Two Positions: Maryland

Position: Monographs Cataloger
Location: University of Maryland Libraries
Salary: $60,000 – $75,000

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

With collections including 4 million volumes and more than 40,000 serials subscriptions, the University of Maryland Libraries allocate 75 percent of its materials budget to electronic resources. Maryland ranks 39th among the 115 member libraries of the Association of Research Libraries and has an operating budget of $23.7 million. The University of Maryland Libraries benefit from being situated geographically within minutes of the nation’s capital and its departments, agencies, and research centers.

The Monographs Cataloger is responsible for: (1) Performing original and complex copy cataloging of monographs held by the University of Maryland Libraries, in all subjects and in various languages; (2) Creating and updating records following the standards of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, producing BIBCO and NACO records as appropriate; (3) Applying relevant national, University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI), and local policies; (4) Performing complex problem solving related to bibliographic database corrections; (5) Providing support for library employees for resolution of problems with bibliographic, holdings, and item records.

Reporting to the Director of Cataloging and Metadata Services, the Monographs Cataloger participates in planning and implementation of policies, workflows, and special projects to achieve departmental goals and objectives. This position assists in the planning and management of assigned projects; on occasion may take a leadership role on a project and is expected to participate in committees and group activities in the department, division, and University Libraries.

Librarians hold faculty status and contribute to the teaching, service and research mission of the University. As a member of the Library faculty, the Monographs Cataloger has an obligation to remain professionally informed, to pursue the discovery of new knowledge related to the field of expertise, to disseminate the results of scholarly work, and to seek opportunities for professional service at the Libraries, campus, state, or national level.

Position is appointed to Librarian Faculty Ranks as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. Applicant must meet the Libraries’ requirements for promotion, which includes a commitment to professional development, service, and self-directed research, scholarship, and/or creative activities. For additional information, consult the following website:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

The University of Maryland Libraries are committed to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. We support university and library efforts to create a more just campus environment, understanding the unique, interdisciplinary focus of libraries and archives as collectors and curators of the historical, literary, artistic, and scientific record. We provide collections, services, and programs that reflect the diversity of our community, heighten cultural awareness, and incorporate the histories, experiences, and expressions of those who have been historically marginalized and/or underrepresented. We work to ensure equitable access to our facilities, resources, and services.



Master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution or non-US equivalent, or a graduate degree in a subject area relevant to the position’s duties.


  • Minimum of three years of professional experience performing original and complex copy cataloging of monographs in an academic, research, or special library.
  • Knowledge of and proficiency with automated library systems, RDA and related policy statements, LC classification, LCSH and related thesauri, MARC 21 formats, and OCLC Connexion.
  • Understanding of technical services operations, Library of Congress cataloging practices and procedures, emerging cataloging issues and trends.
  • Ability to catalog European language materials.
  • Ability to manage a broad variety of tasks in response to varying time pressures with shifting priorities and changing constraints.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a congenial team environment and to interact effectively with a broad variety of personnel within and outside of the department.
  • Ability to communicate clearly, knowledgably and personably, orally and in writing, with all persons potentially affected by the scope of the work.
  • Evidence of strong customer service orientation.
  • Ability to meet standards for achieving permanent status.



  • Participation in PCC programs, especially NACO and BIBCO.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Familiarity with linked data models such as BIBFRAME;
  • familiarity with common metadata standards.
  • Experience in creating metadata for digital projects.

Position: Technical Information Specialist
Location: National Institutes of Health
Salary: $72,750 – $134,798

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

This is to fill Technical Information Specialist positions within the NIH Library. If you have experience providing information and data services in a biomedical library setting and want to play a significant role in a dynamic organization, then consider joining the NIH Library team. For more information, visit


  • Responsible for application administration and configuration of the library’s digital library applications to include the library catalog, link resolver, proxy server, document delivery ticketing, and support ticketing.
  • Tests and evaluates new or updated databases, software, modifications, or other changes to automated library systems.
  • Provides technical support for various functions including manual and automated metadata creation and management, and cross-walking metadata between standard formats.
  • Assists in designing and writing training plans, class manuals, web-based training modules, and publicity for the instruction program.
  • Participates in digital library development, automation, and maintenance projects, collaborating with stakeholders to determine project goals, optimal design strategy, and information architecture.
  • Participates in administering the technology infrastructure contracts, including the integrated library catalog; annual maintenance contracts for library-held hardware and software, and web development contracts.