Two Positions: Maryland

Position: Research/Instructional Services Librarian
Location: Salisbury University
Salary: $58,000 – $64,000

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Salisbury University is seeking a creative, dynamic, and collaborative applicant to join the staff of the SU Libraries as a Research/Instructional Services Librarian reporting to the Chair of Research/Instructional Services. This is a full-time, 12-month permanent status track library faculty position expected to begin in summer 2022 or as soon thereafter as possible.

The Salisbury University Libraries were ranked in the top 20 college libraries nationwide in 2021 by The Princeton Review. The Libraries comprise the main campus library and the Nabb Center for Delmarva History and Culture, both of which are located in the state-of-the art Guerrieri Academic Commons, and the Curriculum Resource Center, located in the Seidel School of Education’s building. The SU Libraries are user-oriented with relatively small collections but a dynamic staff with a deep commitment to meeting the information needs of our students and faculty. We are committed to providing services, collections, and programs that promote affirmation, respect, inclusion, and understanding.

Primary Job Duties: Serve as the librarian liaison to academic departments in the Perdue School of Business. The librarian will be responsible for instruction, collection development, and other support for the liaison departments’ teaching and research-related information needs, including supporting the new general education requirements. Creative and effective instruction is especially important. Participate in providing face-to-face and electronic reference services, including some evening and weekend hours. Cooperate with other librarians in library-wide instructional activities, such as developing activities for and teaching sessions of freshman English classes. Serve on committees and task forces and be active professionally. RIS Librarians at SU also typically assume primary responsibility for coordinating some area of activity, such as scholarly communications, reference desk, instruction, or social media; what that area will be for this position will be a subject for discussion, and training will be provided, as needed. Contribute to the Libraries’ diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts.

Minimum Qualifications: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent degree from a foreign institution by start date. Demonstrated knowledge of principles and best practices in information literacy instruction. Demonstrated knowledge of business reference sources and best practices in reference service. Technological fluency, a willingness to stay up to date with library trends, and the ability to be flexible are absolutely essential. Must be committed to contributing to a culturally diverse educational and work environment.

Preferred qualifications: Undergraduate or graduate degree in business or substantial coursework in business or experience as a business librarian. Reference and instructional experience in an academic or research library. Excellent interpersonal, presentation, and communication skills.

Position: Systems and Instruction Librarian
Location: University of Maryland, Baltimore

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Come join the Thurgood Marshall Law Library at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law- ranked this year as one of America’s Best Employers (Forbes Magazine)! The law school campus is located in the heart of historic downtown Baltimore, steps away from a daily rotation of food trucks, seasonal farmer’s market, one of the oldest indoor markets in the country (Lexington Market), Camden Yards, and the Inner Harbor. The university’s shuttle provides easy access to other parts of the city. Baltimore has a rich history as a major transportation hub with the intersection of its seaport and the oldest railroad in the United States (Baltimore & Ohio). The economy has since shifted from industry and trade to knowledge and service. As a thriving intellectual hub, it is home to numerous academic campuses and libraries. With easy access to mountains and beaches, a quick drive or train ride to Philadelphia, New York, DC, and multiple airports, Charm City lives large.

The Thurgood Marshall Law Library is committed to innovation from playing an instrumental role in the robust, required legal research instruction program to the digitization of unique civil rights collections. We welcome applicants who are interested in building on this foundation and helping to lead forward-thinking initiatives that align with the university’s core values: respect and integrity; well-being and sustainability; equity and justice; and innovation and discovery.

Job Summary:

The Systems and Instruction Librarian is an essential member of the Collection Services team and is responsible for managing the integrated library system (ILS) and other information systems (e.g., proxy service, resource sharing, discovery platforms). This position also oversees the management of library electronic resources ensuring sustainable, intuitive, and accurate access. Librarians cover on-call daytime, evening, and/or weekend reference as well as teach in the required legal research program. This position is a 12-month library faculty appointment. The successful candidate will be expected to meet library and university requirements for permanent status and promotion.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Serves as the administrator and technical lead for the library’s ILS and other collection management and discovery systems.
  • Maintains library electronic resources across multiple platforms.
  • Ensures effective access to the library’s collection in all formats through high-quality metadata and discovery services.
  • Leads the development of systems policies and procedures as needed to ensure efficient use and management of library information systems.
  • Manages incoming data feeds (e.g., acquisitions and other data, bibliographic records, holdings and item data, patron data).
  • Adapts information systems and resources in support of evolving demands and priorities.
  • Gathers and reports statistics and data from library information systems to inform decisions related to library services and resources.
  • Oversees database maintenance to improve the functionality of library systems, services, and collections.
  • Participates in professional, campus, and/or consortial library activities.
  • Provides reference services to all library patrons.
  • Teaches in the required legal research program.
  • Develops solutions within the context of library information systems and resources to meet the evolving needs of the Carey Law Community.

Required Qualifications:

  • Juris Doctor from an ABA accredited program and a master’s degree in library or information science (or related) from an ALA accredited program
  • Demonstrated interest in integrated library systems, content management platforms, and/or other discovery systems
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies, adapt to change, and execute change management strategies and communication plans
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
  • Collaborative approach to problem solving and working across teams and departments
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to prioritize and complete tasks in a rapidly changing environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in a law library
  • Experience managing an integrated library system, a content management system, and/or other discovery systems
  • Knowledge of established and recent industry trends in search, discovery, and delivery systems
  • Experience with ILS migration
  • Ability to perform original cataloging when necessary
  • Teaching experience and familiarity with different instruction formats (e.g., in person, virtual)

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is competitive and is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Generous benefits include choice of retirement, medical, and dental plans; 22 days of annual leave; 15 days of sick leave; 3 personal days and 14 holidays. Regular employees, as well as their spouses and dependent children, may receive tuition remission for most programs at many campuses of the University System of Maryland. The position is a 12-month library faculty appointment. The successful candidate will be expected to meet library and university requirements for permanent status and promotion. A candidate with prior professional accomplishments may be considered for initial appointment at a level above Librarian I.

To Apply:

Application materials must include a CV/resume; cover letter which includes the source of advertisement; three references; and a separate signed/dated affidavit page (stating “I verify that my CV is current and accurate” – does not need to be notarized). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by May 19, 2022.