One Position: Maryland

Position: STEM/Agriculture Librarian
Location: University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Description
As the largest university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, the University of Maryland Libraries serve more than 37,500 students and 4,200 faculty of the flagship College Park campus. The University of Maryland Libraries share the teaching, learning and research goals of the university. Its role as a key academic resource is evident in its service to the academic community and its actionable strategic plan. Recent membership in the Big Ten Academic Alliance is particularly meaningful to the University Libraries and will further propel the university’s ascendancy in academic excellence.

Reporting to the Head of the STEM Library, the incumbent serves as STEM/Agriculture subject librarian, with responsibilities in: Collections and Content, Reference and Research Consulting, Teaching, Learning and Literacies, Outreach and Engagement, and Scholarly Communications and Research Data Services. Additionally, the STEM/Agriculture librarian will develop programs benefiting STEM disciplines to expand Research Commons @ STEM. The STEM Library serves several colleges and schools, including the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the A. James Clark School of Engineering, and the College of Computer, Mathematical and Natural Sciences. Along with other STEM and other subject librarians, the incumbent is in a key position to help the University of Maryland Libraries define a role for subject librarians that will allow the Libraries to be more closely integrated into the entire educational and research process at the University of Maryland. The STEM/Agriculture librarian will help envision and shape new approaches to faculty/library relationships.

The STEM/Agriculture Librarian is an active member of the Research, Teaching, and Learning (RTL) department of the Research and Academic Services (RAS) division, contributing to departmental and divisional initiatives and leading specific projects in collaboration with colleagues and other units in the Libraries. The STEM/Agriculture Librarian participates in developing and maintaining a departmental culture that is inclusive, equitable, diverse, customer-centered, and responsive to changes happening in academic libraries and higher education.

Serves as library liaison to specified academic units/departments (in this case, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources), which involves, but is not limited to, promoting services available through the Libraries, supporting information literacy efforts and faculty research, creating web and digital content, and developing and managing print and electronic collections.

Proactively supports researchers on scholarly communication models, data management, development of new digital tools, and e-Research and data services in assigned fields. Builds internal and external partnerships to support this activity.

Actively engages with faculty, students, and staff in assigned STEM subject areas, developing strong working relationships and partnerships. Develops strong understanding of research and teaching needs of assigned units/departments, develops and enhances services in anticipation of these needs.

APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/81850. No relocation assistance will be provided. You must be legally able to work in the United States; the University of Maryland Libraries will not sponsor individuals for employment. An application consists of a cover letter, which includes the source of advertisement, a curriculum vitae, and names/e-mail addresses of three references.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received. For best consideration, please apply by 05/01/2021.

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.

Requirements
Education:

Master’s degree in library science from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association or equivalent professional degree with relevant library experience.

Experience:

Understanding of current and emerging trends in the assigned subject areas and in academic librarianship; knowledge of electronic resources and information technologies, reference, and collection development. Demonstrated experience with reference and collection development in agriculture, life sciences, engineering, science, technology, or related disciplines. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to function independently and in groups, to build and maintain relationships with partners and library staff and the ability to provide exceptional services to a diverse clientele. Demonstrated experience with or demonstrated aptitude for working effectively and creatively with faculty and students.

For the full position description and faculty requirements, please go to http://www.lib.umd.edu/hr/employment-opportunities/staff-faculty-positions.

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:

http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/2014-ii-100b.html.

Project 20/20 – April Schedule

Resume Workshop – Tuesday, April 20 at 12:00 PM ET

Are you up for promotion? Do you include a CV with your annual review? Contemplating a transition into a new position, new department, or new sector? Have you forgotten to dust off your resume since you applied for your current job? If you replied yes to one or more of these questions, come join us! The resume workshop will begin with a brief presentation on best practices followed by an interactive review of representative resumes to discuss and evaluate. Any attendees who would like to have their resumes reviewed are welcome to share with the group or schedule a separate 1:1 coaching session.

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Drug Development and its Discontents: A Crash Course in Policy and Research with Lynn McClelland

Tuesday, March 16 at 12:00 PM ET – For anyone who is interested in learning more about navigating these issues from a legal research perspective, you won’t want to miss this program. The session will integrate highlights drawn directly from a for-credit course taught at UCLA that provides an overview of drug development, the approval process (standard and fast track), along with other aspects of pharmaceutical innovation.

