Two Positions: Maryland & Washington, DC

Position: Librarian II (Full-Time)
Location: Randallstown Branch, Baltimore County Public Library
Salary: $39,132 to $52,457 per year, commensurate with experience

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

Job Summary:

At Baltimore County Public Library, staff members have the opportunity to enrich individual lives and build strong communities by delivering exceptional customer experiences, establishing meaningful partnerships, developing innovative learning environments, and creating gracious library spaces.  We circulate over 10 million items and provide library services through our 19 branches, 4 mobile library vehicles and a growing virtual online presence.  If you are enthusiastic, self-motivated, and open to new ideas consider joining the Baltimore County Public Library as a full-time Librarian II.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assists customers in finding answers to a broad range of questions through use of print and on-line resources
  • Guides customers in selecting appropriate materials for reading/viewing/listening either for personal pleasure or professional development
  • Assists customers with technology related requests for service including e-reader devices
  • Develops and maintains a portion of the Library’s collection
  • Plans and presents library-related programs and outreach services
  • Serves on teams and committees within the branch and system-wide
  • As needed, serves as Librarian in Charge by handling customer complaints and resolving facilities issues
  • Supports innovation by embracing change, being flexible and anticipating customers’ needs
  • Demonstrates initiative by being a self-starter, rethinking processes, and effectively solving problems
  • Demonstrates a commitment to teamwork by being an effective communicator and engaging in respectful and productive work relationships
  • Actively pursues continuous learning by participating in training opportunities and sharing knowledge in the workplace

Education/Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college. Successful completion of the Library Associates Training Institute (LATI) or an MLS from an ALA accredited school within two years of date of hire
  • Knowledge of public library services and operations
  • Knowledge of print, electronic and online information resources
  • Ability to establish and maintain relationships with customers, community groups and co-workers of diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to plan, organize and present a variety of activities and presentations
  • Ability to demonstrate effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel throughout the system, work a variety of schedules that include evenings and weekends and accept system-wide transfers
  • Must pass post offer criminal background check

We offer an excellent benefit package that includes 4 weeks of vacation and other paid leave, a variety of subsidized health care options, pension eligibility, and other related benefits.

Annualized Salary: $39,132 – 52,457, commensurate with experience.

To apply:

Send an email to

Attach two documents:

1) a completed BCPL employment application which you can find on our website

2) your cover letter and resume as one PDF document.

Include your last name in the title of the documents.Indicate the job title Librarian II-Randallstown in the subject line of your email.

Application deadline: October 21, 2018        Vacancy #: 2019-027

Position: Library Technician
Location: Reference and Reader Services Section, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Collections and Services Directorate, Library Services, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $45,972 to $59,762 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in Reference and Reader Services Section, Rare Book and Special Collections Division, Collections and Services Directorate, Library Services. The reference assistant is responsible for providing reference and research services, customer service, collection maintenance, and preservation and security of Library collections.

The position description number for this position is 356942.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbents of these positions will work a fixed work schedule, Monday through Friday, starting at 8:30 am and ending at 5:00 pm.

This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

The collections are varied in medium, format, physical condition, and intellectual property rights requirements, with attendant concerns for security, preservation, and safe handling.

The collections are accessed by means of complex, diverse, and often multilayered intellectual controls and surrogates in written, filmed, and electronic forms. Reference and reader services in the research centers under the purview of the Collections and Services divisions play a critical role in establishing a positive image of the Library and furthering the Library’s goal of providing a high level of responsive, effective, and professional service to the full range of Library users worldwide.

Independently conducts background research on the collections for reference and research correspondence assigned, often using automated tools. Sorts incoming reference correspondence. Answers ready reference questions. Prepares and sends correspondence by identifying appropriate stock answers and relevant reference aids. As assigned, may answer basic reference correspondence involving reproduction requests, rights information, locating incompletely identified items, and well-defined subjects. As assigned, may work on related research service projects.

Communicates with a broad spectrum of clients regarding routine questions about access, handling, and use of collection materials. Maintains a high degree of tact and courtesy in dealing with visitors. Aids reference staff in orienting new readers by providing reader registration services and information about the physical layout of the reading room and directions to other Library facilities. Answers basic questions about the scope of the division’s collections. Orients readers to the open files in the reading room. Assists readers in using online and manual public access catalogs and other finding aids. Drawing upon experience with collections, may suggest search strategies and may refer patrons to specific pieces in the collections. Responds to patron requests for collections that must be served under supervision. Speaks directly to readers concerning departures from special rules and practices for handling pictorial materials. May provide reference service in the reading room under guidance from senior staff. Monitors surveillance cameras. Assists reference staff in answering incoming telephone calls; interprets questions and answers basic inquiries as well as routine directional questions.

Applies knowledge of the full range of library rules, procedures, and operations to resolve a wide variety of problems. Efficiently and accurately reshelves books and other materials pulled from the Division’s collections, which may include diverse formats and subjects, varied types of labeling systems, and numerous locations within the Division’s storage facilities and the reading room. Shares responsibility for retrieving material requested by patrons. Identifies material that cannot be refiled because of incomplete call numbers or other problems and makes recommendations for marking and refiling these materials.

Assists in maintaining the Division’s reference book collection by performing various tasks such as refiling and relabeling. Assists in preserving the collections by identifying materials in need of repair or rehousing. Coordinates the Section’s collection maintenance supplies. As assigned, may work on related processing and preservation projects.

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