Two Academic Librarian Positions – Baltimore and Washington, D.C.

Position: Distance Education Librarian
Location: Homewood Campus, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Requisition #: 301712
Range: PC
Level: 4
Salary: $47,305
Status: Full Time
Contact: Human Resource Services 443-997-5100

Full vacancy announcement available at Johns Hopkins University website:

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General Description

Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD) have developed a growing program of innovative entrepreneurial services, especially in the area of distance education. These programs revolve around the design and implementation of online library services to external organizations and institutions in secondary and higher education. Developed through the Entrepreneurial Library Program (ELP) (, these online libraries are designed to provide exceptional information services, to meet applicable accreditation and licensing standards, and to offer a platform to extend the profession’s ability to serve learners at a distance. These programs serve as an innovative national model.

An entry level distance education librarian position for a highly creative, energetic, dynamic and collaborative individual. This position will work with a team of seasoned distance education librarians supporting library services in an online environment. The librarian will work both in teams and autonomously to develop and provide excellent customer service to faculty, staff and students. Primary responsibilities include supporting reference and the creation of instructional resources, with a particular emphasis on supporting underserved and diverse student populations. The librarian also provides support to the team on collection development and liaison related work. This position provides opportunities for creativity, innovation, exploration and professional growth. Additionally, the librarian is expected to maintain confidentiality and exercise discretion about project details and contractual agreements.

Position: Discovery Services Librarian
Location: Georgetown University, Washington, District of Columbia
Salary: Not Specified
Status: Full-time
Posted: 11/13/15

Originally posted on ALA Joblist. Full vacancy announcement available at:

Discovery Services Librarian

The Discovery Services Librarian fosters a seamless experience for users in discovering library resources and services through the development, support, and maintenance of all library discovery strategies and services (including but not limited to the discovery layer, catalog, website and other modes of resource discovery). The Discovery Services Librarian position is part of the Library Information Technology department at Georgetown University Library. Duties include but are not limited to:

Participate actively in the ongoing planning, coordination, and delivery of access points for the discovery of library resources and services by faculty, students and researchers.
Recommend custom or other solutions and designs for library applications with particular emphasis on the shared discovery platform (Summon) and the library catalog (Sierra OPAC).
Work collaboratively with departments across the University Libraries to provide seamless access to Georgetown’s extensive information resources, its unique collections, and to improve the library user experience.
Coordinate the customization of the University Libraries’ discovery applications.
In collaboration with librarians in e-resources, digital services, reference and the website coordinator, etc., extend the capabilities of existing systems for enhanced discovery of library resources beyond the discovery layer and the catalog to include sources such as the website, digital platforms etc.
Apply knowledge of best practices for discoverability to improve user tools and workflows.

The Georgetown University Library Information Technology team offers a flexible work environment, great work-life balance (that means you can take real vacations without checking emails), and opportunities to collaborate on university-wide projects. Not only will the successful candidate develop and deepen skills in both library discovery technologies and operations, s/he will be able to explore a range of opportunities and to initiate projects of interest. To promote sharing ideas and expertise with the academic library community, the University Library provides leave and travel support for professional development, research, and writing. Georgetown University offers competitive benefits, including paid and holiday leave, telecommuting opportunities, and tuition assistance for employees and their dependents.


Master’s degree in Library or Information Science or equivalent.
Experience in academic libraries as a professional librarian.
Proficiency with software programs/products associated with library functions (for example, Integrated Library Systems (Sierra-III, Voyager, EZProxy, ILLiad, Drupal, LibGuides, Institutional Repositories, archival content platforms, etc.).
Knowledge of MAchine-Readable Cataloging (MARC) format.
Familiarity with search engine optimization and other automated means to increase resource discoverability.
Demonstrated ability to learn new technology independently and to adapt quickly to changing technologies.
Ability to communicate effectively about technical issues to varied audiences.