Nine Positions: Maryland

Position: Information Technology Librarian
Location: Mount St. Mary’s University, Emmitsburg, MD

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

Coordinates the development of new technology applications that support library programs and services; identifies emerging technologies and develops programs and best practices for the Phillips Library; works collaboratively with library and university IT staff, faculty and students. Collaborates with faculty and other librarians to enhance students’ research skills by the creation and delivery of instruction activities and class sessions.

Major Responsibilities:

  1. Manage the library’s OCLC WorldShare Management services, including sub-systems for cataloging and resources discovery, inventory control, acquisitions, and interlibrary loan.
  2. Manage digital resources collection, including database products and licenses,
    EZproxy (user authentication software), MSM digital repository (ContentDM).
  3. Manage technical data and account integrity for the library’s large collection of
    digital resources including constant direct contact with campus networking staff and vendor/content provider’s technical staff.
  4. Manages the development and maintenance of the Library’s website and social
    media sites.

Other Responsibilities and Tasks:

  1. The Information Technology Librarian leads the Library’s digital initiatives in
    collaboration with librarians, faculty, and university administration.
  1. Provides expertise in identifying, evaluating, and making recommendations
    concerning the use of new and emerging technologies that support the library’s mission.
  1. Provides leadership and coordination for planning, implementing, and training for
    the adoption and integration of new technologies.
  1. Evaluates user-side applications and their impact on information systems design
    and resource delivery.
  1. Participates in regional and/or national professional activities to advance the
    development of digital library resources, including representing MSM at OCLC, MICUA and other regional librarian meetings.

6. Develops, implements, and maintains digital services, workflow’s and policies
throughout the library.

  1. Collaborates directly with faculty to design library research instruction sessions
    that include information technology resources.
  1. Collaborates with other librarians to provide research consultation and instruction
    to students on request.
  1. Participates in the academic department liaison program including library
    instruction.
  2. Coordinates library technology services with Mount’s Frederick campus.
  3. Serves on the campus-wide Technology Advisory Committee.

Minimum Qualifications:

MLS/MLIS/MIS degree from an ALA accredited program; demonstrated experience with electronic information services and library systems and their applications, specific knowledge and experience in managing OCLC WorldShare Management System and it’s sub-systems, OCLC WorldCat Discovery system, and EZ Proxy authentication system; experience with and strong commitment to customer service and library instruction; working knowledge of basic Microsoft Office applications, Web development tools, and social media; effective oral and written communication skills.

Experience/Qualifications:

▪ Demonstrated enjoyment in working with the challenges of using technology applications to support library services.

▪ Knowledge of current trends in digital library development, digitization standards and preservation, and digital rights management issues relating to digital materials.

▪ Ability to work independently and effectively across organizational lines and in collaboration with a variety of individuals and groups to plan improvements and resolve problems.

▪ Ability to learn and teach new technologies quickly, as well to effectively interact with others who possess a range of technological backgrounds.

▪ Ability to provide training and instruction on processes to individuals or groups.

▪ Excellent customer service skills with a commitment to customer service.

▪ Strong analytical and organizational skills.

▪ Knowledge and experience with current metadata schemes and evolving standards.

▪ Effective communication, interpersonal, organizational, analytical, and problem- solving skills.

Position Status:

▪ Full-time position

▪ Open until filled

Ways to Apply

Applicants are requested to submit a resume, and cover letter which in part addresses the contribution the candidate can make to a Catholic liberal arts institution. Information is to be sent to:

Mount St. Mary’s University Department of Human Resources Information Technology Librarian Search 16300 Emmitsburg Rd. Emmitsburg, MD 21727

Or email resume materials to: resume@msmary.edu.

Position: Library Associate – Adult Services
Location: C. Burr Artz Public Library, Frederick, MD

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

This para-professional position provides comprehensive library services for patrons of the C. Burr Artz Public Library with special emphasis on services and programs for adults, and also is involved in a wide range of library activities and operations.  Supervision is received from the Assistant Branch Administrator.

Essential Duties and Job Responsibilities:

  • Assist patrons of all ages with reference questions, reader’s advisory requests and assistance with using library technologies, downloading e-content and related assistance
  • Assist patrons in using computerized and print information sources and/or direct patrons to other appropriate sources
  • Under direction, develop and present innovative programs and outreach activities for adults
  • Work collaboratively with internal and/or community teams to develop innovative programs or events aligned with system-wide or major local community events
  • Participate in implementation of system-wide programs, events and outreach
  • Perform basic bibliographic searches related to interlibrary loan requests and reserves
  • Explain FCPL policies and procedures to patrons and train patrons on the use of library resources
  • Recommend materials for acquisition or withdrawal from circulation
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of the library collection and current literature
  • Assist with the maintenance of the branch collection in an assigned area
  • Working with the Supervisor, assist in planning and implementing marketing activities that communicate the mission and goals of the library and the value of library products and services to the public, organizations, businesses and other community entities
  • Maintain working relationships with community businesses, groups, organizations and agencies, including outreach and programming
  • Prepare displays, and develop programs to promote reading and other FCPL services
  • Participate in department, branch, and system-wide work teams
  • Attend workshops, meetings, and learning opportunities
  • Perform other related duties as required

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Any single position may not be assigned all duties listed below, nor do the examples cover all duties that may be assigned.

