Two Positions: Maryland

Position: Library Director 
Location: City of Takoma Park
Salary: $108,000 to $120,000 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

The City of Takoma Park is currently seeking a Director for our brand-new, state of the art library, currently in the design approval stage. Our incoming Library Director should be a vibrant, forward-thinking leader to continue the great work that the Library staff has developed. The incumbent should be passionate about maximizing library services, empowering a space for community encounters and learning, cultivating partnerships with a diverse community, and optimizing technology and integrated library systems software programs.

This library is extremely unique as it is one of last few municipal libraries in the state, thus giving the Director the ability to be very autonomous. The department is City-run, and separate from the Montgomery County Library System, with the Director reporting directly to the City Manager. This gives the Director a large amount of latitude in creating an environment that cultivates personal interactions, growth, and learning.

The incumbent will have the ability to impact every part of the Library, including involvement with the construction process and management of the interim off-site library. They will also direct normal operations, such as approving book selections, developing programming, and training and development of seven full-time and six part-time staff.

During normal operations, our Library hosts an extremely robust calendar of events for both youth and adults, with various events on nearly every day, including: circle times in English, Spanish, and French; craft and yoga programs; pre-literacy programs; drawing and ‘comics jam’ programs; adult book discussions; ESOL book clubs; and discussions with authors and illustrators through a partnership with Politics and Prose Bookstore.

Our location, immediately next to both Takoma Park Elementary School (grades K-2) and Piney Branch Elementary School (grades 3-5) allows for regular field trips by teachers and students, and programming designed in coordination with the school curriculum.

We also have a computer center with twenty-seven (27) computers throughout a senior room, a quiet room, and a disability access station.

General duties of the position include:

  • Development of strategic goals and management of library operations;
  • Fiscal management, including development of budget recommendations and oversight of approved funds;
  • Management, training, and development of staff;
  • Maximizing community partnerships;
  • Representing the department with Friends of the Library and other community partners.

The City of Takoma Park is a small jurisdiction in Montgomery County, Maryland bordering the District of Columbia and Prince George’s County. Inhabited by a diverse and politically active population of 17,000 citizens, Takoma Park is known for its progressive policies, historic tree-lined neighborhoods, and independent businesses. We are proud to be a workforce of almost 200 full-time and part-time employees that are as diverse as the community we serve. We strive to maintain excellent customer service and responsiveness to our residents and everyone we work with. It is with this in mind that we seek to improve by championing quality and efficiency through a dedicated workforce and cooperative spirit.

Please visit to apply. Applying directly through the ALA job site will not constitute an active application. Please visit the City of Takoma Park website to apply.

Position: Collection Services Librarian 
Location: Goucher College

Originally posted on the SLA Career Center.

Goucher College’s Collection Services Librarian will report to the College Librarian. This position will provide leadership in developing, assessing, managing, and promoting user-centered, holistic collections to meet the current and emerging information needs of the Goucher community. They will establish new models of collection/content building and delivery.

The Collection Services Librarian will plan, implement, evaluate operations, establish policies and procedures, and set priorities in acquisitions and serials, electronic resources, and data gathering and statistics. This position will be expected to plan and monitor expenditures for library resources and related services.

The incumbent will manage the Integrated Library System, World Share Management, and serve as the official liaison with OCLC. They will participate in the library’s delivery of research and course-related instructional services as needed and serve as liaison to selected academic disciplines and develop subject-focused research LibGuides.

The Collection Services Librarian contributes to library-wide planning and promotes cooperation and efficiencies among libraries by serving on committees of regional and statewide academic library consortia.

Qualified candidates will have a Master’s Degree in Library Information Studies (MLIS), from an ALA-accredited institution, knowledge of MARC records and current cataloging standards and practices and 1 – 3 years experience.

Preferred candidates will have a second graduate degree; experience using the OCLC WorldShare Management System, particularly the Acquisitions, Collection Manager, and License Manager modules; experience using YBP’s GOBI platform.

Interprets and revises existing training policy and program guidance for use by others, including section, division, and/or directorate members. Independently plans, schedules, coordinates, and monitors the effectiveness of training operations. Solves problems in particularly difficult circumstances. Plans new or significantly updated methods of training, incorporating the latest in information technology. Prepares/edits instructor manuals, technical manuals, training manuals, or user manuals. Analyzes training needs at the section and division levels in order to identify or develop appropriate training. May also conduct formal classroom training as necessary.