One Position: Maryland

Position: Research Librarian

Location: Thurgood Marshall Law Library, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Come join the Thurgood Marshall Law Library at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law– ranked as one of America’s Best Large Employers (Forbes Magazine 2021)!  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 Research Librarian is an essential member of the library’s Research Services team. This entry level position provides research support to faculty, reference services for library patrons, and teaches in the required legal research program.  Librarians may cover on-call daytime, evening, and/or weekend reference.  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:

  • Work with faculty and research assistants to provide research support for faculty scholarship.
  • Provide reference services to all library patrons (e.g., on-call daytime, evening, and/or weekend coverage).
  • Teach sections in the required legal research program.
  • Deliver research sessions on library resources and services as needed. 
  • Participate in professional, campus, or consortial library activities.
  • Create and maintain research guides.
  • Partners with other members of the research services team to develop solutions 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 completed before start date.
  • Strong customer service orientation and interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility.
  • Collaborative approach to problem solving and working across teams and departments.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to prioritize and complete tasks in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills. 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a law library.
  • One (1) year of related experience.
  • Experience working with faculty and/or supporting faculty scholarship.
  • Teaching experience and familiarity with different formats (e.g., in person, virtual)
  • Experience using learning management systems, video conferencing platforms, and instructional technology applications.

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. The position is a 12-month library faculty appointment. 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 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 July 17, 2022.

UMB requires all faculty, staff, and students to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be processed through Human Resources.

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