Four Positions — Washington, D.C.

Position: Librarian
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary: $56,233 to $73,105 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in any of the divisions that come under the Directorate of Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access. It is a hybrid position that combines major duties of both the acquisition specialist and the cataloger. There is a foreign language requirement for this position depending on the geographical area for which cataloging or acquisitions functions are being performed. For example, staff selecting and cataloging materials from South America need knowledge of the Spanish language.

This position located in the Middle East Section, Asian and Middle Eastern Division, Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access Directorate, Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 058498.

Responsibilities
Catalogs a variety of materials in an automated cataloging environment where the bibliographic characteristics of the material are relatively easy to determine and cataloging decisions are made within established standards. Searches entries in automated and manual catalogs. Assigns headings to catalog entries. Selects and assigns classification numbers. Establishes personal and corporate names and uniform titles for inclusion in the name authority file. Establishes and recommends subject headings for inclusion in the subject authority file and classification schedule. Creates and revises bibliographic records, authority records, and classification schedules. Performs content designation of bibliographic and authority records. Performs research in the cataloger’s reference collection, online databases, the world wide web, and the collections of the Library. Recommends resolutions to problems and inconsistencies in the cataloging process.

Provides services and deals with materials that are non-technical in nature, of limited technical complexity, or easily acquired. Coordinates proper purchasing information, correct bibliographic identification, and correct coding in the information system. Contacts dealers, subscription agents, vendors, overseas offices, government agencies, and/or exchange partners to coordinate the order process. Consults acquisition reference material to determine whether recommended item is appropriate for purchase, copyright claim, exchange, gift, loan, or other type of acquisition. Examines recommendations for acquisition to identify processing and custodial requirements and to identify acquisition of out-of-scope materials. Maintains liaison with recommending officials and subject specialists to understand their needs. Consults acquisition reference material to determine whether recommended item is appropriate for purchase. Reviews and approves invoices for payment for all formats of material. Determines availability of funds.

Obtains, analyzes, and organizes information using standard reference tools and established techniques and practices. Analyzes and organizes standard subject data to determine its relationship to the existing collections, for proper main entry, and the need for added entries. Analyzes material to determine subject content. Applies standard rules, guidelines, and reference tools and established techniques and practices. Participates in formulating plans for changes and improvements to cataloging-related issues.

Uses standard methods, techniques, concepts, and principles to perform assignments related to collection development support, with review by supervisor, senior staff and/or recommending officers. Assists in examination of incoming shipments to select items appropriate for the collections, in accordance with established guidelines. Assists in examination of recommendations for acquisition to identify processing and custodial requirements, and to ensure conformity with established guidelines. Participates in formulating plans for changes and improvements to collection development policies.

Works to maintain personal contacts and cooperative work relationships in order to provide or exchange information. Consults with Team Leader and cataloging policy staff to recommend changes and additions in descriptive and subject cataloging rules. Offers suggestions and advice to Team Leader on operational and technical problems. Collaborates with Team Leader and other staff in planning and implementing team activities including: workflow procedures, team priorities, cataloging projects of an experimental nature, goal setting and strategies for meeting team production goals. Assists others inside and outside the Library with language, subject and cataloging problems.

Qualifications
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Knowledge of library metadata rules, practices, and procedures.**

Ability to communicate in English and to read and understand materials in the Mongolian language (e.g., the Cyrillic alphabet and the traditional, vertical Mongolian alphabet).**

Ability to use library software applications, integrated library platforms, and other information.**

Knowledge of library acquisitions rules, practices, and procedures.

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to develop and maintain relationships and provide consultation and liaison services.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Archivist (Digital)
Location: Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
Salary: $68,036 to $88,450 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in the Archives Center, National Museum of American History (NMAH), Smithsonian Institution (SI). The incumbent is responsible for collecting, managing, preserving and providing access to digitized and born digital content.

Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with Museum staff to develop projects to collect, manage, preserve and provide access to digitized and born digital content;
  • Explores new and innovative approaches to archival functions, including enhanced use of technology and sharing expertise and authority, to support outreach and collaboration.
  • Establishes policies, procedures and priorities for digital preservation and acquisition of born digital content and assists in the development and use of digital preservation and electronic records management tools and training.
  • Applies knowledge of basic archival principles, methods, and procedures and historical research methods, using subject content matter and interrelationships to appraise, access, arrange and describe records and historic documents, in all media, bringing logical order to the material and making it usable and accessible to scholars, researchers and NMAH staff.
  • Assures proper care and preservation of the collection, and to promote use of the collection by scholars and the public. Researches intellectual and cultural property rights as they pertain to archival records and requests.
    Works in collaboration with internal and external partners to develop and support digital preservation, digitization and digital access projects through writing grant proposals and managing funded projects.

Position: Librarian (Technical Services)
Location: Government Publishing Office, Washington, DC
Salary: $56,233 to $73,105 per year

Full vacancy announcement available on USAJOBS.

Summary
This vacancy announcement will be open from Date to Date or when 100 applications have been received. The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met. If the application limit is reached on the same day the announcement opened, the open and close date will be the same. Candidates are encouraged to read the entire announcement before submitting their application packages.

This position is part of the Library Services and Content Management, Government Publishing Office in Washington , District of Columbia.

The Selectee will work shift 1 Monday- Friday and a tour of duty from 7:30 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

This position is located in Library Services and Content Management (LSCM), Library Technical Information Services (LTIS). The mission of LSCM is to administer a variety of GPO initiatives including the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP), the Cataloging and Indexing Program (C&I), the International Exchange Services (IES) and the By-Law Program.

Responsibilities
As a Librarian (Technical Services), your typical work assignments may include the following:

  • Life cycle management of Federal Government publications: performs a wide variety of technical services tasks associated with all aspects of life cycle management of government information within LTS. Work specifically requires the incumbent to learn workflows including processes and procedures associated with content acquisitions, bibliographic control, library technical services support, serials management and quality control.
  • Content Acquisitions: identifies appropriate Federal Government information resources (monographs, serials, and other formats) to be acquired for all Programs in LSCM. Performs outreach functions, including contacting agencies and monitoring agency Web sites, in order to identify, acquire and process Federal Government information products. Determines the formats and quantities to acquire for various Programs.
  • Bibliographic Control: catalogs U.S. Government publications in tangible and electronic formats. In doing so, incumbent performs original and derived (copy cataloging) to include descriptive and subject cataloging, PURL assignments, and archiving tasks.
  • Library Technical Services Support: uses the ILS application (Ex Libris, Aleph 500), including the acquisitions, bibliographic control and serials modules and other services associated with ILS (OPAC-Catalog of U.S. Government Publications, http://catalog.gpo.gov). Uses the ILS to perform day-to-day work to catalog, acquire and process information products. This includes performing research and problem resolution, performing quality control of data captured in each module of the ILS. Performs classification of acquired information products using the Superintendent of Documents classification system and assigns Federal depository item numbers for Federal Depository Library acquisitions purposes. Uses knowledge of library technical service processes to make contributions to improve library technical services (LTS) operations. This includes, but not be limited to, the creation of documentation, evaluations of workflows and processes for enhancements in order to improve services for customers in the area of LTS responsibility (askGPO, WEB Tech Notes, ILS, and CGP).
  • Serials Management: identifies information products that are serials and processes accordingly. This includes performing serials check-in using the ILS. Researches and locates missing serial titles including individual issues to fill gaps in the CGP. Under direction of the Administrative Librarian for Serials, works to resolve routine problems in serials control involving bibliographic records and holdings. Creates brief bibliographic records for serials.
  • Customer Outreach: handles inquiries from libraries in the FDLP via Ask-GPO by researching and answering questions concerning issues related to acquisitions, cataloging, serials control and information product processing.
  • Perform Team Assignments: serves on cross-organizational teams and works on projects and tasks assignments related to application/tool development, quality control and business process improvement initiatives.

Position: Digital Archive & Library Systems Administrator
Location: National Geographic, Washington, DC

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

Summary
The Digital Archive & Library Systems Administrator is responsible for the optimal technology design, configuration, and management of all digital archives, integrated library systems, collections and asset management systems owned or operated by National Geographic Society. The position will work closely with the NGS Library & Archives, media content producers, and Information Technology teams to ensure that data, applications, and day-to-day support/administration is delivered with a high level of expertise, reliability, and customer satisfaction.