Qualifications & Requirements:

The qualifications / requirements, knowledge/skills/abilities and physical demands or working conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 2 years of customer service work experience working directly with the public, in retail, education, or any other high traffic customer service setting

KNOWLEDGE / SKILLS / ABILITIES:

  • Ability to obtain and maintain Library Associate certification from the Maryland State Department of Education, plus willingness and ability to attend training sessions as applicable
  • Working knowledge of public library practices and procedures
  • Knowledge of research techniques and available research materials, as well as general readers’ interest, authors, books and other formats of library materials
  • Working knowledge of social media tools and techniques, with the ability to effectively communicate in an online environment to engage customers via social media
  • Knowledge of standard computer applications and devices including tablets/mobile devices, software applications, and downloadable e-format materials.
  • Ability to effectively access and utilize FCPL’s computerized systems and the Internet, and the ability to effectively provide related instruction for patrons
  • Ability to effectively organize work, problem solve, determine priorities, make decisions and complete assigned duties with minimal supervision
  • Ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and effectively manage time in a busy environment
  • Ability to effectively build relationships and partnerships with community organizations, businesses, and similar entities
  • Strong internal and external customer service ability including ability to exhibit patience, tact, and courtesy working collaboratively in a team environment
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with patrons, co-workers and the general public
  • Ability to demonstrate creativity, flexibility, positive attitude and good judgment
  • Strong and effective spoken and written (English) communication skills.

PREFERENCE MAY BE GIVEN FOR:

  • 1 year of recent (within the last 5 years) library work experience (not volunteer experience)
  • Additional work experience providing direct customer service to the public

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS / WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • While working in this position, the employee is required to frequently sit and walk; and occasionally stoop
  • While working in this position, the employee is required to constantly work indoors
  • During outreach programs and events the employee is frequently working outdoors; working in hot temperatures (above 100 degrees) working in cold temperatures (below 32 degrees) and walking on uneven ground

Additional Information/Examination Process:

  • Ability to provide own transportation to meetings, workshops and branch libraries as needed
  • Available for varied workdays and hours within the FCPL operating schedule

KIND OF EXAMINATION (may include)

  1. An evaluation of training and experience
  2. One or more interviews
  3. A pre-employment drug test and physical examination

Position: Library Associate – Children’s Services
Location: C. Burr Artz Public Library, Frederick, MD

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

This para-professional position works at C. Burr Artz Public Library and provides comprehensive library services for all patrons, with special emphasis on children’s services and programs, and also is involved in a wide range of library activities and operations.  Direction may be given to staff as assigned.  Supervision is received from the Supervisor, Children’s Services.

Essential Duties and Job Responsibilities:

  • Under direction, develop and present innovative age-appropriate programs for children and outreach activities as assigned
  • Maintain in-depth knowledge of the children’s collection and current literature
  • Participate in  implementation of system-wide programs, events and outreach for children
  • Assist patrons of all ages with reference questions or readers’ advisory requests
  • Assist patrons in using computerized and manual information sources and/or direct patrons to other appropriate sources
  • Perform basic bibliographic searches related to inter-library loan requests and reserves
  • Explain FCPL policies and procedures to patrons and train patrons on the use of library resources
  • Assist with the  maintenance of the branch collection in an assigned area
  • Working with the Supervisor, assist in planning and implementing marketing activities that communicate the mission and goals of the library and the value of library products and services to the public, organizations, businesses and other community entities
  • Actively seek out and engage in opportunities to promote the library in the community
  • Establish and maintain working relationships and partnerships with community businesses, organizations, groups and schools, including outreach and programming
  • Prepare displays and develop programs to promote reading and other  library services
  • Recommend materials for acquisition and/or withdrawal
  • Participate in department, branch and system-wide work teams
  • Attend workshops, meetings and learning opportunities
  • Perform other related duties as required

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a recognized college or university
  • Minimum 6 months work experience and/or classroom training in working with children
  • Minimum 1 year of customer service work experience in retail, education or any other high traffic customer service setting

KNOWLEDGE / SKILLS / ABILITIES:

