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 Kansas State Library is Hiring!

Deputy State Librarian
Position closes: Continuous
Monthly salary: $65,000-75,000 Annually

Position Summary:
Oversees State Library OperationsProvides administrative and technical direction for the day-to-day operations of the Reference Services Division, the Statewide Services Division, and the Talking Books Division.  Supervises and evaluates the directors of these divisions.  Works closely with the State Librarian and the Office of Personnel Services to address human resource issues.  Prepares well informed reports for the State Librarian regarding operations and any issues that may arise, and makes high level recommendations to the State Librarian regarding final decisions.

Administrative ResponsibilitiesHelps coordinate and actively participates in administrative team and staff meetings.  Assists the State Librarian with the development and implementation of the agency budget, strategic plan, policies, procedures, and other tasks.  At the request of the State Librarian, represents the agency at legislative hearings, executive branch meetings, internal agency meetings, regional system meetings, and public events.  As second in the order of succession, this position is delegated authority in the extended absence of the State Librarian to ensure the ongoing operations of the agency. The position also serves as the reconstitution manager and backup Continuity of Operations Planning manager.

Manages the Kansas Center for the BookServes as the state liaison to the national program administered by the Library of Congress and represents the state at the National Book Festival.  Coordinates the Notable Books program by recruiting committee members, compiling a bibliography of books to be considered, scheduling meetings with the committee to consider books, presenting the final list to the State Librarian, notifying the authors, and organizing the awards presentation at the Book Festival.  Coordinates the Kansas Reads to Preschoolers program by recruiting committee members, compiling a list of books to consider, scheduling meetings with committee to consider books, presents the final list to the State Librarian, and works with the Communications Coordinator to develop marketing materials and programming.

Minimum Qualifications:
Master's degree in library science, information science, or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited institution.  Valid Kansas driver's license.

  •   Five years of professional library work experience is required.
  •   Three years of experience serving as a library administrator is required.
  •   Previous experience supervising staff is required.
  •   Previous experience with collection development, reference services, electronic resource management, digitization projects, and/or services for the print disabled preferred.

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  •   Ability to communicate effectively with individuals from varying backgrounds.
  •   Ability to lead and collaborate with coworkers.
  •   Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.
  •   Ability to problem solve and apply critical thinking skills needed to analyze and resolve situations.
  •   Ability to exercise independent judgement with minimal supervision.

Please send email your resume to the contact shared below:
Name:  Kim Warren

Email:  [email protected]
JOB ID: 211825

For more information regarding this position, please visit this link. 


The Oregon State Library is Hiring! 

Virtual Reference Coordinator (Librarian) - Part Time
Position Closes: 2/29/2024
Salary Range: $27.43- $42.09 Hourly

Job Description:
The State Library consists of four divisions: Government Information, Library Services, Library Support and Development Services, and Operations. This position is located in the Library Support and Development Services division. Library Support is responsible for consulting with Oregon libraries to improve library service for all people of Oregon. The Library Support team provides planning for statewide library development; consulting; continuing education services for local library staff, patrons, and government officials; and administers all state and federal library grant programs made available by the agency.

As the Virtual Reference Coordinator, you will coordinate Answerland, the agency’s statewide virtual library chat reference service. Answerland is staffed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by volunteers and partner library staff from around the state and country. This position oversees the chat coverage schedule, coordinates with local and out-of-state volunteers and partner libraries, liaises with the chat software vendor, ensures quality, conducts in-person and virtual outreach to partners, represents the chat cooperative’s interests, seeks continual improvement of the services based on feedback, and works on special projects related to the service as needed.

Minimum Qualifications: An American Library Association (ALA) accredited Master of Library Science degree. NOTE: Degree must be awarded by time of hire

For a full review of the position duties, details, and working conditions, please click here.


The State of Oklahoma is Hiring!

