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Library Consultant

Posted by: South Carolina State Library

Posted date: 2017-Jan-09

Location: South Carolina State Library

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.
Job Title Library Consultant
Start Date
Library/Institution Name South Carolina State Library
Salary $46,000 - $55,000
Certification Required? No
City Columbia
State SC
Job Type Job Type -> Full-time
Type of Library Job Classification -> Public
Qualifications 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.)

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