Inclusive Services Consultant

Company Name & Location: 

South Carolina State Library | Columbia, SC


Columbia, South Carolina: 

Columbia combines all the graces of the rich past with the vibrance of the emerging Sun Belt. It's the state capital and home to a major university. One of America's outstanding zoos, Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Gardens, is just minutes from the state capital. The State Museum also tells the colorful history of South Carolina. If you like water sports, Lake Murray is a 50,000-acre playground less than 15 minutes from the heart of the city.

Two pictures, one of the State Library and one of the Columbia cityscape

The South Carolina State Library: 

map of South CarolinaThe South Carolina State Library is the primary administrator of federal and state support for the state's libraries. SCSL bears responsibility for public library development, service for the blind and physically handicapped, and library service to state government agencies. The Agency is a locus for collaborative library endeavors of all kinds and works closely with the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science. Headquartered in downtown Columbia, SCSL is well-supported with state and federal funds. We serve the people of South Carolina by supporting state government and libraries to provide opportunities for learning in a changing environment. The State Library succeeds because of the people we employ: Passionate professionals who believe South Carolina library users deserve first-rate resources, services, and support. We are seeking talented, enthusiastic individuals who wish to join us in making a contribution to the development of great public libraries. The South Carolina State Library is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.


Position Overview: 

Library Consultants at the SC State Library work independently and as part of the Library Development Team to encourage best practices in public library management and operations. The Consultant conducts site visits to libraries to observe, assess, advise, and train on a broad range of library practices and procedures. The Consultant serves as a resource for public library staff and for the Library Development team on any of a number of library topics, and contributes to the overall work of the team. The Inclusion Consultant exhibits knowledge and competence in the area of accessible library services, resources and programs, and addresses issues related to diversity in public library audiences.

Compensation & Benefits: 
  • Starting salary range $46,000-$55,000 depending on experience.
  • Benefits Include: vacation (15 days per year); sick leave (15 days per year); holidays (13 days per year), standard benefits package and South Carolina State Retirement System.

Essential Duties of the Position: 
  • Provide advice on best practices in libraries, especially in the management and operation of inclusive services to diverse populations
  • Provide consultation and training on the roles and responsibilities of Library Directors and staff, particularly in regard to library services to special populations
  • Serve as an expert resource in identifying barriers to access and recommending resources, collections, equipment, and facilities (ADA compliance) and in recommending solutions to achieve accessibility for all
  • Act as a liaison between the State Library, state and national forums and local agencies and institutions, particularly those related to serving diverse audiences
  • Assess the need for improvement in library staff skills and in the level of awareness and sensitivity regarding needs in the service population; plan and implement training in various formats
  • Work as part of the Library Development team to plan and implement grant funded programs and various events that meet defined needs under Agency goals.
The Candidate: 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

A masters' degree in library science from an American Library Association accredited college or university and 3-5 years professional experience in a public library position bearing responsibility for a core service area, branch or headquarters facility, or other oversight capacity; public service experience strongly preferred.

Familiarity with public library audiences, services, facilities, general trends and current issues. Awareness of, empathy and interest in personal conditions that make access to library resources difficult, and in issues of age-related, cultural, social, racial, ethnic, and economic diversity. Ability to communicate effectively in writing, by email, and by telephone; high degree of comfort in meeting people of all abilities in professional situations. Comfort with public speaking preferred. Ability to work independently and exercise initiative.


How to Apply: 

All applications must be submitted online at www.jobs.sc.gov

Additional Comments

  • Work occurs in a typical office environment and is primarily sedentary. Some travel is required.
  • 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. Include a cover letter, resume, and three professional references; reference and background check will be conducted.
  • If you have any questions concerning this job posting, please email Deborah Pack, Human Resources Manager at dpack@statelibrary.sc.gov.