The Southwest La Plata Library District Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that Elizabeth von Tauffkirchen has been selected as the new Library Director, replacing Patricia Johnson, who has served as Interim Director since Sept. 2020.  Elizabeth will be begin working for the district November 8th, 2021.

Elizabeth joins us with over 15 years of library experience in Southwest Colorado.  She will oversee the Ft. Lewis Mesa and Sunnyside public libraries, assist the Board in developing a strategic plan, perform community outreach, administer and monitor expenditures, and serve as liaison between Southwest La Plata Library District and Durango School District 9R, La Plata County, and community service organizations.  We look forward to her leadership and direction.

Please join us in welcoming Elizabeth to the Southwest La Plata Library District.

We are currently accepting applications
for the position of Library Clerk Substitute

SWLPLD Library Clerk Substitute
Job Description

Under the direction of the Southwest La Plata Library Director, the Library Clerk Substitute will be responsible for the following:

I.  Patron Assistance

The Library Clerk Substitute, in the absence of the Branch Manager, will provide assistance to library patrons in finding and selecting library materials, will assist patrons in the use of library equipment, will provide proactive, friendly service to customers, and will provide a safe and welcoming environment for library patrons, including maintaining an orderly appearance of the library.

II.  Library Materials

The Library Clerk Substitute, in the absence of the Branch Manager, will perform circulation activities including checking in and out materials.

III.  Other Duties

The Library Clerk Substitute will perform related duties as required by the Library Director or the Branch Manager.


A high school diploma or equivalent is required.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:.

● Current public service principles, practices and methods

Ability to:

  • Operate a variety of library and office equipment, including computers, in a safe and effective manner.
  • Work independently in the absence of supervision.
  • Understand and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Make sound decisions.
  • Interact in a positive manner with staff and the public.

Physical Activities:

Note:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform successfully the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to lift, push and move office supplies weighing up to 20#;
  • Ability to bend, stoop, stretch, reach, carry, grasp and turn objects;
  • Ability to stand, sit, and walk for up to 60 minutes at a time;
  • Frequent use of phone handset and repetitive use of hands and fingers to operate office equipment, use computer keyboard, computer mouse, and to perform other office tasks;
  • Acceptable eyesight to read printed material, a computer monitor, and to operate office equipment;
  • Acceptable hearing to communicate with others in person or through telephonic means;
  • Acceptable verbal and conversation skills to effectively communicate with others via the phone, at meetings and to greet and assist visitors;
  • Ability to withstand extensive VDT exposure.

To apply, please use our contact page to send your cover letter and resume.

Finalists will be notified of additional application requirements, including providing a portfolio or presentation describing their relevant accomplishments.