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Texas State Library and Archives Commission : State Librarian

Texas State Library and Archives Commission : Director & State Librarian

TSLAC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability in employment or in the provision of services, programs, or activities. For job opening inquiries or to request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act please contact the TSLAC Human Resources office by calling 512-463-5474.

Applications submitted to TSLAC may be subject to public disclosure, upon request, pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act.

Veterans, Reservist or Guardsmen with an MOS or additional duties that fall in the fields of 357; 9970; 360; 02;3A or other related fields pertaining to the minimum experience requirements may meet the minimum qualifications for this position and are highly encouraged to apply. Please call Human Resources at (512) 463-6564 with questions or for additional information.
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Under the supervision and with the guidance of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (a seven-member governing body appointed by the Governor of Texas), the Director and Librarian plans and directs the agency’s operational, financial, and administrative activities, including the Archives and Information Services, Library Development and Networking, State and Local Records Management, and Talking Book programs of the Texas State Library. Work involves strategic planning skills, specialized knowledge of state government, and agency budget and program administration based on an understanding of how the programs administered by the agency relate to and support one another in service to the people of Texas. The Director and Librarian engages key stakeholder groups throughout the State of Texas to develop and implement strategies that effectively facilitate access to library and information services statewide, to preserve the archives of Texas, and to facilitate records management throughout.


The mission of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is to provide Texans access to information needed to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic, and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. The Director and Librarian leads the agency in achieving this mission.
It is the responsibility of the Director and Librarian to accomplish TSLAC's statutory requirements, goals, and objectives. To carry out statutory duties and other responsibilities assigned to the Director and Librarian under Chapter 441 of the Texas Government Code, the Director and Librarian shall: Serve as the executive and administrative officer of the commission and discharge the administrative and executive functions of the commission.
Record the commission's proceedings.
Keep an accurate account of the commission's financial transactions.
Have charge of the state library and any book, picture, document, newspaper, manuscript, archive, relic, memento, flag, or similar item contained in the library.
Administer programs to carry out the duties of the commission and the director and librarian.
Ascertain the condition of all public libraries in this state and report the results to the commission.
Perform any other duty the commission assigns.
It is also the responsibility of the Director and Librarian to: Serve as the commission's spokesperson and representative on all legislative issues and work directly with legislators for the benefit of the agency’s stakeholders, customers, and constituents.
Assist the commission in establishing long-range planning goals and providing visionary direction for TSLAC programs.
Direct the expenditure of federal funds allocated to Texas to support library and archival programs and services.
Supervise the work of the Texas Center for the Book, an affiliate program of the Library of Congress.
Designate appropriate liaisons to advisory groups; state and local government officials; library, archival, historical, and records management organizations; and the general public.
Further TSLAC's goals for digital inclusion for all Texans via improved access to digital content and broadband networks via Texas libraries and archives.
Ensure that TSLAC is a key partner among libraries, state agencies, and other organizations that facilitate access to information by the public and state government.
Ensure that TSLAC adheres to all state and federal statutory and regulatory requirements and maintains the highest possible ethical standards in all areas of operation.

•    Advanced academic degree (Master’s or above) in Library and/or Information Science.
•    Demonstrated experience in higher level management and operation in one or more of the following: libraries, archives, information services, or records management.
•    Experience in leading strategic planning for long-range goals.
•    Record of successful experience in policy administration, budgeting, and planning for an entity or organization.
•    Demonstrated ability to direct an organization, evaluate program performance, and implement effective solutions to ensure ongoing program refinement and enhancement for improvement.
•    Demonstrated ability to work successfully with legislative, governmental, or diverse policy-making body (such as academic institution) processes.
•    Demonstrated ability to speak persuasively before groups and provide information and testimony to elected and appointed officials.
•    Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
•    Demonstrated ability to foster and build collaborative relationships with internal and external members to achieve organizational goals and use public relations to maintain effective relationships with a wide variety of individuals and groups.

•    Master of Library and/or Information Science degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association.
•    Certification by the Academy of Certified Archivists or the Institute of Certified Records Managers.
•    Knowledge of and experience with providing access to information resources to persons with special needs.
•    Work experience and management of more than one type of library, archive, or records management program, including the application of automated information management systems.
•    Record of successful experience in policy administration, budgeting, and planning for a governmental entity.
•    Experience in a program coordinating Records Management and information technology toward common information management goals.
•    Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with library, archival and/or public records professionals at state or national levels.
•    Experience establishing or managing records information management (RIM) program methodologies in digital formats for the management of information assets in electronic and digital  formats.
•    Experience with and understanding of automated information management systems as used by government agencies in their creation and use of information.
•    Experience with existing and emerging technologies for digital initiatives and experience with planning for long-term public access to and utilization of the born-digital public records.
•    Experience in directing media relations and communications.

•    Submit complete undergraduate college and graduate school transcripts.
•    Submit up to two writing samples, such as an article submitted to and accepted by a peer-reviewed publication, or an article or editorial accepted in widely distributed media.
•    Successfully pass a criminal history background check if offered the position.
•    Must be able to obtain a state travel credit card; applicants may be required to provide credit history information.
•    Be available for an in-person interview with the full commission, which will include making a formal oral presentation.
•    Ability to travel.

  • 16 June 2021
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