Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Library Specialist

Recruitment #190716-5406AR-001


The State of Connecticut, Connecticut State Library (CSL), has one available opportunity for a Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Coordinator. The LSTA Coordinator is responsible for providing leadership and technical assistance in the areas of grant administration and coordination for the Library and Services Technology Act (LSTA) federal grants program. The LSTA Coordinator is also responsible for promoting the federal e-rate program to Connecticut libraries, reviews public library technology plans and works with the Division team to foster a community service environment that harnesses technology creatively to deliver information, resources and services.

This is a full time, 40 hour per week, position.  Hours are Monday through Friday, 8am - 4:30pm. This position is located at 786 South Main Street in Middletown, CT.

We are looking for someone with:

  • A Master's degree in Library Science (MLS) from an accredited institution.
  • Knowledge of the Library Services and Technology Act and associated funding processes.
  • Knowledge of methods for collecting, managing and analyzing data.
  • Experience training, mentoring and working with a diverse library community.
  • Experience planning, organizing and managing multiple tasks.
  • Experience interpreting and applying laws, regulations and standards governing public libraries.
  • Experience establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with a broad range of stakeholders.
  • Experience working collaboratively as part of a team and in a changing environment.
  • Experience communicating clearly and effectively, by writing and orally, with groups and individuals about complex federal and state regulations.

Selection Plan

Please include a resume within the “Resume Tab” of your application. At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: performance reviews, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency.

Should you have questions pertaining to this recruitment, please contact Heidi Gray,, 860-713-5028.


In the State Library, this class is accountable for performing as a specialist within a particular field and/or providing the highest advanced level of professional library tasks in management services, patron services, library services and historical services.


Provides technical assistance, administration and coordination for the LSTA grant program for Connecticut libraries; monitors and provides training and technical assistance to grant applicants and potential applicants for grant planning, writing and implementation; communicates legal, accounting, reporting and other grant management requirements to grant recipients and monitors compliance; provides leadership to Connecticut libraries through training and facilitation of target groups on fundraising, developments, grant writing and grant administrations; researches, identifies and assists in the procurement of government and privates grant funding beyond LSTA to provides statewide and public library initiatives that support the goals of LSTA; serves as the first point of contact for assigned liaison public libraries; works with the Division Director and State Library fiscal representative to track expenditures and encumbrances; prepares LSTA state library report; examines new technologies and applies technology solutions to current and future grant management applications within the Division.


Considerable knowledge of professional principles and practices of library science and/or bibliographic sources of information; considerable knowledge of and demonstrated ability in specialized functional procedures and/or specialized subject matter; considerable knowledge of library administration principles and techniques and library automation; considerable interpersonal skills; considerable oral and written communication skills; ability to analyze and solve complex problems relating to library methods and procedures; ability to utilize computer software; some supervisory ability.


A Master's degree in library science or information science from a library school accredited by the American Library Association AND three (3) years of post graduate degree experience in a relevant area of professional library work.


  • 5 years experience writing and managing grants.
  • 5 years experience using excel spreadsheets to manage budgets.
  • Knowledge of federal and state regulations related to LSTA funding including federal cost principles.
  • Experience writing strategic plans.
  • Knowledge of the federal e-rate program.


The State Librarian may determine other advanced educational degrees equivalent to the MLS degree based on staffing needs.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.