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Library Associate (Job Id 9241 URL Link to South Dakota Bureau of Human Resources Career Space Job Listing)


  • Agency: Department of Education; State Library
  • Location: Pierre
  • Salary: $13.54 - $15.92 per hour; depending on experience
  • Pay Grade: GF
  • Closing Date: Open Until Filled

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

The Acquisitions Library Associate is responsible for purchasing all library materials (books, media, and serials) as set forth by the State Library Collection Development Policy. The position ensures that all policies, procedures and standards related to acquisitions are followed. This position schedules timely and regular collection development committee meetings. The position maintains statistics for Acquisitions and reports to the head of Reference and Collection Services.

NCRC: If you possess a National Career Readiness Certificate, please submit the certificate with your application. For more information on how to acquire a National Career Readiness Certificate contact a South Dakota Department of Labor and Regulation Local Office. A certificate is not necessary to be considered.

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 bachelor's degree and/or library course-work/library experience and experience working budgets, spreadsheets, and accounting functions is preferred.

Knowledge of:

  • principles, practices, techniques, and services of a library;
  • local cataloging and metadata processes;
  • bibliographic terminology;
  • accounting and budgeting;
  • various Microsoft Office products;
  • shipping and receiving;
  • online searching (including book reviews);
  • monthly status reports.

Skill to:

  • communicate effectively;
  • prepare statistical reports;
  • manage invoices;
  • work as part of a team.

Ability to:

  • create budgets & spreadsheets in library ILS for books/ media/ serials and standing orders;
  • gather and recommend list of titles for purchase that fall within the library collection development policy;
  • purchase titles selected by committee from various vendors;
  • pay invoices for materials purchased;
  • provide invoices, credit card statements and other documentation to administration as needed;
  • monitor the status of orders / process claims for orders not received;
  • purchase titles for the Department of Education with committee chair approval;
  • request bids from vendors for large purchases;
  • sort and distribute incoming mail;
  • process all outgoing mail;
  • communicate information;
  • use a computer to load, edit, and store documents;
  • proofread with a high level of accuracy and attention to detail;
  • organize work and set priorities with minimal direction;
  • keep up to date with new technical development, equipment, and standards;
  • work independently;
  • lift 50 lbs;
  • perform other duties as assigned.

Additional Requirements: To be considered, please attach your resume and cover letter.


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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