AALL 2019 Annual Conference

By Jennifer Chapman, LLAM Grant Recipient to AALL 2019 Annual Conference

From the keynote address to the many sessions and roundtables to the networking and community-building opportunities, the overriding theme I encountered at AALL’s 2019 Annual Conference was the importance of access to information. Throughout the conference I felt inundated with information in the most welcoming and engaging ways. I was grateful for the opportunity to have access to so many resources and left the conference feeling a sense of responsibility to take everything I was learning, apply it to my work, and – most importantly – share it with others.

Shon Hopwood’s keynote address highlighted the importance of access to legal information in prisons. His story is not only one of redemption, but a story of how providing information resources can encourage knowledge and growth for the betterment of the individual and society. This point was further emphasized in the LISP/GLL/SR-SIS Roundtable on Law Library Services to Prisoners and Public Patrons, which focused on the PACER fees class action. I knew a bit about the class action, but hearing directly from individuals working on the case provided richer context as to why the case is so important. Professor Ross E. Davies of the Green Bag further emphasized the importance of providing access to information to the incarcerated in the session “What Librarians Can Learn from the Green Bag.” Professor Davies stressed that we need to write about the law in a way that is “easily and quickly digestible” for prisoners.

In addition to learning about why access to information is essential, I also learned about the ways AALL works to ensure libraries, librarians, lawyers, and the public have access to essential information. Prominently, the “AALL Public Policy Update” session not only gave an overview of the public policy work done over the past year, but also celebrated the accomplishments of Keith Ann Stiverson and Carl Malamud. Stiverson was awarded the 2019 Robert L. Oakley Advocacy Award for her advocacy work to make expand access to government information. She gave a brief and inspiring speech – mostly focusing on Robert L. Oakley’s accomplishments rather than her own. Prior to the session, I did not know who Stiverson or Oakley were; following the session, I had two new models of exemplary service to inspire me. Malamud and the nonprofit he founded, Public.Resource.org, received the 2019 Public Access to Government Information Award. He was not at the conference because he was traveling internationally for work promoting access to information.

The conference also highlighted the importance and, often times, difficulty of ascertaining and providing good, thorough, and correct information. For example, the session “The New Wild West: Assessing and Managing News in the 21st Century” focused on issues of fake news and how the 24/7, info-tainment news cycle has altered the information landscape. A number of sessions examined the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and other technologies that are also transforming the information landscape. I was happy to see so many people interested in how AI and emerging technologies can make information more accessible. I was also struck by the need for even more education to ensure that the people using these technologies understand the limitations as well as the benefits. This emphasized why the AALL conference is so important – continuous education and professional development is essential to protecting access to information.

The above only captures a snapshot of my AALL experience. Perhaps more important than the sessions and roundtables was the opportunity to meet and learn from law librarians and information professionals from around the country and realize there is a community of support. Overall, the 2019 AALL conference was a wonderful and enriching experience – plus, where else can you pet Percy the stress-relief dog, get a Justice Byron R. White Bobblehead, and hear Professor Ross Davies say: “It would be so cool if a [Supreme Court] justice sued the Green Bag.”

I am grateful to LLAM for giving me the opportunity to attend the 2019 AALL conference and for being my local community of support.

Justice Byron R. White Bobblehead

Justice Byron R. White Bobblehead

Percy, the stress-relief dog

Percy, the stress-relief dog

CONELL Recap

By Julia Roberts, 2019 CONELL Attendee, Thurgood Marshall State Law Library

Some of our newer LLAM members were able to attend the 50th annual Conference of Newer Law Librarians (CONELL), which was held July 13th as part of AALL’s annual conference in Washington, D.C.

The morning session included a hot breakfast and an opportunity to hear AALL President Femi Cadmus and newly elected Executive Board members share their advice about law librarianship. It was an easygoing, open atmosphere, with conversation ranging from tips on dealing with imposter syndrome to guidance on how to cultivate leadership skills in non-supervisory roles.

A brief speed networking session allowed attendees to learn more about each other and identify connections and friendly faces for the rest of the conference. A “Marketplace” session provided the opportunity to speak with representatives from Special Interest Sections and interest groups and learn about the work they do. Attendees were highly encouraged to join and participate.

