Distance Education Librarian – Baltimore, MD

Position: Distance Education Librarian
Location: Johns Hopkins University – Baltimore, MD
Salary: $47,305 Annually

Originally posted on UMD iSchool MLS listserv.

Apply: https://jobs.jhu.edu/jhujobs/jobview.cfm?reqId=301712&postId=2463

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) (http://library.jhu.edu/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 http://www.library.jhu.edu. For information on Evergreen Museum and Library and Homewood Museum, visit http://www.museums.jhu.edu.


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.