The position will serve as subject matter expert in digital archive, integrated library systems, and collections management software, standards, and operating procedures, and will provide both day-to-day and project-related technology support in these areas as needed. This includes digital preservation, core library and collections systems, metadata and taxonomy management, ingest/submission, workflow design/build, systems administration and engineering, testing and troubleshooting as well as product/industry monitoring and new release tracking. The position will additionally participate in supporting enterprise digital asset management systems in a secondary or backup administrator capacity, ensuring the appropriate level of integration with digital archive systems is established to meet the needs of media content producers, general staff, and business partners. The position is responsible for establishing quality assurance standards and managing quality control for digital files and metadata across all systems, including appropriate levels of documentation, training, and reporting to ensure that assets are managed in alignment with best practices and organizational priorities.

Located within the Information Technology department, the position ensures that all systems are aligned and consistent with corporate security policies, enterprise IT strategies and plans. Participates in operational support procedures with colleagues and managed service providers, taking ownership of incident tickets and service requests, and leading activities such as routine maintenance, pro-active testing, and security audits.

Responsibilities

Digital Archive & Library Systems (60%)

  • Works with Library & Archive staff to ensure that digital archives and library management systems are designed, operated, and managed throughout their lifecycles to reflect industry best practices and drive organizational priorities.
  • Performs technical administration duties required to maintain the systems, including application configuration, system administration, patches/upgrades, etc.
  • Performs application and infrastructure engineering tasks required to optimize and enhance the systems, including workflow design, scripting, database queries, automation/orchestration, etc.
  • Leads migration of content from legacy systems into new collection management ecosystem, and works with metadata specialists to export and map data into new system configuration.
  • Optimizes collections for discovery via Primo, in coordination with library and archives staff.
  • Works with IT infrastructure and operations teams to ensure that the systems are configured and managed with appropriate levels of processing/storage/network capacity, data protection / disaster recovery, and security compliance. Works with service desk and technical support teams to ensure proper response/resolution/fulfillment of incidents, service requests, and change management procedures.
  • Works with library and archives team to identify and track statistics/metrics for library, archives, and media systems, including collection and resource use, retention schedules, and preservation assessment.

Digital Asset Management Systems (20%)

  • Works with media content producers to ensure that digital asset management systems are designed, operated, and managed throughout their lifecycles to reflect industry best practices and drive organizational priorities.
  • Performs technical administration duties required to maintain the systems, including application configuration, system administration, patches/upgrades, etc.
  • Performs application and infrastructure engineering tasks required to optimize and enhance the systems, including workflow design, scripting, database queries, automation/orchestration, etc.
  • Works with IT infrastructure and operations teams to ensure that the systems are configured and managed with appropriate levels of processing/storage/network capacity, data protection, and security compliance. Works with service desk and technical support teams to ensure proper response/resolution/fulfillment of incidents, service requests, and change management procedures.

Enterprise Management and IT (20%)

  • Establishes, monitors, and enforces metadata and quality control standards and procedures for all data/assets stored within the systems, and ensures alignment with IT operating procedures/frameworks as well as the information security policy.
  • Leads and supports all data/systems integrations with other enterprise technology platforms and processes, including identity management, CRM, and data protection.
  • Leads or participates in appropriate customer-facing steering committees and internal technology working groups as needed.
  • Monitors benchmarks, trends, and product developments to anticipate change, minimize risk, and identify opportunities for growth.

Minimum Education Required

Master’s degree in Library/Information Science, Computer Science or related discipline, or equivalent experience. Ex Libris Alma Certification (or willingness to become certified) is required. ITIL v3 certification a plus.

Minimum Years and Type of Experience

At least seven years working with digital archive/preservation technologies and/or integrated library systems, preferably in a special collections or university environment. Experience working with enterprise digital asset management systems and support operations a plus.