Lynn McClelland will be generously sharing her syllabus and will answer questions for anyone interested in learning more about this topic. She is a former pharma lab rat and currently is a Reference Librarian at UCLA where she has taught everything from Health Law & Policy Research to Nonprofit Law Drafting. She has collaborated with both legal and medical scholars and practitioners at the local, national, and international levels.

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Skribblio Game Night – Friday, April 23 at 6:00 PM ET

Get ready for an evening of verbal shenanigans! You know that feeling when you’re trying to describe someone or something and you can’t find the right words? (“That SNL comedian who plays an overeager Target cashier?” or “That movie with the love fern?” or “She shared the stage with a dancing shark?”) For those of you on TikTok, it’s similar to the “tell me you’re a [blank] without telling me you’re a [blank]” trend. As you describe your assigned word, other players submit guesses. The faster the answer is guessed, the more points you (and the correct guesser) earn. The more the merrier, so feel free to share the registration link – family and friends are welcome.

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LLAM 2021 Elections

It’s that time of year! Elections for LLAM officers and board members will take place later this month!

Available positions are Vice-President/President-Elect, Treasurer, and Board Member.

  • The Vice-President/President-Elect serves as a member of the LLAM Board and performs such duties as are assigned by the President. The Vice-President serves the following year as LLAM President.
  • The Treasurer serves as a member of the LLAM Board and is responsible for maintaining an accurate and current record of the all financial transactions of the chapter. The Treasurer serves a 2-year term.
  • A Board Member serves as a member of the LLAM Board, attends Board meetings, and participates in its discussions and deliberations. A Board Member serves a 2-year term.

More information about each position’s responsibilities is in LLAM’s Policies and Procedures Manual.

To submit your name as a candidate, please contact Chi Song (chi.song@mdcourts.gov) by Monday, April 5, 2021.

Elections will be held in April. Watch your email for election related announcements!

One Position: Washington DC

Position: Library Technician (Digital)
Location: Reformatting Projects Sections, Preservation Services Division, Preservation Directorate, Library Services, Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $44,237 to $57,506

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a digital library technician. This position is located in the Reformatting Projects Sections, Preservation Services Division, Preservation Directorate, Library Services.
This is a non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.
The position description number is 306765

Responsibilities
Performs arrangement and description work in a limited body of records that describe digitized materials. Assesses the correctness of item entries in different fields and makes corrections as needed. Identifies duplicate entries. Copies records when needed. Creates new records or modifies existing records as appropriate. Consults with senior staff on a regular basis when correcting or significantly altering database entries.

Performs initial searching functions to locate and identify materials. Conducts searches on a limited
variety of bibliographic files to identify and locate titles, editions, pages, serial volumes and issues, and
reformatted versions in the Library and in other institutions.

Applies knowledge of a limited range of library rules, procedures, and operations to respond to a more routine range of standard library collection maintenance issues. Prepares, organizes, and collates collection materials as necessary for digitization and processes the digital files produced as needed so that they may be included in digital projects. May physically transport collection materials between custodial divisions, conservation offices, scanning operations, and/or contractors. As required, digitizes library materials using scanners or digital cameras according to specifications provided. Receives computer files representing digitized items and files containing associated metadata and places in appropriate locations on servers. Checks files representing digitized items against established quality standards prior to acceptance. Where files fail to meet such standards, documents problems and works with senior staff to request rework.

Completes a sequence of detailed routines in searching online databases. Uses search tools in a variety of online databases that have different search interfaces and protocols. Follows a limited number of applicable instructions concerning the recognition and comparison of dates, authors, titles, filenames, directory structures, and other conventions. Determines whether records describe items in hand or items represented by digital files. Assists in the implementation of digital projects as assigned by senior staff. Creates and updates data in in-house databases for digital project production. Regularly consults senior staff when record inconsistencies are noted.

Performs other various duties as assigned.

Two Positions: Maryland

Position: Emerging Technologist
Location: Administrative Offices – Towson, Baltimore County Public Library
Salary: $36,230-$56,214

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

Job Code: 2021-324
At BCPL, staff members have the opportunity to enrich individual lives and build strong communities by delivering exceptional customer experiences, establishing meaningful partnerships, and creating innovative learning spaces. We seek enthusiastic, open-minded, self-motivated individuals who can work well independently and with others. BCPL circulates over 10 million items and provides library services through its 19 branches, 4 mobile library vehicles, and an extensive outreach network. If you are forward thinking and passionate about public service, consider joining BCPL in this position.
Schedule:
This is a full time position working 40 hours a week. All Administrative Offices staff may be required to work evenings, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year as a part of the normal work schedule.

