Network Bulletin   No.:08-22

Date:      July 11, 2008

Subject:    Staff, network                                            
Index term:  Vacancy South Dakota


NLS has been asked to publicize a vacancy for the assistant state librarian for access services at the South
Dakota Braille and Talking Book Library in Pierre, South Dakota.  The vacancy announcement is
attached and application details can be found on the South Dakota state web site: 


For more information contact:    

Carolyn Hoover Sung
Chief, Network Division
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Pierre, South Dakota

Requisition #:   E12-051
Agency:   Department of Education, State Library
Salary:   $44,492.96
Closing Date:     Open Until Filled

Position Purpose:   Serves as Assistant State Librarian, working with the State Librarian in executive,
administrative and management processes; provides administrative and technical direction to Access Services,
including the Braille and Talking Book team, the Circulation/Inter-Library Loan team, and the Technical Services
team.  Develops and presents professional development programs; works with diverse groups of people including
library staff, trustees, and local governmental officials; encourages cooperative library practices; participates in
the development and interpretation of statewide policy, program budge oversight; develops and maintains
affiliations with state, regional and national groups and organizations to the promotion of libraries, and
supervises a team of library professionals.

In addition, this position works with and becomes active in diverse groups and organizations working in the field
of blindness; serves as the liaison between educators, visually impaired students and alternative format textbook
production programs ensuring that K-12 students receive needed educational materials in the correct format; and
serves as an Ex-Officio Trustee to the American Printing House for the Blind and as a member of the SD School
for the Blind and Visually Impaired Advisory Council.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of:
computer applications for libraries;
principles and practices of modern librarianship and information systems;
national standards and federal regulations regarding library services and grants process;
grant program development and administration;
principles of adult learning;
library service for the blind and visually impaired, especially the programs of the National Library Service;

Ability to:
interpret and supply statutes and regulations regarding library services;
promote team environment;
manage time and complex library operations;
plan, develop, and implement programs;
communicate clearly, both orally and in writing; 
make presentations;
work with library patrons, library staff, librarians from other libraries, educators, alternative format textbook
production programs, prison administration and inmates;
work independently or as part of a team.

Comments:   This position is exempt from the career service system.  Applicants must have experience in library
consulting, presenting workshops, working with diverse groups of people, building teams; and working with
large as well as small public libraries.  A Masters of Library and Information Science (or equivalent) is desired. 
Year-round travel, both in-state and out-of-state, will be required.  Some lifting and moving of boxes weighing
up to 50 pounds may be required.  Some duties will require work outside of normal hours of operation.

To apply:   Submit a letter of interest and resum‚/application (state application is available at a South Dakota
Career Center and on the Internet at to:         

Phyllis Perkovich, Human Resource Manager
Bureau of Personnel
500 E. Capitol Avenue
Pierre, SD   57501
605-773-6942, Fax 605-773-6947
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