Knowledge and Skills Required

Expertise in managing Ex Libris product environments including Rosetta DAM, Alma ILS, Primo discovery platform, as well as Axiell AdLib or other collections management software. Deep knowledge of archival community and metadata content, structure, and preservation standards including MARC, Dublin Core, OAI-PMH, EAD, DACS, METS, MODS, PREMIS, RDA, etc. as well as taxonomy integration and data mapping. Working knowledge of digital asset management systems, including ingest and distribution, workflow design, rights management and access control. Experience with scripting/automation/orchestration and integration with other enterprise platforms in SaaS/PaaS/IaaS environments using APIs, web services, XML, JSON, etc. Experience supporting additional library systems including OCLC, EZ Proxy, Worldcat/Worldshare ILL, SpringShare LibGuides website, subject guides and database A-Z, Proquest Syndetics Unbound and 360 Core.

Broad knowledge of server, database, and storage infrastructures both on-premise and in the cloud, and ability to perform hands-on database and server administration/engineering. Familiarity with information security and IT service management concepts and processes.

Ability to function in a dynamic environment subject to changes in schedules and priorities. Ability to participate in multiple projects concurrently from inception to completion with limited management supervision. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to interact positively and productively with teams across organizational lines. Strong customer service, troubleshooting and problem solving a must.

Six Positions- Washington DC & Maryland

Position: Children’s Services Supervisor
Location: Frederick County Public Libraries, Frederick, MD

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Join the vibrant, community-minded team at Frederick County Public Libraries! We are seeking a creative, energetic, and visionary Children’s Supervisor for our central branch in Downtown Frederick. Located in West-Central Maryland between Washington D.C. and Baltimore, FCPL is a rapidly developing system. By facilitating the public’s freedom to explore, invent, and transform, FCPL connects people to ideas and to each other, helping to foster individual and community growth.

This professional management position assures that children, their families and caregivers experience the joy of reading in a friendly, creative and dynamic Children’s Department.

  • Manage all operations of the Children’s Department
  • Assign responsibilities, direct, evaluate and provide leadership to Children’s Services staff
  • Provide specialized reference and research service related to children
  • Initiate new and original initiatives for Children’s programming and services and provide leadership to staff for the same
  • Build relationships and partnerships with community organizations, businesses, and leaders for financial and advocacy support
  • Write grants to obtain additional funding support for special projects
  • Develop and deliver age-appropriate programs, workshops and training to support patron needs
  • Market children’s collections and services through traditional methods and social media
  • Develop, recommend and monitor the services, policies and procedures of Children’s Services working with other Children’s Services Supervisors and in collaboration with the Youth Services Coordinator
  • Develop strategic directions for the Children’s Department in alignment with FCPL strategic directions
  • Lead or participate in system-wide planning for Children’s Services or any other area as assigned
  • Oversee creation, evaluation and rotation of Story time boxes for system-wide use
  • Develop and present Children’s Services training to FCPL staff
  • Provide reference, information and readers advisory services to patrons of varied ages, abilities and skill levels
  • Oversee staff development of informational brochures, book lists and other printed media
  • Create content for the children’s section of FCPL’s Website and Intranet and oversee creation of the same
  • Manage departmental scheduling and statistics; compile and prepare reports, data and other written work
  • Keep abreast of and implement use of current technologies to enhance personal and branch efficiency as well as patron services
  • Understand, support and interpret departmental, FCPL and systems policies and procedures to staff and the general public
  • As needed, serve as Librarian-in-charge
  • Serve on Branch Management Team including representing interests of Children’s Services
  • Actively support the values of Frederick County Public Libraries
  • Represent the Library on internal and external committees and in meetings relating to children’s services; participate on system-wide and branch teams
  • Actively participate in local, state and national library associations; attend seminars, workshops and continuing education activities; maintain professional affiliations to keep abreast of current and emerging trends, innovation, technology, services, early literacy, spaces and other related areas of library planning and services
  • Perform other related duties as required

Requirements

  • Master of Library Science (MLS) degree from an American Library Association accredited program
  • Minimum 3 years of professional or para-professional library work experience that includes at least 2 years in Children’s Services
  •  Minimum 2 years of work experience in a supervisory and/or lead capacity role, of which at least 1 year must be directly supervising staff, conducting performance evaluations, disciplinary actions, etc.
  • Professional Public Librarian certification from the Maryland State Department of Education or ability to obtain this certification within 6 months after hire with MLS degree, current certification must then be maintained

For complete job description and to apply go to www.frederickcountymd.gov

CLOSING DATE TO APPLY: 6/11/18 at 4:00 PM EST.