Job Summary:

  • Conducts research on current and emerging technologies to make recommendations to Virtual and Media Services Manager for evaluation of future services for customers.
  • Collaborates with Virtual Services Coordinator, the Virtual and Media Services Manager, and the Planning and Project Manager to address gaps in library services relating to digital equity of constituents.
  • Updates and maintains emerging technology equipment used in assisting customers in achieving technology education equity, such as: 3D printers, laser cutters, library robots, gaming laptops, soldering gear, Raspberry Pis, etc., and other items not supported by the County’s Office of Information Technology.
  • Provides training for both internal and statewide library staff on basic trouble shooting and maintenance of emerging and other library technology equipment that is housed at branches or library makerspaces, such as: VR stations, Xboxes, Playstations, 3D printers, Cricut machines, etc.
  • Collaborates with Media Services staff to research and maintain new equipment and software including drones, improvements for the sound both, and augmented reality asset creation.
  • Conducts Artificial Intelligence research and provides trainings, both internally and externally on the use of this technology and its impact fro library systems and customers.
  • Collaborates with Emerging Technology Specialist in conducting research and provides information to department on traditional technologies that  may help resolve customer technology issues, including easy-to-use smartphones, setting adjustments that would promote  simplified use of mobile and PC OS operation.
  • Conducts research and provides input into the use of library robots in helping staff and customers navigate difficult social/emotional situations, programs library robot to complete tasks relevant to education.

Job Requirements:

  • Must have an Associates’s degree and a minimum of five (5) years of experience or Bachelor’s degree and minimum of three (3) years of experience.
  • Related degree should be in Library and Information Science, Education, Technology, Engineering, or similar field.
  • Must be able to maintain and repair a wide array of technology gear, must learn new platforms quickly.
  • Working knowledge of JavaScript, C++, Python, and/or other programming Languages typically used in emerging technology environments.
  • Experience troubleshooting and fixing delicate electronics.

Position: Library Aid
Location: Air Force District of Washington, Andrews Airforce Base, MD
Salary: $11.75 to $11.75

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary

About the position:
This position will be assigned to the Library at Joint Base Andrews, MD 20762.

Physical Effort:
Work requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; recurring activities such as bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, and reaching.
Must be physically able to frequently lift boxes of up to 40 pounds.
Must be able to reach up to 72 inches with or without the assistance of a step stool.

Responsibilities
Shelves books, magazines, and other library materials ensuring all materials are reshelf in correct order. Reviews the library collection to ensure library materials are maintained in correct order in their assigned areas. Checks condition of books in designated areas, removes obsolete/damaged materials for review by a librarian, and performs minor mending. Processes new, rebound, and reconditioned library materials for circulation and reference according to established procedures. Assists with annual inventory of collection. Assists with automated and manual circulation duties, registering and deleting customers, charging and discharging library materials, taking requests for reserves and interlibrary loans, and checking to ensure those requests are filled. Assists with processing overdues. Explains library rules to users and ensures that users observe library rules. Assists users in locating books and information using the Integrated Library System (ILS), online databases and other Internet resources and on the shelves, referring difficult questions to lead technician or librarian. Performs routine clerical tasks such as answering the telephone, taking messages, and referring callers or visitors to the appropriate staff member.

Project 20/20 – March Schedule

Debunking the Productivity Myth and Other Missives with Dr. Mirya Holman

Tuesday, March 23 at 11:00 AM ET – For anyone interested in learning from an irreverent, social media savvy scholar with unfiltered hot takes on productivity, mentorship, and not being a jerk: you won’t want to miss this program.

She is a founding member of the #FeministMafia and tweets about politics, terrible people, and revenge. In her spare time, you’ll find her fighting the patriarchy, screaming into the abyss, and hanging out with her dogs and cat. Competitive eaters will be impressed to know she is a two-time watermelon eating champion.

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EXCELing in the Dark Arts: A Guide to the Magic of Spreadsheets with Liz Graham

Tuesday, March 16 at 12:00 PM ET – For anyone interested in mastering data manipulation, we’re excited to hear from an Excel spreadsheet mastermind who will share her best practices, tips, and techniques.

