the State of South Dakota, and be able to travel.

Successful applicant(s) will be required to undergo a background investigation. An arrest/conviction record will not necessarily bar employment.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

A master's degree in library and information science (MLS)is preferred with library experience and/or coursework. Flexibility with work-week schedule if currently pursuing a degree.

Knowledge of:

  • 21st century library trends, technology, and innovation;
  • library best practices;
  • policy and procedure writing;
  • early literacy;
  • child and youth physical and cognitive development;
  • youth services;
  • child and youth literature;
  • social media;
  • information literacy;
  • knowledge of generational and multicultural issues and multi-literacy skills.

Skill to:

  • communicate;
  • learn continuously;
  • build teams;
  • plan, organize, problem solve, and create;
  • supervise;
  • write, read, and analyze effectively and critically.

Ability to:

  • Instruct adults;
  • lead in areas assigned;
  • create presentations;
  • vet and demo software;
  • curate resources;
  • book-talks and storytelling;
  • research and manage grants;
  • aggregate statistics and create surveys;
  • work in teams and coordinate projects;
  • travel extensively both in-state and out of state;
  • develop goals, evaluation tools, learning outcomes, and training materials;
  • negotiate contracts;
  • consult with local librarians;
  • research and answer questions concerning budgets;
  • develop collections, technology, trends, ILS systems, and child and teen programming.

Additional Requirements: To be considered, please attach your vitae or resume, cover letter, list of professional references, and college transcripts.

In your cover letter, describe any work or life-related experience which would indicate that you possess the following: professionalism, attention to detail, communication, ability to work with adults and children, creativity, continuous learning, customer service, information seeking, planning and organization, problem solving, relationship building, teamwork, and excellent communication skills.


The State of South Dakota offers paid employee health insurance plus ten paid holidays, generous vacation leave accrual, and medical, dental, vision, and other benefits. For more information visit URL Link to South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources.

Apply at: URL Link to South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources
500 East Capitol
Pierre, SD 57501-5070
Telephone: 605.773.3148
Fax: 605.773.4344

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