After sharing lunch, attendees boarded tour buses for a relaxing and informative afternoon tour of the city, complete with a stop at the Lincoln Memorial.

CONELL is a great way to meet law librarians from all over the country who are experiencing many of the same challenges and uncertainties as they begin their careers in the field.

Four Positions: Washington, DC

Position: Research Analyst
Location: Eversheds Sutherland, Washington, DC

Originally posted on LLSDC Job Listings.

We have an exciting opportunity for a Research Analyst in the Washington, DC office at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP. We are searching for someone who wants to be a valued contributor and member of a talented and dynamic team of lawyers, paralegals and staff.

The Research Analyst will work with the Firm under the direction of the Director of Research Services to provide firm-wide research support, insight and guidance using the various electronic and print research resources available.

Responsibilities and Duties:

• Trains attorneys and staff on research resources to enhance insight, access to knowledge and efficiency.
• Participates in New Employee Orientation to acquaint new hires on the Research Department’s role, value to clients and research capabilities.
• Advises on best use of resources for a particular practice or individual needs, efficiency and cost effectiveness.
• Provides proactive research assistance and analysis to Firm departments and practice groups.
• Escalates any needs for additional research capability to the Director of Research Services to assess potential new resources for the firm.
• Advises on best use of resources and appropriate deliverables and outcomes for a particular practice group, administrative department, project or business need.
• Develops a deep understanding of all research tools in order to effectively match client needs with available resources.
• Maintains meaningful research statistics and reports on the value of outcomes and deliverables.
• Keeps meaningful time records, recovering costs where appropriate and contributing to billing.
• Additional duties and responsibilities as requested by the Director of Research Services.

Position: Research Analyst
Location: Hogan Lovells, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on AALL Career Center.

Knowledge plays a vital role at Hogan Lovells. The strategic purpose of the Knowledge team is to ensure that all those involved in delivering legal advice to clients have access to the knowledge and information required to deliver a technically excellent, efficient service; to devise new and innovative ways of sharing that knowledge with clients as part of client relationship management; to input knowledge into the firm’s continuous process improvement initiatives around legal service delivery; and to ensure that the firm is harnessing new technology to support those objectives.The Research Services team forms part of the Knowledge function. The team supports the firm’s excellence in service delivery and quality, and continues to support the efficiency and effectiveness of our lawyers. The team are always abreast of the latest legal and business news and their experience enables them to add valuable commercial context to research requests.The Research Analyst reports to the Senior Research Services Manager based in Washington DC.

• Provide high quality substantive research and reference assistance to attorneys using a range of legal, business and news online and print resources.
• Submit daily timekeeping reports with reference to client, business development and other administrative matters.
• Meet or exceed billable hour requirements as established annually.
• Act as a practice research liaison for one or more practice groups. Work closely with Knowledge Lawyers where applicable to provide orientations and training, promote and raise awareness of research tools and services.
• Develop and maintain knowledge of the available resources online and in print. Stay aware of new products in the research space, working to advance the firm’s innovation in the use of AI legal research tools.
• Deliver research skills, orientation and database training as required to lawyers and business services teams.
• Maintain research guides across subject areas to support attorneys and publicize research tools.
• Share knowledge and learning with colleagues in the US and global team and within internal knowledge solutions such as team wikis and knowledge databases.
• Participate and promote current awareness provision for attorneys and business services as required; utilize team resources to identify and deliver alerting solutions.
• Participate in the identification and review, trial/pilot, training and marketing of research products to lawyers;
• Develop and maintain relationships with lawyers and business services members at all levels of the business to promote the Research Services team.
• All members of the firm are expected to participate in our Global Citizenship program.
• And other duties as assigned.

Position: Supervisory Librarian (Law)
Location: Public Services Division, Global Legal Research Directorate, Law Library, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $137,849 to $166,500 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the Public Services Division, Global Legal Research Directorate, Law Library. The incumbent serves as the Supervisor of the Public Services Division of the Law Library of Congress and is responsible for the daily operations of the Law Library Reading Room. The incumbent serves under the administrative supervision of the Director of the Global Legal Research Directorate.

