Coolest Library Jobs

Check out these unique listings! Librarians aren’t just for your regular, run-of-the-mill local libraries, ya know.

Senior Program Officer, Global Libraries Job

This job is based in the lovely city of Seattle, WA. What makes it special is that Bill Gates would be your boss. Too cool! Ok, full disclosure: The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would be your boss, and you would be working very hard to create positive change in the world on a global scale. From the posting:

“As the largest single entity working to strengthen public libraries today, Global Libraries has a tremendous opportunity to lead the transformation of libraries, to change how libraries are perceived and to expand their role in developing and transitioning countries.”

I love it! If you’ve been involved with Libraries Without Borders, this is a career that would be straight up your alley. Heck, if I had 10+ years of experience in the library world, I’d be applying! Full details are posted below.

Librarian for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (Spy Librarian!)

Do you see yourself as an information ninja? Are you fascinated with the secretive nature of national intelligence agencies? Maybe you’d like to be a librarian for CSIS in Ottawa, Ontario! It’s no surprise that an intelligence organization would like to have top-notch information-seekers in their ranks. The catch? You have to be bilingual (lucky you, if you are!) and you get to undergo a really fun interview process, including a polygraph test. Full details (including awesome pay scale) are below. (PS – If you’re American, the CIA is looking for a librarian, too!)

More Cool Jobs

In 2007, Google was hiring a librarian. Here’s more proof. Although ignorant people fear that librarians will be replaced by Google (ha!), I say if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em! Considering the perks of working for Google, I will definitely keep my eyes peeled for a career opportunities with the search engine giant.

Working at the Center for Sex and Culture’s Library and Archive is the closest you’d get to becoming a Pornbrarian. Imagine explaining that to your mother!

Pixar was hiring a Library Technician, which tells me that they have a library. Imagine running the Pixar Library! A place where you can “bring imagination to life“.

You could always become a prison librarian. Talk about using books as a way to transcend boundaries! If you’re curious about the career, check out this fantastic blog.

Would you like a free Ivy League degree? Many academic institutions have programs in place to make employee tuition much cheaper, if not free. If you’re wanting work experience without having to give up (or pay for) formal education, a prestigious academic library could be the perfect place for you.

I’m pretty sure that the sky’s the limit when it comes to libraries. What would be your dream library job? More ideas can be found on MetaFilter.


