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Senior Librarian (Job Id 8540 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.

The Senior Librarian administers a state library program through planning, implementation, and coordination with other library programs and public or school libraries, agencies, or states. This position provides consultative services to other 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 position works with other librarians at the State Library and specifically oversees the children and youth services area.

A high level of professionalism, attention to detail, communication, continuous learning, customer service, information seeking, planning and organization, problem solving, relationship building, and teamwork.

This position will be located in Pierre and be required to travel on a frequent basis.

Please attach curriculum vitae, transcripts, a list of professional references, and cover letter to application.

The Ideal Candidate Will Have:

A master's degree / bachelor's degree with library experience and/or coursework is preferred.

A high level of professionalism, attention to detail, communication, continuous learning, customer service, information seeking, planning and organization, problem solving, relationship building, and teamwork .

Knowledge of:

  • current library trends;
  • innovative technology;
  • library best practices;
  • policy and procedure writing;
  • early childhood literacy;
  • physical and cognitive development of children and youth;
  • youth services;
  • children and youth literature;
  • social media programs;
  • information literacy;
  • generational and multicultural issues and multi-literacy skills.

Skill to:

  • build team relationships;
  • plan and organize;
  • solve problems;
  • supervise employees;
  • analyze critically.

Ability to:

  • communicate effectively;
  • instruct adults;
  • lead people and operations in assigned areas;
  • create presentations to present to groups;
  • demonstrate use of software;
  • curate resources;
  • manage grants and negotiate contracts;
  • compile statistics;
  • create surveys;
  • work with other team members to accomplish goals;
  • coordinate projects;
  • develop and establish goals;
  • use various evaluation tools;
  • evaluate learning outcomes;
  • develop training materials;
  • consult with local librarians;
  • research and answer questions concerning budgets, governance, collection development, technology, and ILS systems;
  • create new and creative programming for teens and young children.


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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