Position: Curator of Rare Books (Garden and Landscape Studies)
Location: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Summary

Dumbarton Oaks is an institute of advanced research affiliated with Harvard University and located in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. It supports research in the areas of Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape Studies through a residential fellowship program, as well as a rich program of scholarly events and publications (print and digital), while also welcoming the public to its museum and historic garden.

The Dumbarton Oaks Rare Book Collection, originally known as the Garden Library, was founded in the early 1950s by Mildred Bliss in consultation with renowned landscape architect Beatrix Farrand to promote historical scholarship of garden history and landscape architecture. The collection now encompasses over 9,000 rare books, prints, drawings, and manuscripts on garden design and ornament, and landscape architecture. In addition to its recognized strengths in European and North American garden representations, treatises, herbals, and floras, the collection seeks to expand its scope by developing new subject area concentrations, especially through acquisitions of rare Chinese, Japanese, and South American materials. Another recent focus concerns material on historic cities, with attention to landscape design. Over the years the collection has also developed strengths in the other areas of specialization at Dumbarton Oaks, notably manuscripts and early printed materials in Pre-Columbian Studies, and facsimiles of Byzantine manuscripts. We are seeking to make the collection more broadly accessible through an active digitization program as well as through physical and online exhibits, study days, and scholarly programs for researchers at all career stages.

The Curator of Rare Books has responsibility for developing, interpreting, promoting, and managing the Dumbarton Oaks Rare Book Collection. The Curator will develop deep knowledge of the collection, including its history, strengths, and areas for further development, and will advise on and lead projects pertaining to cataloguing, digitizing, and promoting the collection through active support of fellows and visiting researchers. The curator will also function as the Garden and Landscape Studies subject librarian, and will collaborate with the GLS program director in developing exhibitions and scholarly events that showcase the institution’s rich resources.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Responsible for collection management and acquisitions of rare and scholarly materials that enhance and strengthen the collections. Identifies desiderata in consultation with experts such as senior fellows and visiting scholars. Collaborates with other Dumbarton Oaks librarians and study program directors on acquisitions and collection development.
  • Monitors the state of the collection and makes recommendations and arrangements for conservation as needed.
  • Responsible for developing an online descriptive tool for the collection to facilitate access by researchers.
  • Responsible for identifying and preparing order requests for new acquisitions in support of Garden and Landscape Studies.
  • Collaborates with technical services staff to set priorities and standards of description.
  • Provides in-depth reference support and research guidance to Rare Book Collection users, including fellows, visiting scholars, students, and readers.
  • Contributes to the development and implementation of a digitization strategy and works toward concrete goals.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with the book and auction trade and curators at institutions with comparable collections.
  • Organizes or contributes to the organization of exhibitions in areas of expertise, including by mentoring interns and early-career fellows.
  • Collaborates with other areas, including Academic Programs, Events, and Communications to promote the collection.
  • Provides tours of the collection for visiting groups as appropriate.
  • Handles image requests.
  • Participates in the wider scholarly life of Dumbarton Oaks, including attending relevant research reports and scholarly events; and writing collection evaluations for fellowship applications.

Supervisory Responsibilities: May supervise and mentor post-doctoral and pre-doctoral fellows and interns.

Requirements
Required:

  • MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution or international equivalent and an advanced degree in a humanistic discipline relevant to the strengths of the Dumbarton Oaks collection (e.g. art and architectural history, garden and landscape architecture, environmental studies); or a PhD in one of these disciplines and knowledge of bibliography and book history.
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience working in an academic or research library.
  • Reading knowledge of at least two modern European languages (French, German, or Italian preferred).

