Five Positions: Maryland & Washington, DC

Position: Assistant Dean, Administrative Services
Location: University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the Assistant Dean, Administrative Services, provides strategic, administrative leadership in the areas of financial management, budget and business services, facilities management, and human resources management, all of which includes communication and application of related University and library policies and procedures. The incumbent may also serve as the Acting Dean in the absence of the Dean and Associate Deans, and is responsible for responding to the needs of faculty, students, staff, and the public.

This position provides strategic leadership and oversight for assigned areas in the position’s portfolio, but also contributes significant hands-on work related to strategic planning, implementation, and assessment. The Assistant Dean directly supervises 3.0 FTE exempt employees and has administrative oversight responsibility for a total permanent staff of 11, plus student assistants. The incumbent serves as a member of the Libraries’ senior-level Administrative Leadership Team (ALT) and Library Management Group (LMG). The position provides leadership as the administrative sponsor for the Libraries’ Safety and Security Committee and other working groups as needed, and participates in appropriate professional development activities to stay current with trends and best practices in academic libraries.

Position: Branch Manager
Location: Chesapeake City Branch, Cecil County Public Library, MD
Salary: $46,921.00 – $51,756.00

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.


Under the direct supervision of the Branch Services Manager, the Branch Manager leads and manages public services staff and operations of the Chesapeake City branch library, ensuring the development and delivery of a full range of highly responsive services and strategic priorities.


  • Manage the daily operations and staff of the Chesapeake City branch library. Provide leadership that supports and empowers staff to give outstanding service to the public in regard to circulating materials, programming, readers’ advisory, information, and technology assistance for library users of all ages.
  • Provide direct supervision, evaluation, and coaching to a staff of 2 full-time and 3 part-time staff.  Ensure the delivery of performance management methods and systems.
  • Via effective verbal and written communications, facilitate regular staff meetings and provide training as needed.
  • Lead the implementation of system and local marketing initiatives at the branch level.
  • Work with the Branch Services Manager to establish and achieve branch performance goals within overall system goals.
  • Collaborate with Materials Manager and selectors, along with Adult and Children’s department staff to develop, maintain and evaluate the branch’s collections, ensuring a full-service, relevant collection for patrons of all ages.
  • Interpret, explain and implement the policies and procedures of CCPL and ensure they are carried out in the branch.
  • Coordinate branch scheduling within parameters of staffing budgets.
  • Serve as the key liaison to the greater Chesapeake City community, civic groups, and town government.
  • Coordinate and evaluate branch outreach that meets the needs of the Chesapeake City community.
  • Ensure library facilities are well-maintained and safe per CCPL standards; routinely monitor, maintain, and report facilities issues to administrative staff.
  • Manage and/or coordinate the implementation of branch projects.
  • Effectively resolve patron concerns and issues.
  • Participate in interviewing and hiring of staff.
  • Ensure the maintenance of accurate service statistics; compile and prepare reports, data, and other written work.
  • Serve on internal and external committees.
  • Participate in local and statewide initiatives, training, and associations.  Attend seminars, workshops, and continuing education activities.
  • Provide daily coverage at public service desks within the branch.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Position: Half-Time Law Reference Librarian (Weekends and Evenings)
Location: University of Baltimore, Law Library
Salary: $28,175 to $36,500

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

Faculty position with benefits package
Half-time, 20 hours/week, evenings and weekends

The part-time law reference librarian provides superior professional reference service for the law library on evenings and weekends. The law reference librarian provides this service to a range of patrons including members of the university community, students from other law schools or colleges, lawyers, and the general public.

We look forward to receiving your required electronic application with a cover letter and resume and learning about your interest in and qualifications for our vacancy.  Please save your required cover letter and resume as one document and attach it in the resume location.

The part-time law reference librarian must have excellent research skills and possess thorough knowledge of available legal resources both in print and online.  The reference librarian answers questions and helps users identify, locate and obtain the material they need. This includes explaining how to find materials using the online catalog; demonstrating how to locate needed materials within a source; and answering complex reference questions for patrons of the library.

The reference librarian assists law students with bibliographic instruction by teaching students research techniques in the library.  Additionally, the reference librarian handles special projects including:
•    Compiling print and web-based bibliographies for law school faculty and/or their classes;
•    Participating in library outreach and marketing, including social media; and
•    Giving lectures and tours to students, faculty and visiting groups.

Key Responsibilities

•    Working as part of the reference team, provides reference, research, and instructional services to the Law School community, including students, faculty, staff, and members of the bench, bar, and public.
•    Participates in the staffing rotation for the reference desk, during evening and weekend hours.
•    Participates in the library liaison program which provides extensive library services to faculty, staff and student publications and organizations in order to support their scholarship, teaching, and administrative duties.
•    Participates in the library’s teaching activities, including developing web-based teaching, learning and research tools, including tutorials, course web pages, research guides, and instructional exercises.
•    Handles looseleaf filing problems including correcting filing problems and checking for and ordering missing pages.

