Four Positions- Washington DC & Maryland

Position: Library Dean
Location: Thurgood Marshall Library – Bowie State University, Bowie, MD

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

Bowie State University is seeking a transformative leader to serve as Dean of the Thurgood Marshall Library. The Thurgood Marshall Library plays a vital role in ensuring academic excellence and student success, as well as enhancing the intellectual and economic capital – both on campus and beyond. The Dean will lead with passion, creativity and excellence to cultivate an interactive environment for interdisciplinary discovery and research, while transforming our library into hubs of life-long learning.

This position will: Work collaboratively with library and academic leadership, to support the goals of the University’s strategic plan and the vision of our President, “Racing to Excellence”; Lead faculty and staff to provide outstanding library services and transform facilities into centers of academic excellence and student success; Provide vision, strategic direction, and operational leadership for the library; working with librarians and staff to meet the University’s educational and research missions and ambitious goals for growth; Build and cultivate relationships with alumni and other strategic partners to support the library’s research, scholarly, educational, service and fundraising goals; Foster a highly-collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives to attract, recruit, and retain top faculty and staff; Serve, along with 5 other deans, as an equal member of the Academic Deans; Direct content management, and promotion of materials to meet the needs of students, faculty, staff and clinicians; Participate in the University System of Maryland’s Library Consortium; Coordinate library activities with other Universities across the state, region and nation as well as support continual professional development for library staff and faculty; and perform other related duties as assigned. As the premier education and research library in the University’s intellectual hub, the Thurgood Marshall Library is central to the institution’s mission of excellence in education, research and service to enrich the lives of its community members and beyond. Our tenured and non-tenured faculty and staff are key collaborators across the campus to prepare students for leadership in the knowledge economy and a global society. Thurgood Marshall Library has combined holdings totaling more than 213,057 volumes and provided key support for education and research awards resulting in over $5 million in FY2017.

Masters degree in library science and/or terminal degree from an accredited school required.

At least 10 years of progressively responsible leadership and management experience in an academic library setting required.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated initiative and flexibility, as well as the ability to adapt library services in a rapidly changing environment. Visionary leadership skills that utilize a participatory style to promote innovation and change management; strong communication skills and transparency in decision making, as well as the ability to cultivate an enriching environment and foster collaboration and diversity; passion for articulating the college’s ability to develop, promote, and retain world-class faculty and staff.

Position: Library Director
Location: Cecil College Library, North East, MD

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA JobLIST.

DIVISION: Student Services & Enrollment Management
REPORTING TO: Vice President, Student Services & Enrollment Management
DATE: May 2018

The Library Director is responsible for the overall management of the Cecil College Library. The Director should be an experienced information resource expert with a successful track record of implementing new programs in collaboration with the academic community. Additionally, the position will be responsible for the administration of quality services using current library technologies.


  • Oversees physical inventories of the library print and non-print collections as needed.
  • Ensures efficient and effective use of the integrated library system, SirsiDynix, through technical support and problem solving.
  • Collaborates with faculty and library staff in investigating leading-edge technologies, testing new software, and recommending and implementing appropriate systems in support of library services.
  • Directs the development and implementation of library orientation programs and services.
  • Oversees the completion of service quality assessment of the library to ensure continuous improvement in library services.
  • Provides leadership in developing faculty outreach and liaison programs.
  • Functions as a resource in recruiting, hiring, training, and evaluating the College library staff.
  • Supervises collection development of subject areas relevant to the College mission such as multiculturalism and student learning.
  • Prepares, presents, and administers the library budget.
  • Responsible for all materials donated to the library.
  • Coordinates Cecil College’s library services, activities, programs, and initiatives with other local and regional academic institutions, CCPL, CCPS, and local community.
  • Fulfill MHEC proposal requests for Library Resources from Associate Dean for Academic Assessments & Development.

Other Related Duties:

  • Attend related statewide meetings as appropriate.
  • Participate in College committees as necessary.
  • Handles other related duties as assigned.


Education: Master’s degree in library science (ALA accredited).

Experience: Minimum of 5 years of substantial management, supervisory and budget experience in increasingly responsible positions in academic libraries. A record of successful implementation and management of a variety of services, functions and knowledge of best practices and current trends in library services.

Skills/Training: Demonstrated ability to introduce information literacy related to online research to the College community. Strong record of professional and scholarly activity.

Proficiencies: Evidence of strong verbal and written communication skills. Documented supervisory experience.

Scheduling Requirements: Varied work schedule during critical periods, sometimes requiring evening, and Saturday work hours dependent on the needs of special events promotions.

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Position: Programmer, Integrated Library System
Location: Gelman Library – George Washington University Library, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA JobLIST.

The George Washington University Libraries & Academic Innovation (GWLAI) is seeking applications for a Programmer, Integrated Library System (ILS). The successful candidate will combine a strong service orientation and experience in application development to ensure that GWLAI maintains and builds upon its commitment to excellence in facilitating information discovery that it delivers to the George Washington University (GWU) community.

The Programmer, ILS takes an innovative, service-centric approach to the management of the integrated library system and discovery systems. S/he will be responsible for managing the vendor-hosted ILS (Alma), discovery tool (Primo), and link resolver; and proxy authentication system (EZproxy). The Programmer, ILS will perform software development, front end design, and other tasks as required for the ongoing enhancement or maintenance of GWLAIcustom software tools, primarily in support of information discovery. A successful candidate will be able to thoughtfully integrate library systems with other campus systems. These include but are not limited to: GWU student information systems, enterprise accounting systems, Blackboard, LibGuides, InterLibrary Loan, ArchivesSpace, and Hyrax. The Programmer, ILS will serve as part of GWLAI’s Scholarly Technology Group which is composed of software developers, Librarians, IT professionals, and GIS specialists working on projects that include software development, digital collections, and research support initiatives.

