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Washington State Librarian

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The Office of Secretary of State (OSOS) is looking for top-performing employees who embody its core values of integrity, service excellence, visionary leadership, collaboration and teamwork. It is committed to both employee growth and work-life balance. The benefits of working in state government also include potential eligibility for the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness program.

Washington State Library connects people to the power of libraries. As Washington's oldest cultural institution, the library's unique and rare collections date back to territorial days. Resources include historical print and digital compilations, collections of state newspapers and maps, state and federal government publications, and the Ask-a-Librarian service.


The library benefits local libraries and their patrons through its consulting services, grants, subsidies, training, and programming. Additionally, the Washington State Library provides services to state prison and state hospital libraries. OSOS also operates the Washington Talking Book & Braille Library (WTBBL) in Seattle, a library for people unable to read standard print.


The Washington State Librarian serves as the State Library Director, responsible for fulfilling the library’s mission through the effective and efficient administration of an innovative, creative, and complex organization:

  • The State Librarian plans and implements strategies that use emergent technologies and virtual services to provide comprehensive public access to library materials, collections, and services to the public.

  • The State Librarian ensures all state, federal, and private grant programs that fall under the State Library’s purview are managed in compliance with grant objectives and requirements. 

  • The State Librarian fosters strong relationships with the State Library’s various partners and constituencies, seeking input and advice, and promoting collaborative efforts that maximize the agency’s fiscal and human resources to the benefit of all Washingtonians.  

  • The State Librarian serves as a member of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) and the Western Council of State Libraries. 

  • The State Librarian works closely with federal Institute of Museum and Library Services leadership to ensure the needs of the state’s libraries are met. The Washington State Librarian is appointed by the Secretary and serves in an at-will capacity.


  • Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program. 

  • Five (5) years of full-time, progressively responsible experience in library operations and management as a professional librarian. 

  • Three (3) years of full-time experience with strategic planning and budget development/ management for a library program within a library. 

  • Two (2) years of full-time management experience, including personnel management in a library or library-related field.

  • 14 July 2020
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