Reference/Business & Finance Librarian

The George Washington University Law School, Jacob Burns Law Library, located in Washington, DC, seeks a qualified librarian for its reference/business & finance librarian position to begin as early as January 2, 2015. The librarian in this position will provide research and reference services to members of the GW Law community and other library patrons. Basic qualifications for this position are an ALA-accredited MLS (or equivalent) or completion of degree requirements by December 31, 2014, and an ABA-accredited JD (or equivalent) or completion of degree requirements by December 31, 2014. Review of applications will begin November 7, 2014, and continue until the position is filled. For complete information and to apply for this position, please view the posting at this link: Please upload a resume, cover letter, and include contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.   Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening. The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.


Bethesda law firm seeks an experienced Librarian to administer all library operations for its main office and two local branch offices.  Duties will include library acquisitions, budgeting, serials management, print/online contract review, cataloging, referencing/ dissemination of materials, filing services, on-line services training and legal research.

Successful candidates will possess strong interpersonal and organizational skills, have the ability to work independently, and have computer proficiency using MS Office 2010 and IManage.  Extensive knowledge of on-line research services(Lexis, Westlawnext, etc.) required.  Law firm experience preferred. MLS degree and/or working knowledge of EOS Library web based software experience a plus.  Auto needed for local travel.

Position is based on 20 hours/ 4 days per week (some flexibility).  Friendly, professional work environment and competitive salary.  Qualified applicants only should forward resume with cover letter and salary requirements to:

Linowes and Blocher LLP

Attn:  H.R .Department/VDM

7200 Wisconsin Ave., Ste. 800

Bethesda, MD 20814

Fax: 301-658.8718


Adventures in Copyright (Part 1)

The following is the first offering of a multi part series on Copyright that will be published over the next month.

In library circles it’s a dirty word.
When I use the word “copyright” in my professional capacity, it is usually when I am trying to convince someone to desist from something, preferably immediately.  As a librarian, it is my least favorite conversation.  I’m sure you hate having it as well.  And copyright probably comes up far more often than you would like.  I don’t know about you, but the reason I hate the conversation is because there is so much debate about what copyright law is exactly and how it works.

Copyright law can be loosely defined as the combination of laws governing the rights of the producers or owners regarding the use, sale and availability of works. As professionals, we work with copyright material every day.  We also rely on a number of exceptions written into copyright law that apply specifically to libraries in order to serve our patron’s needs. Copyright is not just the law that protects the owners rights. It is also a framework that allows for fair use or license agreements with people who want to use what they created (Us!).

Deceptively straightforward looking, isn’t it?
Sorry to burst your bubble.  Those of you who breathed a sigh of relief upon reading the last paragraph will be distressed to learn that the copyright landscape is changing in a number of significant ways.  By “changes”, of course, I mean lawsuits.
There are two recent cases in particular which we as a profession should be looking at very closely.  The first is  Authors Guild,Inc. v. HathiTrust. The second, the  Google Books case, is currently before the Supreme Court.  Both have significant implications regarding the role of technology, accessibility and the transformational nature of fully searchable titles. There have also been rumblings of changes coming from the Legislative branch of the Government.  The times, they are a’changing (was that a copyright violation?  Read on!)

The Honorable Maria A. Pallante (who is the U.S. Register of Copyrights) gave a well-received lecture at Columbia Law last year. Her remarks set off a firestorm of discussion. Her basic position is that the law governing copyright needs an overhaul. Changes in technology have always driven changes in copyright law.  Usually, law has lagged behind somewhat.  In the past, when technology did not change quite so quickly, that lag was a drag race between a souped-up hot rod and a VW bug.  In the last few decades however, the lag is more like a bicycle trying to keep pace with a space shuttle.
Not surprisingly, Congress has been holding hearings on this subject in the last year. Sources in the know have hinted that a series of bill will be introduced in the near future. These bills will amend copyright law for the first time since 1976 (legislation passed in 1976 but effective date was January, 1978).  As a point of reference, 1976 was the year that Steve Wozniak designed a single board computer for hobbyists called the “Apple 1”.  Everyone take a moment now to glance at your i-phone and marvel at the fact that we are working off legislation that was created when the fanciest technology available looked like something from The Flintstones.