Archives and Records Management Director (Administrative Archivist I)
Position closes: Continuous
Monthly salary: $57,358 to $84,125 Annually

The Oklahoma Department of Libraries (ODL) is accepting applications for the position of Archives and Records Management Director (Administrative Archivist I). It's a pivotal moment in the history of the Department of Libraries for an enthusiastic person with a passion for serving state government to lead and cultivate the Archives and Records Management Department. This person will build a department that fulfills statute requirements, influences the collection layout for an upcoming renovation, and develops an innovative digital collection platform that will bring our online collections to life. 

The Archives and Records Management Director (Administrative Archivist I) provides leadership, strategic vision, collection development oversight, program strategy, and budget management for the State Archives and Records Management Department. They plan, develop, implement, and monitor program functions relating to appraisal, arrangement, description, access, preservation, and maintenance of records to ensure quality access and preservation of the permanent government records of Oklahoma.  They direct and supervise archival and records management staff, advise and foster collaboration with state agencies on archives and records management best practices, and promote the Archives and State Records programs through outreach programs, educational presentations, and grant projects sponsored by the Department on behalf of the Oklahoma Historical Records Advisory Board, which is funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC).

The salary range is $57,358 to $84,125 depending on education and experience. We offer an excellent benefits package, including:

A comprehensive health insurance package – medical, dental, vision, life insurance, dependent life insurance, and flexible spending accounts for health care expenses and/or dependent care; A generous benefit allowance to offset the cost of insurance premiums for employees and their eligible dependents;

  • Retirement plans: Defined Contribution Plan or Deferred Compensation Plan;
  • 15 days of annual leave per year, increasing after five, ten, and twenty years of employment;
  • 15 sick leave days per year;
  • 11 paid annual holidays;
  • Longevity bonus after 2 years of service that increases every two years;
  • Employee discounts with a variety of companies and vendors;
  • Flexible work schedules and hybrid teleworking option.

The work is important, but the right person to take on the work is vital. Join the Oklahoma Department of Libraries and State Archives to preserve state government history by investing in its future. 

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The Tennessee State Library & Archives is hiring!

The mission of the Office of the Secretary of State is to exceed the expectations of our customers, the taxpayers, by operating at the highest levels of accuracy, cost-effectiveness, and accountability in a customer-centered environment. The Tennessee State Library & Archives is seeking customer-focused individuals to join their team for the positions shared below.

Library Technical Services Assistant
Location: Cookeville, TN
Salary: 
$42,000 annually plus the State of Tennessee benefits package.

The Falling Water River Regional Library staff is a supportive and creative team that works together to improve public library services in 20 libraries in the 14 counties of the Upper Cumberland area. The regional headquarters is in Cookeville (population 36,000), the center of the growing Upper Cumberland micropolitan area (population 117,000) and home to Tennessee Tech University and a bourgeoning art scene that includes the Bryan Symphony Orchestra; it is located halfway between Nashville and Knoxville and is surrounded by 10 Tennessee State Parks and countless other outdoor adventure opportunities. Click here to learn more about the duties/ responsibilities and how to apply. 


The Washington State Library is Hiring!

Branch Librarian
Location: Multiple Locations
Salary: $46,596.00 - $65,748.00 Annually

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 (SCCC-0407), one opening at the Clallam Bay Corrections Center in Clallam Bay (CBCC-0491), and one opening at the Washington State Penitentiary in Walla Walla (WSP-SC-0688). Click here to learn more about the duties/ responsibilities and how to apply.

Librarian Associate
Location: Multiple Locations
Salary: $39,528.00 - $62,568.00 Annually

Under the supervision of the Branch Manager, this position is responsible for the delivery of library and information services to the incarcerated individuals, performing expert level library duties related to collection development, reference/information delivery, and automated circulation systems. We currently have 7 openings for this full-time position with Institutional Library Services (ILS) of the Washington State Library, and they are available in the following counties: Clallam, Mason, Grays Harbor, Snohomish, Spokane, and Walla Walla. Click here to learn more about the duties/ responsibilities and how to apply.