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Blather ‘Round Game Night – Friday, March 26 at 6:00 PM ET

Get ready for an evening of verbal shenanigans! You know that feeling when you’re trying to describe someone or something and you can’t find the right words? (“That SNL comedian who plays an overeager Target cashier?” or “That movie with the love fern?” or “She shared the stage with a dancing shark?”) For those of you on TikTok, it’s similar to the “tell me you’re a [blank] without telling me you’re a [blank]” trend. As you describe your assigned word, other players submit guesses. The faster the answer is guessed, the more points you (and the correct guesser) earn. The more the merrier, so feel free to share the registration link – family and friends are welcome.

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Project 20/20 – February Schedule

Bite-Sized Marketing with Mary Evangeliste

Thursday, February 18 at 1pm ET – Please join us on Thursday, February 18 for an opportunity to hear from a dynamic speaker who has cultivated expertise in marketing and branding for over 15 years. Time will be reserved for questions.

Mary Evangeliste has taught, lectured, and presented in the areas of librarianship and marketing for local and national groups including the State Department, the Maryland School of Art and Design, Prince George’s Community College, the University of Pittsburgh, the Library Administration and Management Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the ALA. She is the co-founder of Fearless Future and has been honored with two national library marketing awards, 3M Check-It-Out Yourself Day and ACRL’s 2005 Best Practices in Marketing Academic and Research Libraries @ your library Award.

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Integrating Diversity into Legal Research Instruction in the COVID Era: Tips and Techniques for Class Management with Shamika D. Dalton, Clanitra Steward Nejdl, and Raquel Gabriel

Wednesday, February 24 at 1pm ET – Effective classroom management is a crucial component of promoting learning and student engagement, decreasing student anxiety, and maintaining an orderly academic setting. As the inclusion of race, diversity, and implicit bias becomes more prevalent in the legal research classroom, the need for meaningful and effective classroom management techniques intensifies. Without having these techniques at the ready, the introduction of such issues could prove disastrous.

Since the COVID-19 pandemic has led to many legal research classes moving to online platforms, addressing race, diversity, and implicit bias in these classes becomes even more challenging. Legal research instructors and professors have had to adjust their classroom management techniques accordingly. The first part of this program will introduce attendees to classroom management techniques that support and advance the benefits of addressing race, diversity, and implicit bias in the legal research classroom. In the second part of the program, the presenters will provide ways to adjust these techniques to match the challenges of addressing these issues during an online legal research course. Emphasis will be placed on providing concrete examples of classroom management techniques that suit the online environment. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss classroom management techniques with one another.

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Among Us – Video Game Night – Friday, February 19 at 6pm ET –

Join Project 20/20 for an evening of interstellar social networking while playing the popular multiplayer video game, Among Us. Open to novices and gamers alike, there will be plenty of opportunities to connect with colleagues as you work together to complete your space mission.

Please be sure to download the Among Us app prior to the event. Among Us is available for free in both GooglePlay and the Apple Store.

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Project 20/20 – January Schedule

Bite-Sized Marketing with Mary Evangeliste

Thursday, January 21 at 2pm ET – Please join us on Thursday, January 21 for an opportunity to hear from a dynamic speaker who has cultivated expertise in marketing and branding for over 15 years. Time will be reserved for questions.

Mary Evangeliste has taught, lectured, and presented in the areas of librarianship and marketing for local and national groups including the State Department, the Maryland School of Art and Design, Prince George’s Community College, the University of Pittsburgh, the Library Administration and Management Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the ALA. She is the co-founder of Fearless Future and has been honored with two national library marketing awards, 3M Check-It-Out Yourself Day and ACRL’s 2005 Best Practices in Marketing Academic and Research Libraries @ your library Award.

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Post-2020 Instruction Debrief with Genevieve Tung

Tuesday, January 12, at 1pm ET – Now that we’ve all had some time to decompress, let’s talk about the 2020 instruction experience. The unprecedented circumstances upended a lot of expectations, creating new challenges and opportunities to innovate. In this roundtable discussion, we want to hear from you—what worked, what didn’t, and what you’re planning to change going forward. This conversation will be facilitated by Genevieve Tung, Associate Director of Educational Programs at Penn Law.

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2021 Planner Party – Thursday, January 7 at 12pm ET – Love office supplies? Ready to leave 2020 behind? Grab your favorite pens and planners and get ready to map out the new year. Join Project 20/20 for a social networking lunchtime event devoted entirely to all things planning. Share your favorite supplies, best practices for setting goals, and connect with colleagues who appreciate planning (and washi tape) just as much as you.

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Murder Mystery Holiday Party!

Join us for a night of merriment and mayhem with the Jest Murder Mystery Company! A presentation of this year’s Service Award will be followed by a 60-minute interactive show.