Required Education and Experience

Education:      Master’s degree in Library Sciences and/or Juris Doctor from an ABA-accredited law school.
Experience:      One year’s experience in a professional library position.

Preferred Experience
•    One year’s experience on an academic law library staff.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

•    Extensive knowledge of legal bibliography and research methods.
•    Extensive knowledge of computer applications and databases for legal research, as well as common office software. Familiarity with new and emerging technologies.
•    Strong customer service orientation and eagerness to help.
•    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
•    Commitment to participating in professional and scholarly organizations and activities; pursuing personal professional development; and maintaining awareness of evolving trends in library and information science.
•    Physical requirements include:
o    Extensive keyboarding and operating other technology
o    Frequent manipulation of physical materials weighing up to 10 pounds
o    Occasional lifting or moving objects up to 20 pounds
o    The ability to communicate in an atmosphere with elevated ambient noise; and
o    The ability to escort patrons to resources throughout the library.

The University of Baltimore (“UB” or “University”) does not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender, race, religion, age, disability, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, or other legally protected characteristics in its programs, activities or employment practices. UB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Compliant Employer & Title IX Institution.

Position: Librarian (Law)
Location: Antitrust Division, Justice Department, Washington, DC
Salary: $57,510 to $90,461

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

This position is located in the Library Resources Staff of the Executive Office of the Antitrust Division. The Antitrust Division Library operates within the Justice Department (JMD) libraries network and is comprised of a large body of antitrust specific materials and a consolidated collection of materials specific to the Civil Division, to be used by staff nationwide.

Responsibilities: The incumbent serves as a Librarian (Law) performing research in the fields of business, economics, and law, with a specific emphasis on company, industry, and legislative history research. Responsibilities include:

  • Responding to a full range of complex or difficult inquiries, including those in a new or highly specialized field of knowledge (e.g. emerging industries), those regarding historical materials that are difficult to identify or locate, or for information that involves legal or specialized terminology.
  • Utilizing a variety of complex technical and specialized databases and other diverse sources to provide extensive legal and legislative reference services.
  • Utilizing one’s own knowledge various published and unpublished sources and electronic databases to answer specialized and/or technical questions and inquiries from clients.
  • Developing topical resource directories.
  • Answering reference questions, locating and selecting appropriate sources and analyzing them.
  • Evaluating the authoritativeness, currency, and relevance of the specialized information available on particular topics, issues, or problems.
  • Compiling electronic and paper information packets for clients (i.e., literature guides, resource directories, bibliographies).
  • Assisting in the maintenance of the library collection (i.e., multiple formats of research materials on federal laws, business, and economics).
  • Reviewing the veracity of the online library catalog with regard to what is on the shelf; editing and verifying catalog records for conformance with collection and established cataloging policies.
  • Reviewing a wide variety of brochures, websites, catalogs, and other sources to recommend new items and sources for possible acquisition; determining the quality of materials acquired from different sources and the need for new subscriptions and renewals.
  • Monitoring the quality of preserved materials to ensure adherence to established standards and specifications.
  • Teaching clientele about research tools through one-on-one or class instruction.
  • Developing and maintaining library web pages and electronic guides.

Position: Web Services & Discovery Manager
Location: American University, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Reporting to the Director of Access Services, the Web Services and Discovery Manager provides leadership, management, and coordination for the American University Library’s web presence in support of Library and AU strategic objectives. This includes management of the full range of information resources and access across web and mobile environments, along with a focus on enhancing discoverability of library resources. This position conducts user research and assessment initiatives for the Library’s online experience.

The Web Services and Discovery Manager is the expert and senior administrator for both the Library website and the University Library’s ExLibris cloud-based library discovery services platform (Primo VE). The discovery services platform seamlessly integrates next generation user interface with a wide range of library and academic systems for end-to-end, efficient workflows, and advanced harvesting and normalization capabilities. In addition, this position oversees integrated web services and evaluation of the user experience as it pertains to the website and discovery service. The incumbent will implement, customize, and integrate web applications for the Library website and discovery services platform, develop or support applications to optimize discoverability of third-party research content, develop systematic processes for website usability testing, ensure that website and mobile applications are responsive and accessible. Additionally, collaborate with library personnel to facilitate, coordinate, and communicate internal changes and developments with the Library website and discovery services. Finally, works closely with external campus partners and stakeholders to ensure that the design, delivery, and operation of web services are optimal and in support of the needs of American University Library.