Emerging Trends in Libraries Consultant -- Idaho Commission for Libraries -- Boise, ID

Salary Range: $26.70 per hour - Plus Competitive Benefits!

Location(s): Boise

The Idaho Commission for Libraries is seeking an Emerging Trends in Libraries Consultant to join our Boise team.

The Emerging Trends Consultant will support ICFL’s mission and provide consulting services, training, support, and programs to meet the needs of Idaho’s library community as it pertains to emerging trends in libraries. STEM programming and services, MakerSpaces, design thinking, and library services for Idaho’s aging population are examples of areas the person in this position will focus on immediately with other emerging technologies and trends to be considered in the future. The Consultant will work as part of the Commission’s Library Development team to ensure services are delivered in a quality manner.

Our agency has a unique culture that embraces collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement. You will find that working for the Idaho Commission for Libraries is both a challenging and rewarding experience.


  • Consults with and provides problem-solving assistance to library staff and trustees.
  • Coordinates, conducts, and facilitates training, meetings, and events to increase knowledge and understanding of emerging trends and library-related topics.
  • Engages in field work to assess conditions in public libraries and build supportive relationships with library staff and management to improve library environments for Idahoans.
  • Researches and designs programs to meet the needs of patrons and the library community, including policy development, budgets, formation of advisory committees, and statewide evaluations, while continuously monitoring ways to improve programs and processes.
  • Manages budgets, working through purchasing processes, and ensuring taxpayer funds are spent responsibly.
  • Develops grant proposals, assessments and reports.
  • Works collaboratively with colleagues to support library development statewide.
  • Represents interests and needs of Idaho libraries through the formation of partnerships on a national, state and local level.
  • Works collaboratively with and organizes multidisciplinary and multiagency partnerships to promote libraries as a key partner in learning and STEM programs and promotes best practices to local libraries.
  • Develops and implements communication strategies to reach library staff in rural and urban areas, along with website, blog and social media updates.
  • Monitors national and local-level trends and issues affecting people and libraries.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Master's Degree from an American Library Association accredited program or comparable combination of education and experience.
  • Considerable knowledge of: professional principles and practices of library science; current trends in library services.
  • Some knowledge of grants administration.
  • Experience: planning and evaluating projects, programs, or services in a library setting; using facilitation, decision-making, and problem-solving techniques with groups; planning, developing and presenting training.
  • High comfort level with emerging technologies, Maker Spaces, and STEM principles.
  • Experience planning, developing, and presenting library programs.

Some travel is required for this position.

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