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Washington State Library : Institutional Library Services

Institutional Library Services is a program of the Washington State Library that provides library services to the incarcerated individuals and patients in Washington's prisons and State Hospitals. These positions provide library and information services to incarcerated individuals by performing complex technical library duties and problem solving related to collection development, reference/information delivery, and automated circulation systems.

Branch staff maintains day-to-day library services and operations, performs collection management duties, participates in branch library program and assists other branches, and performs bibliographic and information searches and answers reference questions.

We currently have three openings with the Institutional Library Services of the Washington State Library.  One opening at the Stafford Creek Corrections Center in Aberdeen, one opening at the Clallam Bay Corrections Center in Clallam Bay, and one opening at the Coyote Ridge Corrections Center in Connell.

Please note: Interviews for this position will be conducted on an on-going basis.  It is in the candidate's best interest to apply as soon as possible.  The hiring manager reserves the right to fill the position at any time.


Maintains day-to-day library services and operations

Performs duties such as serials, materials processing, outreach, and other ongoing library services Organizes, implements, and maintains all phases of interlibrary loan process Manages automated circulation system, registering new patrons, creating holding records, entering bibliographic information, preparing and customizing reports, database clean-up and inventory Hires, trains, supervises, coaches, and organizes the daily work of incarcerated library clerks Establishes guidelines for appropriate behavior of incarcerated library customers Enforces institutional and library rules Orders and maintains library and office supplies Compiles periodic statistical and narrative reports Plans, monitors, and evaluates service delivery

Performs collection management duties

Selects formats of library materials to meet the full range of library/information needs of the customers of the branch library Confers with institution staff and contract staff regarding their clients' information needs and keeps them informed when the library is able to meet those needs Uses online tools to create orders Assesses, evaluates, and maintains collections through periodic weeding and inventory

Participates in branch library program and assists other branches

Provides coverage for other branch libraries Acts as a resource for troubleshooting and/or problem solving for ongoing or special projects Provides technical support or subject expertise to accomplish program goals Works with colleagues on projects for other branches, such as planning, implementing, and evaluating major changes May assist other staff with reference, interlibrary loan or other tasks to ease workloads Attends office sponsored training activities and events

Performs bibliographic and information searches and answers reference questions

Selects material to fill information requests and assists incarcerated individuals with bibliographic tools



Master's degree in library science from an American Library Association accredited program Within the past 10 years, two years of professional experience in a library providing adult/young adult public services Current Washington driver's license or have requested and obtained an appropriate accommodation Ability to efficiently use a personal computer and applicable software to successfully perform the essential job functions of the position


Experience providing adult/young adult reference and reader's advisory services Collection management experience, including selection, weeding, and record maintenance

Supplemental Information


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 If in a Department of Corrections institution, successful completion of DOC CORE training must be completed within the first 9 months of employment Willingness and ability to work within the constraints of institutions and work effectively with customers (incarcerated individuals or psychiatric patients) Must pass a criminal history background check

COVID 19 Vaccination Requirement
This position is an employee of the Office of the Secretary of State and a contractor with the Department of Corrections. Therefore, pursuant to Emergency Proclamation 21-14 (Download PDF reader), the incumbent must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by October 18, 2021.  As a condition of employment, the successful candidate will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination as a part of the hiring process.  If you have questions about this requirement, please contact the Human Resources Office at [email protected].

Please 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.

The Office of the Secretary of State is an equal opportunity employer (EOE). We do not discriminate on the basis of religion, age, gender, marital status, color, creed, national origin, political affiliation, military status, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any sensory, mental or physical ability. All interested candidates are encouraged to apply. Persons of disability needing assistance in the application process, or those needing the announcement in alternative format, should call (360) 704-7145.

  • 29 September 2021
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