The New York State Education Department has announced the opening of the search for the position of New York State Librarian.  Details of the position are now available on the State Education Department’s website at:

Established in 1818, the New York State Library provides information and library services through its Research Library and the Division of Library Development.  The State Librarian will have oversight responsibility for the library’s operating budget of approximately $12 million, a staff of some100 librarians, para-professionals and support staff, a research collection of more than 20 million items and nearly $140 million in State and federal funding for libraries. The incumbent will recommend legislation and policy regarding libraries to the Board of Regents.

The State Librarian must be an energetic and experienced leader who will help to shape a vision for the State Library and library services statewide.  The State Librarian leads the operations of the New York State Library, a component of the Office of Cultural Education within the New York State Education Department.

The State Librarian serves as the primary representative of the New York State Library and as a representative for libraries and library systems across the state. The incumbent will demonstrate proven leadership qualities, vision and the capacity to execute policy for library services in a rapidly changing information management, electronic and digital environment. Additionally, the incumbent must be able to operate within a complex and dynamic atmosphere and work collaboratively with a broad spectrum of interest groups.

Candidates must possess a master’s degree or higher in Library or Information Science from an American Library Association accredited library school and at least 10 years of post-degree professional experience such as a director of a major library system; director of a comprehensive university or research library; or in a management position in a state library agency or large public library.  Candidates must demonstrate a record of national or regional leadership, be able to communicate a vision for library services for the future and demonstrate a record of a collaborative leadership style.

The State Education Department will accept applications on an ongoing basis until a candidate is appointed. The position is in Albany, New York and the salary will be commensurate with education and experience. The position is in the exempt class, and the incumbent will serve at the discretion of the Commissioner of Education. Qualified candidates should send a resume and letter of interest to The Box number (OCE-1095/22641) of the position must be included in the subject line of the cover letter and email to ensure receipt of the application.

Post expires on Tuesday October 30th, 2018