Four Positions: Maryland & Washington, DC

Position: Human Resources Manager
Location: Cecil County Public Library, Elkton, MD

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

GENERAL SUMMARY:
Provides strategic leadership to maintain and enhance the organization’s human resources operations through planning, implementing, and evaluating employee relations, benefits, and human resources policies, programs, and practices. Develops and manages projects, annual plans, and daily activities to achieve the library’s goals and maintain all levels of compliance. Works as a member of the senior administrative team.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTION:

  • Recommend, develop, implement, administer, and maintain policies and process documentation with an emphasis on the Employee Handbook. Ensure policy compliance with all local, state, and federal regulations.
  • Develop and maintain the library’s performance management system. Ensure the annual planning and assessment of professional goals for individual development plans. Counsel managers on performance management, coaching, and feedback techniques.
  • Interpret personnel policies and procedures to staff; investigate and review performance issues and advise management on proper courses of action. Resolve employee concerns.
  • Maintain personnel records and legal compliance for record retention of HR files.
  • Develop and maintain the library’s recruitment/hiring program, including interviewing, candidate selection, onboarding, orientation, conducting and analyzing exit interviews, and recommending improvements to process and procedures.
  • Develop and maintain an accurate and up-to-date HRIS system.
  • Administer employee benefits programs. Recommend updates to benefit programs as needed; direct the processing of benefit claims; design and conduct informational sessions on benefit programs including Open Enrollment. Consult with employees as necessary to resolve benefits issues.
  • Coordinate and administer employee retirement plans; serve as State Pension coordinator.
  • Ensure legal compliance by monitoring and implementing applicable federal and state human resource requirements. Represent the organization at hearings as necessary.
  • Administer FMLA.
  • Cross-train and assist with payroll processing. Work closely with operations staff on benefits, hiring, and retirement.
  • Collaborate with the administrative team to analyze staffing needs and prepare staffing budget recommendations which support organizational goals. Manage recruitment, training, and special event budgets.
  • In conjunction with administrative staff, assess and review training needs to coordinate staff development programs. Assist in counseling staff on career development. Maintain training records.
  • Write and manage state and federal grants pertaining to staff development opportunities.
  • Maintain professional knowledge by attending educational workshops and reviewing professional publications.
  • Provide leadership, direction, and support to all staff. Cultivate a culture of professionalism, engagement, and customer service.
  • Coordinate annual Staff Day, employee recognition, and other special events.
  • Maintain library job descriptions, organization charts and employee directory.
  • Work closely with external partners, county government, state groups.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

JOB STANDARDS:

  • Promotes and maintains a high standard of excellent customer service, both internal and external.
  • Demonstrates ability to work with diverse populations.
  • Models positive attitude toward technology and change and is flexible.
  • Maintains professional growth and awareness through training, self-directed learning and other means to stay abreast of current and emerging trends in the community and in libraries.
  • Demonstrates collaborative, straight forward, team oriented leadership.
  • Performs job in keeping with the policies and procedures of the Cecil County Public Library.
  • Understands and promotes professionalism in librarianship at Cecil County Public Library.
  • Maintains courteous, friendly, and constructive relationships with patrons and staff.
  • Promotes a positive image of the library to the community.

CRITICAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college with a focus in Human Resources Management or related field.
  • Minimum of three to five years of demonstrated successful human resources management experience, preferably in a public, non-profit or government agency.
  • Considerable knowledge of principles and practices of personnel administration and human resources management and in their practical and effective application.
  • Specific experience with HRIS systems and implementing support systems is key. Payroll experience a plus.
  • Strong knowledge of Windows operating system, internet resources, social media, and other technologies and how to use them effectively. Excellent PC skills and experience with software packages. Excellent technology and computer skills and experience.
  • Strong knowledge of pension and benefits administration.
  • Must demonstrate a strong knowledge of pertinent Federal and State laws.
  • Excellent organization and analytical skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Outstanding customer service skills.
  • Ability to reach, bend, and lift up to 30 lbs.
  • Valid Driver License.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Works in normal heat and light conditions. May travel to facilities throughout the county, using library or own transportation.

FAIR LABOR STANDARDS ACT: Exempt

SCHEDULE/HOURS: Regular schedule is 37.5 hours per week, Monday-Friday. Additional flexibility may be required.

Position: Digital Projects Coordinator
Location: LAC Group, Beltsville, MD

Full vacancy announcement is available on CUA SLIS blog.