Preferred/Additional:

  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and with diverse constituencies, flexibility, excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills.
  • Strong humanities knowledge outside area of specialization strongly preferred.
  • Curatorial experience with exhibitions, reference, outreach, and/or instruction in a research library preferred.
  • Experience with priority-setting, selection, and interpretation for digital collections preferred.

Position: Librarian 
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary Range: $56,233 to $73,105 per year

Full vacancy announcement is available on the USAJOBS.

Summary
This position is located in any of the divisions that come under the Directorate of Acquisitions and Bibliographic Access. It is a hybrid position that combines major duties of both the acquisition specialist and the cataloger. There is a foreign language requirement for this position depending on the geographical area for which cataloging or acquisitions functions are being performed. For example, staff selecting and cataloging materials from South America need knowledge of the Spanish language.

Responsibilities
The incumbent catalogs a variety of materials in an automated cataloging environment where the bibliographic characteristics of the material are relatively easy to determine and cataloging decisions are made within established standards. Searches entries in automated and manual catalogs. Assigns headings to catalog entries. Selects and assigns classification numbers. Establishes personal and corporate names and uniform titles for inclusion in the name authority file. Establishes and recommends subject headings for inclusion in the subject authority file and classification schedule. Creates and revises bibliographic records, authority records, and classification schedules. Performs content designation of bibliographic and authority records. Performs research in the cataloged reference collection, online databases, the world wide web, and the collections of the Library. Recommends resolutions to problems and inconsistencies in the cataloging process.

Provides services and deals with materials that are non-technical in nature, of limited technical complexity, or easily acquired. Coordinates proper purchasing information, correct bibliographic identification, and correct coding in the information system. Contacts dealers, subscription agents, vendors, overseas offices, government agencies, and/or exchange partners to coordinate the order process. Consults acquisition reference material to determine whether recommended item is appropriate for purchase, copyright claim, exchange, gift, loan, or other type of acquisition. Examines recommendations for acquisition to identify processing and custodial requirements and to identify acquisition of out-of-scope materials. Maintains liaison with recommending officials and subject specialists to understand their needs. Consults acquisition reference material to determine whether recommended item is appropriate for purchase. Reviews and approves invoices for payment for all formats of material. Determines availability of funds.

Obtains, analyzes, and organizes information using standard reference tools and established techniques and practices. Analyzes and organizes standard subject data to determine its relationship to the existing collections, for proper main entry, and the need for added entries. Analyzes material to determine subject content. Applies standard rules, guidelines, and reference tools and established techniques and practices. Participates in formulating plans for changes and improvements to cataloging-related issues.

Uses standard methods, techniques, concepts, and principles to perform assignments related to collection development support, with review by supervisor, senior staff and/or recommending officers. Assists in examination of incoming shipments to select items appropriate for the collections, in accordance with established guidelines. Assists in examination of recommendations for acquisition to identify processing and custodial requirements, and to ensure conformity with established guidelines. Participates in formulating plans for changes and improvements to collection development policies.

Works to maintain personal contacts and cooperative work relationships in order to provide or exchange information. Consults with Section Head and cataloging policy staff to recommend changes and additions in descriptive and subject cataloging rules. Offers suggestions and advice to Section Head on operational and technical problems. Collaborates with Section Head and other staff in planning and implementing section activities including: workflow procedures, section priorities, cataloging projects of an experimental nature, goal setting and strategies for meeting section production goals. Assists others inside and outside the Library with language, subject and cataloging problems.

Qualifications
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Knowledge of library metadata rules, practices, and procedures.**

Ability to use library software applications, integrated library platforms, and other information.**

Ability to communicate in English and German.**

Ability to communicate in writing.

Ability to develop and maintain relationships and provide consultation and liaison services.

Knowledge of the culture and/or civilization of Germany.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Librarian (Law-Legal Research Analyst)
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary Range: $68,036 to $88,450 per year

Full vacancy announcement is available on the USAJOBS.

