COSLA Job Board

COSLA maintains this listing of current employment opportunities at the nation's state library agencies, based on those that have been submitted by our members. Each listing includes the date on which it was added.  Interested parties should pursue additional details via the individual state library agency.

The Wisconsin State Library is Hiring

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s Library Services Team is hiring a WISCAT Technical Coordinator! WISCAT is Wisconsin’s statewide Interlibrary Loan Platform.

This position works with a small team of lively, dedicated, and fun library professionals to empower local libraries and library systems across the state to best provide library services to their communities. There are plentiful opportunities to collaborate with national peers as well as local and statewide colleagues. This position facilitates the behind-the-scenes success of the statewide Interlibrary Loan platform.

This position has the option to work 100% remote with a requirement that the employee is expected to have access to secure high speed internet.

For full details, a position description, and details on how to apply, see the job posting on

The North Carolina State Library is Hiring - Assistant State Librarian

Position:  Assistant State Librarian
Position number: 60083812
Location:  Raleigh, Wake County, NC
Recruitment salary range: $61,209 - $100,000
Closing date:  March 6, 2023, 5:00 p.m.

The State Library of North Carolina invites applications from detail-oriented, service-oriented, enthusiastic individuals for the Assistant State Librarian position. The Assistant State Librarian functions as Chief Operating Officer for the State Library with direct daily oversight of and responsibility for the State Library's human resources management (approximately 70 employees), budget management (state budget and federal grant funds, especially LSTA funds allocated from the IMLS Grants to States program), facilities operations (two facilities in Raleigh), and procurement activities. This position leads and supervises the administrative office team, and communications team. This position is responsible for State Library operations in the absence of the State Librarian and is a member of the State Library's senior management team which provides strategic leadership for the State Library and the programs and services offered by the SLNC Government & Heritage Library, the SLNC Accessible Books and Library Services, and SLNC Library Development. This position ensures that Library policies and procedures are consistent and state government and DNCR policy and practices and support the State Library's strategic goals.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
Master's degree in library and information science or a related discipline from an appropriately accredited institution and five years of professional librarian experience, three of which should have been in a supervisory, consultative, or administrative capacity; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Applicants with degrees in a related discipline such as a Master’s in Business Administration, Master’s in Public Administration, or other related degrees are also considered.

This position is considered eligible for a hybrid telework schedule, working off-site in NC several days a week through DNCR's telework policy, but must also report onsite in Raleigh several days a week.

Please click here to view the full job description and how to apply.

The Colorado State Library is Hiring - Director of Library Development

Salary: $92,000.00 - $105,000.00 Annually
Location: Denver Metro, CO
Job Type: Full Time
Department: Department of Education
Job Number: 09151-UntDir-DPC-0223
Closing: 3/6/2023 11:59 PM Mountain

This position is not part of the classified personnel system, applications will be accepted from Residents and Non-Residents of Colorado. Incumbent will be required to complete work for CDE within Colorado.

Colorado Department of Education – What We Do
The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) provides leadership, resources, support, and accountability to the state's 178 school districts, 1,888 schools, over 53,000 teachers, and over 3,200 administrators to help them build capacity to meet the needs of the state's approximately 905,000 public school students. In addition, CDE provides structural and administrative support to the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind and the Charter School Institute.

As the administrative arm of the State Board of Education, CDE is responsible for implementing state and federal education laws, disbursing state and federal funds, holding schools and districts accountable for performance, licensing all educators, and providing public transparency of performance and financial data.

CDE is a values-based agency that serves students, parents, and the general public by protecting public trust through ensuring adherence to laws, strong stewardship of public funds, and accountability for student performance.

Why Work For CDE
The work we do is rewarding and impacts the students, families, educators, and communities across Colorado. Our leadership also promotes a culture that puts families and self-care as a priority. Along with meaningful work and an environment that puts employees first, the state also offers rich benefits that intend to make us an Employer of Choice!

The following is a summary of the benefits we offer.

  • Flexible work schedules and flexible workplace options that may include flexible working hours, working from home, working in the office, and/or a hybrid working environment.
  • Premier medical, dental, vision, and dependent life insurance options. All with a generous employer contribution keeping employee costs as low as possible.
  • Employer-paid short-term disability and life insurance
  • 160 hours of Paid Medical Family Leave (PMFL)
  • 11 paid holidays per year
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals
  • Retirement through the Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA)
  • Employer-paid RTD Eco Pass (certain restrictions may apply)
  • Paid professional development opportunities

Description of Job
Work Environment:  This position is full-time, is eligible for a hybrid (office/remote) flex work environment and is required to report to the Office/Work Site per business needs.

