Director of Services – Vermont State Library (Montpelier, VT)


The Vermont Department of Libraries is seeking a motivated, creative and public service-minded librarian to serve as Director of Services at the Vermont State Library in Montpelier, Vermont. The Vermont State Library includes the State Law Library, Vermont historical newspapers on microfilm, a Vermontiana collection, Vermont state documents, and is a partial federal documents depository. The Library serves the three branches of state government, the Vermont legal community, and the general public. Under the general supervision of the State Librarian, the Director of State Library Services will lead a team of 4 FTEs, including a Law Librarian and Reference/Interlibrary Loan Librarian and will oversee reference and information services, including reference back-up service for Vermont public libraries and services to State employees, and interlibrary loan. The Director will provide leadership and planning for the State Library, and will also perform duties in reference and interlibrary loan. Successful candidates will be able to perform administrative, managerial, supervisory, professional, technical, customer service, and public relations duties to advance the work of the Vermont State Library. The Director will also take part in other Department planning and program delivery activities as a member of the Department’s Management Team. Duties include: oversight, planning and direction of the Vermont State Library; direct reference and interlibrary loan service; collaboration with state agencies and local libraries; training and instruction to state employees and local library employees; collection development and maintenance; production of materials such as newsletters and bibliographies; creation of tools and resources to enhance reference service; website development/maintenance; grant-writing and grants management; and assessment and evaluation. The person in this position will travel (mostly in-state) and will require personal means of transportation. Duties are performed under the general supervision of the State Librarian.

Requirements: Master’s Degree in Library Science from a school accredited by the American Library Association, AND five (5) years or more of professional library experience INCLUDING supervisory and administrative experience.

Preferred: Three years or more of experience in library reference service; experience in using, selecting and procuring a wide variety of information resources, including electronic databases.

Candidates must possess good leadership skills and organizational skills; have excellent oral and written communication skills; have good interpersonal skills and proven ability to work successfully as part of a team; possess a broad knowledge of library practices and theory, especially related to reference services; and knowledge and expertise in the use and management of library information technology, including electronic library resources and information databases. Experience working with OCLC, library instruction or marketing of library resources is highly desireable. The successful candidate will have experience with collection development and direct library patron service.

The State of Vermont offers an excellent total compensation package.

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Job Spec (with Pay Grade) available at:

To apply: Applicants MUST apply via the online State of Vermont job site. All application documents must be attached to the online application.

State of Vermont online job application:

Include with online application: (1) resume, (2) cover letter; and (3) professional writing sample (no longer than 3 pages)

Job ID Number: 614426


Location: Montpelier

Application Deadline: March 24, 2014