DATE ENTERED: June 17, 2019
LOCATION: Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA
APPLY BY: 11:59 PM on June 26, 2019

Position #00021 (Full-Time), Pay Band 4
Library Specialist II; 29052
Minimum Salary $40,000

The Library of Virginia (LVA), the archival agency for the Commonwealth of Virginia, is seeking a Senior Reference Librarian. Reporting to the Archives & Library Reference Services Department in the Public Services & Outreach Division, the Senior Reference Librarian will provide materials and specialized information and research services to the Governor’s Office, the General Assembly, state and local officials and agencies, organizations and groups, state and national media, and individual researchers by applying considerable knowledge of social, political, economic, and historical subject and reference sources and systems. This position is one of a number of positions functioning as a team to provide customer centric service to patrons under the Library’s service model which consolidates staff service points to create a more seamless researcher experience. Selected candidates must be available to work alternate Saturdays.

As the Commonwealth's library and archives, the Library of Virginia is a trusted educational institution dedicated to acquiring, preserving, and promoting access to unique collections of Virginia’s history and culture and advancing the development of library and records management services statewide. The Library of Virginia inspires learning, ignites imagination, creates possibilities, encourages understanding, and engages Virginia's past to empower its future

To be successful in this position, in addition to the qualifications listed, you will need to value working for an agency that fosters a diverse, open, inclusive, team-oriented work environment.  

The Library of Virginia offers a strong benefits package complete with 12 paid holidays, annual leave, family and personal leave, paid sick leave, parental leave, short- and long-term disability, retirement, deferred compensation, flexible work schedule, and much more.

40% - Assists Researchers & Staff
30% - Conducts Reference Research
15% - Promotes Use of Research in the Library’s Collections
  5% - Compiles Statistics & Leads Training
  5% - Maintains Collections
  5% - Participates in ALRS and Agency Projects


  • Professional library reference experience in a large public, academic or special research library;
  • Considerable knowledge of library reference theory, standards and practice, and historical and genealogical research methodology;
  • Knowledge and experience with best practices in public service and reference services models as articulated in the American Library Association’s (ALA) “Guidelines for Behavioral Performance of Reference and Information Service Providers,” as noted in the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) section of the ALA website;
  • Technical knowledge and skills to use library reference information sources, automated access systems, electronic search tools, appropriate computer software applications, including Microsoft Office Suite, and social media platforms;
  • Knowledge of Virginia & US History and Government;
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research and provide simple to complex reference services;
  • Demonstrated ability to engage and educate citizens and attract new customers through social media, outreach and interpretive programs to include public speaking;
  • Ability to analyze research materials and write effectively for a broad, popular audience; and
  • Ability to work alternate Saturdays.


  • Bachelor’s degree in history, government, or American studies desirable;
  • Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA accredited school; and
  • Virginia Librarian Certificate.

An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience may substitute for educational requirements.

To apply, candidates must submit a completed Virginia state employment application online at for position #00021 by 11:59 PM on June 26, 2019. Please visit our website at for additional information about the agency. Selected candidate must successfully pass a criminal history background check. A record of criminal history does not automatically bar an applicant from consideration. Employment verification and reference checks, to include current/previous supervisors, will be conducted.

The Library of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people with National Service experience to apply. Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during the application and/or interview process per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Library of Virginia, Richmond, VA