Summary
The Legal Research Analyst works under the broad supervision of managers from divisions within the Law Library (1) analyzing legal materials including but not limited to laws, treaties, regulations, and court decisions of foreign jurisdictions, and international legal principles; (2) responding orally and in writing to inquiries requiring proficient skills in conducting legal and legislative research involving the law of particular jurisdictions and international law; and (3) communicating with Law Library users and staff by assisting in their research work and preparing Law Library work products for publishing and distribution. To successfully perform the duties of this position, the incumbent must (1) demonstrate the ability to apply accepted research techniques and utilize broad knowledge in applying domestic and international legal and legislative principles and concepts; (2) possess expert proficiency in analyzing global legal issues and preparing informative documents using legal and research materials in foreign languages; and (3) have proficient oral and written communications skills to maintain efficient and effective collaboration with staff and present complex legal principles, concepts, and issues to culturally and educationally diverse audiences.

Fluency in English, working proficiency in at least one foreign language, preferably Slavic and/or Turkic languages.

Responsibilities
Contributes to ongoing legal research projects, publications, presentations, and legal
bibliographic materials, and participates in producing the Law Library’s research work in digital and analogous formats. Uses skills, software applications and tools to prepare, edit, and finalize products for publishing or transmission, adhering to the Law Library’s technical and editorial standards.

Provides research support and assistance to staff. Collaborates with others on designing,
developing, and maintaining authoring and publishing programs, assists with development and production of the Law Library’s online products and publications, performs web page content control functions, and communicates with Law Library authors concerning work products.

Assists in surveying Law Library’s collection for areas of specialization or assigned jurisdictions. Prepares indexes of a wide variety of legal documents, and supports metadata development for LLC products.

Prepares metadata for Law Library products according to established guidelines. Participates in developing the Law Library’s controlled vocabulary affecting searching capabilities involving basic legal principles and concepts, identifying key words and phrases and ensuring that terms with possible multiple meanings are clarified.

Applying Law Library standards and a broad knowledge of legal and legislative principles and concepts, prepares concise and informative summaries of laws, treaties, regulations, court decisions, and other legal documents.

Plans, coordinates and participates in briefings, presentations, and other educational programs conducted by the Law Library. Translates legal documents from English to a foreign language or from a foreign language to English.

Conducts research in limited segments of specialized or technical research projects for Law Library clients resulting in written or oral reports, memoranda, letters, annotated bibliographies, research guides, brochures, infographics, and other publications. The research may require using standard reference tools and applying techniques and practices that have gaps in specificity requiring some interpretation to cover new or evolving subject matter. Assignments involve dealing with legal research problems, questions, or situations within assigned jurisdictions.

May convey findings through written and oral reports, abstracts, summaries, charts, graphs, or other products. Requests typically require some analysis on the part of the analyst to determine the specific research area and the types of information that will most directly meet the requester’s needs. Searches internal and external legal information and government databases. Develops search techniques and files for handling requests for legal information. Reviews information obtained in response to an inquiry for its relevance to the inquiry. Identifies and examines publications, electronic resources, and trends in applicable fields of law and assists with collection development.

Provides legal and legislative reference services involving legal issues for an educationally and culturally diverse clientele, including Members of Congress, the judiciary, government agencies, foreign governments, scholars, academics, the practicing bar, the press and the general public.

Assists Law Library clients in adapting and modifying research methods and techniques.
Analyzes specialized or technical information from a wide variety of sources in English and foreign languages when responding to basic questions for legal and legislative information.

Draws upon broad knowledge of legal and legislative print and electronic collections when preparing responses. Prepares written responses to inquiries requiring a tailored response. Prepares finding aids and related written products describing research methodologies.

Qualifications
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Ability to analyze, interpret and summarize complex legal information from foreign (non-U.S.) jurisdiction(s).**

Knowledge of legal and legislative information services, processes and sources.**

Ability to conduct information research with a legal focus.**

Ability to read a foreign language(s) legal texts and write corresponding English summaries.

Ability to apply automated technology to meet an organization’s information needs.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Position: Media Services Specialist
Location: American University, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on CUA SLIS blog.