Where: Virtual
When: Monday, December 21st 6:00pm

Registration:
Free to all LLAM members!
Let us know you’re coming here. RSVP by December 16th!

Questions? Contact Liz Graham at liz.graham@law.umaryland.edu

Project 20/20 – December Schedule

Taking Care: Mental Health and Wellbeing with Eileen Santos and Victoria Capatosto

Please join us on Friday, December 11 at 3:00 PM (ET) for a program focusing on mental health. We will explore common challenges and strategies to help manage mental health – especially during times of stress and instability. After a brief presentation, time will be provided for questions. Attendees are encouraged to not only bring questions, but also to share challenges they’ve encountered and successful strategies they’ve employed.

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Getting to No: Setting Boundaries and Pushing Back Strategically with Kristina Alayan, Catherine Dunn, Nichelle Perry, Carla Wale, and Amanda Watson

Please join us on Wednesday, December 16 at 4:00 PM (ET) for a live and interactive conversation building on the pre-recorded AALL Conference Program: “Getting to No: Setting Boundaries and Pushing Back Strategically.” This well-received session featured speakers from diverse backgrounds sharing examples and lessons learned about setting boundaries strategically. For context, attendees are encouraged to watch the program recording in advance, but all are welcome to join as we continue the conversation. We welcome questions and look forward to giving attendees the opportunity to interact with each other by sharing challenges and best practices.

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Sourdough Social – Calling all sourdough enthusiasts! On Friday, December 18 at 6:00 PM (ET), join Project 20/20 for our December social networking event where we’ll be discussing all things sourdough. This event is open to both novice and seasoned sourdough savants!

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LLAM Service Award

The LLAM Service Award recognizes the contributions of a current or former LLAM member to the organization and the profession of law librarianship. This award is presented to an individual who has retired or will retire in the next calendar year. The Service Award will be presented to awardees at the Holiday Party.

Selection Criteria:

  • The nominee is retired or will retire in the next calendar year.
  • The nominee need not be a current LLAM member, but must have been a past member for at least 5 years.
  • Nominee’s contributions to LLAM
  • Nominee’s contributions to the profession of law librarianship

Submission/Selection Process:

  • Complete the nomination form and submit it via email to llamonline99@gmail.com by November 30, 2020.
  • The individual submitting the nomination must be a current LLAM member.
  • The Membership Committee’s Awards Subcommittee will review applications and present award candidates to the LLAM Board.
  • LLAM Board will vote to approve/disapprove the candidates.

Award: $50 gift certificate and complimentary ticket to LLAM’s Holiday Party.

Questions? Email llamonline99@gmail.com

Project 20/20

We are thrilled to announce Project 20/20: From Transition to Transformation. Project 20/20 is a collaborative online programming series organized and sponsored by three AALL chapters in the Mid-Atlantic region.


The series will kick off with our keynote address and LLSDC Sandy Peterson Memorial Lecture speaker: Ijeoma Oluo, New York Times bestselling author of So You Want to Talk About Race.

Ijeoma Oluo is a Seattle-based Writer, Speaker, and Internet Yeller. Her work on social issues such as race and gender has been published in The Guardian, The Stranger, Washington Post, ELLE magazine, NBC News and more.

On Thursday, October 1 at 2:00 PM ET, Ms. Oluo will be joining us to discuss race, allyship, and changes we can make to promote equity and justice in our profession and communities. Kristina J. Alayan, Director of the Howard University School of Law Library will be in conversation with Ms.Oluo — followed by Q&A.

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What else can you expect from Project 20/20? This series will feature three tracks.

Every month will feature a 1) program, 2) social networking event, and 3) professional development workshop.

Registration is free, and you are welcome to pick and choose which events resonate most with you.

On Friday, October 23 at 1:00 PM ET, we will be hosting a panel discussion about making the most of professional development activities.

On Friday, October 30 at 5:00 PM ET, our social event will be a Halloween Happy Hour.


In these unprecedented and isolating times, we hope these events will strengthen our connections both within our chapters and with our colleagues across the profession.

Please join us each month, starting next month!  If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at info@project2020series.org.

Kristina J. Alayan, LLSDC

Liz Graham, LLAM

Andrew W. Lang, GPLLA


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One Position: Washington, DC

Position: Contract Specialist
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $86,335 to $112,240 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS

Summary
This is an open continuous vacancy announcement. Applicants may submit or update their application before the closing date. Applicants will be referred after the first cutoff date, and subsequent referrals will be made at the manager’s request. The announcement may close earlier or at the request of the selecting official or after the job is filled.

