Two Positions: Maryland & Washington, DC

Position: Director of Library and User Services
Location: Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), Bowie, MD

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

SUMMARY: The Director of Library and User Services plays a key role in achieving the Washington Research Library Consortium’s (WRLC) vision and mission by providing strategic planning, operational management and technical expertise for services and systems that support library services, resource sharing, and shared collections. The Director of Library and User Services is a member of the WRLC leadership team, coordinating and collaborating with personnel from the libraries, universities and vendors as appropriate. This position reports to the Executive Director and supervises staff responsible for planning, implementing and maintaining WRLC’s digital library systems applications and the Shared Collections Facility.


1. Library Management Systems Support: Plans, directs and manages the library and end-user facing aspects of the WRLC digital library systems. Oversees staff who evaluate and recommend digital library applications; provide systems support and problem resolution; configuration and workflow analysis; and training. Coordinates with Information Technology staff to address problems and enhance services. Monitors the library systems marketplace and plans for future software requirements.
2. Shared Collections: Manages consortial shared collections program operations. Oversees provision of required data to WRLC partner libraries in support of collection decisions. Coordinates shared collection operations with external partners. Manages staff who support e-resource licensing and access and coordinates with the Coordinated Collections Committee and other WRLC committees, as appropriate.
3. Shared Collections Facility: Manages WRLC’s high density shelving facility. Oversees staff and contractors who perform inventory control and provide access services for items in the facility. In conjunction with the participating libraries, develops policies for usage of the facility. Performs cost analysis and price determination in coordination with the Executive Director. Monitors the condition of the offsite storage physical plant, and coordinates maintenance and repairs with the Director of Finance and Administration.
4. Supervision: Promotes appropriate staff development and assignments. Periodically reviews WRLC’s skill set requirements and staff capabilities, identifies and arranges training opportunities for staff, and initiates changes in job assignments or responsibilities as necessary. Recruits, hires, and trains staff as needed.
5. Outreach: Serves as WRLC’s primary liaison to the WRLC Steering Committee, and participates in other committees and task forces as required. Cultivates collaborative relationships with colleagues in the WRLC organization, the partner universities and vendors. Provides constructive input for enhancements to services or revisions to policies and procedures. Serves as backup to other positions as necessary. Undertakes special projects and perform other duties as assigned. Seeks new knowledge and updates skills to enhance performance in all areas of responsibility.

Position: Metadata and Discovery Librarian
Location: National Geographic Society Library, Washington DC

Originally posted on the Potomac Technical Processing Librarians (PTPL) listserv.

The National Geographic Society Library seeks an energetic, knowledgeable and self-motivated metadata and discovery librarian to provide strategic direction and innovative leadership in metadata services for library collections. This position works collaboratively with archival metadata specialists and the systems administrator in order to optimize information organization, discovery and access.

The Metadata and Discovery Librarian is responsible for collecting, preserving, and presenting print and digital information in all formats, creating bibliographic and archival metadata for collections, books, ebooks and other items, as required. This includes managing authorities and ensuring data quality, and other duties associated with the creation and maintenance of item-¬ and collection-¬level data for a variety of print and digital content and materials.

This position requires a firm and broad conceptual understanding of metadata principles and archival and digital collection technologies and the ability to apply and adapt them to existing and emerging media in a variety of formats. This includes developing, documenting and revising workflows and policies, and providing collection analytics. The Librarian also will participate in the management of e–resources and assist with the expansion of online collections and new digital initiatives. This person acts as an active partner with technology vendors, providing feedback, suggesting improvements, and keeping the needs of the clients in the forefront.

This individual also provides reference services and processes payments for print and digital monographs, serials, databases, and other acquisitions: places orders, processes renewals, and resolves complex service problems.


  • Manages library management system (Alma) and discovery tool (Primo) to optimize access to library and archive collections and e-resources. Collaborates with other library + archives units and IT on data management and system integration with archives catalog and digital preservation archive. Develops and maintains library cataloging and workflow policies, maintenance standards, and best practices for a shared ILS environment. (35%)
  • Creates original and copy cataloging for a wide range of formats, including serials, non-­print materials, and e­-resources, using current and emerging metadata schemas, principles and practices such as MARC, RDA, Library of Congress classification and Dublin Core. Provides collection analytics, and supervises contract catalogers as needed. (30%).
  • Provides expert metadata consulting services for Library, Archives, and enterprise projects. Employs emerging metadata schemas to link content across multiple data repositories, and improve search optimization and discoverability of internal and external data. (10%)
  • Processes payments for all print and digital monographs, serials, databases, office supply and other acquisitions: places orders, processes renewals, and resolves complex service problems. (15%)
  • Provides reference services and supports interlibrary loan. (10%)