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 Alaska State Library is hiring! 

Librarian 3 (Early Literacy and Children's Coordinator PCN 05-3513)
Apply by November 16, 2022 
Salary: $2,868.00 Biweekly
Location: Juneau, AK

What You Will Be Doing
We are seeking an Early Literacy and Children's Services Coordinator Librarian 3 to provide a broad range of professional and technical consulting and training to Alaska librarians as they develop, fund, and manage early literacy and children's services in their libraries. This position strengthens local library services by identifying and selectively engaging in early literacy and children's services projects and grant opportunities that support these services. This position will share information from the state, regional, and national library community pertinent to Alaska’s children’s and youth services librarians and will represent Alaska at national, regional, and state discussions and activities. As a member of the Library Development unit, this person will collaborate with other unit members on projects of common concern and will consult with colleagues on how early literacy and children's services may impact their projects.

Who We Are Looking For 
To be successful in this position, a candidate will need the following experience, skills, and abilities:
  • Two years of work experience in a library 
  • Knowledge of and experience with early literacy and children's services in libraries
  • Experience providing continuing education to professionals
  • Knowledge of or experience with grant applications or projects that benefit organizations, such as libraries 

 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 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.


The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction is hiring!

Assistant State Superintendent for the Division for Libraries and Technology
The State of Wisconsin is searching for a new Assistant State Superintendent for the Division for Libraries and Technology. This position acts as the Chief Officer for Wisconsin’s State Library Agency. Please share this leadership opportunity (a position overview is provided below) with potential candidates.  If you want to recommend a leader to the screening committee, please provide the individual’s name, current position, contact information, and a write up on why you recommend this individual, touching on relevant leadership, education, and work experience.

Assistant State Superintendent for the Division of Libraries and Technology (DLT) Position Overview
The Assistant State Superintendent for the Division of Libraries and Technology (DLT) provides internal senior leadership for the operations, budgets, functions, and initiatives of this division focused on public and school libraries, and technology for internal users and external stakeholders, including every school and district in the state, and the public. Externally, the position takes on a state-wide leadership role related to libraries and technology in education, represents the state nationally in these areas (along with the director of the Library Services Team and the Chief Information Officer - who report to this leader), and represents the State Superintendent on various standing board or committees, such as the Educational Communications Board (which overseas WI Public Television, Radio, and other activities). This leader brings an equity lens to this work and uses tools and best practice to advance this. Additionally, this position is included in the Cabinet of the State Superintendent for the agency’s leadership structure, advising the state superintendent directly on issues and potential general decisions, and taking the lead in this advice on issues and decisions related to the DLT.

The Assistant State Superintendent reports to the Deputy State Superintendent and is part of the agency division senior leadership team with the four other Assistant State Superintendents ensuring coherence and collaboration internally. The position will hold the agency’s libraries and technology portfolio, with internal and external goals including alignment of external and internal priorities and resource allocation, advancement of the State Superintendent’s goals and work in the areas of libraries and technology, diversifying the workforce and leading recruitment and retention in DLT, and providing leadership for innovative initiatives and program development. Additionally, the job will supervise the teams of the division through the direct reporting structure of the CIO and the Library Services Team Director and has a full-time Executive Staff Assistant.  

For more on the teams of the DLT,  click here.
To apply, please contact:

John W. Johnson, PhD
Deputy State Superintendent
Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
[email protected]