Five Positions: Maryland & Washington, DC

Position: Executive Director
Location: Wicomico Public Libraries, Salisbury, MD
Salary: $72,000.00 – $86,000.00 (Yearly Salary)

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

DescriptionWicomico Public Libraries’ (WPL) Board of Trustees is seeking a new Executive Director to lead the Library System, build on valued partnerships, and to continue to develop the library’s potential to educate, empower and enrich the lives of people in this community. The Executive Director will have demonstrated talent in building and maintaining partnerships and connections among all stakeholders in the County and region. Providing quality service to the area’s over one hundred thousand residents and the additional students and employees who spend part of their ti me within Wicomico County will be of utmost priority.
Governed by an eleven-member board, WPL serves the area through 3 locations, a bookmobile and an outreach van. The ideal
Executive Director will bring passion, innovation and an ability to cultivate and maintain a diverse set of organizational partners.The Executive Director, reporting to the Board of Trustees, oversees an award-winning library system. This position
provides overall strategic and operational leadership with full responsibility for, but not limited to, the following
areas: personnel and fiscal management including budget creation and oversight; marketing and communications;
fundraising and development; emergent technologies; facilities; and external partnership development through
engagement with key stakeholder groups.

RequirementsMinimum qualifications include a Masters’ Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited program and five years of management experience in a medium to large library organization. Maryland State Certification as a Professional Public Library Director or the ability to acquire this certification within 6 months is required. (see WPL’s website for links on this certification).

Additional skills include political acumen, strong communication skills, ability to think and plan strategically, the ability to work with a broad range of stakeholders and demonstrated ability in fiscal management. Experience in a public library with diverse service areas, multiple locations, reporting to a governing board, and building new facilities highly desired. Residency in Wicomico County is expected upon acceptance of position.

Position: Supervisor of Access Services and Collection Maintenance
Location: Howard University, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

Job Summary:   

Basic Function:           

The Supervisor of Access Services and Collection Maintenance provides leadership, coordination, resource management, strategic planning and staff supervision for Access Services across all libraries in the Howard University Libraries System.  The incumbent is responsible for managing and staffing the daily operations of circulation, electronic and print course reserves, interlibrary and consortium lending, document delivery and stacks maintenance. The Access Services Librarian ensures that all functions of the department are performed to meet the goal of providing users with access to the information they need, as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Supervisory Accountability:

  • Responsible for orienting and training others and assigning and reviewing their work.
  • May also be responsible for acting in a lead or senior capacity over other positions performing essentially the same work or related technical tasks and reporting to a higher level on a formal basis.

Nature and Scope:

  • Internal contacts include students, staff, faculty, and administrators.
  • External contacts include vendors, local firms, agencies and external libraries, consortium students, visiting scholars, and the general public.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Provide leadership and coordinate the strategic direction for storage, circulation, and collaborative lending and borrowing policies for the Access Services across all Howard University Libraries.
  • Shape the strategic direction and develop systems and training programs for the shelving, circulation and collaborative lending and borrowing for the University Libraries collections.
  • Oversee the circulation and reserve modules of Ex Libris Alma, including patron records, Banner data loads, circulation records, missing/lost items, billing, course reserve, loan rules, notices, and reports.
  • Schedule front desk coverage for all hours the Founders, Business and Social Work libraries are open as well as managing the physical collections.
  • Assist in promoting access services; conduct demonstrations or orientations, instruct new borrowers, troubleshoot circulation-related issues, communicate with individual patrons and other libraries in resolving difficulties in completing circulation and borrowing requests for the Howard University Libraries.
  • Intervene when necessary to maintain a supportive approach when resolving user disputes and interpreting policies.
  • Collaborate with library managers and Reference colleagues regarding Access Services support for research services. Provide collaborative leadership in the evolution of access services and research services and the change management and skill development needed within the workforce.
  • Provide librarian liaison services to one or more academic departments and participate in collections development for those or other academic disciplines.
  • Represent Howard University Libraries in designated consortia activities and coordinate Access Services related matters with the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), Enrollment Services, the Registrar, and Alumni Relations.
  • Promote the security of collections.
  • Train, supervise, and evaluate assigned staff, student assistants and interns.
  • Identify, evaluate, plan, and implement cost efficient, effective workflows and new technologies.
  • Provide collaborative leadership in the replacing of worn, defective, or missing items in the Howard University Libraries collection.
  • Ensure compliance with copyright regulations and maintain contractual arrangements with the Copyright Clearance Center.
  • Maintain statistics, and provide information and other data needed for administrative reports, planning, and collection development and management.   Prepare periodic reports in areas of responsibility.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Core Competencies:

  • Ability to manage and develop staff, especially through organizational and/or operational transitions.
  • Ability to collaboratively work in a complex or matrix environment, such as a consortium or multi-type library, where leadership by influence is required.
  • Experience with online integrated library systems, such as Ex Libris Interfaces, Inc.; electronic reserves, and document delivery systems.
  • Ability to use online systems, including the OCLC Interlibrary Loan sub-system, ILLIAD, or related systems.  Experience with scanning and imaging technology.
  • Knowledge of issues relating to digitization and resource sharing in the academic environment.
  • User-centered service philosophy and ability to be innovative and flexible.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with information technologies and a high degree of computer literacy.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and effectively with a diverse clientele.
  • Ability to work collegially as a team member in a changing environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Minimum Requirements:

Bachelor’s degree with and ALA accredited MLS and two to five years of progressively responsible experience in an academic, research or corporate setting; Experience with one or more aspects of Access Services: circulation, reserves, and resource sharing. Two (2) years of managerial experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or disability. Veteran status and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply, click here.