  • Office hours are typically Mon-Fri, 8:00 am-5:00 pm
  • Extended hours during the evening or the weekend may be required by business needs
  • LIGHT/Office environment:
  • Required to sit, view a computer screen, and utilize a keyboard and mouse for extended periods of time
  • Required to lift and move up to 10 lbs of force occasionally or 20 lbs frequently
  • Required lifting, bending, stooping, pushing, walking, etc
  • Light work usually requires walking or standing to a significant degree.
  • Travel within Denver Metro/Downtown for Meetings/Training
  • A Remote (Home) office is required
  •  Required to report to the work location per business needs.

Position Summary: The Director of Library Development oversees Colorado library initiatives to strengthen library staff and services for residents, communities, students, and all Coloradans. This position leads, manages, and supervises staff responsible for statewide library and literacy services, programs, projects, grants, and professional development. The Director serves on a leadership team within the State Library as well as other committees, providing input on strategic planning, funding, and implementation of initiatives.

***Currently this position is eligible for a hybrid (office/remote within Colorado) flexible work environment.***

  • Provides overall goals and objectives for the Office of Library Development as well as monitors efforts and results for effectiveness and future development.
  • Uses judgment and experience to coordinate and supervise the State Library's Library
  • Development program staff located at CDE and offsite as well as their budgets, priorities, offerings, processes, and results. [Areas of supervision include public library leadership and management, youth and family services, early literacy, small and rural libraries, adult services, community engagement and development, library staff professional development, and school libraries.]
  • Innovates strategies, and guidance in the area of public, school, and other libraries including formal and informal professional development, standards and other statutory requirements, and state-level literacy and learning initiatives as directed by the State Librarian.
  • Serves on State Library leadership team to recommend innovative uses of Library Services and Technology Act funding, and other funds, to advance libraries, professional development, and resources throughout Colorado.
  • Uses extensive experience with state-level initiatives and grants to oversee literacy, learning, and library programs using state, federal, foundation, and other grants and awards, including directing grant initiatives for the benefit of libraries and those they serve.
  • Oversees statewide, regional, and local professional development for library staff, leadership, and other stakeholders, including identifying areas of need and developing offerings.
  • Partners within the Colorado Department of Education, with other state agencies, and with other organizations to further library development and community development needs and aspirations.
  • Advocates for and designs creative strategies to further library development at the local, regional, state, and national levels, including serving on committees, leading initiatives, and collaborating as appropriate.
  • Facilitates library initiatives to gain consensus and engagement among libraries for collaborative offerings that extend library funding and resources.
  • Establishes and oversees structures for innovation, continuous improvement, accountability, and ongoing library successes to ensure the future of library services in Colorado.
  • Participates within the local and national library community

Supervisory Responsibilities:
This position does have supervisory responsibilities. The duties and responsibilities for employees that supervise staff include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Models and ensures consistency with organizational values and policies.
  • Clearly communicates expectations and standards to staff.
  • Conducts timely performance management of staff including formal evaluations, on-going and routine feedback, and holding staff accountable.
  • Manages awareness and approval of employee time worked and work schedules.  This includes approval of time worked for payroll and monitoring and approval of all work schedules including remote work and flex schedules, based upon CDE's policies.
  • Provides the applicable tools and resources staff require to perform their job.
Please click here to view the full job description and qualifications.

The Washington State Library is hiring!

Washington State Library
The Office of Secretary of State (OSOS) offers some of the most unique and diverse job opportunities in state government. Its critical responsibilities include: ensuring a fair and accurate elections process; connecting Washingtonians through the power of libraries; protecting our important government records; and registering corporations and charities. The Secretary of State also administers vital community programs that inspire giving, document our history, and assist crime survivors in avoiding further abuse. This independent office under the state Constitution operates from facilities in the Olympia area and statewide.

The 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.

The 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.

We are seeking an experienced senior librarian to serve as the Head of Library Development Librarian 4. Under general direction of the Director of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums, this position plans, manages, and supervises the programs and staff of the Library Development Section, which serves and supports the Alaska library community. This position is also tasked to provide library development services directly to Alaska’s public libraries as the Public Library Coordinator. As the Head of the Library Development unit, this person will collaborate with the Division Operations Manager, the Chief Curator, the State Archivist, and the Head of Information Services and Historical Collections on the Division's leadership team in support of the Director. This Librarian 4 is responsible for developing a supportive and collaborative approach to serving the Alaska library community and will represent the Alaska State Library with a number of national, regional, and state organizations. This position will provide reference assistance on a limited basis and may serve on the Building Management Team, which supports operation of the Kashevaroff Building that houses the Division in Juneau.

This position serves as the State Librarian when neither the Division Director nor the Division Operations Manager has an MLIS.