I am an unabashed policy nerd, so I am looking forward to the upcoming opportunities for public comment.  While this definition of excitement may call into question my quality of life, I think that, in this instance, the entire profession really ought to be excited about this opportunity. Because 2016 will be an election year (and we all know how much legislation gets passed in an election year), this next cycle may be the next window for quite some time in which THE LAW MIGHT ACTUALLY CHANGE.  Look at your i-phone again.  Think of that vintage 1976 Rube Goldberg device you just saw.  Judging by the historical record of copyright revision, this is possibly the only time in our professional careers that copyright law will be rewritten. Think of what you do daily at work.  You make decisions about purchasing information and granting access to information.  You help people find and use information.  You are the information guide and sherpa.   Your voice, the voice of the library professionals, is the most knowledgeable voice in the arena of the use of copyrighted information.  Shouldn’t it logically be the loudest voice in the debate over what the laws that govern copyright say?

Yes, it should be.  It should be (I say loudly with exclamation points)!  We, the librarians, the information lighthouses that lead the meandering ships of knowledge seekers towards safe shores, we should be the ones advocating for changes in antiquated laws!
We should advocate the heck out of it! And other, stronger, words! Think of every time you’ve been confounded by usage, every time you’ve had to warn someone (using very sharp words) to read but not copy under pain of death by copyright infringement lawsuit.  We have a duty to our library patrons, our profession, and (dare I say it) to our own sanity to advocate for laws that actually reflect the technology that we are using.
Don’t touch that dial (as they used to say in the days when our current copyright laws were written). I will be keeping all of you informed of opportunities for public comment as the process of revision goes forward in Congress.  Stay tuned to this station (or blog in the current technological parlance) for part 2 of our series on Copyright!

-Rachel Englander


Bioinformationist (Librarian I or II)

Bioinformationist (Librarian I or II)

The Health Sciences and Human Services Library at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) seeks a Bioinformationist to deliver a range of information and informatics services across the entire research life cycle.  This position will help shape the future of library services by investigating and anticipating the evolving needs of basic science researchers at UMB.  S/he will contribute expert knowledge within defined areas of responsibility including research consultation, training, communication and data management.  The Bioinformationist will play a vital role in leveraging library expertise and identifying new partnership opportunities as we expand and strengthen our support for the University’s research and informatics initiatives.  Requirements include an advanced degree in a basic science and the ability to collaborate and translate between disciplines.

This is a 12-month, permanent status-eligible appointment.  Salary starts at $48,000; faculty rank and salary are commensurate with qualifications.  For complete job announcement and application instructions visit:

The University of Maryland Baltimore is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.



Metadata Librarian

Metadata Librarian

Health Sciences and Human Services Library

University of Maryland Baltimore

Position Summary: Under the direction of the Metadata Management Librarian, the Metadata Librarian takes a holistic approach to metadata development and management to maximize discovery of the Library’s content. S/he participates in planning, establishing and achieving the goals of the Metadata Management Department and the Resources Division. This new position will support the Library’s adherence to best practices in metadata methods, ensuring the interoperability and sustainability of metadata in bibliographic systems within the library as well as metadata contributed to the University’s Digital Archive and other sources. This position will participate in the development and implementation of metadata strategies that support the discovery and curation of the Library’s digital content.

Appointment: This is a 12-month library faculty position on a permanent status track that will be filled at the rank of Librarian I or II. Entry-level candidates are welcomed. Librarians are expected to progress successfully along the promotion and permanent status track and participate fully as members of the library’s faculty. For more information see the University’s “Criteria and Procedures Relating to the Appointment, Promotion and Permanent Status for Library Faculty”:


  • Perform original cataloging and enhancement of catalog records using MARC, RDA and AACR2, LCSH and MeSH
  • Implement and sustain metadata strategies associated with resource description and digital initiatives and projects
  • Work closely with the Head of Resource Development and Sharing to facilitate discovery of and access to digital resources, and to promote the Digital Archive
  • Keep abreast of emerging standards, tools, and developments in resource description and access such as BIBFRAME and Linked Open Data (Semantic Web)
  • Document the assigning of metadata to diverse types of resources
  • Prepare batch loads of metadata for electronic resources for ingestion into the Digital Archive and ILS
  • Perform quality control for metadata, electronic access verification, and scanning projects
  • Serve as a liaison with internal and external partners on collaborative metadata projects
  • Participate in the design and development of services to support preservation of and access to digitized and born-digital content from the Library’s collections and other University sources
  • Assess requirements for data sets to be included in the Digital Archive
  • Contribute to informatics projects that develop and utilize ontologies for data mining and data federation
  • Lead projects and serve as a member of project teams within and outside of the library
  • Participate in the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) library consortium
  • Participate actively as a member of national and local professional associations and engage in scholarly and service activities as outlined in the Criteria referenced above

