POST DATE: Jan. 22, 2020



Job ID: 13525

Agency: Department of Education/Division of State Library

Salary: $$21.80 - $24.80 per hour; depending on experience

Pay Grade: GJ

This is a full-time position with the Department of Education. For more information on the Department of Education, please visit

The Senior Librarian works as a consultant and liaison for the State Library within the South Dakota Department of Education. This position administers a state library program through planning, implementation, and coordination with other library programs and with public or school libraries, agencies, or states; and provides consultative services and training on the SDSL provided statewide electronic databases. Frequent travel is necessary to present at conferences, provide training at school in-services and with local public library staff and trustees. Oversees our state's e-book consortium and assists with digital projects.

May consider applicants who are interested in working remotely within the state.

Manages library program areas to ensure the goals and objectives of the library are met in the following areas:

  • coordinates activities with other areas of the library;
  • supervises the purchase of new materials for the library's e-resources collection;
  • develops short and long range goals, defines practices, and establishes procedures for public services;
  • promotes online access to all library services and collections;
  • works with and initiates the activities of technical staff and staff of online information vendors to install and maintain online access including authentication issues;
  • responds to requests from other libraries regarding information needed to enhance local access to licensed online information products;
  • investigates online access problems for library users and other libraries;
  • develops and presents workshops and training materials (online and face-to-face);
  • trains librarians, library staff, and teachers on how to access different library services databases;
  • develops learning outcomes and evaluation tools;
  • contacts and coordinates activities with staff at other agencies or institutions;
  • identifies and discusses local library administrative issues and informs library staff and library directors of changes in the library field and upcoming training opportunities;
  • answers questions concerning planning, collection development, computers, and computer systems, copyright issues and recommends solutions based on local needs;
  • serves as a member of the library management team to offer assistance to the State Librarian in the management and operation of the state library;
  • provides technical expertise and advice to the State Librarian and library administrators;
  • serves on the library collection development committee and serves as a SDSL liaison for the e-book consortium, South Dakota Titles to Go;
  • provides leadership in the design and implementation of digital resources for the library to ensure the program is carried out and operates effectively;
  • provides technical assistance in the development of hardware and software tools for organizing, searching, discovering, retrieving, and manipulating networked information resources;
  • monitors emerging information technologies and digital library projects;
  • evaluates new approaches for organizing and providing access to information including co-chairing the SDSL's bi-annual Electronic Resources Taskforce;
  • provides leadership in the design and implementation of instructional and support programs for users of e- resources;
  • performs other work as assigned.

Reporting Relationships:
Reports to the head of Access Services.

Degree Requirements:
A Master's in Library Science or a bachelor's degree with some library coursework is preferred.

Challenges include meeting the needs of government, public, and school libraries and the public through the services provided by each library program in the most efficient and effective way possible. Also challenging is the technological advancements and changes, which require continuous training of users and staff.

Typical problems include repetitive training and integration issues, fluctuations in workflow, maintaining knowledge of and relaying information on changing rules and procedures, developing and updating training to meet necessary needs, fiscal constraints, assisting local library staff who have had little or no training, identifying local library issues and ways to fix problems, balancing the needs among larger and smaller libraries. Encouraging and promoting collaboration on library programs, developing teams that will train and promote library services, and investigating online access problems.

Decision-making Authority:
Decisions made include: when to do training for local libraries, when and where to travel for local library onsite visits, which local library needs should be addressed first, what priority should be assigned to identified training needs, types of evaluation tools to use, etc. Lastly, scheduling and coordinating conferences and writing/submitting creative session proposals in a timely manner.

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


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

The State of South Dakota does not sponsor work visas for new or existing employees. All persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and complete an Employment Eligibility Verification, Form I-9.

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 please visit . This position is a member of Class A retirement under SDRS.