The first cutoff for receipt of applications under this announcement will be 11:59 p.m. EST on August 25, 2020.

Responsibilities
This position is located in the Contracts Division, Contracts and Grants Directorate, Chief Operating Officer. This position serves as a Contract Specialist within the Office of the Chief Operating Officer, Library of Congress, Washington, DC. This position will be utilized throughout the service unit. The incumbent plans, solicits, awards and administers contracts for service units across the Library.

Performs all aspects of contracting transactions, from Initiation to recommendation of award, to procure supplies or services with specialized requirements such as procurement of complex equipment, services, and/or architectural and engineering services.
Also procures items or services with specialized requirements, such as the procurement of preservation services, building services, supply and production items, architectural engineering, serial subscription services, books and library publications, information retrieval services, and Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) bibliographic utility, and OCLC network training services, etc.

Analyzes requirements, recommends revisions to statements of work or specifications, including identification of performance based requirements and determines the type of contract, milestones, and procurement plan. Coordinates various contracts requiring the development of new or modified evaluation criteria, reporting requirements, and contractual arrangements. Decisions include locating or developing sources, developing approaches for procurements tacking precedent, and resolving major differences in the interpretation of the statement of work during discussions and negotiations.

Surveys the market to locate new procurement sources and determines the availability of items or services with specialized requirements. Prepares solicitation documents, and incorporates the appropriate contract terms and conditions, such as testing procedures, cost escalation factors, and technical evaluation factors. Analyzes proposals for conformance with the solicitation.
Evaluates the acceptability of the responses to the solicitation, including the cost or price proposal, ensuring the procurement will be obtained from responsible sources at a fair and reasonable price. Coordinates with the Program Office staff to facilitate the technical evaluation review and submittal of the technical evaluation report.

Analyzes and negotiates complex modifications to contracts. Modifications include equitable adjustment due to changes subject to the Service Contract Act and the exercise of contract options. Decisions are based on in-depth analysis of alternatives and knowledge of the unique capabilities and characteristics of the assigned contractors. Decisions may require resolution of incomplete or conflicting technical and contractor data. In determining a negotiation position, must comply with FAR and LCR regulations.

Plans and coordinates contract administration activities for long-term, extensive technical service contracts. Administers various contract types with varying degrees of complexity and determines the best interests of the government. The various types of contracts include firm- fixed-price, and fixed price with economic price adjustment.

Uses in-depth price/cost analysis techniques involving many different and unrelated factors and processes where there is little historical cost data or precedent. Responsible for supporting the development of cost-related sections of complex solicitation documents and analyzing cost and price data.

Performs all aspects of contracting transactions, from initiation to recommendation of award, to procure items or services with specialized requirements, such as the procurement of supply and production items, and other supplies or services that do not require technical evaluation.

The position description number for this position is 058634.

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 non-supervisory, bargaining unit position.

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

LLAM Executive Board Statement of Solidarity

The unjust and violent killings of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Freddie Gray, and countless others have forced us all to confront the systemic injustices and racial inequality that plague our nation. The protests of the past few weeks have given voice to the trauma and justified anger in Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities terrorized by centuries of violence and racism.

Just as this system of injustice and inequality took time to build, so should our commitment to dismantling it. We, the Executive Board of the Law Library Association of Maryland, declare solidarity with those individuals and organizations working towards this goal.

Words alone are not enough. We must find sustainable and constructive ways to continue to give voice to these communities. We must take meaningful and conscious action to solicit, understand, reflect, and address the needs of these communities. In the weeks and months to come, we will reach out to you, our members, to learn how we can support you. We will evaluate our mission, practices, policies, and programs for biases, both conscious and unconscious. We will educate ourselves through social justice and anti-racism programming.

We call on you, LLAM members, to join us on this ongoing journey towards keeping our nation’s most sacred promise of “liberty and justice for ALL.” We will learn and work together to identify and address the systemic injustices and racism in our community and profession.

If you would like to get involved with our self-evaluation or programming, please contact us at llamonline99@gmail.com. If you have questions or concerns, also please reach out to us.

Join LLAM! Renew Your Membership!

Renewals for the 2020-2021 Law Library Association of Maryland membership year are now open. Join or renew online.

We know these are challenging times for many due to COVID-19. For that reason, LLAM is waiving membership fees to those who request that option. No questions asked; simply mark “Opting Out” in the payment field of the membership form.