Responsibilities
The incumbent works highly independently, exercising considerable judgment and carries out duties and responsibilities in accordance with broad overall guidelines and policies.

Performs the administrative and human resource management functions related to the staff supervised. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff, which are clearly communicated through the formal employee performance management system. Observes workers’ performance; demonstrates and completes work performance critiques. Provides informal feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance. Resolves informal complaints and grievances. Prepares work improvement plans, recommending personnel actions as needed. Provides advice and counsel to workers related to work and administrative matters. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Reviews and approves or disapproves leave requests.

Responsible for advancing the objectives of equal employment opportunity (EEO) by taking positive steps to adhere to nondiscriminatory employment practices in regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability. Initiates nondiscriminatory practices for the area under his/her supervision in the following; (1) merit promotion of employees and recruitment and hiring of applicants; (2) fair treatment of all; (3) encouragement and recognition of employee achievements; (4) career development of employees; and (5) full utilization of their skills.

Reviews section’s services to ensure they meet professional standards and policy guidelines and are responsive to the needs of Law Library’s constituencies. Communicates LLC-wide strategic goals and priorities to employees within the section. Oversees the implementation and communication of policies, procedures, standards, and guidelines to staff. Provides ongoing consultation, guidance and advice to staff to ensure that staff focus on and provide appropriate services that best meet the needs of Law Library’s clients. Maintains the currency, comprehensiveness, and integrity of legal information resources by identifying, assessing, and organizing materials used and anticipated to be needed by the Public Services Division. Monitors the size, location, condition and security of the Reading Room collections. In the context of Law Library’s needs, works with the Collection Services Division to set priorities and policies for acquisition, storage and exchange of materials and disposal of excess assets.

Assignments consist of a broad range of information activities or require substantial depth of analysis, and typically require resolving problems in information access and dissemination in particularly difficult and responsible circumstances. Reviews and analyzes significant issues in information research and dissemination. Renders services to Members of Congress and their staffs, and officials inside and outside the Library of Congress and other Law Library constituents. Conducts research and analysis in topics in field of expertise, providing authoritative and definitive results. Provides in-depth analysis on complex questions, requirements, and priorities.

Initiates, establishes, and maintains professional relationships with librarians and other specialists in order to share resources and information as well as to coordinate workflow within Law Library. As a consultant, makes recommendations regarding major changes in program areas. Explains or presents specialized or technical information to individuals or groups with varying backgrounds or levels of experience.

Organizes, develops, and implements plans for specific projects. Directs and shapes the character and overall nature of projects. Oversees project from conception through development, production, and guidance to subordinate supervisors. Participates in planning work, including formulating goals and objectives, and identifying opportunities for improvements in methods and procedures. Manages a variety of functions simultaneously and with flexibility to work under competing demands and deadlines. Serves on committees and other groups involved in investigating new technologies and their possible application to library programs. Develops statements of work, deliverable and timelines for contractors, constituents and other non-employee-generated work.

The position description number for this position is 257078.

The salary range indicated reflects the locality pay adjustments for the Washington, D.C., Metropolitan area.

The incumbent of this position will work a flextime work schedule.

This is a supervisory, non-bargaining unit position.

Relocation expenses will not be authorized for the person(s) selected under this vacancy announcement.

Position: Digitization Manager
Location: Internet Archive, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

The Digitization Manager manages the business and staffing of two professional, high-quality scanning centers in the DC area. The Manager also works with a remote team of developers on deploying new scanning technologies internationally. The perfect candidate is someone with a lot of energy, a positive attitude, is mission-driven, has a passion for making information available, has an ability to work under pressure, and has experience working with and/or within the Federal government.

Eight Positions: Maryland

Position: Supervisory Librarian
Location: National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD
Salary: $137,849 to $166,500 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located at the National Agricultural Library in Beltsville, MD. The Supervisory Librarian serves as the Associate Director (AD) for the Data Production Division, providing administrative and management oversight for 3 branches. The AD develops and implements industry standards and leads efforts to infuse innovation into division functions – ranging from automation to artificial intelligence and natural language processing – to improve customer satisfaction and quality assurance.