Library & Archival Paraprofessional 2
Salary: $2,890.00 - $3,821.00 Monthly
Location: Thurston County – Tumwater, WA

Duties to Include:
Materials Receiving, Copy Cataloging, and Processing
Tasks include: 

  • Receives and tracks materials for WSL, DOC, and DSHS branch collections
  • Posts payment information in the integrated library system near the end of each day
  • Stores the encumbrance register, invoice summary, posting register, and invoice register on the shared drive, sends invoice registers to those who paid the invoices, and matches invoices with appropriate paperwork
  • Copies invoices and materials to be filed or delivered to the fiscal department
  • Copy catalogs WSL, DOC, and DSHS branch collection materials; Refers materials needing original cataloging to a cataloger
  • Searches for, analyzes, selects, and exports bibliographic records that match the item in hand from the bibliographic utility into the integrated library system
  • Creates item records within the integrated library system, drawing call numbers from within the bibliographic records
  • Processes items for inclusion in the WSL, DOC, and DSHS branch collections, following the established guidelines for each collection. Independently determines if archival practices need to be followed
  • Answers questions concerning copy cataloging for other WSL staff and directs difficult cataloging issues to an original cataloger
  • Assists with creation of preservation enclosures, application of preservation treatments, and other preservation-related tasks

State Publications
Tasks include: 

  • Processes state publications for inclusion in the integrated library system and the collections. Performs copy cataloging of library materials, adds necessary records and holdings information, corrects existing record inaccuracies, and physically processes items
  • Facilitates movement of state publication distribution rush items through the cataloging process 
  • Ensures item records are attached to full level bibliographic records, transferring holdings from temporary records if necessary
  • Creates, corrects, and maintains accurate check-in records and adds item records for digital versions in various bibliographic formats
  • Performs in-house preservation functions, such as tip-ins, preservation enclosures, and identification of items for bindery work. Refers complex issues to identified preservation specialists
  • Participates in the development and implementation of procedures and the standardization of language used in notes for both serial and monographic state publications records
  • Searches shelves for state publications from the missing list produced by the systems librarian

Research Assistance to Customers 
Tasks include: 

  • Staffs the circulation/reference desk, during regularly scheduled shifts and provides backup coverage; determines best way to answer reference questions by conducting thorough reference interviews; responds to requests received via phone, email, and in person
  • Conducts research to respond to information requests; utilizes complex reference resource materials, catalogs, indexes, databases, and legal materials to identify and analyze sources to answer questions
  • Assists customers with use of all the collections, 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
  • Retrieves collection materials upon request during regularly scheduled pager shifts, and provides backup coverage
  • Assists customers with the use of the online public access catalog and available databases

Tasks include: 

  • Backs up shelving 
  • Backs up Interlibrary Loan
  • Other duties as assign

Click here to view full job descriptions and learn how to apply.

Library Associate 
Salary: $44,808.00 -60,156.00 Annually 
Location: Multiple Locations Statewide, WA - 9 Openings

Duties to Include
Directs the delivery of services at an institutional branch library
Tasks include: 

  • Coordinates and participates in other ongoing library services, and implements and evaluates workflow priorities.
  • Organizes, implements, and maintains all phases of interlibrary loan process
  • Manages automated circulation system, including clerk restricted functions, registering new patrons, creating holding records, entering bibliographic information, preparing and customizing reports, database clean-up, and inventory.  Evaluates and makes authorized decisions regarding situations requiring deviation or exception from normal procedures
  • Develops, implements, and monitors training for incarcerated library clerks
  • Hires, trains, supervises, coaches, and evaluates incarcerated library clerks. 
  • Coordinates the daily work of incarcerated library clerks and supervises them in the maintenance of library operations and services. Implements and evaluates library clerk priorities.
  • Uses expert knowledge of collection development practices to participate in the selection of  library materials to meet the needs of patrons and for the maintenance of collections through periodic weeding and inventory
  • Participates in the development and implementation library programming and outreach
  • Participates in the development and implementation of policies
  • Establishes guidelines for behavior of incarcerated library patrons
  • Interprets and ensures compliance with institutional and library rules
  • Orders and maintains library and office supplies
  • Compiles periodic statistical and narrative reports

Performs bibliographic and information searches and answers reference questions
Tasks include: 

  • Searches for, evaluates, and selects  material to fill general and reentry information requests
  • Uses expert knowledge of information sources to search for, evaluates and select  material to support incarcerated patrons enrolled in college classes

Participates in branch library program and assists other branches
Tasks include: 

  • Provides coverage for other branch libraries
  • Provides technical support or subject expertise to accomplish program goals
  • Works with colleagues on projects for other branches
  • Participates in planning and evaluating services, policies, and procedures for Institutional Library Services
  • Attends office-sponsored training activities and events

 Click here to view full job descriptions and learn how to apply.

Branch Librarian
Salary: $45,504.00 -61,224.00 Annually 
Location: Multiple Locations Statewide, WA - 3 Openings

Duties to Include
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

Click here to view the full job description and learn how to apply.