  • Ability to obtain and maintain Library Associate certification from the MD State Department of Education, plus willingness and ability to attend training sessions as applicable
  • Working knowledge of public library practices and procedures
  • Working knowledge of children’s literature, developmental stages, and interests
  •  knowledge of research techniques and available research materials, as well as general readers’ interest, authors, books and other formats of library materials
  • Knowledge of standard computer applications and devices including tablets/mobile devices, software applications, and downloadable e-format materials
  • Knowledge of age appropriate literature, development stages, and interests
  • Working knowledge of social media tools and techniques, and ability to effectively communicate in an online environment to engage customers via social media
  • Ability to develop and conduct age appropriate  programs, events and activities and perform effectively in front of children, their parents and caregivers
  • Ability to effectively access and utilize FCPL’s computerized systems and the Internet, and to effectively provide related instruction for patrons
  • Ability to learn and integrate emerging technologies and STEM-related educational tools in programming
  • Ability to create and market high-quality programming in a fast-paced, deadline-oriented environment
  • Ability to effectively organize work, determine priorities, make decisions and complete assigned duties with minimal supervision
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and effectively manage time in a busy environment
  • Ability to demonstrate creativity, flexibility, positive attitude and good judgment
  • Ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with patrons, co-workers and the general public, with particular skill in working with children
  • Ability to effectively build relationships and partnerships with community organizations, businesses, schools and similar entities
  • Strong and effective spoken and written (English) communication skills,

PREFERENCE MAY BE GIVEN FOR

  • 1 or more years of recent (within the last 5 years) experience working in a library (not volunteer experience)
  • 1 or more years of work experience developing and presenting programs for children
  • Additional work experience providing direct customer service

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS / WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • While working in this position, the employee is required to constantly reach; frequently walk, occasionally sit, stoop and lift up to 20 pounds
  • While working in this position, the employee is required to frequently work indoors
  • During outreach programs and events the employee is frequently working outdoors; working in hot temperatures (above 100 degrees) working in cold temperatures (below 32 degrees) and walking on uneven ground.

Additional Information/Examination Process:

  • Ability to provide own transportation to meetings/workshops and to various branch Libraries as needed
  • Available for varied workdays and hours within the FCPL operating schedule

KIND OF EXAMINATION (may include):      

  1. An evaluation of training and experience
  2. One or more interviews
  3. A pre-employment background investigation
  4. A pre-employment physical examination and drug test

Position: Assistant Branch Administrator
Location: C. Burr Artz Public Library, Frederick, MD

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

This professional management position assists in managing the C. Burr Artz Public Library.   This position directs the work of Adult Services and Maryland Room staff in information and resource management delivery, fosters good communication with staff, public and the library administration; and, assists in developing services that respond to community needs and interests as outlined in FCPL’s strategic plan. Supervision is given to Adult Services and Maryland Room professional and paraprofessional staff; Supervision is received from the Branch Administrator.

Essential Duties and Job Responsibilities

  • Manage the Adult Services department and Maryland Room  to ensure the quality of collections and public service provided by staff
  • Supervise, develop, and evaluate the performance of direct reports; oversee scheduling and workload assignment
  • Train and mentor staff as needed
  • Provide leadership to department staff in setting goals and objectives for fulfilling FCPL’s mission and strategic plan
  • Set expectations for exemplary customer service and train staff to meet them
  • Collaborate with the Branch Administrator to address and support branch and system-wide issues and concerns
  • Work with the Branch Administrator to identify, plan, implement, and evaluate promotional, marketing and outreach activities for communicating the vision and mission of the library.
  • Oversee the development, maintenance, and evaluation of  resources in the Adult Services department and Maryland Room, working with Materials Management
  • Implement and direct merchandising and other strategies for in-house marketing of resources
  • Use current technology to improve personal efficiency, branch efficiency, and delivery of customer service
  • Build relationships and partnerships with community organizations, businesses and leaders for advocacy and financial support
  • Perform Librarian-in-Charge duties to ensure safety and security of patrons, staff and the facility
  • Train the public to efficiently use services and resources provided by the library
  • Participate in interviewing and selection of department staff
  • Interpret library policies and procedures for the public and staff
  • Provide direct public service to patrons at service points
  • Oversee management of the Passport Office
  • Participate on branch and system-wide work teams
  • Maintain professional growth through learning opportunities to maintain Professional Public Certification
  • In the absence of the Branch Administrator III, fulfill the duties and daily responsibilities of that position
  • Actively support the values of Frederick County Public Libraries
  • Perform other duties as required

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Master of Library Science degree from an American Library Association accredited program
  • Minimum 4 years progressively responsible work experience in a public library, within the last 10 years, with at least 1 year supervising or directing the work of others

OR

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Minimum 6 years of progressively responsible work experience in a public library, within the last 10 years, with at least 1 year supervising or directing the work of others
  • Ability to obtain and maintain Library Associate certification from the MD State Department of Education, plus willingness and ability to attend training sessions as applicable
  • NOTE: A related Master’s degree may substitute for a portion of the professional or para-professional library work experience