Responsibilities

  • Participates in strategic planning and establishes policies, programs, plans and budgets for the National Agricultural Library (NAL), serving as a member of the executive leadership team
  • Collaborates with experts and key officials from government, academic institutions, private research foundations, and scientific organizations to create and manage agricultural and information sciences programs
  • Oversees the acquisition and processing of materials in agriculture and related disciplines, the creation of bibliographic metadata, the production and development of NAL’s Catalog Database and Thesaurus, and the digitization of physical collections
  • Reviews and evaluates program operations and budget accountability to ensure goals and objectives are being met; plans, schedules and sets priorities for the Division
  • Serves as both a first and second level supervisor of staff, responsible for filling vacancies, delegating tasks, providing training, evaluating performance, and motivating and guiding employees

Position: Discovery, Access and Collections Librarian
Location: Washington Research Library Consortium, Bowie, MD

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

SUMMARY: The Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) is a collaborative partnership with nine universities (American University, The Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, George Mason University, The George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Marymount University, and The University of the District of Columbia) providing innovative and cost-effective access to shared information resources, services and expertise.

The Discovery, Access and Collections Librarian plays a key role in achieving the WRLC’s vision and mission by advancing user discovery, enabling access to and fulfillment of the consortium’s shared collections and supporting the creation of coordinated collections. This position identifies and collaborates in implementing strategies and technologies that enhance discovery, access and fulfillment using a variety of platforms, most notably WRLC’s shared Alma and Primo VE environment. This position works in partnership with library and WRLC staff to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of discovery, fulfillment and resource sharing workflows, including for the WRLC’s Shared Collections Facility, a high-density storage facility. The Discovery, Access and Collections Librarian reports to the Director of Library and User Services.

The WRLC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. The WRLC offers a competitive benefits package. Visit http://www.wrlc.org/benefits for additional details.

Applicants must send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three (3) professional references to personnel@wrlc.org. Applications received by Friday, August 16 will receive first consideration. Visit http://www.wrlc.org/employment for positions available and employment information. The full position description will be found at: https://www.wrlc.org/employment/discovery-access-collections-librarian. An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background screening.

Position: Digital Asset Manager
Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts
Salary: $40,000-42,000

Full vacancy announcement is available on the CUA SLIS blog.

The Digital Asset Manager works as part of the project team responsible for the administration of NMWA’s digital asset management system (DAMS). The Digital Asset Manager assists the library director in creating policies and procedures, workflows, and user guides to use with the DAMS and future digitization projects. This individual is also responsible for reviewing and organizing all images on the network drives, adding appropriate metadata, and beginning the process of digitizing items and preparing selected items for public access. This is a four-year contract position.

Position: Part-Time Substitute Librarian
Location: NIH Patient Library, Bethesda, MD

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

Contract management firm seeks part-time substitute librarian, on an as-needed, on-call basis, for weekday shifts at Patient Library, NIH, Bethesda Campus. Schedule is primarily 10:30 AM to 3:30 PM, with some flexibility, working under the supervision of an experienced patient librarian. Duties include staffing circulation/information desk; responding to patient and caregiver inquiries with utmost courtesy, updating patron database on Follett library software, and performing other duties as assigned.

Required qualifications include an MLS degree from an accredited program, excellent customer service, communication and interpersonal skills, strong public service orientation and an optimistic, caring and kind disposition. Individual must be current on all immunizations and provide results of a recent Tuberculin skin test before hire. Applicant must also be able to pass a government background check. Spanish language skills are helpful. EOE. Send resumes and cover letter by August 15th to Marie Kaplan, Librarian, NIH Patient Library, by email, mkaplan@cc.nih.gov. No phone calls please.

Position: Community Branch Manager I
Location: Deale Community Library, Anne Arundel County Public Library
Salary: $63,090 – $111,341

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

Responsibilities include: Professional, managerial level work in supervising the operations of a community branch, serving as a member of the Library’s management team and advocating for library services. Works as a professional librarian to provide direct public service.

