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Director & Librarian

Monday, June 28, 2021 2:23 PM | Crystal Koutz (Administrator)

Position Title:  Director & Librarian

  • Division:  Executive
  • Work Location:  1201 Brazos, Austin, TX 78711
  • Working Hours:  Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM
  • Salary Group:  EE3A
  • Classification #:  D305
  • Job Posting #:  00015526
  • Monthly Salary:  $12,349.75/Month
  • Date Job Available:  September 1st, 2021

Apply Here:  Job Description - Director and Librarian (00015526) (taleo.net)

TSLAC is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability in employment or in the provision of services, programs, or activities. For job opening inquiries or to request a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act please contact the TSLAC Human Resources office by calling 512-463-5474.

Applications submitted to TSLAC may be subject to public disclosure, upon request, pursuant to the Texas Public Information Act.

Veterans, Reservist or Guardsmen with an MOS or additional duties that fall in the fields of 357; 9970; 360; 02;3A or other related fields pertaining to the minimum experience requirements may meet the minimum qualifications for this position and are highly encouraged to apply. Please call Human Resources at (512) 463-6564 with questions or for additional information.

Additional Military Crosswalk information can be accessed at http://www.hr.sao.state.tx.us/Compensation/MilitaryCrosswalk/MOSC_Inform...


Under the supervision and with the guidance of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (a seven-member governing body appointed by the Governor of Texas), the Director and Librarian plans and directs the agency’s operational, financial, and administrative activities, including the Archives and Information Services, Library Development and Networking, State and Local Records Management, and Talking Book programs of the Texas State Library. Work involves strategic planning skills, specialized knowledge of state government, and agency budget and program administration based on an understanding of how the programs administered by the agency relate to and support one another in service to the people of Texas. The Director and Librarian engages key stakeholder groups throughout the State of Texas to develop and implement strategies that effectively facilitate access to library and information services statewide, to preserve the archives of Texas, and to facilitate records management throughout.


  • The mission of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) is to provide Texans access to information needed to be informed, productive citizens by preserving the archival record of Texas; enhancing the service capacity of public, academic, and school libraries; assisting public agencies in the maintenance of their records; and meeting the reading needs of Texans with disabilities. The Director and Librarian leads the agency in achieving this mission.
  • It is the responsibility of the Director and Librarian to accomplish TSLAC's statutory requirements, goals, and objectives. To carry out statutory duties and other responsibilities assigned to the Director and Librarian under Chapter 441 of the Texas Government Code, the Director and Librarian shall: Serve as the executive and administrative officer of the commission and discharge the administrative and executive functions of the commission.
  • Record the commission's proceedings.
  • Keep an accurate account of the commission's financial transactions.
  • Have charge of the state library and any book, picture, document, newspaper, manuscript, archive, relic, memento, flag, or similar item contained in the library.
  • Administer programs to carry out the duties of the commission and the director and librarian.
  • Ascertain the condition of all public libraries in this state and report the results to the commission.
  • Perform any other duty the commission assigns.
  • It is also the responsibility of the Director and Librarian to: Serve as the commission's spokesperson and representative on all legislative issues and work directly with legislators for the benefit of the agency’s stakeholders, customers, and constituents.
  • Assist the commission in establishing long-range planning goals and providing visionary direction for TSLAC programs.
  • Direct the expenditure of federal funds allocated to Texas to support library and archival programs and services.
  • Supervise the work of the Texas Center for the Book, an affiliate program of the Library of Congress.
  • Designate appropriate liaisons to advisory groups; state and local government officials; library, archival, historical, and records management organizations; and the general public.
  • Further TSLAC's goals for digital inclusion for all Texans via improved access to digital content and broadband networks via Texas libraries and archives.
  • Ensure that TSLAC is a key partner among libraries, state agencies, and other organizations that facilitate access to information by the public and state government.
  • Ensure that TSLAC adheres to all state and federal statutory and regulatory requirements and maintains the highest possible ethical standards in all areas of operation.


  • Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited program.
  • Three years experience managing a specific library service, such as interlibrary loan, circulation services, stacks, or cataloging.
  • Experience providing professional reference services.
  • Experience working with Federal documents in the reference/public services area.
  • Experience hiring, training, and supervising staff.
  • Experience using an integrated library system.
  • Experience using word processing, database and spreadsheet applications.
  • Knowledge of library and reference tools, techniques, and services; of standard research sources; and of computer-assisted search theories and techniques.
  • Ability to handle several reference queries simultaneously in a high stress environment.
  • Ability to multi-task, set priorities and perform work independently.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to make public presentations.
  • Ability to move boxes weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Ability to direct and oversee the work of others.


  • Knowledge of library statistics methodology.
  • Experience in library outreach or library programming.
  • Experience in collection development.
  • Experience with archives/special collections.
  • Ability to speak, read and write Spanish.
  • Knowledge of U.S. and Texas history and government, as demonstrated in a work environment.
  • Ability to apply innovative ideas to improve the operation of a reference services unit.


  • College transcripts (undergraduate and graduate) must be submitted at the time of application.
  • Must submit writing sample with application; sample should reflect professional business style and be no more than 500 words in length.
  • Applicants selected for interview will make a 15-minute presentation on a designated topic at the time of the interview to assess ability to provide instruction and make public presentations. 
  • Occasional overtime work, including night and weekends may be required.
  • Criminal history check will be required of successful applicant.
  • Ability to work in a non-smoking environment.


  • Reports to the Director, Archives and Information Services Division.
  • Supervises Senior Reference Archivist; Reference Librarians; Access Librarian.
  • Reference Archivists; Bibliographic Librarians and Library Assistants.

Apply Here:  Job Description - Director and Librarian (00015526) (taleo.net)


The Austin ARMA Chapter is chartered under ARMA International.  ARMA International is a not-for-profit association and the leading authority on managing records and information.  The Austin ARMA Chapter operates in the beautiful capital of Texas and the chapter is part of the Southwest Region of ARMA International.

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