Three Positions: Maryland & Washington, DC

Position: Librarian II
Location: Loch Raven Branch, Baltimore County Public Library, Maryland
Salary range: $35,520-$55,111

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

At BCPL, staff members have the opportunity to enrich individual lives and build strong communities by delivering exceptional customer experiences, establishing meaningful partnerships, and creating innovative learning spaces. We seek enthusiastic, open-minded, self-motivated individuals who can work well independently and with others. BCPL circulates over 10 million items and provides library services through its 19 branches, 4 mobile library vehicles, and an extensive outreach network. If you are forward thinking and passionate about public service, consider joining BCPL in this position.

This is a full time position, working 40 Hours a week with some evenings and weekends.

Job Summary:
– 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.

Position: Interlibrary Loan Assistant
Location: Loyola Notre Dame Library, Baltimore, MD

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

The Loyola Notre Dame Library (LNDL) seeks an energetic, collaborative, and service-oriented person to join the Collections and Access Services Department, which includes Interlibrary Loan (ILL). The ILL Assistant borrows materials from other libraries, lends LNDL’s materials to other libraries, reviews workflows to ensure efficiency, and monitors emerging trends in ILL technology and services. Functioning as a member of a cross- trained Access Services unit, this position provides excellent customer service at the Library’s Help Desk, supervises student assistants, and tracks unit statistics. Reporting to the Access Services Librarian, the ILL Assistant works Monday through Friday in a fast-paced environment.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Processes all borrowing and lending Interlibrary Loan requests using ILLiad and Rapid ILL software in a timely manner, and follows national and international ILL standards and best practices.
  • Communicates with students, faculty, staff, and other libraries promptly to fill borrowing requests and resolve lending questions. Seeks guidance from the Access Services Librarian when appropriate.
  • Collaborates with Access Services staff to train and supervise ILL and Help Desk student assistants.
  • Maintains patron privacy online and in person, and models appropriate behavior for student assistants.
  • Assists the Access Services Librarian in recommending, formulating, and implementing policies and workflow procedures to continuously improve ILL services for Library users. Maintains up-to-date documentation of workflow procedures.
  • Collects and records ILL statistics in support of annual reporting requirements and to support data informed changes to services, programs, and the user experience.
  • Uses Aleph Integrated Library System to manage circulation functions including material check out, recalls, and returns, and maintains circulation data.
  • Provides excellent customer service at the Help Desk on the phone, in person, and online.
  • Possesses a positive attitude, ability to be future-oriented, and embraces change.
  • Must have flexibility to work a varied schedule during exam weeks.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Position: Library Technician
Location: Inventory Mgmt & Doc Fulfillment Section in Library Services, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $52,068 to $67,687 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Inventory Mgmt & Doc Fulfillment Section in Library Services. The incumbent is responsible for a variety of activities in support of collections inventory control and tracking, both behind-the-scenes activities, e.g. problem resolution, quality control, searching collections storage areas for items not readily found or for which a problem might be present, support of the inventory program; and for direct public service, e.g. staffing a circulation station.

Conducts searches in order to identify and resolve problems with library materials generated by collections integrity programs, the transfer of collections from Capitol Hill to off-site storage locations, especially Ft. Meade, special projects and the review of incoming materials. Problem resolution may entail searching collections storage and processing areas for items that are not readily found primarily because of labeling, cataloging or other problems impacting retrieval.

Identifies and searches for requested items that are vague or not readily found, using an extensive knowledge of bibliographic tools and procedures.

Serves as an expert in the full range of reference and bibliographic tools, both manual and online, e.g. the LC ILS and other automated files, the card shelflist, the Official Catalog, national bibliographies to identify vague or fragmentary entries. Identifies and notes errors in the LC ILS record which may require editing of the entry.

Forwards items and notes to the appropriate LC unit to correct the online record. Uses a sound knowledge of the flow of materials through the processing channels of LC, and traces materials which may be at any stage of the processing cycle. Reviews and verifies holdings information in the Shelflist and other available databases, both manual and online. Annotates holding information on the Shelflist cards when necessary. Notifies appropriate personnel of mistakes found on Shelflist cards.

Reviews items forwarded to the Section and/or on the shelves that are mislabeled, mis-cataloged, and/or in need of further investigation. Makes the necessary notations to reflect needed or suggested changes. Forwards items to appropriate unit within the Library for correction. Performs complex searches to identify the relationship of the piece in hand to the collection as a whole. Forwards misrouted materials to the appropriate custodial divisions. Makes recommendations on items which may be removed from the Library’s permanent collections using guidelines prepared by the Library’s Selection Officers and Acquisitions Policy Statements. Identifies and processes superseded volumes which have been revised, recompiled or replaced by later dated volumes or editions. Determines items in need of preservation treatment such as boxing, rebinding, and re-housing using established guidelines and procedures. Supports inventory management programs by providing quality control of contractors and Library staff.

Bibliographic/Holdings/Item Records. Searches and identifies bibliographic records in the online catalog for items in the Library’s collection that are being prepared for circulation. Creates holdings and/or item records where none are already present. Creates basic descriptive cataloging records for items that are not found in the Library’s online catalog, suppressing these records from view in the public catalog.

Assigns custodial locations when creating new records for materials assigned to locations other than the general collections. Updates existing cataloging records to correct item-specific errors such as call number and location data. Marks duplicate holdings and item records for deletion. Links the barcode on the physical item to the bibliographic record to create an inventory record for that specific item.

Patron Records. Searches and identifies patrons in the Library’s circulation module in preparation for charging material or updating records. Where necessary, creates new patron records and updates existing records, coordinating closely with the Accounts Unit..

Inventory Control and Circulation. Checks out books to the public and Library staff according to the Library’s regulations and security procedures. Creates inventory and patron records as necessary. Checks out books to offsite loan patrons, creates inventory records and, as necessary, patron records.

Receives items referred by staff reviewing new, rebound and relabeled materials coming into the general collections in which a potential problem has been identified. Resolves problems by performing such activities as comparing the accuracy of the label and spine markings on the book in hand with information in the LC ILS Item and Holdings records. Where a discrepancy is found to exist, does the necessary searching/problem resolution to identify what the problem is and what the solution(s) may be.