Senior Program Officer, Global Libraries Job

Date: Apr 4, 2013

Location: Seattle, WA, US

Division Global Development Program
Department Libraries
Location Seattle
Foundation Overview Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy, productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people-especially those with the fewest resources-have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life. Based in Seattle, the foundation is led by CEO Jeff Raikes and co-chair William H. Gates Sr., under the direction of Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett.
Group Summary The goal of the Global Development Program (GDP) is to increase opportunities for people in the developing world to lift themselves out of hunger and poverty and to help deliver targeted healthcare solutions in these regions. Our strategies focus on Agriculture Development; Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene; Financial Services for the Poor; Global Libraries; and Family Health, which includes Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, Family Planning, and Nutrition.People often think of public libraries as simply “book houses,” but at the foundation we believe they serve a much greater purpose in communities. When libraries are development partners, they support public health, education, economic development, gender equality, and all the areas of the Millennium Development Goals. Global Libraries’ vision is to improve people’s lives by bringing about effective, sustainable public access to information and technology in public libraries, and to ensure it is useful and used. As the largest single entity working to strengthen public libraries today, Global Libraries has a tremendous opportunity to lead the transformation of libraries, to change how libraries are perceived and to expand their role in developing and transitioning countries. There has never been a more exciting time to work in the library field.
Responsibilities The Senior Program Officer leads Global Libraries’ “Delivery” Initiative, one of the program’s four strategic pillars. The Delivery Initiative works to scale and maximize the impact of public access to information and technology in public libraries with a focus on effective and sustainable approaches.The Delivery Initiative focuses on three core elements:1. Scale: Implementing proven programs that can be replicated and customized, taking advantage of opportunities where regional, country or target population reach can be maximized and sustained;2. Meeting Users Needs: Supporting libraries and the library field to customize and implement tested programs so that users may access relevant information and communication technology;3. Leveraging Partnerships: Engaging, leveraging and focusing major partners in the library field, the foundation, and the development community via cross-cutting efforts to maximize effectiveness of development programs.The Senior Program Officer strategically designs, develops and oversees the Delivery investment portfolio with a 2013 budget allocation of approximately $35M, leads the Delivery team to develop, manage and implement project strategies; negotiates, executes and manages complex, performance-based contracts/grants, and develops relationships with internal and external stakeholders, including government agencies, to further strategy goals.Primary responsibilities include:
– Further develop the Delivery team’s strategy including determining opportunity criteria, assessing and analyzing implementation models, articulating learning questions and defining the Delivery team’s relationship to the other GL initiatives: Research and Innovation, Training and Leadership, Impact, Advocacy and Policy;
– Act as GL team’s Delivery subject matter expert and work across all team initiatives to ensure key opportunities and learnings are maximized to further Delivery team and GL strategy goals;
– Research investments and potential partners aligned with the Delivery portfolio with a focus on scaling opportunities, meeting user needs, and leveraging partnerships;
– Review, evaluate and analyze concept notes and grantee proposals for alignment with strategy, assess grantee strengths and weaknesses, organizational capacity, and budgetary considerations and work with prospective grantees to develop proposal submissions, associated budgets, implementation plans and key outcomes;
– Provide clear, concise & insightful written analyses & recommendations of grant proposals and annual reports;
– Ensure quality interactions and clear and consistent communications with grantees and partners, including government stakeholders, other library funders and representatives from the library and development fields at large, to maximize impact of projects and ensure optimal learning;
– Manage a team and lead efforts to hire the talent needed to achieve goals, ensuring successful employee onboarding, communicating performance expectations, creating goal alignment, integrating project and change management, giving and seeking feedback, coaching, measuring progress and holding people accountable, supporting employee development, and recognizing achievement and lessons learned;
– Contribute to the design of GL strategies, collaborations and implementation plans to ensure long-term sustainability and impact;
– Seek opportunities for collaboration with other foundation program strategy teams who share programmatic themes.
– Prepare briefings for Global Libraries and Global Development leadership as necessary on salient program issues, program strategies, and other relevant topics;
– Represent the foundation at external conferences, events and other program related events and report outcomes.
Qualifications – Bachelor’s degree or equivalent work experience required as well as a Masters’ degree in Library Science, International Relations or Development, Public Policy or related field.
– At least 10 years’ professional experience in domestic or international program development and implementation; may include complex program development, design, and management, consulting, or strategic development.
– Significant experience in planning and implementation of strategies or programs to reduce information inequities through public, non-profit or private institutions.
– Experience with and knowledge of legislative/government organizations, relevant to library policy and advocacy issues.
– Familiarity with internet/technology access and digital divide programs.
– Demonstrated judgment and experience working within international, domestic, state/local government, and NGO organizations in development.
– Familiarity with how information and communication technologies can reduce inequities through public access, useful content, training and building community and governmental support.
– Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and direction with large scale, multi-partner projects in the non-profit/library community.
– Ability to work with diverse organizations and people of all backgrounds.
– Proven leadership, analytical, interpersonal, and written and oral communication skills, in positions requiring communication with a broad and diverse audience.
– Capacity to work with flexibility, efficiency, enthusiasm, and diplomacy individually and as part of a complex, dynamic team.
– Strong analytical skills, including risk analysis and sound understanding of complex business models.
– Ability to travel up to 35% domestically and internationally.
– Demonstrated effectiveness in team building and mentoring and/or supervising, and motivating a team.As part of our standard hiring process for new employees, employment with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will be contingent upon successful completion of a background check.
Requisition Number 4010BR

Nearest Major Market: Seattle
Job Segments: Program Manager, Agricultural, Consulting, Management Consulting, Sustainable Agriculture, Management, Agriculture, Technology


CSIS Librarian

The Service is always looking for talented and skilled individuals to join our team. Diversity is not only part of the Service’s culture it is a core business strategy. We are building a workforce which is representative of the Canadian society and our programs and policies are designed to foster diversity and inclusion.