KNOWLEDGE / SKILLS / ABILITIES:

  • Working knowledge of modern management theory and practices with demonstrated effective  skills and judgment in public library management and problem solving
  • Effective leadership, flexibility, initiative and the ability to perform well under pressure
  • Ability to effectively handle multiple priorities, assignments and unanticipated emergencies
  • Ability to effectively work  independently, cooperatively, and as part of a team
  • Ability to effectively supervise, direct and evaluate the work of others, including strong and effective training and development skills
  • Ability to provide effective leadership in public library services
  • Knowledge of marketing principles with ability to effectively apply them to a library setting
  • Knowledge of standard computer applications and devices including tablets/mobile
  • Working knowledge of general and specialized reference materials and sources, and the most effective means to access information
  • Ability to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.
  • Ability to apply general knowledge to specific questions and use judgment appropriately
  • Strong internal and external customer service ability including ability to exhibit patience, tact and courtesy working collaboratively in a team environment
  • Working knowledge of, and ability to effectively use  social media and other online tools  to promote the library and to gather feedback from the public
  • Ability to effectively create and analyze information, including written, statistical and numeric data
  • Strong and effective spoken and written (English) communication skills, including the ability to effectively represent FCPL in the community through public speaking
  • Ability to effectively build and maintain relationships and partnerships with  community organizations, businesses, government officials and the general public

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS / WORKING CONDITIONS:

  • While working in this position, the employee is required to frequently sit, walk and reach; and occasionally lift up to 20 pounds and drive
  • While working in this position, the employee is required to constantly work indoors
  • During outreach programs and events the employee is frequently working outdoors; working in hot temperatures (above 100 degrees) working in cold temperatures (below 32 degrees) and walking on uneven ground

Additional Information/Examination Process

  • Ability to provide own transportation to meetings, workshops and branch libraries as needed
  • Available for varied workdays and hours within the FCPL operating schedule

Closing Date: Wednesday, December 5, 2018 – 4:00pm
Salary: $58,548.00 – $70,257.00 Annually
Job Type: Full-Time Library

KIND OF EXAMINATION (may include): 

  1. An evaluation of training and experience
  2. One or more interviews
  3. A pre-employment physical examination and drug test

Position: Librarian – Children’s Services
Location: Harford County Public Library, Abingdon, MD

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

Position Summary: Performs professional librarian services including reference services within a branch and materials management responsibilities; assists individuals and groups in locating and obtaining materials and information; performs basic supervisory responsibilities for hourly staff as assigned; performs other duties as assigned. Meets minimum public service hours as defined by Library Administration.

Application Period: Posted December 6, 2018; Closing Date: January 6, 2019.

Work Week: 37.5 hours per week; Work schedule includes day evening and weekend hours.

Essential Functions:

Position Functions:

  1. Performs services within a branch, including but not limited to:
    • assisting the public in the use of library resources, including computer catalogs, indexes, computerized search systems, and the Internet;
    • searching online catalogs and shelves to locate information;
    • performing in-depth reference searches and performing readers’ advisory services;
    • planning, assembling, and arranging displays of materials to support popular topics;
    • conducting library tours and orientations;
    • providing information on library activities, facilities, rules, and services to customers;
    • providing library services to special populations and coordinating special programs such as summer readings, story times, or holiday programs;
  2. Performs materials management tasks and activities, including but not limited to:
    • assessing and evaluating assigned collections;
    • reviewing, selecting and ordering materials in print and non-print formats;
    • analyzing and interpreting statistical and community information as part of the selection process;
    • managing assigned selection budgets by following established finance procedures;
    • interpreting censorship and freedom of access issues as pertains to selection of materials for library customers;
    • keeping abreast of publishing trends for materials;
    • writing and compiling bibliographies and booklists;
  3. Prepare and compile required reports and statistics;
  4. Mentor professional and para-professional staff, as assigned;
  5. May:
    • develop training tools and conduct staff training;
    • plan, direct, or carry out special projects involving library promotion and outreach activities;
  6. Improve library leadership skills through:
    • Attendance at special workshops, classes, discussion groups, etc.
    • Performing reference and materials management activities in all service areas (A, J, YA) on a limited basis, as well as circulation activities;
    • Other opportunities as presented;
  7. May supervise hourly staff (part-time hourly and substitute).

Supervision Functions:

  1. Supervises hourly reference staff, including reference substitutes, and other hourly staff or volunteers as assigned;
  2. Oversees the training of staff and volunteers, as assigned;
  3. Administers the Performance Recognition System (PRS), the library’s performance evaluation system, in accordance with published guidelines;
  4. Approves annual leave and checks and tabulates timesheets for assigned staff;
  5. Prepares monthly reports, meeting agendas, and monthly schedules;
  6. Interprets and implements system wide policies and procedures;
  7. Schedules and facilitates department/team meetings;
  8. Ensures staff receive and understand system and department communications via written or electronic format;
  9. May act as supervisor of team or work group and/or may supervise volunteers.

