The Institutional Libraries Senior Consultant provides library leadership and technical advice for the Institutional Library Development Office as described in Colorado Revised Statute 24-90-105. This senior consultant works with multiple state agencies responsible for adult prisoners and patients and youth in detention and educational facilities to ensure institutional libraries that support their agency missions to educate, treat, and transition residents to Colorado communities.
Key Duties and Responsibilities:
- Collaborate with and advise facility managers and staff of Colorado Department of Education, Colorado State Library, Colorado Department of Corrections, Colorado Department of Human Services, Colorado Library Consortium, Colorado community libraries, and other state and national library and correctional organizations to provide library staff and services that meet statutory requirements and institutional library standards.
- Develop, promote, and apply policy, standards, best practices, and assessment measures for institutional libraries.
- Assess institutional libraries; report on effectiveness of programs, collections, and services; and provide resources that support and encourage continuous improvement.
- Coordinate, design, and conduct professional development to address stakeholder staff training needs. Collaborate with stakeholder agency staff to establish a library staff allocation that meets institutional library standard. Advise stakeholder agencies on recruitment and retention of qualified library staff.
- Plan library design and services for new and expanding institutions and to address library deficiencies.
- Develop and continuously monitor library collections in multiple institutions. Establish system and/or branch collection development plans; acquire and recommend acquisition and deacquisition of materials to comply with the plan.
- Prepare budget requests for Institutional Library Development and stakeholder agency funding based on assessed need and availability of multiple state and federal grant funds, general or other state funds, education and school district funds, and resident welfare funds.
- Seek and engage in continuing education and professional development applicable to institutional libraries and librarianship.
- Other related duties as assigned by supervisor.
Benefits & Additional Compensation Info
- Medical and dental plans
- Strong, secure, yet flexible retirement plans including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan plus 401K and 457 plans
- Employee wellness programs
- Paid life insurance
- Short and long-term disability coverage
- No Cost ECO Pass
- 10 paid holidays per year plus vacation and sick leave
- Flexible work schedule options, training opportunities, and more
Additional Info & Requirements
Competency and Qualification Requirements:
- Able and willing to successfully complete background investigation, drug screening, and any training required by stakeholder agencies to ensure ongoing access to secure facilities.
- Able and willing to travel extensively in Colorado.
- Able to identify and implement technology and software to meet changing needs of stakeholders.
- Intermediate to advanced proficiency in Microsoft Office programs (primarily Word, Excel, and Outlook), the Chrome environment (primarily Drive, Gmail, Sheets, and Docs), and the administrative functions of at least one professionally recognized integrated library system.
- Ability to justify and manage multiple budgets, keeping detailed, accurate records.
- Highly persuasive written and oral communication skills to successfully promote libraries in non-library agencies.
- Evidence of organization, flexibility, a high tolerance for ambiguity and change, and ability to juggle multiple demands.
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate as a member of a team and frequently to serve as project leader without supervisory authority over team members.
- Proven experience developing and conducting effective training for library staff.
- Evidence of broad knowledge of library principles and practice that impact policy relevant to libraries applying a public, school, or institutional library model: collection development and management, including selection, acquisition, and intellectual freedom; processing materials, including classification and cataloging; program development; accessibility; reference service; reader's advisory service; planning, evaluating, and reporting on library services; use and management of an ILS; user privacy; and searching online databases.
- A minimum of 3 years' professional library experience, including at least 2 years' experience managing or consulting with institutional libraries. Experience in the following is preferred in the order listed: in an adult or youth correctional facility library; consulting or supervisory experience with multiple libraries; in a public library; in a school library.
Complete Applications must include the following documents:
- A complete online application.
- Provide a cover letter that includes how your knowledge, skills, and abilities will enable you to successfully serve institutional libraries and their staff and residents.
- A resume (attach to your online application).
The Institutional Library Development (ILD) unit addresses the needs of approximately 30,000 Colorado citizens residing in 40 state-funded institutions. Our mission is to provide the leadership and expertise that Colorado’s state institutional libraries need to meaningfully impact the lives of users, their families, and their communities. Our vision is to provide every institutionalized person with the information needed for self-empowerment.
We operate on the belief that everyone deserves a great library—especially those who face significant barriers to service.
For institutionalized persons, these barriers are not limited to geography; they also include learning disabilities, physical disabilities, mental illnesses, and social stigma.
External Job Ad
Jessica Martella, at Human_Resources@cde.state.co.us or call 303-957-6895.