Maryland: One Position

Position: Head, Research Commons
Location: University of Maryland, College Park

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

This is a full-time permanent status track librarian position in the Research, Teaching, and Learning Department with responsibilities for overseeing the Research Commons. The Head of RC will expand on the educational mission of RC, including development and coordination of workshops and events; maintaining and developing services for researchers of all levels, from undergraduate students through faculty, (for example, IRROC and copyright assistance); putting forward marketing campaigns to promote RC; establishing measures and assessments in determining value; and assuming leadership for the development and support of a cohesive digital scholarship service, incorporating GIS, data visualization, data research and OER in accordance with the Libraries’ strategic priorities. The Head of RC will advise and contribute to the developments of commons models across the University of Maryland Libraries, including those at STEM, MSPAL, and TLC units, and provide leadership to their unit by supervising RC staff members.

Duties include actively engaging with colleagues across the Libraries and the campus community in developing and maintaining partnerships, services, and spaces; developing a strong understanding of research needs on campus in order to enhance service models; creation of assessments to determine awareness of the services, overall satisfaction, and suggestions for improvement; drafting strategic goals for the Research Commons; developing a plan for the comprehensive and coherent digital scholarship services. The Head of RC actively participates in services and collections related activities for assigned subject responsibilities, including collection development and management, provides instruction and in-person and virtual reference services, and promotes services available through the Libraries.

The Head of RC is an active member of Research and Academic Services (RAS) division, contributing to divisional initiatives and leading specific projects in collaboration with other RAS units (e.g., TLC), and with other units in the Libraries (e.g., Digital Programs and Initiatives). In addition, the librarian works with the Director of RTL and other RTL unit managers to enhance cooperation between units and to develop and maintain a departmental culture that is inclusive, equitable, diverse, customer-centered, and responsive to changes happening in academic libraries and higher education.

For the full position description and faculty requirements, please go to opportunities/staff-faculty-positions.


Master’s degree in library science from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association or equivalent professional degree with relevant library experience.
Three years of professional experience in an academic research library with demonstrated increase in responsibilities.
Demonstrated experience working effectively and creatively with academic faculty, students and library faculty and staff.
Experience with research/information and instructional services, particularly in developing large-scale instructional programs.
Experience or aptitude for developing new research-based programs and services with broad appeals to large and diverse audiences.
Experience or aptitude with digital tools, data collection, data visualization, data research, and web and information technologies.
Experience with open educational resources (OER), open access and academic integrity.
Experience or aptitude to plan, deliver and maintain complex projects and strategic initiatives.
Experience with designing measures and assessments to determine value, experience with a variety of assessment tools.
Subject background in assigned disciplines demonstrated through academic degrees, course work, or substantive experience.
For the full position description and faculty requirements, please go to opportunities/staff-faculty-positions.