Standard Functions:

  1. Serves on committees and participates in workshops, seminars, and training as requested;
  2. Represents Library at various outreach activities, as needed;
  3. Notifies Supervisor with suggested ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of personnel and procedures and system-wide goals and objectives;
  4. Maintains good public relations with the community through contacts with public officials, community leaders, volunteers, Friends of the Library, appropriate school personnel, and the general public;
  5. Learns new skills and technologies to retain proficiency in areas of expertise;
  6. Is dependable and punctual;
  7. Maintains a positive, friendly, and cooperative attitude and provides consistent customer service;
  8. Upholds all library policies and procedures as defined in Harford County Public Library’s Policies and Procedures Manual;
  9. Completes time sheet and other necessary forms and reports accurately and in a timely manner;
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.

In addition to the specific duties and responsibilities of this job, it is the responsibility of every employee to comply with the Harford County Public Library Values statement, customer service guidelines, and all other policies detailed in the Policies and Procedures Manual.

Minimum Requirements:

  1. Master of Library Science degree from an accredited ALA institution;
  2. State of Maryland Department of Education Professional Librarian Certification within six months of hire;
  3. Experience in library setting, preferably public library;
  4. Computer experience including reference databases and internet;
  5. Ability to work day, evening, and weekend hours.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of reference and readers’ advisory services;
  2. Thorough knowledge of reference sources and methods and ability to use said sources to research information for customers;
  3. Broad knowledge of a variety of types of literature, authors, and titles;
  4. Ability to develop and implement programs for children’s, young adults and adult services;
  5. Knowledge of electronic resources, including the Internet and database information retrieval;
  6. Ability to operate relevant computer systems, including hardware and software, current audio-visual equipment; and office machines;
  7. Organizational and planning skills;
  8. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written;
  9. Basic math skills.

Reporting Relationship: This position reports to the Branch Manager. Does not regularly supervise other staff. May supervise volunteers.

Work Environment:

  1. Work requires light physical effort in the handling of light materials, up to 30 pounds, in non-strenuous work environment. For example, pushing/pulling of library carts to move library materials within the department, and set up and break down of displays.
  2. Work also involves standing or walking up to 60% of the time.
  3. Observes safe work place practices with uncluttered workspace, including office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, proper lifting techniques and following fire regulations.
  4. Ability to travel to branch/outside locations, as necessary.

Employees who work less than 37.5 hours per week are categorized as Non-Exempt for purposes of establishing eligibility for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Compensation for overtime must be in compliance with the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual, Wage and Hour Law, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job. The library administration reserves the right to change, modify, delete, and supplement job duties based on the organizations needs.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
This and all library positions are eligible for system-wide transfer.
Harford County Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position: Librarian – Children’s Services

Location: Harford County Public Library, Aberdeen, MD

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

Position Summary: Performs professional librarian services including reference services within a branch and materials management responsibilities; assists individuals and groups in locating and obtaining materials and information; performs basic supervisory responsibilities for hourly staff as assigned; performs other duties as assigned. Meets minimum public service hours as defined by Library Administration.

Application Period: Posted December 6, 2018; Closing Date: January 6, 2019.

Work Week: 37.5 hours per week; Work schedule includes day evening and weekend hours.

Essential Functions:

Position Functions:

  1. Performs services within a branch, including but not limited to:
    • assisting the public in the use of library resources, including computer catalogs, indexes, computerized search systems, and the Internet;
    • searching online catalogs and shelves to locate information;
    • performing in-depth reference searches and performing readers’ advisory services;
    • planning, assembling, and arranging displays of materials to support popular topics;
    • conducting library tours and orientations;
    • providing information on library activities, facilities, rules, and services to customers;
    • providing library services to special populations and coordinating special programs such as summer readings, story times, or holiday programs;
  2. Performs materials management tasks and activities, including but not limited to:
    • assessing and evaluating assigned collections;
    • reviewing, selecting and ordering materials in print and non-print formats;
    • analyzing and interpreting statistical and community information as part of the selection process;
    • managing assigned selection budgets by following established finance procedures;
    • interpreting censorship and freedom of access issues as pertains to selection of materials for library customers;
    • keeping abreast of publishing trends for materials;
    • writing and compiling bibliographies and booklists;
  3. Prepare and compile required reports and statistics;
  4. Mentor professional and para-professional staff, as assigned;
  5. May:
    • develop training tools and conduct staff training;
    • plan, direct, or carry out special projects involving library promotion and outreach activities;
  6. Improve library leadership skills through:
    • Attendance at special workshops, classes, discussion groups, etc.
    • Performing reference and materials management activities in all service areas (A, J, YA) on a limited basis, as well as circulation activities;
    • Other opportunities as presented;
  7. May supervise hourly staff (part-time hourly and substitute).

