Assistant Director for Operations–Cecil County Public Library

Cecil County Public Library (CCPL) is seeking applicants for the position of Assistant Director for Operations


CCPL is an award-winning mid-sized library system in Maryland, which has been acknowledged at the local, state and national level for its dedication to education, innovation, and economic development:


2013    MD Library Association – Excellence in Customer Service and Emerging Leader Awards

YALSA -  Teen Top Ten

ALA Best of Show – PR Xchange


2012    MD Chamber of Commerce – Non-profit Partner in Business Award

Library Journal – Mover and Shaker


2011    Cecil County Chamber of Commerce – Non-profit Partner in Business Award 

Salem Press – Outstanding Local Blog of the Year

ALA Best of Show – PR Xchange, “My Library My Lifeline”


With 7 branches, a bookmobile and e-branch, CCPL is proud to provide materials and services to approximately 50,000 active card holders and circulate over 1 million items per year.


Join CCPL and become an integral part of the team working towards a common mission:

To provide lifelong educational and cultural opportunities and resources for all, promoting individual and community success.


For first consideration applications must be received by February 1st.  To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and three business references to:  apply here OR







POSITION:             Assistant Director – Operations

GRADE:                 13 ($80,047)

DEPARTMENT:    Administration

JOB LOCATION:  Elkton Administration

REPORTS TO:     Director



This is an exceptionally responsible system-wide managerial position, which demands excellent judgment and a thorough knowledge of library management. The Assistant Director for Operations functions as an internal senior project manager focused on large and complex projects involving technology and/or facilities and internal operations including finance, material management and technical processing.  The Assistant Directors play a major role in advising the Director and assisting with the development of the CCPL budget, strategic directions, capital improvement projects, new services and programs, and all other major CCPL projects. In the absence of the CCPL Library Director, the Assistant Directors act on behalf of the Director as needed.



  • Works closely with the Director to plan library policy and strategic initiatives, supports and assists Director’s work
  • Responsible for planning, developing and managing 21st Century library technology initiatives to achieve library objective
  • Oversees CCPL’s use of library technology, as well as its materials management, technical processing, finance and facilities, and IT departments, and plans for ongoing development and evaluation in these areas, plans major technology initiatives that advance library objectives and has primary responsibility for overseeing their implementation
  • Assesses community needs and interests, public library developments, and professional standards, as they pertain to library services, especially  as to technology related services, materials, and facilities
  • Works closely with Director, Assistant Director for Public Services, and HR Manager to train and coach supervisors, develop staff, and manage personnel
  • As a senior member of interview team, develops effective recruitment interviews, conducts interviews, makes hiring recommendations
  • Promotes and facilitates team work between all departments, divisions and branches
  • Frequently is assigned a lead role or as the project manager for developing, implementing, and evaluating new initiatives for the library, as well as evaluation and improvement of existing systems, processes and procedures
  • Plays senior role in overseeing library planning and design for capital projects, with extensive responsibility for technology
  • Assists in planning and direction of all aspects of operations, which ensure the effective function of the organization. This includes monitoring the progress and implementation of strategic plan initiatives and goals
  • Works with all managers and administrators in developing appropriate objectives in support of system goals
  • Assists Director in developing and monitoring operating budget and purchasing practices; monitors audit process; may assist with developing and monitoring Capital Improvement Program; monitors operating budget lines related to departmental responsibilities
  • Routinely required to make difficult decisions and recommendations affecting CCPL, its staff and large portions of its budget
  • Works closely with the senior administrative team in analyzing staffing, capital projects and other budgeting issues
  • Frequently oversees the procurement of major equipment, software and machinery
  • In consultation with Director and Assistant Director for Public Services, will periodically manage public relations problems and respond to complaints that are not resolved through regular communication and procedural channels
  • In partnership with the HR Manager, serves as the Staff Development co-chair, responsible for annual SD/CE grant process and recommends appropriate staff training. Manages the tuition reimbursement and LATI/CEU programs
  • Attends and participates in Library Board meetings
  • Frequently prepares or oversees preparation of reports which may include significant statistical or financial components
  • Must have the ability to perform sophisticated analysis and plan and implement complex projects and programs
  • Periodically develops and writes grants and assists staff in managing grants
  • In the Director’s absence, works with the Assistant Director for Public Services as a stand-in
  • Approves annual leave and reviews and approves timesheets for direct reports
  • Schedules and facilitates department/team meetings
  • Ensures staff receive and understand system and department communications via written or electronic format
  • Serves on committees and participates in workshops, seminars, and training as requested
  • Maintains good public relations with the community through contacts with public officials, community leaders, volunteers, Friends of the Library, appropriate school personnel, committees, boards and the general public. May represent the system via speaking engagements
  • Attends County Administration management staff meetings, representing the library as an independent agency, and acts as liaison between library and County at these meetings
  • Maintains excellent communication with the Director and the senior administrative team
  • Learns new skills and technologies to retain proficiency in areas of expertise
  • Performs other duties as assigned



