The Wyoming State Library is seeking an organized and communicative professional to facilitate library development by providing research, consulting, statistical, and other support to libraries of all types, and to manage federal grant projects. And while you are doing these things you will also be close to outdoor recreational opportunities. It's a short drive to hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, and skiing as well as other fun things.
This position serves as the State Data Coordinator and engages in regular communications with Wyoming libraries and with colleagues nationally. Statistical duties include collecting, organizing, analyzing, and distributing library data and statistics, supporting the effectiveness of libraries by giving stakeholders data tools for making comparisons, advocating for their libraries, and making data-driven decisions.
Challenges include working with libraries to ensure consistent data reporting. This entails clarity of instruction to libraries, verification of responses, communication, and provision of training. Careful analysis of the numbers, discerning and evaluating the factors that affect the statistics, is necessary to create valid, usable data products. Oh, by the way, the use of a sense of humor with stats work is appreciated.
This position serves as co-coordinator for Wyoming’s federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grants and any additional grants from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). As a co-coordinator, this person will advise staff on projects supported by federal funds, and ensure adherence to IMLS guidelines and to Wyoming’s 5-year-plan for IMLS funds. Duties include developing, collecting, and maintaining documentation in order to complete the annual report to IMLS on the grant. This person will manage LSTA stipends to libraries at the 13 state institutions, serve as a consultant to them, and perform site visits.
As part of the State Library’s reference team, this person will demonstrate exceptional customer service in providing reference services to patrons. In addition, this position will manage the Wyoming Newspapers digital collection.
Benefits & Additional Compensation Info
There are many benefits to living and working in Wyoming. Beautiful country with wide-open spaces and clean air, great recreational opportunities, and no State income tax to mention a few! In addition, the State of Wyoming offers State employees a very generous benefits package. Please click here for more information on the State of Wyoming employee benefits.
Additional Info & Requirements
Preference will be given to applicants with a Master of Library Science (MLS) or Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS).
Preference will be given to experience in performing reference interviews, state and federal document research, library outreach, and the ability to calculate, manipulate, analyze and present numeric data in reports and other data products.
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