Supervision Functions:

  1. Supervises hourly reference staff, including reference substitutes, and other hourly staff or volunteers as assigned;
  2. Oversees the training of staff and volunteers, as assigned;
  3. Administers the Performance Recognition System (PRS), the library’s performance evaluation system, in accordance with published guidelines;
  4. Approves annual leave and checks and tabulates timesheets for assigned staff;
  5. Prepares monthly reports, meeting agendas, and monthly schedules;
  6. Interprets and implements system wide policies and procedures;
  7. Schedules and facilitates department/team meetings;
  8. Ensures staff receive and understand system and department communications via written or electronic format;
  9. May act as supervisor of team or work group and/or may supervise volunteers.

Standard Functions:

  1. Serves on committees and participates in workshops, seminars, and training as requested;
  2. Represents Library at various outreach activities, as needed;
  3. Notifies Supervisor with suggested ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of personnel and procedures and system-wide goals and objectives;
  4. Maintains good public relations with the community through contacts with public officials, community leaders, volunteers, Friends of the Library, appropriate school personnel, and the general public;
  5. Learns new skills and technologies to retain proficiency in areas of expertise;
  6. Is dependable and punctual;
  7. Maintains a positive, friendly, and cooperative attitude and provides consistent customer service;
  8. Upholds all library policies and procedures as defined in Harford County Public Library’s Policies and Procedures Manual;
  9. Completes time sheet and other necessary forms and reports accurately and in a timely manner;
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.

In addition to the specific duties and responsibilities of this job, it is the responsibility of every employee to comply with the Harford County Public Library Values statement, customer service guidelines, and all other policies detailed in the Policies and Procedures Manual.

Minimum Requirements:

  1. Master of Library Science degree from an accredited ALA institution;
  2. State of Maryland Department of Education Professional Librarian Certification within six months of hire;
  3. Experience in library setting, preferably public library;
  4. Computer experience including reference databases and internet;
  5. Ability to work day, evening, and weekend hours.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Thorough knowledge of the principles and practices of reference and readers’ advisory services;
  2. Thorough knowledge of reference sources and methods and ability to use said sources to research information for customers;
  3. Broad knowledge of a variety of types of literature, authors, and titles;
  4. Ability to develop and implement programs for children’s, young adults and adult services;
  5. Knowledge of electronic resources, including the Internet and database information retrieval;
  6. Ability to operate relevant computer systems, including hardware and software, current audio-visual equipment; and office machines;
  7. Organizational and planning skills;
  8. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written;
  9. Basic math skills.

Reporting Relationship: This position reports to the Branch Manager. Does not regularly supervise other staff. May supervise volunteers.

Work Environment:

  1. Work requires light physical effort in the handling of light materials, up to 30 pounds, in non-strenuous work environment. For example, pushing/pulling of library carts to move library materials within the department, and set up and break down of displays.
  2. Work also involves standing or walking up to 60% of the time.
  3. Observes safe work place practices with uncluttered workspace, including office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, proper lifting techniques and following fire regulations.
  4. Ability to travel to branch/outside locations, as necessary.

Employees who work less than 37.5 hours per week are categorized as Non-Exempt for purposes of establishing eligibility for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Compensation for overtime must be in compliance with the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual, Wage and Hour Law, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job. The library administration reserves the right to change, modify, delete, and supplement job duties based on the organizations needs.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
This and all library positions are eligible for system-wide transfer.
Harford County Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position: Assistant Branch Manager

Location: Harford County Public Library, Harve de Grace, MD

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

Harford County Public Library (HCPL) is celebrating 70 years of progressive and innovative library service and has been the recipient of The Daily Record’s Innovator of the Year Award 3 years in a row and 7-time Library Journal Star Library. HCPL has eleven branches, one administrative office and two outreach vehicles serving over 180,000 registered borrowers of all ages and has annual circulation of over 3.8 million. The Library is committed to connecting people with information and promoting the love of reading within the community.

Application Period: Posted: December 3, 2018. Closing Date: January 3, 2019.

Work Week: 37.5 hours per week; Work schedule includes day, evening and weekend hours.

Position Summary: Assists with managing the day-to-day operations, activities, and staff of the branch; directly supervises and oversees training for hourly reference staff, including reference substitutes and other hourly staff or volunteers as assigned; provides reference, collection and readers’ advisory services to the public; oversees, plans and implements children, young adult and adult programs; performs other duties as assigned. Meets minimum public service hours as defined by Library Administration.

