Three Positions: Maryland

Position: East Asian Cataloging Coordinator
Location: University of Maryland College Park-Libraries

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Independently performs original and complex copy cataloging of East Asian library resources in all subjects and formats, and for cataloging other text-based resources. Performs complex problem solving related to bibliographic database corrections and collection relocation. Applies relevant national, University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI), and local policies. Provides support for library staff for resolution of problems with bibliographic, holdings, and item records. Participates in planning and implementation of policies, workflows, and special projects to achieve departmental goals and objectives. Assists in the planning and management of assigned projects; on occasion may take a leadership role on a project. Participates in committees and group activities in the department, division, and University Libraries.

Bachelor’s degree, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking one East Asian language (Chinese, Japanese, Korean).


Minimum of three years of relevant experience in libraries with a minimum of two years of cataloging and/or database maintenance experience. Ability to catalog resources in multiple formats. Proficiency with searching and retrieving bibliographic records in integrated library systems. Ability to manage and prioritize a broad variety of tasks. Understanding of technical services operations and emerging cataloging issues and trends. Proficiency with the Windows interface, desktop computer applications, and a major email client. Ability to work in the environment described in “Physical Demands.” Ability to take direction, as well as work independently, as part of a unit and department in a production-oriented, quality focused, dynamic environment. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Evidence of strong customer service orientation. Working knowledge of Library of Congress Romanization schemes for East Asian languages.

Position: Librarian III
Location: Oxon Hill Branch, Prince George’s County Memorial System, MD
Salary: $64,420.00 – $74,055.00 Salary/year

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

The Prince George’s County Memorial System (PGCMLS) is seeking a new and experienced librarian to manage the adult services department at our Oxon Hill Branch. This position supervises staff in supervisory line, monitors and evaluates job performance, oversees staff training and development, manages department staff weekly schedule, oversees programming for library customers, promotes library services and collections, provides reference and reader’s advisory, maintains library collection and places orders for new books and materials, manages customer relations, resolves escalated customer issues and conflicts, and performs other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to gain thorough knowledge of Prince George’s County Memorial Library System’s practices, policies and procedures.
  • Ability to act as a representative of Prince George’s County Memorial Library System’s to the public.
  • Considerable knowledge of literature, reference and information materials, publishers, and periodicals required.
  • Knowledge of public library reference tools, including web and database searching.
  • Strong communication and customer service skills.
  • Strong organization and problem-solving skills.
  • Maryland Professional Public Librarian certificate within six-months of hire required.

Education and Experience

  • Possession of a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program.
  • Three to five years of related experience including working in a library setting required.
  • Three years of supervisory experience required.

Position: Software Engineer
Location: Johns Hopkins University

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Job Req ID: 15536

General Summary/Purpose:
Johns Hopkins University has an immediate need for a Software Engineer to join our Library Applications team, supporting commercial, open source, and locally developed systems and online services. Top goals are to improve system reliability, data integrity, business processes, and user experience. There is a strong emphasis on collaboration and best practices.

*The Sheridan Libraries and University Museums are strongly committed to diversity. A strategic goal of the Libraries and Museums is to work toward achieving diversity when recruiting new staff and promoting existing staff. The Libraries and Museums prize initiative, creativity, professionalism, and teamwork. For information on the Sheridan Libraries, visit For information on Evergreen Museum and Library and Homewood Museum, visit

Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with vendors, open source software communities, and internal stakeholders to design, develop, deploy, maintain, and enhance front- and back-end systems supporting library services
  • Contribute to a small, highly efficient team by following best practices for development, deployment, and documentation, emphasizing stability, reliability, and ease of maintenance
  • Follow agile, user-centric development approach, emphasizing accessibility and evidence-based design
  • Coordinate software releases to minimize risk and inconvenience to staff, faculty, and students
  • Provide prompt support for internal stakeholders by investigating and resolving problem reports

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Five years of work experience with enterprise-level systems maintenance and software development, demonstrating significant responsibilities and achievements
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and creatively in a software team environment using an agile development process, and to communicate effectively with non-technical stakeholders
  • Strong proficiency in one or more common programming languages such as Ruby, Python, Java, or JavaScript
  • Extensive experience with software development best practices, including provisioning, collaborative development and version control, testing, and deployment tools and procedures

Minimum Qualifications (Mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s degree (Additional experience may substitute for education and additional education may substitute for experience. 30 undergraduate degree credits or 18 graduate degree credits = 1 year of experience)
  • Five years of related work experience with computer systems and applications

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ruby on Rails
  • React
  • NodeJS
  • Python
  • REST API development
  • Java
  • Continuous integration procedures using Docker, Ansible, Jenkins, or similar tools.
  • Software development and life-cycle management in an academic library or cultural institution
  • User-centered design and accessible web design
  • Familiarity with common tools and technologies used in library applications, including Blacklight, Solr and Elastic Search, SFX, and traditional Library Management Systems such as SirsDynix Horizon

Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Systems Supported:

The software engineer will have primary or secondary (backup) responsibility for vendor-hosted and locally hosted systems used in the following functional areas:

  • User authentication (EZproxy and Shibboleth)
  • Inter-library loan (ILLiad, Relais)
  • Course reserves (ARES)
  • Citation linking (Umlaut open source software and related SFX knowledge base)
  • Catalog and discovery (Horizon and Blacklight)
  • Special collections materials management (Aeon)
  • Locally developed Database List system based on the FOLIO platform