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program
  • Experience related to metadata development and management in an academic, research, special collections library or an institution with a substantial digital collection
  • Demonstrated knowledge of metadata standards and schema
  • Working knowledge of cataloging utilities such as OCLC Connexion, integrated library systems, and digital repository software
  • Demonstrated understanding of the digitization process and preservation standards
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to handle, manage and initiate a variety of projects
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to interact effectively with a diverse group of colleagues within the Library and the University and to translate concepts effectively to a variety of user communities including researchers
  • Demonstrated interest in professional advancement evidenced by membership in related professional associations, participation in scholarly activities and continuing education

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with metadata in a health sciences library
  • Working knowledge of DSpace or other digital archive platform


Interested, qualified candidates may email or fax cover letter; CV/resume and three (3) references including names, affiliations, and contact information to: or fax to 410-706-3101. Visit our website at or call 410-706-6747 for more information.   Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.   The University of Maryland Baltimore is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with experience, starting at $47,000. Benefits include choice of retirement, medical, and dental plans; 22 days of annual leave; 15 days of sick leave; 3 personal days and 14 holidays. Regular employees, their spouses and dependent children may receive tuition remission for most programs at many campuses of the University System of Maryland.


The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus is located in downtown Baltimore, blocks from Orioles Park at Camden Yards, Raven’s Stadium, and the Inner Harbor, a recreational waterfront destination. Forty-five miles north of Washington DC, Baltimore City and the surrounding metropolitan area are noted for high quality-of-life indicators offering historic parks, great neighborhoods, and world-famous art collections, museums, theaters, and symphony orchestras. The city has accessible public transportation systems, superior health care systems, and renowned university and educational resources.

The HS/HSL is the second largest health sciences library on the East Coast, providing access to over 374,000 bound volumes, 8400 unique electronic and print periodicals, 96 databases and an array of progressive services, products and programs. Sixty-five FTEs including 25 faculty librarians staff the library. Our attractive facility, which opened in 1998, provides over 900 seats, 40 group study rooms, 130 individual study carrels, 60 public-access computers, wireless Internet access, three computer classrooms, a presentation and production studio, an art gallery, and multiple meeting spaces.

The Library supports the 6300 students, and over 7500 faculty and staff members on UMB’s 60-acre research and technology complex consisting of 58 buildings including the University of Maryland BioPark, the University of Maryland Medical Center, and the VA Hospital. UMB’s professional and graduate schools comprise a dental school, graduate school, and schools of law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and social work. More details about the UMB can be found at

Workshop Announcement: Alternative Revenue Streams: Development, Fundraising, and Grant Writing for Libraries

Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Library Development and Services will be hosting a workshop and panel discussion called “Alternative Revenue Streams: Development, Fundraising, and Grant Writing for Libraries.” The event will include a panel discussion by development and fundraising specialists from across the state, an introduction to and presentation on Finding Funders by Maryland’s Foundation Center Funding Information Network Supervisors, a lightning round discussion of fundraising events that have succeeded and failed, and a grant writing workshop focused on developing a specific idea or project into a grant proposal that can be used to win grants and entice funders.

The program will take place at Miller Library on September 9 from 9am to 4pm. The day’s agenda is attached. You can register here.

Please contact Rocco DeBonis with any questions at




Rocco DeBonis
LSTA Grant Coordinator
Maryland State Department of Education, Division of Library Development and Services
200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore MD 21201
410.767.0437 phone | 410.333.2507 fax |

Architecture and Planning Library Assistant

Architecture and Planning Library Assistant

University Libraries
The Catholic University of America
Reporting to the Architecture and Planning Librarian the Assistant will support the work of the Architecture and Planning Library by assisting in management of student assistants, collection management and providing service to the library’s patrons.

Essential Responsibilities Include: With the Architecture and Planning Librarian and the ARPL library technician, assist in hiring and training student assistants. Run student time sheet reports. Assists in managing activities at the public service desk: charges and discharges materials; answering the phone, responds to patron inquiries.

Minimum Qualifications:
A bachelor’s degree is required. A minimum of six (6) months of office or customer service experience required. Academic library experience preferred. Proficiency with MS Office applications (Word, Outlook, Excel, and Access). Must possess excellent communication skills. Excellent interpersonal communication with the ability to work with diverse staff and patrons. Ability to work accurately with detail.
This is a permanent part time (20 hours a week) position
For more information and for instructions on how to apply for this position please click on the link below