Essential Functions:

Position Functions:

  1. Provides reference, collection and readers’ advisory services to the public;
  2. Ensures appropriate “transfer of training” and information sharing activities have been developed and implemented for reference staff having attended training or staff development activities;
  3. Assists in the development of branch staff schedules and, in conjunction with the Branch Manager, ensures accurate reflection of assigned reference tasks;
  4. Oversees, plans and implements children, young adult and adult services as assigned by the Branch Manager;
  5. Assists with overall branch management and oversees branch activities and personnel in the absence of the manager;
  6. Prepares reports as directed;
  7. Provides assistance and training on electronic resources to staff and patrons;
  8. Performs collection maintenance activities, including weeding and assessment; keeping collections up to date; and ordering items;
  9. Takes a leadership role in implementing changes and in fulfilling the goals and objectives of the library;

Supervision Functions:

  1. Supervises hourly reference staff, including reference substitutes, and other hourly staff or volunteers as assigned;
  2. Oversees the training of staff and volunteers, as assigned;
  3. Administers the Performance Recognition System (PRS), the library’s performance evaluation system, in accordance with published guidelines;
  4. Approves annual leave and checks and tabulates timesheets for assigned staff;
  5. Prepares monthly reports, meeting agendas, and monthly schedules;
  6. Interprets and implements system wide policies and procedures;
  7. Schedules and facilitates department/team meetings;
  8. Ensures staff receive and understand system and department communications via written or electronic format;
  9. May act as supervisor of team or work group and/or may supervise volunteers.

Standard Functions:

  1. Serves on committees and participates in workshops, seminars, and training as requested;
  2. Represents Library at various outreach activities, as needed;
  3. Notifies Supervisor with suggested ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of personnel and procedures and system-wide goals and objectives;
  4. Maintains good public relations with the community through contacts with public officials, community leaders, volunteers, Friends of the Library, appropriate school personnel, and the general public;
  5. Learns new skills and technologies to retain proficiency in areas of expertise;
  6. Is dependable and punctual;
  7. Maintains a positive, friendly, and cooperative attitude and provides consistent customer service;
  8. Upholds all library policies and procedures as defined in Harford County Public Library’s Policies and Procedures Manual;
  9. Completes time sheet and other necessary forms and reports accurately and in a timely manner;
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.

In addition to the specific duties and responsibilities of this job, it is the responsibility of every employee to comply with the Harford County Public Library Values statement, customer service guidelines, and all other policies detailed in the Policies and Procedures Manual.

Minimum Requirements:

  1. Masters degree in Library Science or other Master’s degree in an approved library related curriculum from ALA accredited institution. (Note: will consider applicants that will complete such program within six months from date of application.)
  2. Ability to obtain State of Maryland certification as a Professional Librarian within six months of hire;
  3. Two years related professional library experience, including direct information service and training of customers and staff on use of computers, databases, preferably in public library;
  4. Some supervisory experience;
  5. Ability to work day, evening, and weekends hours.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  1. Ability to gain advanced knowledge of Harford County Public Library policies and procedures;
  2. Ability to act as a representative of Harford County Public Library to the public;
  3. Extensive knowledge of branch practices and procedures;
  4. Thorough understanding of the relationship of the facets of children’s, young adult and adult services and the concepts necessary to develop strong cross services relationships;
  5. Expert knowledge of relevant electronic resources, including the Internet and database retrieval;
  6. Ability to effectively coordinate, supervise, train and communicate with other staff members;
  7. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other professionals;
  8. Ability to develop and implement programs in children’s, young adult and adult services
  9. Extensive knowledge of modern research and investigative techniques and procedures;
  10. Ability to keep relevant parties informed of all major issues and programs and to recommend changes as appropriate;
  11. Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records;
  12. Ability to prioritize and multitask;
  13. Ability to operate relevant computer systems, including hardware and software, and office machines;
  14. Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.

Reporting Relationship: This position reports to the Manager I – Branch or Manager II – Branch-. Directly supervises para-professional staff. May supervise volunteers.

Work Environment:

  1. Work requires occasional physical effort in handling of materials, up to 30 pounds, in non-strenuous work environment. For example, set up and take down of tables, chairs or other equipment for meetings or events, pushing/pulling of library carts.
  2. Work also involves standing or walking up to 60% of the time.
  3. Requires sitting and use of computer and keyboard for extended periods of time.
  4. Observes safe work place practices with uncluttered workspace, including office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, proper lifting techniques and following fire regulations.
  5. Ability to travel to branch/outside locations is required

Employees who work less than 37.5 hours per week are categorized as Non-Exempt for purposes of establishing eligibility for overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Compensation for overtime must be in compliance with the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual, Wage and Hour Law, and the Fair Labor Standards Act.

