Position: Director, State Law Library
Location: Maryland State Law Library
Salary: $121,878 (Note: A salary offer for a current state Judiciary employee will be determined using the “Salary Practices for State Judiciary Employees”)
The job shall be performed at the location directed by the employer. The assigned work location for this position is Maryland State Law Library, 361 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, MD 21401. The incumbent is required to report to work at that location pursuant to their work schedule unless allowed or directed to work at a different location for job-related reasons, at the sole discretion and authority of the Judiciary. Such alternate locations may include, but not be limited to: any court location or Judiciary facility within the state; any non-Judiciary facility, either within or outside the state, at which the incumbent is required to attend a conference, meeting, proceeding, training, or for other reasons; or, if allowed to telework by the Judiciary, an approved remote telework site.
As part of the Maryland State Law Library, you will be joining a progressive team of library professionals who are extremely excited about the future innovations of the State Law Library. Planning is underway for a new Courts of Appeal building, which will include a new home for the State Law Library. The selected candidate will play an integral role in the organization of the new library.
Purpose of Role: This position serves as executive administrator for all aspects of the Library’s operations. The individual in this position develops and implements plans and procedures that further the Library’s mission to serve “the needs of Maryland’s government and citizens by: building and preserving collections of legal information resources, promoting access to these collections, and creating educational opportunities that enhance the understanding of legal information.” In order to further the Library’s mission, the Director manages 16 professional and clerical staff members, providing direct supervision for five employees, and ensures the provision of effective and high-quality training and professional development opportunities for staff.
The Director is responsible for the long-range planning and the day-to-day management of the Library’s physical collections, including acquisitions, book stack maintenance and preservation processes. The Director serves as steward of the Library’s rare materials, including the John J. Audubon “Birds of America” prints and fragile documents and books. Additionally, the individual in this position provides both strategic direction and daily guidance for the acquisition and management of digital collections, such as library databases, digital preservation systems, online catalogs and the Judiciary-wide legal research database subscription.
The Director develops and implements the Library’s public services, ranging from chat reference referrals and document delivery to interlibrary lending and provision of content for the Library’s websites. The Library’s reference staff handles a large volume of reference interactions – for example, in the past year, the reference staff handled more than 13,000 such interactions. The Director also is responsible for creating and sustaining various educational initiatives, such as the People’s Law Library website, outreach services to public librarians, and legal research training programs. The Director identifies and maintains networking opportunities with other librarians and legal community stakeholders, as part of the Library’s outreach activities.
The Director evaluates and initiates improvements to the Library’s services, procedures, collections and equipment by soliciting guidance from the statutory State Law Library Committee and other Judiciary leaders. The Director prepares the Library’s annual budget and designs processes and procedures for streamlining library operations. The Director fosters professional contacts with others in the library and legal fields, follows professional and technological trends, and engages in strategic planning to implement Library initiatives.
Serve as the executive administrator for all aspects of the Library’s operations; represent the Library at professional events and functions; apply developments and trends in the law, librarianship and technology to the design and implementation of library services; create processes and procedures for streamlining library operations; prepare the Library’s annual budget; solicit guidance from the statutory State Law Library Committee and other Judiciary leaders; foster professional contacts with others in the library and legal fields; engage in strategic planning to implement Library initiatives.
Directly supervise five full-time, professional staff members, who in turn supervise an additional 11 staff members; identify and implement effective and high-quality training and professional development opportunities for staff.
Collection Development Responsibilities
Provide long-range planning and day-to-day management of the Library’s physical collections, including acquisitions, book stack maintenance and preservation processes; serve as steward of the Library’s rare materials, including the John J. Audubon “Birds of America” prints and fragile documents and books; plan for the preservation and conservation of library materials, especially those housed in the Library’s Special Collections Room; create collection policies and workflow processes that enhance Library customers’ efficient access to information; provide both strategic direction and daily guidance for the acquisition and management of the Library’s online databases and other digital tools and assets, including the catalog, digital preservation systems and the Judiciary-wide legal research database subscription; develop standards and policies for the acquisition, management and retention of electronic resources.
Access Services Responsibilities
Follow professional trends in librarianship and create and implement new services for Library customers; provide overall direction and management for all aspects of the Library’s public services, including reference work, interlibrary lending, document delivery, online catalog organization, promotional activities and development of the Library’s websites.
Educational Tasks and Outreach Duties
Address Library customers’ information needs by designing and implementing research training programs, including in-person classes and web-based courses; overseeing the development and management of the People’s Law Library website; possessing responsibility for maintaining ongoing training for public librarians on legal reference; sustaining contacts and networking opportunities with librarians and legal community stakeholders.
Education: Master’s degree in library or information science from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association.
Experience: Eight (8) years of progressively responsible professional law library experience, which must include four (4) years of experience managing staff.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
Knowledge of law library administration standards and practices.
Knowledge of legal information sources, including both print and digital materials.
Knowledge of best practices in legal reference services and an understanding of the legal information needs and interests of the general public, the legal community and the Judiciary.
Knowledge of the structure, scope and implications of digital information resources and architecture.
Knowledge of law library collection development principles.
Knowledge of budgeting processes and applicable rules and requirements related to purchasing and other fiscal transactions.
Knowledge of supervisory duties and human resources management.
Knowledge of legal information needs and interests of the general public, the legal community, and the Judiciary.
Ability to exercise sound judgment, discretion, and creativity in all management settings.
Ability to provide current information to Library staff and Judiciary leadership about developments and trends in the law and librarianship.
Ability to follow applicable requirements and procedures mandated by statute or regulation, the Maryland State Law Library Committee, and other Judiciary departments or entities.
Ability to communicate effectively, through speaking and writing, and foster cooperative and respectful working relationships with Library staff, Judiciary staff, and State government managers and colleagues, Library patrons from all walks of life, and library and legal community stakeholders.
Ability to understand the role that libraries serve in maintaining society’s legal and cultural memory.
Position: Library Collections Manager
Location: Frederick County Public Library
Salary: $72,397 – $86,876
Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.
Join the vibrant, community-minded team at Frederick County Public Libraries! We are seeking a creative, energetic, and visionary leader for our Library Collections Department. Located in West-Central Maryland between Washington D.C. and Baltimore, FCPL is a rapidly developing system. By facilitating the public’s freedom to explore, invent, and transform, FCPL connects people to ideas and to each other, helping to foster individual and community growth. This professional managerial and supervisory position is responsible for the general operation and management of the FCPL’s system-wide collection development, including the selection and acquisition of physical and digital library materials. Direct supervision is given to Materials Management and Technical Services staff. Supervision is received from the Associate Director for Support Services.
Master of Library Science degree from an American Library Association accredited program
Minimum 5 years of professional library work experience in a public setting, including at least 2 years (within last 5 years) collection development and/or materials management experience and/or technical services management experience.
Minimum 2 years work supervisory work experience
Possession of a valid automobile operator’s license
*Note: 2 additional years of professional work experience may reduce the education requirement to a Bachelor’s degree.
Deadline to apply: 4:00 pm November 22, 2021. For complete job description and to apply go to http://www.frederickcountymd.gov