Job Summary:

The Digital Projects Coordinator will be responsible for leading a digitization project aimed at preserving a large bound volume collection, making this collection accessible to the public.

This is a 1 year full time contract (40 hour a week; Monday-Friday) benefited position, working on-site at the client’s facility.

Responsibilities:

  • Lead a digital project aimed at the preservation and accessibility of a bound volumes collection.
  • Work across divisions with multiple team members and follow an exact timeline for deliverables.
  • Apply metadata and digitization standards to a large law collection
  • Collaborate with Federal employees to apply metadata and will contribute new ideas when needed.

Qualifications:

  • An MLS plus 3-5 years’ experience working with metadata standards and digital objects
  • Experience creating web content preferred
  • Experience in a law setting preferred
  • Understanding of the use of metadata schema and tools (in particular MODS, PubMed and JATS)
  • Experience with archival theory and practices and archival management systems.
  • Knowledge of utilizing computer technology and software (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, and database software; web-based tools)

Position: Staff Development Coordinator
Location: Western Maryland Regional Library, Hagerstown, Maryland

Full vacancy announcement is available on CUA SLIS blog.

Nature of Work:

  • Commits to excellence in customer service and outreach
    • Fosters and maintains positive communication with the staff and public
    • Responds to requests for information/assistance in a timely manner
    • Networks and collaborates with internal and external customers of diverse backgrounds
    • Represents WMRL and member libraries at meetings, workshops, and other forums in the region, across the state and beyond
    • With approval of supervisor, contributes expertise to WMRL through participation in professional activities such as committees, task forces, and conference presentations
  • Coordinates staff training and certification
    • Plans, coordinates, and evaluates staff development programs and instruction
    • Conducts an annual, region-wide training needs assessment
    • Communicates available learning opportunities by multiple methods
    • Maintains the official record of continuing education and training requirements for public library associates and professional public librarians on the WMRL staff
    • Works directly with guest instructors and presenters for both recruitment and contract negotiation
    • Maintains a manual including a list of job responsibilities and training materials
  • Manages small and large scale projects
    • Organizes Tri-County Summit staff day
    • Edits WAVE eNewsletter
    • Tracks statistics related to staff training and events
    • Provides regular activity reports
    • Assists in planning and facilitating meetings
  • Manages Budgets and Grants
    • Manages a staff development budget
    • Administers county level staff development grants including budget reconciliation
    • Researches and writes grant applications as appropriate
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Master of Library Science or Master of Library and Information Science degree from an American Library Association accredited program preferred.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of library operations normally acquired through two years of progressively increasing responsibility and work experience in a public, academic, or special library.  Previous experience in training, instruction, or staff development required.

Essential Job Requirements:

This is a high profile position that requires great enthusiasm, self-motivation, flexibility, creativity and excellent customer service skills.  Ability to multi-task.  Ability to experiment with new technology in order to become proficient enough to teach others.  Ability to organize, plan, and communicate effectively in person, in writing, by telephone, and online.  High level of computer and Internet literacy, including a working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite as well as fundamentals of navigating a Windows environment.  Competent at working independently, as a member of a team, and as a team leader.  Ability to effectively provide one-on-one and group instruction using diverse instruction formats, including online synchronous training. Experienced online information search and retrieval skills, including the ability to execute an effective reference interview.  A keen awareness of current trends in librarianship, instruction, and customer service.  Familiarity with adult learning principles, e.g. participant based instruction design.  Ability to stay calm under pressure.  Regular job attendance and punctuality.  Job involves a considerable amount of movement and activity.  Work routinely involves lifting or handling materials weighting up to 60 lbs., pushing carts weighing up to 100 lbs.  Must be able to physically move throughout the building and use various devices, including but not limited to: telephones, computer workstations and peripherals, printers, photocopiers and fax machines.

Conditions of Employment:

Day schedule with occasional evening, early mornings, and weekends.  Must be able to regularly travel throughout Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties, as well as travel to meetings, events, and conferences held throughout Maryland and beyond.  Some travel requires overnights.  Must hold a valid driver’s license in good standing.  Must be able to secure certification from the Maryland State Library within 24 months of employment.  Must become a member of the Maryland Library Association.