Minimum Qualifications: Possession of a Master’s Degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited program and six years professional experience in the provision of public library services, including four years of supervisory experience. Bilingual Spanish skills desired.

Position: School Library Experiential Learning Coordinator
Location: University of Maryland, Baltimore
Salary: $12,000/year, .20 full-time appointment

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

The Certificate in School Librarianship (CSL) is an 8-course, 18-month, online program which qualifies graduates to be certified as school librarians/library media specialists in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia, as well as other states with comparable requirements. Students enter with a masters degree and at least one year of experience in schools and complete the program in small cohorts of 8 to 20.

The program seeks a School Library Experiential Learning Coordinator, who will work with the Faculty Director of the CSL and School Library specialization within the Masters of Library and Information Science. This position also reports indirectly to the Director of Academic Programs and participates as part of the iSchool Academic Programs Team. The position is approximately an 8 hour/week commitment and provides critical support to school library media students in their final stages of program completion. The position is a 9.5 month professional track faculty appointment, issued year by year.

Administrative Maintenance of School Library Internship Program 10%

  • Contact appropriate school district administrators to arrange internship placements and to manage relationships with internship site personnel
  • Maintain regular communication between Faculty Director, school district administrators, building-level internship supervisors, and student interns
  • Work with other UMD staff members, including burgeoning iConsultancy group, to ensure high quality experiential learning content for CSL students

Assessment of School Library Intern Performance 10%

  • Critically observe students at internship sites
  • Deliver verbal and written feedback to student interns on their performances at their internship sites
  • Teach an online course in which students complete assignments related to their school library internships

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelors degree
  • Excellent oral, written, interpersonal and time management skills
  • Ability to function in a team-oriented environment
  • Prior experience delivering information/instruction via an online learning management system (i.e. Canvas, Blackboard)
  • Ability to travel to sites within a 50-mile radius of College Park
  • Professional or academic experience related to school libraries

Preferred Qualifications

  • Masters degree in Education or Library and Information Science
  • Three years experience as a classroom teacher or school librarian in a K-12 public or private school setting
  • Professional experience supervising student interns
  • Ability to attend Academic Programs Team meetings each week, on campus or by Skype, Wednesdays at 11am
  • Flexibility to attend iConsultancy meetings, scheduled intermittently on campus

Salary: $12,000/year, .20 full-time appointment

To apply, please send resume/CV and cover letter to Kate Izsak at kworboys@umd.edu. Please include position title in the subject line of the email.

Position: Circulation Assistant
Location: St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD
Salary: $37,829.49

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

Purpose: The Circulation Assistant works independently and as a team member to provide high-level customer service in a small academic library setting; shows good judgment in keeping full-time staff informed of developments outside regular routines; represents the College in a professional manner, respects patron confidentiality and privacy, adheres to the current ALA Code of Ethics; and is a good office citizen (i.e. keeps work and break area clean, responds to email and requests promptly, has a positive attitude, and respects the feelings and needs of co-workers).

Qualifications: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Position: Library Associate I
Location: Abingdon Branch, Harford County Public Library

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

Position Summary: Performs a variety of reference services within a branch and/or materials management responsibilities; assists individuals and groups in locating and obtaining materials and information; assists patrons with electronic resources; selects materials in all formats for all audiences; maintains adult, young adult and children collections, may manage specialized collections and programs for Detention Center, Learning and Sharing Center, Sharing the Gift program, Small Business, Children with Special needs, etc.; performs other duties as assigned. Meets minimum public service hours as defined by Library Administration.

LLAM Dine Around – Washington, D.C.

LLAM members and guests gathered at Espita Mezcaleria on Saturday, July 13th for our annual dine around. This year’s AALL Annual Meeting & Conference got off to a great start with good food and fun conversation.

We had a great turnout this year, with members and guests enjoying Oaxacan cuisine. Delicious varieties of tacos, featuring crispy confit chicken, roasted vegetables, and seared catch of the day, were table favorites. We look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s dine around in New Orleans!

