Continuing Education 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. Under limited supervision of the Director of Library Development, the Continuing Education Consultant serves as a Public Library Consultant specializing in the area of continuing education (CE) for public library staff.

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: 
  • Create a statewide CE program for public library staff, with the goal of improving the ability of staff to meet the informational needs of South Carolinians.
  • Work with internal and external content providers to plan learning events. Develop effective delivery models, schedule and facilitate these events, and coordinate promotional efforts.
  • Consult with public library directors and supervisors via email, telephone, and site visits about CE issues and opportunities for staff.
  • Develop content and execute trainings in person and in electronic formats for defined audiences.
  • Prepare public library staff to become peer trainers. Cultivate a community of peer trainers in SC libraries through regular meetings and communications.
  • Collect, analyze and report data on CE efforts and trainings for the public in libraries statewide.
  • Regularly evaluate the effectiveness of the State Library’s CE efforts. Encourage and assist in the evaluation of libraries’ staff and public training efforts.
  • Support the elements of all agency projects that are related to library staff skill-building and knowledge acquisition.
  • Serve as SCSL’s liaison to CE initiatives, forums and professional groups; represent the State Library at state and national gatherings.

The Candidate: 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Master’s degree from a library school accredited by the American Library Association. Four years’ experience in professional library position(s) which includes at least two years of responsibilities related to continuing education for public library staff. Preferred: Prior enrollment in or certification from a recognized trainer preparation program.

Specific knowledge of the principles and practices of continuing education in a library setting. Knowledge of public library services, collections, operations. Knowledge of typical library issues and problems, especially those related to staff skills and CE efforts. Current knowledge of programs, curricula, and resources available to perform assigned tasks. General knowledge of principles and practices of public library consulting. Ability to develop, plan, schedule and implement services that meet the goals of the position.

How to Apply: 

All applications must be submitted online at

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