Please email your membership forms to Sara Billard, LLAM Membership Chair, at sbillard@gfrlaw.com. If you have any questions, feel free to email or call Sara Billard at: 410-576-4010.

If you prefer to mail a check instead of using online checkout, send the check, payable to LLAM, to: Chi Song, Thurgood Marshall State Law Library, Courts of Appeal Building, 361 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21401.

LLAM Virtual Programming Survey

As LLAM prepares for another year of programming, we want to hear from our members about how we can best support you during these unprecedented times. Please take a few minutes to fill out this survey and help guide our programming efforts in the coming months.

We appreciate your continued commitment to LLAM and look forward to your reading your responses.

Email us if you have any questions or concerns.

Congratulations to Steve Anderson!

AALL announced the 2020 AALL Hall of Fame awards, and LLAM’s very own Steven P. Anderson is one of this year’s recipients! Established in 2009, the Hall of Fame recognizes members whose contributions to the profession and service to AALL have been significant, substantial, and long-standing. Steve is also a 2020 recipient of the AALL Government Law Libraries Special Interest Section’s Bethany J. Ochal Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession!

Anyone who has had the pleasure of meeting or working with Steve knows that his decades of service to the profession, AALL (he is a former President!), LLAM (again a former President!), and Maryland is long standing and far reaching. We are lucky to have his leadership and can’t think of a more deserving recipient of these honors.

2020 Annual Meeting

In lieu of our traditional, in-person Spring Fling, please join us for an online Annual Meeting!

Date: Tuesday, May 12, 2020
Time: 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location: Online (WebEx)
Registration: Please email Chi Song (chi.song@mdcourts.gov) to register.

This meeting will NOT be recorded.

Questions? Please contact Chi Song (chi.song@mdcourts.gov) or Jessica Mundy (jessica.mundy@mdcourts.gov).

Agenda

  • Welcome
  • LLAM Board Business
    • Treasurer’s Report
    • Donation to the Maryland Food Bank
    • Committee Reports
  • Election Results
    • Welcome New Board Members!
    • Passing of the (virtual) Lamb
  • Open Discussion – Let’s talk about how we and our libraries are handling the COVID-19 pandemic! Possible topics include working from home, reliable information sources, how to handle reentry into our physical spaces, budget concerns, job security concerns, or any other topic of interest.

AALL/LLAM Grants for Annual Meeting and Conference

UPDATE: 2020 AALL ANNUAL MEETING & CONFERENCE WILL NOT BE HELD IN PERSON. The meeting will be held as a virtual event. More information is available on the AALL website.

In conjunction with AALL, LLAM is offering two grants for our members to attend the 2020 AALL Annual Meeting in New Orleans, July 11-14th. The grants will each cover the cost of AALL Member registration for the Annual Meeting.

The application for the Grants is available here and includes contact information. The application must be completed and returned to Jim Gernert by email by Monday, May 11, 2020. Members of the LLAM Grants Committee will evaluate the applications, and notify the grant recipients of their selection by May 15, 2020.

Please feel free to contact Jim Gernert with any questions.

CANCELED – Join us for LLAM’s March Program!

This program has been canceled. We hope to reschedule for a future date.

March LLAM Program

Program Description: In today’s libraries, librarians engage in transformational rather than merely transactional customer experiences. Through discussion and hands-on activities, this program explores how RUSA’s professional guidelines for reference services help staff provide consistent high quality customer service. The class also explores challenging behavior during customer interactions. From confusing situations to disgruntled customers, this training offers strategies to manage and diffuse a variety of difficult interactions. It also provides self-care tips to help you manage your stress level during and after tough interactions. Attendees will have the opportunity to deconstruct their own challenging customer service scenarios in a safe and supportive environment. A one-hour tour of the Central Library will follow the program at 2:00pm.

  • Date: Friday, March 20, 2020
  • Time: The  program will be from 12pm to 2pm. A one-hour tour of the Central Library will follow the program from 2pm to 3pm.
  • Location: Poe Room, Central Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library, 400 Cathedral Street, Baltimore, MD
  • Parking: Parking information is available here. Parking around the library is city-controlled. A list of nearby parking garages is available here.
  • Light Refreshments will be provided. Please feel free to bring your own bag lunch.
  • RSVP: Please RSVP to Jessica Mundy (jessica.mundy@mdcourts.gov) by Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

A LLAM Board Meeting will precede the program, from 11:00am to 12:00pm. All are welcome to attend the board meeting.

