Interlibrary Loan Librarian

South Dakota State Library

800 Governor’s Drive, Pierre, SD 57501

Contact: Steven Buras, Asst. State Librarian, 1-800-423-6665

Availability: Open until filled

Full-Time: 40 hours / week

Salary: $16.50 - $19.00 / hour

Degree Requirements: Bachelor’s degree;

Preferred, but not required: Some library coursework or Masters in Library Science

Job Description Overview: The Interlibrary Loan Librarian performs duties relating to interlibrary loan lending and borrowing under the supervision of the Access Services Senior Librarians. The selected candidate will process, search and verify ILL requests from a variety of libraries within South Dakota. The ILL Librarian will work closely with the Reference Librarian and Metadata Librarian to ensure that all ILL and other duties as assigned are completed in an efficient manner.

The ILL Librarian maintains the operation of library services to provide these services to state government employees and all types of libraries throughout the State of South Dakota. This person will also ensure the goals and objectives of the State Library are met in the following areas: 

Reporting Relationships:

Reports to the head of Reference, Digital and Collection Services under the Asst. State Librarian and State Librarian


Challenges include meeting the needs of government, public libraries, and school libraries through Interlibrary Loan services provided by the South Dakota State Library in the most efficient and effective way possible. Also challenging is the technological advancements and changes, which require continuous training of users and staff.

Typical problems include repetitive training and integration issues, fluctuations in workflow, maintaining knowledge of and relaying information on changing rules and procedures, developing and updating training to meet necessary needs, fiscal constraints, assisting local library staff who have had little or no training, identifying local library issues and ways to fix those problems and balancing the needs of larger libraries with those of smaller ones.

 Decision-making Authority:

Decisions made include: how to prioritize workflow, when to make changes to workflow, when to do training for local libraries, which local library needs should be addressed first and what priority should be assigned to identified training needs.