Three Library Positions – Maryland

Position: Cataloger/Taxonomist/Librarian
Location: NASA Goddard – Greenbelt, MD

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.


Are you a master cataloger and organizer? Have you ever said “there’s a taxonomy for that?” Are you interested in the adventure of undertaking a brand new project at NASA?

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) is hiring a taxonomist/cataloger to spearhead a new effort within NASA’s Earth Sciences Division (ESD). This position will be located at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The main objectives of this project, and the responsibilities of the position, are to:

+ Develop and maintain a procedure for identifying and cataloging all new, web-based content produced by ESD on a daily basis (e.g., stories, imagery, videos, original social media).

+ Develop and maintain a process for associating (through cataloging) ESD content with related NASA Earth science data.

+ Develop and maintain new taxonomies as necessary in order to facilitate the above cataloging. Maintain and enhance existing relevant taxonomies as necessary.

+ Develop and maintain daily processes for curating the Earth Observatory Natural Event Tracker (EONET) catalog of natural events. Curation involves identifying new events, determining applicability for inclusion in the system, and determining the closing of events that have ended.

+ Document the above processes and procedures.

+ Educate, train and promote the use of the taxonomies and the catalogs.

You will work in collaboration with communication and domain experts from throughout ESD in order to determine taxonomy requirements and business needs. You will work with web application developers to implement the catalog and APIs (application program interface) to support catalog syndication. You will work with stakeholders and other internal users to understand the role that a properly curated and cataloged collection of resources can be used to meet multiple needs throughout the agency.

Required Qualifications

+ Master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences, knowledge management, information management, or related, or a BS/BA degree and related professional experience.

+ 3+ years experience working with catalog and classification systems.

+ Understanding of taxonomy development, controlled vocabularies, and ontologies.

+ Excellent English language skills.

+ Superior written communication skills, particularly spelling and vocabulary.

+ Strong research, analysis and problem solving skills.

+ Ability to work both independently and as part of a team.

Preferred Qualifications

+ Knowledge of Earth science topics and remote sensing.

+ Basic coding/scripting experience (Perl, PHP, Python, or other languages of choice).

+ Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

+ Knowledge of relational databases and SQL.

+ Project management experience.

+ Experience establishing information management best practices; architecting and designing the application of metadata standards, controlled vocabularies and data rules.

+ Entrepreneurial experience and desire is highly desired.

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Position: Outreach & Evening Librarian
Location: Hoover Library, McDaniel College, Westminster, MD

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

SCOPE: A regular, full time, 10 month professional position responsible for coordinating liaison support for academic departments including collection development activities and making a positive impact through outreach and promotional activities. This position is required to work evening and weekend hours; schedule is typically 1pm-9pm Sunday through Thursday; some variation in schedule based on library hours which correspond with the academic calendar. Provides evening reference services and ensures oversight of library operations in the evening.

For more information and to apply:

Position: Archivist
Location: Langsdale Library, University of Baltimore

Full vacancy announcement available at ALA Joblist:


The University of Baltimore’s Langsdale Library seeks an Archivist in Special Collections to provide collection management and user services in support of the University Archives, the Baltimore Regional Studies Archives, and the national lineage society collections. The successful candidate will process archival collections in all formats according to professional standards and best practices, as well as create and update information about archival collections through the library’s information management systems. The academic selection team looks forward to receiving your required electronic application, cover letter, and resume to learn about your interest in the university’s work and your qualifications for our vacancy.

Our successful candidate will also provide archival reference service and instructional support for UB courses, develop online collections and digital exhibits in conjunction with library faculty, promote collections throughout the University and with community stakeholders, and seek external funding opportunities for the growth and development of collections. This position also helps coordinate projects for volunteers, interns, and student assistants in Special Collections, as well as actively participate on University of Baltimore and University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institution (USMAI) committees and task groups. This is a one-year contractual faculty position, with the possibility of annual contract renewal. Employment offer is contingent on final position funding.