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State Librarian of North Carolina
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) seeks a visionary, energetic leader to serve as the State Librarian. The State Librarian is a visionary leader who is dynamic, collaborative, innovative, and knowledgeable about the challenges and opportunities that exist within diverse library communities and the different roles libraries play in the solutions, especially as they pertain to rural communities. The ideal candidate is a strong communicator who can provide leadership and strategic thinking for the SLNC and its three sections, and values and regards diversity and represents the needs and interests of a variety of people and backgrounds for libraries and communities in North Carolina.

The  State Librarian/Director serves as the primary representative of the State Library of North Carolina and as a representative for libraries across the state.  As such, this position works and collaborates with different library types across North Carolina, including public, academic (public and independent), community college, and special. The position also represents North Carolina with the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies and is an ex officio member of the NC LIVE Governance Committee and North Carolina Library Association Executive Board. The State Librarian is DNCR's principal representative to the State Library Commission, serves as the primary liaison to public library directors and other members of the North Carolina library community and collaborates with state and local government officials and their staff. The State Librarian works closely with other Divisions within the DNCR as well as with other state agencies, including the Department of Public Instruction, Department of Commerce, and Department of Information Technology. As such, this position regularly attends local, state, regional and national meetings to represent the State Library and North Carolina libraries. Specific duties include:
State Library Director:
  • Initiating and carrying out strategic planning for the State Library, including the establishment of a long-term vision for the State Library and its programs within the context of the rapidly changing environment of digital media.
  • Establishing goals and objectives for the State Library to efficiently carry out its mission, meeting its mandated functions, and effectively serving state government and the people of North Carolina.
  • Ensuring that library programs and staffing reflect established and newly evolving library technologies, programs and procedures, and leads change to ensure that the State Library continues to provide innovative, user-driven library resources and services over time.
  • Establishing and carrying out a statewide communication program to promote State Library programs, resources, and services through appearances, written reports, webinars and use of social media as needed. 
  • Establishing partnerships and effective working relationships with national organizations (American Library Association, Institute of Museum & Library Services, Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, Lyrasis); with state organizations (North Carolina Library Association, North Carolina Public Library Directors Association, Friends of North Carolina Public Libraries, NC LIVE); and with other library support organizations including public library trustees and friends groups at the local level.
  • Preparing and delivering speeches and other presentations regarding issues of importance to North Carolina libraries at international, national, regional, state and local conferences and programs.
  • Advocating for public library funding and the development of libraries in North Carolina.
  • Advocating for federal funding for libraries through National Library Legislative Day in Washington, D.C. 
  • Overseeing the management of fiscal resources to ensure program funds are used effectively and neither over nor under expended; leading planning for the State Library's budget and the federal Grants to States allotment.
  • Administering State Aid to Public Libraries, including the development of eligibility requirements to ensure public libraries meet basic standards and the implementation of a distribution formula that meets the mandate to equalize library services across North Carolina.
  • Administering the allocation and distribution of State Aid allotments to regional, county and municipal public libraries in North Carolina; ensuring that all reporting and audit requirements are met.
  • Administering the federal Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) Grants to States Program annual allotment under the auspices of the Library Services & Technology Act (LSTA); ensures that North Carolina meets all eligibility requirements, determines the uses of federal library funds through the preparation of the required Five-Year Plan, and conducts the required Five-Year Evaluation.
  • Overseeing statewide LSTA-funded programs carried out by the State Library as well as the administration of the State Library's annual competitive grant program available to all eligible public, academic and school libraries in North Carolina.
  • Applying for and overseeing the administration of grant funds from other organizations such as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and federal agencies such as the National Endowment for the Humanities. Supervising the Assistant State Librarian who serves as the State Library's Chief Operating Officer.
Please visit slnc.info/SLNC-SL for the full position description and to apply.
Position: State Librarian of North Carolina
Organization: State Library of North Carolina
Location: Raleigh,  NC 
United States
Salary: $72,172 - $137,456
Posting Start Date: 12/8/2021
Date Posted: 12/15/2021
Requirements Qualified applicants must possess the following:  
  • Demonstrated experience creating strategic and long-range plans for a library, library consortium, or related organization.
  • Demonstrated experience with project planning, management, and evaluation to develop innovative, user-oriented library services.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience working with small rural libraries to large organizations.
  • Demonstrated experience writing documents such as white papers and/or reports on complex issues unique to library and information science that effectively articulate issues, describe alternative actions, and provide recommendations.
  • Demonstrated experience delivering speeches and/or presentations on complex and technical information regarding library and information science to audiences with varying levels of technical knowledge.
  • Demonstrated experience directing budget development, implementation, and management; and ensure compliance with policies and procedures.
  • Experience managing a highly educated workforce of professional and technical experts, and lead initiatives that create a collaborative and high-performance work environment.
Management Prefers:
  • Ten years of experience as a professional librarian, with at least five in a leadership, managerial, or administrative capacity.
  • Experience working in more than one library type.
Minimum Education and Experience Requirements
A Master's degree in Library and Information Science, Library Science, and/or Information Resources and Library Science from an appropriately accredited institution and six years of experience as a professional librarian, three of which must have been in a supervisory capacity; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Please visit slnc.info/SLNC-SL for the full position description and to apply.
Status: This listing expires on: 3/15/2022
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State Library of North Carolina
109 East Jones Street
4640 Mail Service Center
Raleigh,  NC 27699-4600
United States
(919) 814-6786
Susan Forbes