Position: Solo Librarian- LAC Group
Location: Federal Agency, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

LAC Group is seeking a Solo Librarian to work at a Federal Agency in the Washington, D.C. providing full research/reference, circulation and cataloging support to library patrons.  The Librarian will be responsible for all aspects of the Library including daily opening and closing, circulation and reference, collection development and cataloging, and all other tasks necessary to support the user community.  The Librarian must be able to work independently and with minimal supervision, responding to complex research and reference questions.  This is a long term full time (40 hours a week; Monday to Friday) contract position with benefits. Must be able to pass background check.


  • Provide front desk coverage for small, specialized library
  • Assist in locating publications and will respond to research requests in person, over the phone, and online
  • Perform regulatory research using electronic and print resources in the library
  • Circulate and monitor the circulation of library materials
  • Maintain library collections by sorting, shelving and organizing materials.
  • Modify and update catalog records to change item location, item status, etc.
  • Catalog and process library materials, including by printing and affixing labels
  • Assist in collection development by evaluating the changing information needs of users and recommending improvements to library collections and services
  • Make recommendations regarding the library collection, i.e. suggesting the purchase of new materials to remain current and/or suggesting the removal of outdated materials


  • MLS/MLIS (Master’s of Library/Information Science) from an accredited school;
  • Proficiency in using EOS.Web cataloging software, MS Office software and MS Outlook;
  • Experience using information databases such as LexisNexis, ProQuest, EBSCO, and HeinOnline;
  • Demonstrated evidence of detail-orientation and organization skills;
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills;
  • Ability to work cooperatively and interact positively with others;
  • Ability to work independently with limited supervision;
  • Ability to stoop, bend, walk, and reach heights of six (6) feet.

Position: Metadata and Scholarly Publishing Librarian
Location: George Washington University, Washington, DC
Salary: $54,500

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

Job Summary:

The Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library provides library services and educational support to the students, staff, and faculty of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Milken Institute School of Public Health, and the School of Nursing. Applications are welcomed for a Metadata and Scholarly Publishing Librarian to join the library operations team. Responsibilities include managing all cataloging and organization of the current collections and content of the library and the institutional repository. The minimum salary for this full-time position is $54,500. The University also provides a generous benefits package. For a complete position description, go to

Minimum qualifications:

  • Masters in Library or Information Science (MLS) from an ALA-accredited school
  • Experience developing and/or managing an institutional repository system, including developing policies, service models, and strategies for securing appropriate content
  • 3 years of experience cataloging in all formats using an integrated library system and OCLC Connexion
  • Working knowledge of MARC21 bibliographic and authority formats; LC classification schedules; use, interpretation, and application of LC subject headings (LCSH) and/or NLM subject headings (MeSH)
  • Working knowledge of metadata standards and schema used to describe and manage digital collections.

To Apply:

To be considered, applicants should complete an online faculty application at and upload a letter of interest and a current CV.

Review of applications will begin on 9/14/18 and will continue until the position is filled. Only complete applications will be considered. Employment offers are contingent on the satisfactory outcome of a standard background screening.

Position: Reference Librarian I
Location: Washington County Free Library, Hagerstown, MD

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

Librarian I – Full time: The Washington County Free Library is seeking an energetic, proactive, team oriented person for the Adult Information Department. This is a full time position; hours will include some evenings, occasional Saturday and Sundays.  Duties include:  Serving all library users by providing reference service.  Train and assist patrons in accessing the online catalog, internet and other informational data networks.  Research questions, develop and teach computer classes, monitor and maintain equipment in the Reference Department.  Attend workshops and conferences.  Performs related work as required.  Required skills, knowledge and abilities: Masters of Library Science from an accredited school or must complete within 1 year of appointment.   Computer skills, excellent oral and written communication skills; a positive interpersonal style; ability to work independently and as part of a team; strong organizational skills; ability to communicate a positive library image; flexibility and initiative.  Must be eligible for MD library certification.  To apply: Please submit a resume. Cover letter and application.  Application can be downloaded from our website .

Mailing address: Washington County Free Library, 100 S. Potomac Street, Hagerstown, MD 21740

Email address:

Fax: 307-739-7603

Deadline: September 10, 2018

Preference will be given to candidates that have strong technology background.

Candidates selected for interview will be contacted.

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