Daily responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage and support the full software lifecycle from requirements to implementation, production support, enhancement, and maintenance
  • Lead development or be in a supporting role in a wide range of collaborative software projects, from backend to frontend, using multiple languages and frameworks, with scopes big and small, on short deadlines and for ongoing projects.
  • Extends functionality of systems and groups by performing requirement gathering, solution design, programming for new or existing tools, configuration, troubleshooting, training, and other management tasks and make any necessary software enhancements to improve service delivery in the ILS environment.
  • Develop connections and/or automation that improves information delivery, business processes, reporting, and analytics.
  • Leverage vendor-provided Application Program Interfaces (APIs) through original and community software development projects to create new user applications and support data-driven decision making
  • Manage upgrades for the components of the information discovery ecosystem in cooperation with vendors and users
  • Preparing technical documentation, creating unit tests, conducting training for users, and monitoring the operations of discovery and resource delivery systems
  • Serve as a technical representative relating to library systems software, standards, and infrastructure at the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC). WRLC is a consortium of research Libraries in the Washington DC which supports and enhances the library and information services of its constituent members.
  • Work with other GWLAI staff and consortial staff to improve processes, evolve systems, and think strategically to evolve our collections workflows.
  • The position is based at GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, DC. The incumbent may perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications include:

  • Experience with Ex Libris Alma, Voyager, or other integrated library system
  • Demonstrated experience designing, implementing, and supporting all aspects of software systems using one or more of Python, Ruby, Perl, or PHP, and comfort working with languages that are not your strongest.
  • Experience working in an academic library or consortial library environment
  • Front-end development experience using AngularJS or similar frameworks
  • Knowledge of current or emerging bibliographic standards
  • Demonstrated experience with and a preference for using free software and open source development practices, but no objection to using proprietary tools when appropriate.

Position: Librarian( Manuscript-Historian)
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary Range: $96,970 to $126,062 per year

Full vacancy announcement is available on the USAJOBS.

The Librarian (Manuscript Historian – Specialist) position has primary or shared curatorial and acquisition responsibilities for a wide range of collections in the field of American women’s history held by the Library of Congress Manuscript Division. Included are such luminaries as reformers Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Alice Stone Blackwell, Clara Barton, Margaret Sanger, and Mary Church Terrell; First Ladies Dolley Madison, Lucretia Garfield, and Edith Bolling Wilson; Supreme Court justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg; legislators and government officials Clare Boothe Luce, Patricia Harris, Pamela Harriman, Patsy T. Mink, and Alice Rivlin; anthropologist Margaret Mead; journalists and newspaper publishers Ruby Black, Janet Flanner, Katharine Graham, Helen Thomas, Nancy Dickerson, and Mary McGrory; and countless other both notable and uncelebrated women represented in the division’s vast holdings. Supplementing these collections of personal papers are the records of numerous women’s organizations such as the National American Woman Suffrage Association, National Woman’s Party, League of Women Voters, National Consumers League, National Women’s Trade Union League, National Council of Jewish Women, ERAmerica, and others. The specialist works under the general supervision of the chief of the Manuscript Division, who provides guidance concerning the general scope, direction, and objective of assignments. This position is located in the Manuscript Division of Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 137724.

This position is located in the Manuscript Division, Collections and Services Directorate, Library Services.

The Manuscript Specialist (Historian) has primary curatorial and acquisition responsibilities for the collections of the Manuscript Division, one of the foremost special collections repositories of the world. The division collects and preserves personal papers of prominent individuals and the records of political, social, and professional organizations as well as rare Americana, and makes these materials available to researchers. The specialist applies expertise in designated subject fields such as Early America, nineteenth-century America, Civil War and Reconstruction, twentieth-century/modern America, African American History, Science and Technology, American Women’s History, or American Literature and Culture. He or she combines the skill sets of historians, archivists/librarians, curators, and acquisitions officers. He or she participates with division management in the making of policy decisions, especially, but not exclusively, those related to collection development. The specialist performs at a high degree of responsibility in interpretation of collections, outreach, and advanced reference capacities.

Completes library acquisitions of personal papers and organizational records of historical significance within the field of American women’s history and of other historical manuscript and archival materials as assigned. Locates collections of interest and negotiates with the creator or owner to acquire the material.

Communicates historical information through a variety of means, such as written materials or papers used for publication or presentations.

Proposes and oversees digital projects and physical exhibitions, and curates their content.

Uses a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of American history, archival methods and the research needs of the scholarly community. Analyzes existing Library of Congress manuscript and archival holdings to identify areas that need to be supplemented or where holdings in the field of American women’s history are inadequate. Prepares appraisals and recommendations for organizing newly acquired manuscript collections and criteria for disposing of unneeded material. Analyzes the condition of records and recommends preservation treatment to safeguard them from deterioration, damage or destruction, or from impairment of their value through disarrangement or alteration. Considers the need for microfilming, digitizing, or photocopying.

Makes collections and the information in or about them available in response to individual requests. Supports professional researchers and provides advice and consultation to scholars. Uses knowledge of the holdings as well as subject matter expertise to identify and locate germane source materials, explain the background, suggest primary and secondary sources or documents that might be useful to the inquirer, and provide the information requested.

Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Ability to translate the results of historical research into various written formats.**

Ability to organize and analyze historical information and materials.**

Knowledge of American history subject areas sufficient to acquire collections.**

Knowledge of integrated library systems, library applications, and other information technologies.

Knowledge of the principles, concepts and techniques of professional archival work.

Ability to conduct presentations and provide information regarding historical research.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

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