Two Positions: Maryland

Position: Emerging Technologist
Location: Administrative Offices – Towson, Baltimore County Public Library
Salary: $36,230-$56,214

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

Job Code: 2021-324
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. All Administrative Offices staff may be required to work evenings, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year as a part of the normal work schedule.

Job Summary:

  • Conducts research on current and emerging technologies to make recommendations to Virtual and Media Services Manager for evaluation of future services for customers.
  • Collaborates with Virtual Services Coordinator, the Virtual and Media Services Manager, and the Planning and Project Manager to address gaps in library services relating to digital equity of constituents.
  • Updates and maintains emerging technology equipment used in assisting customers in achieving technology education equity, such as: 3D printers, laser cutters, library robots, gaming laptops, soldering gear, Raspberry Pis, etc., and other items not supported by the County’s Office of Information Technology.
  • Provides training for both internal and statewide library staff on basic trouble shooting and maintenance of emerging and other library technology equipment that is housed at branches or library makerspaces, such as: VR stations, Xboxes, Playstations, 3D printers, Cricut machines, etc.
  • Collaborates with Media Services staff to research and maintain new equipment and software including drones, improvements for the sound both, and augmented reality asset creation.
  • Conducts Artificial Intelligence research and provides trainings, both internally and externally on the use of this technology and its impact fro library systems and customers.
  • Collaborates with Emerging Technology Specialist in conducting research and provides information to department on traditional technologies that  may help resolve customer technology issues, including easy-to-use smartphones, setting adjustments that would promote  simplified use of mobile and PC OS operation.
  • Conducts research and provides input into the use of library robots in helping staff and customers navigate difficult social/emotional situations, programs library robot to complete tasks relevant to education.

Job Requirements:

  • Must have an Associates’s degree and a minimum of five (5) years of experience or Bachelor’s degree and minimum of three (3) years of experience.
  • Related degree should be in Library and Information Science, Education, Technology, Engineering, or similar field.
  • Must be able to maintain and repair a wide array of technology gear, must learn new platforms quickly.
  • Working knowledge of JavaScript, C++, Python, and/or other programming Languages typically used in emerging technology environments.
  • Experience troubleshooting and fixing delicate electronics.

Position: Library Aid
Location: Air Force District of Washington, Andrews Airforce Base, MD
Salary: $11.75 to $11.75

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.


About the position:
This position will be assigned to the Library at Joint Base Andrews, MD 20762.

Physical Effort:
Work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; recurring activities such as bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, and reaching.
Must be physically able to frequently lift boxes of up to 40 pounds.
Must be able to reach up to 72 inches with or without the assistance of a step stool.

Shelves books, magazines, and other library materials ensuring all materials are reshelf in correct order. Reviews the library collection to ensure library materials are maintained in correct order in their assigned areas. Checks condition of books in designated areas, removes obsolete/damaged materials for review by a librarian, and performs minor mending. Processes new, rebound, and reconditioned library materials for circulation and reference according to established procedures. Assists with annual inventory of collection. Assists with automated and manual circulation duties, registering and deleting customers, charging and discharging library materials, taking requests for reserves and interlibrary loans, and checking to ensure those requests are filled. Assists with processing overdues. Explains library rules to users and ensures that users observe library rules. Assists users in locating books and information using the Integrated Library System (ILS), online databases and other Internet resources and on the shelves, referring difficult questions to lead technician or librarian. Performs routine clerical tasks such as answering the telephone, taking messages, and referring callers or visitors to the appropriate staff member.