LLAM Dine Around-2019-Espita

Three Positions: Washington, DC

Position: Library Technician
Location: Preservation Directorate of Library Services, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $37,955 to $49,338 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Responsibilities
The incumbent houses collections-level materials by hand using protective enclosures such as folders, envelopes, sleeves, or polyester encapsulations. Uses an automated box-making system to construct custom-fitted enclosures for Library materials from the permanent research collections for which binding, repair, or other physical treatments are inappropriate. Places collection-level materials in alkaline file folders and manuscript boxes. Safely removes materials from acidic binders or containers and places them in appropriate protective enclosures.

Performs basic repairs to collection materials, including tipping-in or hinging-in of loose leaves and replacement pages; dry cleaning; tightening hinges; and repairing paper using heat-set tissue or Japanese paper. Humidifies and flattens materials as appropriate and constructs pockets to house material. Conducts treatment in a production environment by batching similar treatments. Repairs performed include mid to upper level repairs, but are not limited to new spines, re-cases and new cases.

Equipment used may include board shears, guillotine cutter, book presses, computers, mounting press, ultrasonic or heat-welding equipment, box-making machine, fume hood, pressure and spray equipment for deacidification preparation or sewing frames.

Develops and maintains a good working knowledge of computer operations and of designated computer software packages for word processing, database management, graphic design, statistical compilations, and bibliographic production.

Participates on Library committees and/or task forces and contributes to the Library-wide disaster preparedness and response efforts.

Under minimal supervision, prepares various simple, routine written materials in support of the unit or office, such as form letters or standard response forms. Prepares and/or drafts general correspondence in accord with established policies and procedures, and in accord with specific instructions from the supervisor.

Position: Librarian
Location: U.S Department of State, Washington, DC
Salary: $99,172 to $128,920 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the Information Services Branch, Ralph J. Bunche Library Division, Office of Information Programs and Services, DAS for Global Information Services, Bureau of Administration (A/GIS/IPS/LIBR/IS), in the U.S. Department of State (DOS). Serves as the official liaison from the Department’s Library to the Office of the Legal Advisor in providing legal research services for legal practitioners throughout DOS.

Responsibilities

  • Acts as the Library’s recognized authority for legal research and as a senior liaison to the Office of the Legal Advisor.
  • Solves highly complex research problems by conducting extensive researches that involve the use of primary and secondary sources and complex searches in online legal databases.
  • Assesses training requirements for employees in the Office of the Legal Advisor, the Library and other legal researchers in the Department, and develops and delivers a comprehensive training program.
  • Develops marketing and outreach materials designed to increase the use of Library resources, with emphasis on the effective utilization of its legal resources.
  • Monitor trends and developments in the legal field, utilizing expert knowledge of legal research and DOS’ Bureau, Office and overseas posts legal requirements, in order to oversee development of a specialized collection in the Library.

Position: Librarian (Law)
Location: Office of the Secretary of Interior, Washington, DC
Salary: $83,398 to $108,422 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is part of the Office of Facilities and Administrative Services, Office of the Secretary of Interior. The incumbent will be responsible for overseeing and maintaining the Library’s legal and legislative collection (inventorying existing collection, requesting new editions and updates, etc.) to ensure that the most current information is available.

Responsibilities

  • Oversees and maintains the Library’s legal and legislative collection (inventorying existing collection, requesting new editions and updates, etc.) to ensure that the most current information is available.
  • Keeps abreast of the Interior Department’s legal and legislative initiatives to ensure that the Library’s law collection and services meet agency needs.
  • Evaluates and selects new materials to be acquired for the Library’s collection, based on special knowledge of legal focus of the Department and its bureaus, agencies, and offices.
  • Serves as the legal and legislative research liaison for the Interior Department’s Solicitor’s Office meeting the reference needs of attorneys, paralegals, and other Solicitor’s office staff.
  • Produces and distributes to Departmental staff the Library’s bimonthly “Law Update”, highlighting major law review articles, federal and state court cases, and Presidential documents.
  • Teaches training courses for Library patrons to assist them on the use of the Library’s legal and legislative print and electronic collections.
  • Participates in the regularly scheduled staffing of the Library’s Reference Desk, answering patron questions and requests from Interior Department staff, federal agency employees, and the general public.
  • Plans and sets up new exhibits highlighting the Department of the Interior and materials in the Library collection in the Library’s front entrance display cases.