  • Master’s degree in Library Science from a program accredited or recognized as an equivalent by the American Library Association
  • Ability to obtain State of Maryland certification as a Professional Librarian within six months of hire
  • 3-5 years or more of related professional experience with increased responsibility including managerial and/or high level administrative responsibilities in a public library setting
  • 3-5 years or more of experience focused on the application of 21st Century technology to library services, including advanced understanding of Integrated Library Systems, the internet, creation and function of library web sites, and the fundamentals of financial management software
  • Minimum of 5 years supervisory experience in a professional, leadership role in a public library setting, including excellent skills in mentoring and supervising staff
  • Thorough knowledge of  public library professional standards, practices, issues and trends
  • Knowledge of management theory and practices with demonstrated skills and judgment in public library management and problem solving
  • Excellent computer skills, including experience with various software packages, knowledge of internet resources and how to use them effectively. Ability to learn new skills and technologies to retain proficiency in areas of expertise
  • Ability to assess community needs, develop and implement approved library technology or effectively modify existing programs to meet those needs
  • Ability to keep relevant parties informed of all major issues and programs and to recommend changes as appropriate
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records, prioritize and multitask
  • Ability to review, evaluate, and initiate appropriate action on technical reports, contracts, and documents concerning departmental matters
  • Excellent analytical skills complementing the ability to see the big picture
  • Extensive knowledge of branch practices and procedures
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other professionals
  • Experience using presentation software and public speaking
  • Ability to act as a representative of Cecil County Public Library
  • Dependable and punctual


  • Professional commitment to excellent library operations, facilities and technologies that support high quality and high impact public library services, promoting individual and community success
  • Demonstrates collaborative, straight forward, team oriented leadership and supervisory methods
  • Models/develops/maintains excellent customer service
  • Models and maintains a positive, friendly and cooperative attitude to staff and patrons
  • Demonstrates positive attitude towards library technology and change
  • Promotes a positive library image in the community
  • Ensures that quality controls and productivity management goals are being met
  • Performs job in keeping with the policies and procedures of the Cecil County Public Library



PC,  laptop, networking equipment and telecommunications, presentation and AV equipment, fax, scanner, printers, digital camera, wireless equipment and other electronic equipment.


non-essential functions:

May write or coordinate press releases with PR Librarian.



Works in normal office heat and light conditions. Bending, reaching and lifting of up to 25 lbs.





37.5 hours per week. Additional flexibility may be required.


NOTE: Certain conditions, e.g. economic constraints, staffing patterns, may necessitate change in job description.


EOE                                                                                                        Revised 9/2013



Lisa Yarnall

Staff Development Manager

Cecil County Public Library

301 Newark Avenue

Elkton, MD 21921

Phone:  410-996-1055 ext. 132

Fax:  410-996-5604

AALL Local Advocate Lobby Day – March 27, 2014


Date:         Thursday, March 27, 2014

Time:         8:30 am – 5:00 pm EDT

Location:   Capitol Hill*, Washington, D.C.

Who:         Washington-area AALL members and local chapters, including LLAM, LLSDC,
SEAALL, VALL, and others who can visit D.C.

Join AALL President Steven P. Anderson, AALL’s Government Relations Office staff, local chapters, and AALL members at AALL’s second-annual Local Advocate Lobby Day on March 27.

Last year’s lobby day was such a success, we’re doing it again! At this full-day event, you’ll become an expert on our top priority issues and learn best practices for successful advocacy. Then, you’ll put your knowledge into practice, attending pre-scheduled meetings with your members of Congress and/or their staff to advocate for AALL’s policy positions.

According to a 2011 survey by the Congressional Management Foundation, 97 percent of congressional staff say that in-person visits from constituents have an influence on the member. As law librarians and members of AALL, you are experts who represent not only yourselves, but your profession, other librarians, and your patrons. Exercise your influence to make a difference for your libraries!

The Lobby Day is free of charge for all AALL members and chapter members. Breakfast, coffee, lunch and an afternoon snack will be provided. Participants will have the opportunity to visit area sites including the Library of Congress, Law Library of Congress, and Folger Shakespeare Library during afternoon free hours.

RSVP to Elizabeth Holland at by March 1.

*Training will take place at a TBD location on Capitol Hill within close walking distance of the Senate and House Office Buildings, where lobby meetings will take place.

