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Director of Library Development, South Carolina State Library, Columbia, SC

Nature of Work:

The South Carolina State Library is the primary administrator of federal and state support for the state's libraries. Headquartered in Columbia, South Carolina, the State Library develops, supports, and sustains a thriving statewide community of learners committed to making South Carolina stronger. We serve the people of South Carolina by supporting state government and libraries to provide opportunities for learning in a changing environment.


The South Carolina State Library is seeking a creative, detail-oriented person with excellent customer service skills for the Director of Library Development position. This dynamic position oversees the library development department, under the division of statewide development, comprised of seven (7) library staff responsible for public library consultation, training for public library staff, managing LSTA subgrants, and programs supporting public libraries and statewide initiatives. The library development department supports excellence for all South Carolina libraries. The Director represents the State Library at meetings, conferences, panels, and committees both statewide and nationally to maintain awareness of trends, and to seek and strengthen partnerships and program opportunities.


Examples of Work:

The Director of Library Development will conduct a range of tasks with responsibilities which may include:

  •  Ensure the performance, management, and development of the staff in the library development department utilize its full potential in accomplishing the organization's overall mission, strategy, and goals
  • Supervise employees by applying appropriate management principles according to South Carolina State Library (SCSL) policy and procedures, complete Employee Performance Management System (EPMS) processes timely and accurately, and monitor employee progress toward goal attainment
  • Communicate expectations and help employees with performance improvement, professional development, and skills/competency development
  • Coordinate consulting services to library systems in various policy and program areas
  • Work directly in a consultative capacity with public library stakeholders on administrative and operational issues
  • Keep abreast of changing trends, issues, and challenges in public libraries in order to assess and implement training and support services
  • Oversee library development (LD) department, which includes LD consultants by specialty area, and perform library development consulting as needed
  • Oversees the administration of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) subgrant program, collect, and report library statistics, implement continuing education program, plan, and implement SCSL services and statewide programs, conduct assessment, etc.
  • Oversee the budget for library development and help with oversights of the LSTA grant and subgrants
  • Research and write reports required by the agency
  • Serve on internal committees
  • Serve on agency leadership team



Hiring Range: $49,594 - $70,674


Minimum Requirements:   

  • A bachelor's degree and professional experience related to the position


Preferred Qualifications: 

  • A masters' degree in library science from an American Library Association accredited college or university 
  • Ten (10) years professional library experience, supervisory experience critical
  • Knowledge of public library administration and current library organization, procedures, and services
  • Knowledge of collection development principles
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal rules and regulations which apply to library administration
  • Knowledge and experience of on-line reference work and automated library systems
  • Knowledge of sources of information and reference techniques for the assigned program area
  • Ability to provide professional consultation and manage other consultants
  • General knowledge of equal employment practices
  • Ability to coordinate, plan, and direct work of professional and technical staff
  • Communicate effectively (orally and in writing), including public speaking to groups large and small
  • Strong writing skills required
  • Ability to prepare and deliver presentations to various audiences and visual presentations
  • Organize and present through reports, familiarity with data collection and using statistics
  • Ability to network and establish partnerships
  • Strong management and analytical skills


Additional Comments:

As an EEO/Affirmative Action Employer all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age (over 40), sex, including pregnancy and childbirth (or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.


The State Library actively promotes professional development and learning opportunities for staff. Work takes place in an office environment. No physically demanding requirements, but ability to retrieve library materials is essential. Limited overnight travel required.


  • Supplemental questions are considered part of your official application. Any misrepresentation will result in your disqualification from consideration for employment.
  • Please complete the state application to include all current and previous work/salary history and education. A resume will not be accepted nor reviewed in lieu of a completed state application to determine if an applicant has met the qualifications for the position.
  • Please include a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Also include a sample of your professional writing of at least two pages, on any topic related to public library interests. Reference and background check will be conducted.


How to Apply: 

All applications must be submitted online at:[0]=State%20Library&sort=PositionTitle%7CAscending&pagetype=jobOpportunitiesJobs


Company Info:            

South Carolina State Library

1500 Senate Street

Columbia, SC 29201


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