Questions? If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Mundy (jessica.mundy@mdcourts.gov).

2020 LLAM Elections

The election of LLAM officers and board members will take place in March 2020. Please watch your email for election related announcements and a link to the ballot. Votes will be collected and tabulated via Survey Monkey or similar website, as we have done in the past.

The available positions are Vice-President/President Elect, Secretary, and Board Member. To submit your name as a candidate, please contact Jason Hawkins (jhawkins @ law.umaryland.edu).

  • Vice President/President-Elect. Serves as a member of the LLAM Board of Trustees and perform such duties as are assigned by the President, and serves the following year as LLAM President.
  • Secretary. Serves as a member of the LLAM Board of Trustees and attends and keeps minutes of all Board meetings.
  • Board Member or Director. Serves as members of the LLAM Board of Trustees, attend Board meetings and participate in its discussions and deliberations.

Any current LLAM member not serving as an officer or board member next year is eligible to run for office. For more information on these positions, please see the LLAM Guidelines.

This year, the LLAM Nominations Committee consists of Jason Hawkins, Pat Behles, and Jessica Mundy.

Maryland Library Legislative Day 2020

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Maryland Library Legislative Day is an opportunity for LLAM members to join librarians and library supporters across the state to build support for Maryland libraries! Connect with your elected delegates and senators to advocate for library issues!

Schedule

8:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. — Continental Breakfast
Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Law Library
Enjoy breakfast, compliments of LLAM. Check-in with your county delegations.

8:45 a.m. — Orientation and Current Issues Briefing
Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Law Library
The Maryland Library Association’s legislative panel briefs participants on current library issues and talking points for senator/delegate visits. Briefing packets will be provided.

9:15 a.m. — Proceed to the State House
State House
The State House is in walking distance from the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Law Library. If you wish to view the presentation of Maryland Library Day on the Senate floor, note that the galleries open at 10:00 a.m., but to get a seat, you have to get in line early.

10:00 a.m. — Presentation of Maryland Library Day
Senate Floor, State House

9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. — Legislator Visits
State House
Connect with your local delegation to visit your elected delegates and senators.

2:30 p.m. — Citizens for Maryland Libraries Meeting
Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Law Library

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. — Legislative Reception
President’s Reception Room, Miller Senate Office Building (11 Bladen Street)
The Legislative Reception is an opportunity to mix and mingle with legislators and other officials.

Parking/Directions/Security

Questions?

Joan Bellistri, Director of Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Library: (410) 222-1387

 

National Museum of African American History & Culture Library Tour Recap

Thank you to everyone who joined us for a tour of the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC) Library. Shauna Collier, Head Librarian of the NMAAHC Library, gave a great behind-the-scenes tour where we learned about the library’s history, organization, operations, and collections. After the library tour, several LLAM members explored the museum’s exhibits. You can learn more about the NMAAHC Library here.

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2019 Holiday Party and Silent Auction

You are cordially invited to join your fellow LLAM members at Nick’s Fish House in Baltimore, Maryland for the 2019 Holiday Party and Silent Auction! Family, friends, and non-LLAM members are welcome.

  • Date: Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • Time: 6:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Venue: Nick’s Fish House, 2600 Insulator Drive, Baltimore, Maryland 21230. The event will be held on the restaurant’s second level Marina Deck.
  • Price: $30/person
    • Purchase online through LLAM’s online store.
    • Pay by check by sending a check made payable to “LLAM” to Chi Song, Thurgood Marshall State Law Library, Robert C. Murphy Courts of Appeal Building, 361 Rowe Boulevard, Annapolis, MD 21401.
  • Menu: A dinner buffet will be served with crab dip, house salad, horseradish encrusted salmon filet, sliced steak marsala, herb pesto pasta, seasonal vegetables, roasted potatoes, and coleslaw. The buffet also includes freshly baked cookies and brownies. Soft drinks, coffee, and tea will be served. A cash bar will be available during dinner. If you have any dietary restrictions, please contact Chi Song (chi.song@mdcourts.gov).
  • Parking is available on-site.
  • RSVP Deadline: Please RSVP to chi.song@mdcourts.gov or purchase tickets online by Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

Silent Auction
Do you have a donation for the Silent Auction? Then please contact Chi Song (chi.song@mdcourts.gov) or Jessica Mundy (jessica.mundy@mdcourts.gov).

Questions?
Please contact Chi Song (chi.song@mdcourts.gov) or Jessica Mundy (jessica.mundy@mdcourts.gov).