Two Academic Library Positions – Maryland

Position: Distance Education Librarian
Location: Sheridan Libraries of Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Req#: 301712
Status: F/T
Salary: $47,305 Annually

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

To Apply:

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.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities of the Distance Education Librarian:

Reference and instructional support:

• Provide significant reference support. Reference hours will include weekdays as well as a rotating weekend shift.

• Research assistance to include answering reference queries, compiling bibliographies, and creating innovative tutorials and other instructional resources.

• Incorporate information literacy concepts into daily transactions with users.

• Direct students and faculty to current resources that support the curriculum, promote and encourage the ethical use of information.

• Communicate with online students and faculty for online library orientation and research needs.

• Market library services and resources.

• Contribute to team projects and support librarians who liaise to subject-specific disciplines.

• Select materials for the library’s collection in coordination with other staff librarians adhering to stipulated budget.

• Provide support for services and products that promote distance education in cooperation with other library and university personnel.

• Cultivate and maintain strong relationships with faculty and staff.

• Develop effective plans and processes to provide library resources that support the college / university mission and program objectives.

• Serve on appropriate committees to provide ideas and resources to internal and external customers/clients: assist in the initiation of new services, programs or projects.

• Represent the ELP and/or the library at campus, project and outside committees and meetings as assigned.

The Sheridan Libraries and University Museums encompass the Milton S. Eisenhower Library and its collections at the George Peabody Library, the Albert D. Hutzler Reading Room, the DC Centers, the Evergreen Museum and John Work Garrett Library, and Homewood Museum. Staff from the libraries and museums teach classes, curate exhibitions, produce scholarship and serve as principle investigators for research initiatives. Rich in resources and expertise, the libraries and museums focus on the needs of faculty and students but also serve as ambassadors to communities well beyond the borders of the Hopkins’ campuses. A key partner in the academic enterprise, the library is a leader in the innovative application of information technology and has implemented notable diversity and organizational development programs.

The Sheridan Libraries and University Museums are strongly committed to diversity. A strategic goal of the Libraries and Museums is to work toward achieving diversity when recruiting new staff and promoting existing staff. The Libraries and Museums prize initiative, creativity, professionalism, and teamwork. For information on the Sheridan Libraries, visit For information on Evergreen Museum and Library and Homewood Museum, visit


Master’s of Library Science degree or Master’s in Library and Information Science degree from an American Library Association accredited program required. Two years of related experience.

Special Knowledge and Skills:

• Requires excellent interpersonal and communication skills to support online students.

• Knowledge of library information systems, learning management systems and services; in-depth knowledge of Internet.

• Excellent time management skills; ability to work collaboratively; willingness to work flexible schedule.

• Knowledge and understanding of copyright issues and trends.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge and understanding of national/regional accreditation standards and American Library Association standards, such as ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards/Framework for Higher Education. Strong technology skills including experience with applications of instructional and communication technologies, screen capture software, and discovery tools needed to provide innovative library services, student support for electronic databases and other Web-based library resources.

NOTE: The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

If you are interested in applying for employment with The Johns Hopkins University and require special assistance or accommodation during any part of the pre-employment process, please contact the Homewood HR Divisional Office at 443-997-5100. For TTY users, call via Maryland Relay or dial 711.

Position: Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian

Location: Salisbury University – Salisbury, MD

Originally posted on the UMD iSchool MLS listserv.

Salisbury University is seeking creative and dynamic applicants for the position of Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarian. This position is a key role within Salisbury University’s Libraries and reports to the Head of Cataloging.

Primary Job Duties: Supports initiatives related to digitization, special collections access, and other metadata-dependent efforts to describe, manage, expose, and share collections with users, ensuring the uniform application of standards for resource description of the library’s local and unique digital collections. Perform both original and complex copy cataloging, including cataloging of print and non-print monographic materials for main stacks collections and special collections, creating metadata for items in SU’s institutional repository, and carrying out special projects within the Collection Management unit. Also responsible for catalog maintenance, including authority work, batch loading of records, and manipulation of current records for improved access.

Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent degree from a foreign institution. Experience performing both original and copy cataloging. Experience with OCLC Connexion. Strong working knowledge of RDA, MARC bibliographic and authority records, CONSER cataloging practices, LCSH and LC Classification Scheme. Ability to review and edit copy cataloging. Ability to create original MARC bibliographic records for print and non-print materials. Attention to detail and strong organizational skills. Ability to handle multiple tasks/projects simultaneously and work well under pressure, independently, and in a team-oriented environment. Strong oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications: Demonstrated experience cataloging print and non-print materials. Experience using the staff interface of an integrated library or next generation system such as Aleph, Alma, or OCLC WorldShare. Experience with a web-scale discovery service such as OCLC WorldCat Local or Ebsco’s Discovery Service.

This is a library faculty position on a permanent status track with excellent benefits. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications will be accepted via Salisbury University’s Online Employment Application System. Please visit our website to apply online. See the FAQs of the Online Employment Application System for more information and instructions.

To be considered an applicant, you must apply online and submit the following: a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and phone numbers of at least three professional references. If you have any questions about the position, please contact the search chair, Martha Zimmerman at

Applications submitted by January 18, 2016 will receive first consideration. The position will remain open until filled. Appointment will be contingent upon verification of eligibility to work in the U.S.

Founded in 1925, Salisbury University is one of 13 institutions that compose the University System of Maryland. Salisbury University is a selective undergraduate institution with the University System of Maryland. The University is close to ocean beaches and the Chesapeake Bay and 2-3 hours from the metropolitan areas of Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and Norfolk. SU has been cited nationally as one of the top ten public regional universities in the North according to the U.S. News and World Report, and has also been recognized by the Princeton Review and Kiplingers magazine. SU has 388 full-time faculty members serving a student population of approximately 8,600.

The Salisbury University (SU) Libraries comprise the main campus library, Blackwell Library; the Curriculum Resource Center; and the Nabb Center for Delmarva History and Culture. The SU Libraries are user-oriented, with relatively small collections but a dynamic staff with a deep commitment to meeting the information needs of our students and faculty. In 2016, we will be moving into the state-of-the-art Guerrieri Academic Commons.