Five Positions: Maryland

Position: Collections Assistant
Location: Loyola Notre Dame Library, Baltimore, MD

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

The Loyola Notre Dame Library (LNDL) seeks a collaborative and organized self-starter to join the Collections and Access Services Department which includes Acquisitions and Cataloging. Duties include purchasing, receiving, and cataloging library materials along with coordinating projects. This position requires excellent communication and collaboration across library units to make material available and discoverable in support of our patrons’ teaching, learning, and research needs. The successful candidate will report to the Acquisitions and Resource Management Librarian.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Places, records, and tracks orders of material in integrated library management system;
  • Manages print journal and book series subscriptions;
  • Receives and pays invoices, conducting regular reconciliation tasks to ensure record accuracy;
  • Manages receipt of library content purchases and transfers to other units for processing;
  • Performs copy cataloging as assigned;
  • Participates in gathering usage statistics and performing data analysis;
  • Coordinates unit projects for timely and accurate completion, including but not limited to
  • Transition to automated book purchasing service (GOBI);
    • Review, analysis, and cleanup of book series subscriptions; and
    • Journal and book stacks collection refresh;
    • Assists in managing student worker assignments;
  • Communicates with vendors to investigate and resolve issues;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Position: Library Technology Specialist
Location: Montgomery College, Germantown & Rockville, MD

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

Job Description Summary
Montgomery College (MC), Office of Library Services located in Germantown & Rockville, MD, has need for two full-time Library Technology Specialist, positions #S03781 & #S03782. These are Grade 21, non-exempt level, bargaining positions. Non-exempt positions are not eligible to work secondary jobs at the College. The normal work schedule is Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Under general supervision/direction, incumbent provides technical, access and navigational support for public computer workstations and related equipment in the Library, assistive technology for students with disabilities, and may provide access services support.

Contacts for this position include students, faculty, staff, OIT, vendors and general public to support learning, coursework and other educational interests.

Job Description
Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Assists students and other library patrons with hardware, software, computing skills, Microsoft Office, printing system, laptops, mobile devices, networks, accessing library resources, wireless access, and printing or downloading results in support of college instruction or general information requirements.
  • Diagnoses and resolves, with OIT as necessary, Monitor PC/workstations to ensure continuous availability.
  • Researches and recommends new technology in order to enhance library services.
  • Coordinates implementation of new technology with library staff and campus partners.
  • Acts as a liaison between the library and OIT.
  • Coordinates with OIT and vendors on hardware and equipment maintenance.
  • Assists OIT in implementing new, and upgrades to, existing systems/technologies.
  • Works with Assistive Technology for training or services.
  • Creates training/instruction materials regarding the use of library services and digital technologies.
  • Provides technology training to students.
  • Instructs library staff in new library technologies and troubleshooting skills.
  • Provides technical support to users with learning disabilities, or visual, auditory or mobility needs.
  • Coordinates with the College’s Disability Support Services to ensure DSS hardware/software is available and current to support users.
  • Performs other duties as assigned..

Position: Librarian III, Social Science Librarian for Anthropology, Sociology and Area Studies
Location: Homewood Campus, Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Salary: $59,282-$81,431

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

General Summary/Purpose:

The Social Sciences Librarian supports the research and teaching needs of faculty and students in Anthropology, Sociology, and area studies (i.e., Latin America, Islamic and/or Jewish Studies.) The Social Sciences Librarian develops and maintains high quality outreach to the faculty and students in assigned departments; creates and delivers innovative and effective instructional resources (workshops, class sessions, course pages, research guides) to enhance learning and research skills; provides support for global research and information in assigned subject areas; participates in general and specialized reference services (in-person consultations, phone, email, chat) including some weekend work; and collaborates with other librarians to support identification and use of secondary data sets.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Analyze trends in assigned departments’ teaching and research programs to stay abreast of scholarship and scholarly communications in the disciplines themselves, and use this knowledge to create and implement services to support these trends.
  • Apply pedagogical best practices, including the ACRL Framework, to provide research and information literacy support to students and faculty.
  • Collaborate and build partnerships with other liaisons to develop interdisciplinary solutions and create shared practices for integrating distinctive intellectual content and services into the academic environment.
  • Be knowledgeable about, and be able to speak to, a wide range of library issues, including scholarly communication, copyright issues, collection space allocation, digital scholarship, the development of new online tools, and the integration of information literacy skills into the curriculum.
  • Support quantitative research methods across the social sciences using statistical sources such as the American Community Survey (ACS), Integrated Public Use Microdata Series (IPUMS), Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR), and the Current Population Survey (CPS).

