State Librarian-State Library of Ohio

February 9, 2020


State Library of Ohio


Qualifications. Minimum qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program and eight years of progressive, professional library experience with five years in library management and demonstrated administrative leadership ability. Desired attributes include board, personnel and fiscal management experience; strong interpersonal skills; ability to work collaboratively with diverse groups and individuals; team building and decision making skills; initiative, flexibility, and the ability to facilitate change; experience working in a technologically advanced environment; knowledge of library trends and issues; and experience in library administration. Prior administrative experience with a state library agency or multi-type regional library organization is desirable.

Ohio’s State Library Board seeks an energetic, engaged, and enthusiastic professional to lead the Ohio library community as its next State Librarian. This new leader understands the realities of contemporary libraries—school, academic, special and public—and will evaluate and support current programs and services while moving forward creating a “smarter Ohio” with new initiatives, fresh staffing models, and emerging technologies. The successful candidate will realize a Smarter Ohio where Ohioans access the necessary resources to be engaged citizens, excel in the workforce, and pursue their passions and interests. The State Librarian will work closely and effectively with a variety of State Departments and Agencies as well as with national and regional library organizations to continue Ohio’s tradition of leading trends and innovation in 21st century library service.   

The State Librarian, appointed by the five-member State Library Board, serves as the Executive Director for the State Library of Ohio and the Secretary to the State Library Board. The State Library, located in Columbus, provides services to State government, Ohio libraries, and Ohio residents. With a dedicated staff of 51 and a $21 million budget, the State Library fulfills its mission through three channels:

  • Directly, by building and managing quality collections and providing hands-on service to state government
  • Cooperatively, through collaborative efforts and information sharing networks within the library community; and
  • Virtually, through online and on-the-go access to expert assistance, digitized resources, and a vast selection of electronic materials

The State Librarian oversees day-to-day operations which include the development of multiple special collections, provision of services and training for Ohio’s library professionals, coordination of the Ohio Digital Library and statewide delivery network, and support of the Serving Every Ohioan (SEO) consortium through the SEO Service Center in Caldwell.   

Columbus, Ohio’s State Capital, is located in central Ohio and is the 14th largest city in the country.  Columbus is brimming with excitement and vitality making the New York Times List of 52 places to visit in 2019, Money Magazine’s “The 6 Best Big Cities” and ForbesBest Places for Business and Careers.”  The City is also regularly recognized for its many excellent institutions including the Columbus Zoo, COSI – Center for Science and Industry, and the Columbus Metropolitan Library.  Columbus is also home to The Ohio State University, Capital University, and the Columbus College of Art and Design.   New residents will find a diverse and welcoming community supporting art, music, museums, theater, shopping, and entertainment.  Sports enthusiasts will find numerous opportunities to cheer on professional hockey and soccer leagues as well as The Ohio State Buckeyes.  Coupled with a reasonable cost of living, Columbus has something for everyone. To learn more about the position, the Library, and the Columbus area, please see State Library Links.


Responsibilities. The State Librarian shall provide leadership and articulate a vision for statewide library services; act as an advocate for Ohio’s library community; provide leadership in the networking of the library community; utilize new technologies to assist with resource sharing initiatives; represent the State Library at relevant local, state, and national conferences and meetings; provide testimony at state budget hearings which impact library funding; work closely with legislators on funding issues and programming initiatives in accordance with Ohio Revised Code Ch. 3375; recommend to the State Library Board the boundaries for public library service areas; act as liaison for the State of Ohio concerning library issues; serve as the Secretary to the State Library Board; and perform other executive level duties as assigned by the State Library Board. For the detailed position description, see State Librarian.

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Compensation.  The position offers a starting salary range of $120,000-$160,000 (placement dependent upon qualifications) and an attractive benefits package.

For further information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates . To start the application process, send a meaningful cover letter and your résumé as Word or pdf attachments to Karen Miller on or before the closing date of February 9, 2020.  


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