Job Specifications


Job Code: 220310

Pay Plan: Classified

Pay Grade: 26

Occupational Category: Education & Library Services

Effective Date: 09/04/2016

Class Definition:

Professional work in consulting, administration, instruction/professional development, and program development and implementation to advance local library service to Vermont citizens. Library Consultants work as part of a team and with considerable independence under the supervision and direction of the Assistant State Librarian for Library Advancement.

Examples of Work:

Provide consultation, advice, and technical assistance on a wide range of topics to public library directors, staff, and library trustees. Consult with local and regional public officials and other groups and individuals regarding programs and projects designed to improve and stimulate local library services to meet local community needs. Participate in collaborative projects with partner organizations which advance local public library services and programs and in which local libraries can play a role. Provide on-site and virtual instruction on current library practice and trends, including: library administration, strategic planning, library programming, marketing, facility planning, and use of information technology, to library directors, employees, and library trustees. Conduct research, and develops instructional materials, online toolkits, webinars, and website content. Coordinate or implement initiatives and projects that involve some or all Vermont public libraries. Gather, analyze, and report data, write reports, and conduct assessment and evaluation. Plan and coordinate conferences and continuing education events. Attend meetings and conferences, which require travel around the state and out-of-state. Represent the Department at meetings in the region and with partner organizations. Speak before groups on library related matters. Write grant proposals and manage grants. May perform supervisory duties, including recruitment, training, and monitoring the work of volunteers or interns. May have responsibility for materials selection, collection development, or collection management. Perform related duties as required. Consulting and instruction may include K12 school and academic librarians, on an as-needed basis.


Library Consultant (Public Library Governance and Management): Consulting and professional development activities with a special focus on library and non-profit management, library governance, legal issues, budget & finance, strategic planning, human resources, and library trustees.

Library Consultant (Library Technology): Consulting and professional development activities with a special focus on technology, including: library automation and data migration, website development, networks, data security, digital e-resources, Internet searching, broadband and WiFi, information databases, e-rate, and technology assessment and planning.

Library Consultant (Special Populations): Consulting and professional development activities with a special focus on special populations, including: oversight of the Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled, library services to state institutions, management of the local recording program for visually and physically disabled citizens, library services to new Americans, ADA, and adult literacy. Consultant works with the National Library Service (NLS) and a citizen Advisory Council, and with partner organizations that serve the disabled and adult learners. Conducts outreach and PR. Supervises one or more employees at the Library for the Blind & Physically Disabled.

Library Consultant (Continuing Education): Consulting and professional development activities with a special focus on professional development for the public library workforce, including: curriculum planning and development, instructional design, assessment and measurement, planning conferences and trainings with outside presenters, conducting online and webinar training, and maintaining the Department calendar of training opportunities.

Environmental Factors:

Duties are performed in an office setting and at libraries and other venues throughout the state. Requires extensive use of computer and information technology. Significant job related travel is required, and incumbents may be required to travel out-of-state to attend meetings, trainings, and conferences. Private means of transportation may be necessary for required travel. Certain job functions may need to be performed outside normal State business hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays. Requires work with the public, with governmental agencies and officials, and with non-profit and educational organizations. Travel may be necessary in all types of weather. Some lifting of heavy material is required.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Knowledge of professional library principles, practice, techniques, systems, procedures, theory, and trends, and library literature related to public libraries.

Ability to provide consultation and guidance on a wide variety of issues to local library employees and library trustees.

Ability and confidence to make effective presentations and speak to groups.

Ability to teach workshops, classes, and webinars, and ability to plan and develop instructional programs and resources.

Knowledge of public library collections, bibliographic and reference services, and principles and practices for all formats of library resources, including electronic/digital.

Working knowledge of administrative principles and practices, particularly as they relate to a public library setting.

Knowledge of public library programs, services, and operations.

Awareness of supervisory principles and techniques.

Ability to present on and interpret library policy and procedure, goals and objectives, and planning documents and tools to library staff, library trustees, public officials, community groups, and the public.

Ability to plan, develop, and effectively utilize library resources in all formats, including electronic/digital.

Extensive technical skills, including good command of standard office software, social media, Internet searching, and library information technology.

Good organizational and time management skills, and ability to handle frequent interruptions and manage multiple projects and deadlines.

Ability to handle confidential information, and uphold principles of privacy and intellectual freedom.

Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Ability to collect, analyze, and report statistics and other data to inform consulting and instruction activities and to evaluate and assess library services and programs.

Working knowledge of and experience using demographics and other data, assessment and measurement tools, and assessment protocols.

Ability to design and administer research-based programs.

Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with co-workers, associates, local library staff, trustees, and public officials, and work as part of a team to plan and coordinate consulting and professional development activities for public library employees.

Ability to form successful partnerships and collaborate with governmental agencies, non-profit-organizations, and other groups.


Broad knowledge of public libraries, including: policy development, operations and management, budgets and finance, staffing and personnel management, facilities management and planning, advocacy and community relations, library boards, and legal issues. (Library Consultant, Governance)

Ability to work effectively with aged, disabled, functionally illiterate, and non-English-speaking individuals. (Library Consultant, Special Populations)

Working knowledge to troubleshoot technology, develop and manage computer networks, conduct data migration, and develop and design websites. (Library Consultant, Library Technology)

Working knowledge of e-resources, electronic collection development, database searching. (Library Consultant, Library Technology)

Knowledge of federal e-rate program. (Library Consultant, Library Technology)

Working knowledge of and experience with instructional design, webinar training, and curriculum development. (Library Consultant, Continuing Education)

Ability to conduct learning needs assessments and develop and conduct training to meet learning needs, for a variety of learners and learning styles. (Library Consultant, Continuing Education)

Ability to supervise, and ability to manage a program of volunteers. (Library Consultant, Special Populations)

Education and Experience:

Master's degree or higher in library science from an institution accredited by the American Library Association or equivalent AND three (3) years or more of post degree library experience.


Master's degree or higher in library science from an institution accredited by the American Library Association AND two years of general professional work experience or equivalent AND two (2) years or more of post degree library experience.


Public library experience.

Experience in library administration including supervision of staff.

Special Requirements: n/a