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Washington State Library : Reference Librarian

This journey level position reports to the Central Library Operations Coordinator and provides professional level research assistance to customers. The position also digitizes collection materials, creates metadata, participates in the electronic state publications capture and ingestion process and participates in marketing and outreach efforts.

If you are a top-performing employee and would like to share your skills and abilities to make a difference by connecting Washingtonians through the power of libraries, then please apply today!


Independent Professional Level Research Assistance to Customers
 Tasks include:

Staffs reference service points, including the circulation/reception desk, reference desk/research appointments, and online chat reference service; determines the best way to answer reference questions by conducting reference interviews; responds to requests received through all customer gateways Conducts research to respond to information requests; utilizes reference resource materials, catalogs, indexes, databases and legal materials to identify and analyze sources to answer questions Assists customers with use of all the collection, including federal and state publications, general and specialized reference, newspapers and periodicals, databases, and the website Performs basic circulation functions – library card registration, item check in, and item checkout – assists customers with placing holds, and answers circulation-related questions while staffing the circulation/reference desk

Electronic State Publications

Tasks include:

Makes corrections to electronic state publications metadata in the Digital Archives web admin interface Works with the Digital Archives, in coordination with the state depository coordinator to resolve technical issues involving the electronic state publications portal Approves electronic state publications submitted by state library and other agency staff  Monitors state agency websites for new publications Captures publication files from state agency websites Submits files to the Digital Archives after adding appropriate metadata Converts non-pdf publications into pdf format Creates, and/or adds publication links to, html pages for serials/multi-part monographs

Digital Collections

Tasks include:

Creates metadata for digital assets Digitizes collection materials Processes images and converts them to the appropriate format  for online presentation  Curates materials  to include in online exhibits for the education portal Digitizes and submits federal publications to the Government Publishing Office (GPO)

Marketing and Outreach
Tasks include:

Participates in marketing and outreach efforts to publicize WSL collections and services. Contributes to online marketing efforts by writing blog posts and creating content for new and existing pages on the library’s website  Creates quarterly, or more frequent, displays highlighting materials from a single collection or a variety of collections Provides instruction, workshops, and tours.  Gives presentations highlighting collections and services to internal and external groups Assists other Central Library staff members with outreach and special projects, such as creating displays, preparing and/or giving presentations, and attending and/or staffing booths at events

Tasks include:

Backs up shelving and other collection activities as needed Other duties as assigned



A Master’s degree in library science from an American Library Association accredited program Two years of experience working as a professional librarian


Knowledge of library principles and practices Knowledge of Washington state history and government Excellent English language communication skills—written and verbal Professional online communication skills—demonstrating courtesy, discretion and etiquette Knowledge of AACR2, RDA and MARC Knowledge of metadata schemas, especially Dublin Core and EAD Experience with digitizing and processing digital assets  Proficient in Microsoft Office productivity tools: Outlook, PowerPoint, Excel Working knowledge of Adobe Acrobat Professional, Microsoft Access, RSS feeds, and HTML Familiarity with Washington state and/or federal government publications

Supplemental Information

Working Conditions
In this position, the incumbent works in an office setting, warehouse, and requires sitting for long periods of time and standing for long periods of time. The incumbent must have a willingness and ability to work in adverse conditions (working with moldy or dusty materials or in areas that are cramped and/or somewhat confining). The standard work hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  Occasional local or out of state travel may be required. If driving a vehicle for business purposes, will be required to submit a valid driver license to supervisor.  Duties require the use of standard office furniture and equipment (e.g., desk, filing cabinet, computer, printer, telephone, fax machine, copy machine, etc.) and various scanners for digitization. Works with both internal and external customers, including other state agencies, by phone, email, virtual chat, and in person. Frequent contact with customers, including some contact with those who may be angry, distraught, or frustrated. The incumbent in this position must be able to lift up to 40 lbs., and stand, bend, stoop, kneel, reach, grasp, climb on and off of stepstools, push and pull fully loaded book carts, lift, carry, and crank compact shelving handles with or without a reasonable accommodation.

How to Apply

To be considered for this this position you must attach a resume and a letter of interest describing how your experience and qualifications relate to the position description and the required and preferred/desired qualifications. You must complete the supplemental questions at the end of this application.  Incomplete responses such as "see resume" will not be considered.  In addition, if the employer you identify in the additional information section is not included on your resume or work experience profile, you will not receive credit. All veterans must include a copy of your DD214 to receive preference in the hiring process.  You must redact your social security number before attaching it to your application. Special Requirement: Certification by state librarian authorized through the Office of the Secretary of State - this qualification is not mandatory for application but is mandatory for employment



  • 29 September 2021
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