Employment Opportunities with the Vermont Department of Libraries

The Vermont Department of Libraries is currently accepting applications for two positions: Library Consultant, Services to Children, Teens and Families and Library Assistant, Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. See below for the job descriptions and how to apply.


Vermont Department of Libraries

Apply online at State of Vermont:

Job Description

Read Complete Job Specifications

The Vermont Department of Libraries seeks a skilled, motivated, and innovative librarian to serve as State Consultant for Library Services to Children, Teens and Families. The successful candidate will provide consulting, instruction, program development, and administration for the Department, and statewide leadership in the areas of library services to youth and families, early literacy, advancement of reading for children and teens, and lifelong learning. May also have consulting duties associated with general operations and governance of small libraries. Duties include: consulting and professional development instruction for Vermont public library personnel; collaboration with partner organizations and state agencies on issues related to children, families, and lifelong learning; program administration; public relations; conference planning; coordinating three statewide children’s book awards; and working with school libraries. Statewide travel and attendance at out-of-state meetings is required. This job calls for a well-organized individual who will represent the Department in statewide partnerships and initiatives, apply research-based planning, program development, and assessment, and use current library trends to advance local library services to youth and families.

Education and Experience
Requires a Master's degree in library science from an institution accredited by the American Library Association AND five (5) years or more professional library experience after the degree, including four (4) years or more in youth services in a public library, and including responsibility for collection development for children and teens.

Experience and Skills: Expert knowledge of library theory and practice and library literature, particularly related to children's services in public libraries; ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; ability to plan, develop, administer, and evaluate programs; ability to design and implement professional development training; ability to write and interpret policy; ability to collect and analyze data and write reports; and ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, associates, local library staff, trustees, policymakers, and  partner organizations. Must have extensive technical skills, including good command of standard office software, social media, Internet searching, and use of library information technology.

The Department of Libraries is based in Montpelier, Vermont, located about 40 miles southeast of Burlington. Vermont has 183 public libraries, most of which serve small and rural communities with populations less than 5,000. Vermont is a progressive and innovative state with a population of 626,000 and is known for its robust farmer’s markets, beautiful landscape, outdoor recreation, fine colleges and universities, and strong sense of community.  The Department of Libraries is embarking on a new strategic plan and the Library Consultant for Services to Children, Teens and Families will work closely with a team of library advancement consultants. This is a great opportunity to help shape the future of Vermont libraries!

For more information, using the subject line “Youth Consultant,” contact: LIB.Contact@vermont.gov

Job Code: 220302

Pay Plan: Classified

Pay Grade: 26

Application Deadline: January 8, 2017.

To Apply:  Online State of Vermont application required with these additional documents: resume, cover letter addressed to the State Librarian, and a professional writing sample (no longer than 3 pages).


Library Assistant, Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped

Vermont Department of Libraries

Apply online at State of Vermont:


Position: 780026

Job Specification: Librarian A

The Vermont Department of Libraries is seeking a skilled and motivated Library Assistant to work at the Vermont Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (LBPH), located in Berlin, Vermont.  The LBPH is a regional library of the National Library Service for the Blind & Physically Handicapped and provides special format materials to eligible Vermont citizens who are print disabled. The LBPH collection includes digital “talking books,” braille, and downloadable digital “talking books.”

The successful candidate will be able to perform administrative, technical, clerical, customer service, and public relations duties to advance the work of the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. Duties include: direct customer service to users of the LBPH program; oversight of the additions and withdrawls of “talking books” in the LBPH collection; assisting patrons in signing up for and using the online BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) service; cataloging and maintenance of bibliographic records in the “talking books” library catalog; oversight of the daily labelling and mailing operation; maintaining computer records and patron files; and, using a variety of print and online tools to make reading suggestions for patrons.

This person may also work with volunteers in the local recording program and may work with personnel in state institutions that provide library services to their clients. The job requires use of the specialized KLAS library software system; use of computers and standard computer applications, including Word and Excel; communication with Vermont libraries and partner organzations across the state; assisting library patrons in-person and by phone and electronic means; production of PR materials such as bookmarks; coordinating printing projects; website maintenance; collecting statistics; and writing reports. This person must be able to work effectively with special populations, including the blind, disabled, and aged. Typical work environment is an office setting with library collections and mail center, but the Library Assistant may be required to do some travel in-state, which may require personal means of transportation, and may be assigned to attend meetings out-of-state. Duties are performed under the general supervision of the Library Consultant to Special Populations.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s Degree, with work experience in customer or public service and with information technology; OR Bachelor’s Degree, including Library Science coursework; OR Bachelor’s Degree with at least 6 months of work experience in a library.

Experience and Skills: Candidates must be able to work independently; have good oral and written communication skills; have office, organizational and computer skills, including MS Office software applications and the creation and maintenance of spreadsheets; and ability to perform detailed cataloging work. The successful candidate will have very good people and customer service skills.

The State of Vermont offers an excellent total compensation package. To apply for this job, use the online job application at www.careers.vermont.gov

The State of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For more information, using the subject line “LBPH Library Assistant,” contact: LIB.Contact@vermont.gov

Job ID Number: 620446

Pay Plan: Classified

Pay Grade: PG18

Application Deadline: December 20, 2016

To Apply:  Online State of Vermont application required. Candidates must include a resume and cover letter with their online application.