WI (Statewide): Librarian – Wisconsin Department of Corrections


The WI Department of Corrections (DOC), Division of Adult Institutions (DAI) has Librarian positions located at 19 institutions/facilities throughout the State.

Location: Wisconsin, statewide

Type of Employment: Full time (40 hours/week)

Contact: Diana L. Russler, Human Resources Specialist, 608-240-5512, Diana.Russler@Wisconsin.gov

Deadline to Apply: 12/18/2016

Position Summary:   Librarians in the WI Department of Corrections are responsible for management of the library functions and directing the library program located at institutions/facilities Statewide. This includes responsibility for the operation of the institution’s library collections, media center and law library. Correctional libraries are statutorily required to provide access to law libraries in order to provide inmates with meaningful access to the courts. The institution or facility library provides support to education, serving as a source for recreational reading, and assisting inmates in gaining the skills that they will need to succeed academically upon release. In the administration of correctional libraries, it will be necessary to perform job duties associated with the types of daily operations encountered in academic, public or special library settings.

A current vacancy is located at the Redgranite Correctional Institution, Redgranite, WI (Waushara Co.).   Anticipated vacancies at Fox Lake Correctional Institution, Fox Lake, WI (Dodge Co.) and Columbia Correctional Institution, Portage, WI (Columbia Co.)  In addition to these vacancies, the register created from this recruitment may also be used to fill other vacancies over the next 6 to 12 months or longer.

NOTE:  As the register created from this new recruitment is intended to be used to fill any future vacancies Statewide in DOC for at least the next 9-12 months or longer, it is important that candidates interested in any vacant positions during this period apply now; this includes candidates who applied previously.  Also, in the on-line application process, please check only those county area that you would be truly interested in.

The Department of Corrections administers Wisconsin’s state prisons, community correctional centers, and juvenile corrections programs. It supervises the custody and discipline of all prisoners in order to protect the public and seeks to rehabilitate offenders and reintegrate them into society.

Special Notes:

The Department of Corrections will conduct criminal background checks on applicants prior to selection. Upon hire, all new DOC employees are subject to fingerprinting.

Applicants must be legally entitled to work in the United States (i.e., a citizen or national of the U.S., a lawful permanent resident, an alien authorized to work in the U.S. without DOC sponsorship) at the time of application.

Note:  A well-qualified candidate will have a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited institution or an equivalent combination of Library related education, training and experience.

Qualifications:   Education, training and experience in preparation for performing library job duties, as follows:

  • Current classification and cataloging practices and systems
  • Current library application of computer technology
  • Current reference sources and procedures
  • Current audiovisual equpiment and materials
  • Law library collections, legal reference materials, resources and research methods
  • Library administration, budgeting and purchasing methods
  • Planning, developement, provision of, literacy or specialized Library programs or services
  • Current collection development and acquisition methods, including Wisconsin inter-library loan guidelines

How To Apply:

Apply on-line in WISCJOBS, http://wisc.jobs/public/index.asp  in one of two ways, either: 1) click on “Log In” to access your existing WISCJOBS account and complete a Job Search for keyword 16-03326 and then click on “Apply Now” or 2) if new to WISCJOBS, first create a new account to complete an initial application, attach a current resume, and then continue with the on-line process. In the application process, please be sure to check only those county areas that you are truly interested in. 

Please follow the Instructions for Librarian Assessment in the on-line process closely to create and insert your Cover Letter, and successfully save and finalize in order to be considered.   Note that both your resume and cover letter with responses to the questions must be attached according to the instructions to be considered.

Deadline to Apply: Application, resume, and cover letter must be completed and finalized on-line by the end of the day (11:59 P.M.) on the deadline noted in this announcement. Completed (finalized) materials will be reviewed and scored after the deadline date. The most qualified candidates will be invited to participate in the next step of the selection process.


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