Reference Number


Closing Date

2013-07-31 APPLY ON-LINE

Job Summary

  • Conduct effective reference interviews, analyse and interpret information and research requests, in order to determine the exact nature of the information requirement, and appropriate search strategies and sources for responding to the requirement.
  • Conduct research exploiting a wide variety of information sources, using diverse and complex search strategies and protocols.
  • Evaluate results of research in order to determine the relevance of retrieval to the information requirement, the necessity to follow-up on new information uncovered, or to revise strategy to look for related information.
  • Design customized reports for requesters, providing analysis of contents, highlighting possible biases, unique information, and key findings.
  • Manage projects as assigned, including definition of purpose and scope of project, creation of a project team, organization and management of project tasks, and reporting to management and project client.
  • Participate on project teams within operational branches, coordinating contextual open source research and awareness services, in collaboration with Information Centre colleagues.
  • Design and deliver educational workshops, aimed at facilitating informed and resource-effective use of open information resources and services by Service employees.
  • Establish and maintain a thorough knowledge of Service interests and priorities, through various means, including ongoing liaison with Service colleagues and contribute to Research unit planning, and participate in Information Centre promotional programs.


  • Masters Degree in Library Studies and four (4) years of experience*;
  • Underfill – two (2) years of experience**

**UNDERFILL: Successful candidates will be appointed in the position as grade 07, underfilling the position until they reach the full working level of the position. An individual development plan will be established for the successful candidate, depending on qualifications and experience of the employee. Failure to complete the underfill development plan will result in the candidate returning to his/her previous grade, in a position for which all requirements are met. As an underfill, you will not be eligible to apply for Career Opportunities until you have reached the full working level of the position.

Note: Any higher level of education could be recognized as experience.


Candidates must also possess the following:

  • Four (4) years of experience working as a professional librarian in a library/records management/information centre environment. ** Underfill – two (2) years of experience.
  • Experience in researching information through various tools and/or from open sources and analysing the information in order to draw inferences and conclusions and/or to make recommendations.
  • Experience dealing with employees and managers of all levels.
  • Experience in the use of automated systems, including bibliographic systems.


Adaptability / Flexibility, Analytical Skills, Judgement, Organizational – Multitasking, Teamwork.

Who Can Apply

Canadian citizens eligible for a Top Secret security clearance.

Security Requirements

Candidates must have no criminal record, must not have used illegal drugs in the last twelve (12) months and must be able to obtain a Top Secret security clearance. This process involves a security interview, a polygraph, and a background investigation that includes credit and financial verifications.

Language Requirements

Bilingual, CBB (imperative)

Salary Range

$74,570 – $90,730 (Grade 08)

$65,620 – $79,840 (Grade 07)

We Also Offer

Organized and recreational sports activities, on-site fitness facility, full service cafeteria, and bus route service within proximity.


CSIS National Headquarters, Ottawa (Ontario).

Employment Conditions

Indeterminate (permanent) position with one (1) year probation.

How To Apply

CSIS is a separate employer and is not subject to the Public Service Employment Act (PSEA). CSIS has its own classification, compensation system, and a different staffing regime. As such, we use a different staffing process and terminology.

If you meet these requirements, you may submit your candidacy by clicking Apply Now and quote reference 12-968-08-096 in your cover letter.


Testing and interviews may be scheduled in a few Canadian urban centers outside the National Capital Region.

CSIS is committed to Employment Equity and encourages the equitable participation of all Canadians. If your application is retained and you require any special accommodation during the selection process, please advise us. The personal information provided in your application is protected under the Privacy Act and will be held in Personal Information Bank SIS/P-PU-025.

We thank all applicants for their interest in CSIS. However, only those who are selected for further consideration will be contacted.



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