Web services librarian position open at UMBC

Web Services Librarian


UMBC, an honors university in Baltimore, Maryland, seeks an innovative librarian to oversee the development of the Library’s web services and provide general reference and instruction services to faculty, staff and students.


The Web Services Librarian takes a leadership role in the vision, design, and management of an evolving library web presence in order to meet the needs of the students, faculty, and staff of the University. The successful candidate will be responsible for ongoing analysis of the Library’s web architecture, improving the user experience, and creating a holistic web design to streamline access to services and resources. This position will chair the Library Web Committee and design and deliver appropriate training and documentation in support of all library staff and units. The successful candidate will work closely with librarians and other library staff to identify, develop and implement web delivery of resources, services, and information; work with appropriate Library UMBC Information Technology staff to develop and maintain equipment and software; assist with library assessment projects; provide reference and instruction services, including some nights and weekends; and serve as liaison to academic departments. The successful candidate is expected to maintain an aptitude for current technologies and research emerging technologies and recommend changes, when appropriate.


REQUIREMENTS:  ALA-MLS, demonstrated web programming ability in a commonly used programming language such as PHP, Perl, or C++;experience with JavaScript and MySQL; demonstrated ability in database and web architecture, design, and development; demonstrated ability to think critically and analytically, to study problems and develop well-reasoned and supported solutions; skill in translating student and faculty needs into web functions; experience in assisting library users with online resources in an academic library; effective communication and teaching skills; and the ability to work well with others and lead projects to completion.


Professional library experience preferred. Experience with XML and building mobile sites with HTML, XHTML, CSS and jQuery also preferred. Graphic design experience a plus.


UMBC, an honors university serving more than 10,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students, is one of two public universities in Maryland to achieve the “doctoral/research university-extensive” Carnegie classification.  Located just outside Baltimore and 45 minutes from Washington, DC, the campus is growing rapidly under dynamic leadership.  The University’s ongoing commitment to strengthen the Library has led to investment in extensive technological development and online resources (see www.umbc.edu/library), complementing a superb facility enlarged and renovated in 1995, and holding more than 1,000,000 volumes.  For more information on UMBC see http://www.umbc.edu.


SALARY AND BENEFITS:  Position is a 12-month library faculty appointment at anticipated rank of Librarian I or II.  Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications. Minimum salary: $50,000, comprehensive benefits.  The successful candidate will be expected to meet library and university requirements for reappointment, promotion, and permanent status.


APPLICATIONS:  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  For best consideration, please respond by August 2, 2013. Early career librarians are encouraged to apply. Send letter of application addressing position requirements, resume, and the names and contact information of three references to:  Dr. Larry Wilt, Library 353, UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, Maryland, 21250 or aok@umbc.edu.