The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job. The library administration reserves the right to change, modify, delete, and supplement job duties based on the organizations needs.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.
This and all library positions are eligible for system-wide transfer.
Harford County Public Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Position: Reference Librarian (2 openings)

Location: LAC Group, Bethesda, MD

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

LAC Group is looking for 2 Reference Librarians to support ongoing information dissemination efforts in disaster preparedness, response, and recovery. This is an exciting learning opportunity in the emerging field of disaster health information. This is a temporary assignment (start ASAP, contract ending Sep 2019) full time (40 hours a week; Monday to Friday) on-site opportunity. Must be a US citizen and able to pass a background check.

Responsibilities:

  • Updating and maintaining existing materials on health issues related to specific disaster topics or incidents
  • Updating and maintaining a website using a custom content management system (CMS).
  • Testing new website and CMS features and working collaboratively with technical lead and developers to troubleshoot issues and defects.
  • Ensuring all materials are Section 508 compliant
  • Selection, data entry, and writing annotations for disaster medicine and public health emergency grey literature database, https://disasterinfo.nlm.nih.gov/disaster-lit
  • Assisting partners, collaborators, and audiences by responding to inquiries; scheduling, planning, and attending meetings; meeting minute preparation, and corresponding via phone or email
  • Testing and review of disaster health databases and mobile applications    Assist in the updating and maintenance of existing training classes (online and in-person) and participation in disaster health information continuing education classes
  • Attending meetings with potential opportunities to interact with disaster medicine and public health professionals and librarians
  • Managing administration of Listservs
  • Monitoring of multiple RSS feeds, social media, and other resources for new material to add to a Disaster Lit
  • Monitoring, content development, and posting on the Twitter account, GovDelivery, and other tools for promoting agencies resources

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must be currently enrolled or a graduate of an accredited MLS program.
  • Excellent writing, editing, and proofreading skills. Writing sample required.
  • Demonstrated experience publishing content to Web sites, use of a content management system (CMS) preferred.
  • At least one year of professional level work experience
  • Demonstrated experience with Microsoft Office products

Preferred Skills / Experience:

  • Background in science, public health, allied health, emergency management desirable, but not required.
  • Experience with section 508 compliance highly desired, but not required.
  • Demonstrated experience with Google Analytics and/or other analytics software
  • Demonstrated professional experience with social media marketing
  • Demonstrated experience with basic HTML coding and code manipulation

Professional Skills:

  • Ability to work within a team environment and contribute to consensus-based decision making
  • Ability to identify, analyze, and solve problems creatively and independently
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and shift priorities as directed
  • Able to effectively work in a fast-paced environment with team members
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with people at every level
  • General computer and email skills

Position: Project Manager/Librarian
Location: Hedegelan Consulting LLC, Beltsville, MD

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

Primary responsibilities (Include but not limited to):
Full-time position requires 40 hours per week.

  • Provide on-site management and leadership of contract for collection maintenance and document delivery services
  • Responsible for contract performance, meeting performance standards, accurate reporting of statistics
  • Supervise seven full-time staff to ensure efficient operation of contract
  • Assess, manage, and improve workflow, adjusting to changes in technology, customer’s priorities, and fluctuating work volumes
  • Liaison with COR and designees
  • Interface with company management and subcontractor regarding staffing, contract performance, and operations issues
  • Coordinate collection management activitiesincluding ongoing collection cleaning and shifting, with the COR and designees
  • Prepare monthly narrative and statistical reports
  • Search and identify sources for difficult-to-find items in a wide range of disciplines and in all languages
  • Review and resolve interlibrary lending and borrowing problem requests
  • Monitor and report and/or resolve problems with interlibrary loan/document delivery systems
  • Respond to customer emails and phone calls
  • Oversee and review collection maintenance activities such as weeding, rehousing, and re-labeling collection materials

Minimum Education/Experience Requirements:

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science
  • Significant experience working in resource sharing/interlibrary loan/document delivery
  • Knowledge of interlibrary loan processes, best practices, and management
  • Experience with library systems (e.g., OCLC WorldShare, Relais, Voyager, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to troubleshoot technology, systems, and hardware problems
  • Demonstrated ability to plan, prioritize, coordinate, and implement projects
  • Knowledge of and experience with handling and maintaining a collection which includes material that is rare, old, and/or in poor condition
  • Strong commitment to customer service
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to contribute and collaborate effectively as a member of a team as well as lead a team
  • Knowledge of US copyright law as it applies to library services
  • Supervisory/leadership experience
  • Project management experience

Working Conditions

  • Work performed at a federal research library in Beltsville, MD
  • Working schedule 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday-Friday
  • No travel required
  • Lift and carry 25 pounds
  • Use library stools and ladders and retrieve or shelve material above head
  • Push book trucks with material weighing up to 200 pounds

Employment Requirements:

  • Must be able to pass a criminal background investigation
  • Must successfully complete a pre-employment drug test and comply with all requirements of the company substance abuse policy.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates can apply by sending their resume to apply@hedgelanconsulting.com