Vacancy – NIH Library – ERM Librarian

The NIH Library is seeking an Electronic Resources Librarian to co-manage the library’s extensive subscription portfolio. This single position is being advertised at both the GS-12 and GS-13 levels and will be filled at one or the other level, depending upon qualifications. The responsibilities of this position includes publisher relationship management; project manager and/or contract representative on major contracts; active collection management to ensure best possible value; and creation of a comprehensive tracking database to monitor costs, usage, and access data. For full details on the position, please refer to the appropriate link:

Delegated Examining (open to US citizens)

Merit Promotion (existing Federal employees)

James King, MLS, FSLA

Information Architect
National Institutes of Health Library
Division of Library Services
Office of Research Services
Building 10, Room 1L-13G, MSC 1150
Bethesda, MD 20892-1150
Phone: (301) 496-2187
Cell: (240) 421-0573
Fax: (301) 402-0254

Research Librarian Position–Washington, DC Office of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

The Washington, DC office of McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP has an opening for a Research Librarian.  As a member of our virtual Research Team, you will be expected to provide research support to attorneys in any of our offices.  The successful candidate will have excellent interpersonal communication, writing and organizational skills.  In addition, we require in-depth knowledge of legal research methods, business sources and database searching along with the ability to respond to the time-sensitive needs of a diverse group of attorneys and staff.

For the complete job description and to apply, please visit  To be considered for an opening, you must apply through our online career section by following the 5 steps listed below:

1. Access website at: and select “Careers” from the tool bar

2. Select “Staff” from the list below “Careers”

3. Locate the office in which you would like to apply and then select a position listed or “Click to view available positions”

4. Select “Search” to view all openings in the office selected

5. Create a New Candidate Profile and then apply for the position of interest
If you are still unable to submit your resume through our website, please email for further assistance.

What Happens When Books Freeze?

This Polar Vortex and our current “arctic” temperatures have gotten me thinking…  What happens when books freeze?  Is it damaging to the paper? Does the extreme cold cause deterioration? Or are there hidden possibilities to be found there….?

After a bit of research, I discovered that freezing is a common method of preservation after a water disaster and can actually be effective for recovering wet books and paper records.  Freezing water-damaged materials prevents (further) mold growth and also inhibits additional water absorption into the paper. (For the record, it can also eradicate insects – should you have that sort of dilemma!)

Freezing can be used as a temporary solution to preserve materials while deciding how to ultimately salvage, treat or replace the damaged collection.  Or items left in freezing conditions will eventually dry on their own, if left indefinitely, but this is not a particularly efficient method since it takes several months to a year to thoroughly dehydrate.

While water-damaged materials will always exhibit signs of their trauma, freezing can vastly prolong their “shelf-life” (how’s that for a librarian joke?) and save them from untimely ruin.

Now you know… I hope you never need to employ these techniques in your own Library; but if you do, I found these resources particularly helpful in researching and writing this post.

-Sara Thomas (Head Librarian, Miles & Stockbridge PC)

MLS Project Manager position—Washington, D.C.

MLS Project Manager


* Master of Library Science degree from an accredited institution
* Minimum of 7 years of supervisory experience
* Demonstrated ability to manage a staff representing a mix of skills and skill levels, to foster teamwork and engage staff in a collective commitment to the goals and objectives of the project
* Demonstrated ability to develop and manage program/task schedules and assign and monitor requisite staff and other resources to accomplish timely delivery of products and services
* Demonstrated ability to communicate orally and in writing and to produce accurate and timely reports and other written information products
* Experience managing library/information operations
* Experience in and practical working knowledge of library automation, personal computers and their peripherals
* Experience using OCLC and its subsystems
* Experience with electronic information management and retrieval, and electronic library systems and information resources
* Experience using Integrated Library Systems (ILS)

Note: This position is contingent upon contract award.

To apply, please submit your resume using this link:
Remember to indicate that you are applying for the MLS Project Manager position.
Please include all Integrated Library Systems you have experience with.

Cadence Group, a certified woman-owned small business, is a user-centric information and records management company with over 20 years of experience in consulting and information management services. Headquartered in Atlanta, GA, with an office in Washington, D.C., Cadence Group provides services to large federal agencies, as well as state and local governments. By combining web content management, records and information management, library science, knowledge management, user experience, and training and technology services, Cadence Group helps corporate and government clients easily obtain, manage, disseminate, and communicate information. With the help of our expertise, clients optimize information assets, maintain compliance, and acquire information experts through our staffing and placement services.

SAVE THE DATE! Maryland Legislative Day: Help Make UELMA a Maryland Law

LLAM members, your presence is needed more than ever at this year’s Maryland  Legislative Day. If at all possible, PLEASE find room in your schedule on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.

Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act is an important issue on the table for discussion in the legislature and by attending Legislative Day, you can make sure your local delegate is aware and informed!  This link has more information so you can educate yourself about the topic.

Perks to attending:

  • Eat a hearty breakfast at the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Law Library
  • Chat other Maryland librarians
  • Hear the General Assembly proclaim librarians as indispensable
  • Practice your elevator speech techniques
  • Meet your delegates and senators
  • Attend gorgeous evening reception with librarians, delegates, and senators
  • Feel good about making a difference!!

We hope to see you there!

Happy Holidays and best wishes for 2014!