How to apply:

  • Application with resume should be submitted in writing to the Human Resources Department at 100 South Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740 no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 31, 2018.  Fax: 301-739-7603.
  • Email: admhr@washcolibrary.org (Microsoft Word .doc or PDF attachments only).
  • Position announcement and application available at: https://www.wmrl.info/?q=employment 

Position: Digital Initiatives Librarian (Knowledge Analyst)
Location: Federal Reserve Board, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA JobLIST.

Description:
The Knowledge Analyst participates in technical operations in the area of data and information acquisition, management, analysis or dissemination. The analyst provides analytical support to economists and other professionals at the Board and in the System. The support includes research and data services, information analysis, and contributions to the design and maintenance of metadata and knowledge management solutions.

The Research Library at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System is seeking a Digital Initiatives Librarian (within the Knowledge Analyst job family).

As the central bank of the United States, the Federal Reserve’s mission is to provide the nation with a safer, more flexible, and more stable monetary and financial system. As a Federal Reserve staff member, you will play a critical role in accomplishing this mission. Research at the Federal Reserve Board is data-intensive and time-sensitive. The Research Library, with a full-time staff of 16 librarians and 2 technicians, offers a full array of desktop and customized library services to the approximately 2,700 staff members at the Board. More than 400 of the Board’s staff are Ph.D. economists, and many more participate in the Board’s research process.

The Digital Initiatives Librarian will join a highly-motivated team of librarians committed to user needs and enhancing discovery, access, and delivery of library resources, data, and scholarly communications. The librarian will provide technical, web-development expertise to maintain a portfolio of existing library projects. In addition, the Digital Initiatives Librarian will lead the way in actively identifying, evaluating, and, as necessary, deploying new technologies and tools to improve library services, further process automation, and respond to user needs. The successful candidate will be comfortable collaborating with technical and non-technical partners and stakeholders across the Board, and be able to work independently and in teams. The position requires rigorous attention to detail, initiative, the ability to manage competing projects, strong analytical and problem-solving skills, and good communication and interpersonal skills.

The responsibilities and duties of the Digital Initiatives Librarian will include:

  • Supporting the Research Library’s mission to develop technologies and tools that aid the research, policy, and data initiatives of the Board.
  • Maintaining applications and automated workflows that support library services; may include use of APIs and web services.
  • Developing innovative tools/applications to enhance accessibility of the library’s collections and services and automate tasks.
  • Supporting the library’s metadata and taxonomy efforts, including future work with linked data and the semantic web.
  • Advancing the library’s scholarly communications efforts (including an institutional repository, research visibility, and research impact tracking).
  • Responsibility for work conducted by contractor on digital materials processing for repository and other systems.
  • Assisting in the creation of metadata records for data assets.
  • Producing clear, well-documented code.

Qualifications

Required:

  • MLS/MLIS (or a Master’s degree in information science, data science, computer science, or related fields, with proven experience in a library/information center).
  • At least one year of full-time library technology development, including experience in advancing library services through application development, from requirements gathering to deployment.
  • Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to meet deadlines; strong service-orientation; exceptional written & oral communication skills.
  • Experience with institutional or subject repository systems (e.g., OCLC CONTENTdm, Fedora, Omeka, DSpace, Dataverse, or comparable products).
  • Experience with standards, software, and tools typically used in libraries, including: metadata standards (e.g., AACR2-R, RDA, MARC21, Dublin Core, LCSH); authority data (e.g., LC authorities, VIAF, ISNI); integrated library systems (ILSs).
  • Experience with at least one programming/scripting language (e.g., Python, PHP, JavaScript, Ruby) and APIs, to automate workflows, improve access to library collections, and support library services.
  • Experience in web development (HTML, CSS, Javascript) and web frameworks (e.g., Flask, Django, Pyramid, Ruby on Rails).
  • Experience designing, maintaining, and querying databases (e.g., PostgreSQL, MySQL), and developing database-backed applications.
  • Experience using Linux.

Desired:

  • Experience with Python.
  • Experience analyzing and remediating existing metadata to meet current standards.
  • Ability to select, adapt, and effectively use a variety of programming methods to build sustainable and generalizable tools that support user needs.
  • Knowledge of version control systems (Git) and code repositories (GitHub).
  • Knowledge of XML and linked data technologies (e.g., XSLT, RDF, OWL, SPARQL, BIBFRAME, etc.); familiarity with taxonomies.
  • Experience collecting and analyzing metrics for library services.

**To be considered you must apply online at: https://www.federalreserve.gov/careers.htm (Search by JOBID: 20983)

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