Position: Librarian III
Location: Homewood Campus, Sheridan Libraries, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Salary: $58,695 to $80, 628

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

General Summary/Purpose:

Reporting to the Assistant Director for Academic Liaison and Special Collections, the librarian for Modern European Languages and Literature actively engages with faculty, students, and staff to develop strong working relationships with the German and Romance Languages and Literature department and the Comparative Thought and Literature department. Librarian III provides proactive research support and innovative instruction by connecting faculty and students with library resources in both the general and special collections. S/he analyzes trends in humanities teaching and research programs, including the growing use of digital humanities tools and practices, to stay abreast of scholarship and scholarly communications and uses this knowledge to create and implement services to support these trends.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate and build partnerships with other liaisons and special collections curators to develop interdisciplinary solutions and create shared practices for integrating distinctive intellectual content and services into the academic environment.
  • Build and manage a distinctive, interdisciplinary, culturally diverse, and responsive research collection in all formats (print, digital, and archival) for both the general and special collections.
  • Actively promote the use of these collections through programmatic outreach, awareness, public programs, and instructional activities.
  • Research digital humanities technologies and methodologies and promote their role in research and teaching to faculty and students.
  • Be knowledgeable about, and be able to speak to, a wide range of issues, including scholarly communication, copyright issues, collection space allocation, digital humanities, the development of new online tools, and the integration of information literacy skills into the curriculum.
  • Broaden access to unique and important collections through physical exhibits and digital project initiatives that expose the collections’ unique resources and engage the community at the broadest level.
  • Participate proactively on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams.

Position: Resource Description & Acquisition Supervisor
Location: Montgomery College, Rockville, MD

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

Job Description Summary
Montgomery College (MC), Office of Library Services located in Rockville, MD, has need for a full-time Resource Description & Acquisitions Supervisor, position #S03129. This is a Grade 23, exempt level, non-bargaining position. The normal work schedule is Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

Under supervision and/or direction, responsible for coordinating the day-to-day activities and functions for college-wide acquisitions, cataloging, and processing of print and non-print library assets.

Contacts are with library management and staff, students, vendors, contractors, HRSTM, Office of Procurement staff and Office of Business Services staff.

Job Description
Duties and responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Supervise day-to-day operations of College Library cataloging and classification functions across all campuses.
  • Works with the Associate Director to develop and implement policies, procedures and short- term objectives.
  • Implement workflow processes and assigns work; prioritizes assignments/projects to ensure deadlines are met.
  • Train, develop and evaluate staff.
  • Establish performance expectations.
  • Ensure compliance with College policies and procedures.
  • Advise Associate Director of work priorities and project status.
  • Develop and implement procedures for timely and efficient cataloging, and processing of materials by staff.
  • Manage bibliographic data in the various library systems.
  • Utilize OCLC Connexion to download, set and update bibliographic holdings.
  • Keep abreast of cataloging standards and processes in libraries, including AACR2, LCSH, LC Classification, and managing local authority and subjects records.
  • Collaborate with the Library management team and staff on workflow processes and issues, and ensure completion of tasks, projects and initiatives.
  • Manage quality control of integrated library system database.
  • Manage automated import files within the library systems, including batched Marc loads, and EOD (embedded order data) and EDI (electronic data interchange) loads.
  • Supervise day-to-day Library acquisition functions/activities.
  • Manage vendor relations; negotiates invoicing and payment.
  • Provide day-to-day oversight of acquisition budgets.
  • Oversee supplies, furniture, and equipment requirements.
  • Performs other duties as assigned