Summary/Objective

The Media Services Specialist manages the day-to-day operations of the Media Services unit within the Library’s Access Services division, including during evening and weekend hours. The incumbent assists AU faculty with identifying and scheduling visual material, and manages scheduling systems for materials and viewing spaces. This position also assists faculty with instructional technologies. The incumbent ensures the accurate cataloging of items in the Media Services collection and contributes to the library’s social media activities to promote media content to the AU community. The incumbent maintains a high level of engagement with library systems and technology used by Access Services and is a resource in the development of technical expertise throughout the Division. Other duties include assisting the Access Services Program Analyst in ensuring the continuity and categorization of data between systems and ensuring the quality and effectiveness of library software, applications, reporting scripts, and queries. The incumbent also has primary responsibility for hiring, supervising, scheduling, and training the part-time front line staff.

Required Education and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Three years supervisory experience, with the attendant skills of motivating, training, and allocating work
  • Strong knowledge of a variety of business, educational, and library computer systems such as OCLC products, Alma, Blackboard, Microsoft Office (including significant experience with Excel or Access), Adobe Suite
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and problem solving abilities
  • Experience dealing with confidential information
  • Ability to resolve conflicts and handle stressful and/or emergency situations
  • Sound judgment with the ability to use discretion, work independently, and complete projects by deadlines
  • Ability to collaborate on many different levels and resolve problems
  • Attention to detail and a strong ability to prioritize and multi-task, including the ability to reprioritize tasks to resolve urgent issues that arise
  • Advanced computer skills and the ability to adapt to constantly changing procedures and computer systems

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Demonstrated understanding of the mission and functions of a research library and information needs of academic users
  • Experience modifying, developing, or programming simple online applications
  • Familiarity with Office 365, Excel Macros, Visual Basic for Applications (in any Office Application), and/or Javascript, Python, or PHP (or any higher level language) highly desirable

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • The position is classified as essential personnel, and the incumbent is required to work in the event of the University operating with limited staffing.
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check

Contact Us: For more information or assistance with the American University careers site, email AsuccessfulU@american.edu.

Position: Library Coordinator
Location: Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on CUA SLIS blog.

This position is a permanent part-time paraprofessional working as a member of the Information and Instructional Services Staff. The Library Coordinator provides front-line, core information services to faculty, staff, and students of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), School of Nursing (SON), Milken School of Public Health (GWSPH), GW Hospital, and Medical Faculty Associates (MFA). This includes responding to inquiries via phone, in person, and email or instant messages at the reference desk from 4-8 pm Monday through Thursday and 12-4 pm on Saturday. This position is a patron-facing position that staffs the Library’s Reference Desk during all hours listed above.

For more information, and to apply, please go to https://www.gwu.jobs/postings/search and search for Library Coordinator.

 

Librarian, Cataloging and Metadata- Arlington, VA County Government

Position: Librarian, Cataloging and Metadata
Location: Arlington County Government
Salary: $56,243.20 – $90,001.60 (Yearly Salary)

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

Join an innovative team that continuously strives to anticipate and meet community needs, maintain rich library collections, and improve upon a 98% customer satisfaction rating. Cataloging and Metadata Services is part of the Materials Management Division that centrally acquires, catalogs, classifies, and processes all materials for Central Library, seven branches, and the Pop-Up location, and maintains the integrity of a database of 300,000+ catalog records.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • Playing a key role in the ongoing upkeep and maintenance of the library’s cataloging, authority control, receiving, and processing workflows.
  • Insuring that print, non-print, and electronic resources are accessible to borrowers in the most timely and cost-effective manner possible.
  • Supporting the manager in quality control for the cataloging and processing of all library materials, while maintaining proper cataloging standards and procedures.
  • Keeping abreast of emerging trends, innovations and best practices affecting library systems and catalogs, and of methods of electronic resources management and metadata standards.
  • Using cataloging tools, such as MarcEdit, OCLC Connexion Client and Sierra’s global update to create lists functions, and implement changes and enhancements to the library database.
  • Performing original and copy cataloging in all formats.
  • Coordinating database policies and procedures for the library system, and performing database maintenance practices.
  • Incorporating new ways of leveraging technology for collecting, organizing, and providing access to library materials.
  • Supporting the cataloging and metadata needs of the Center for Local History.

The successful candidate will be able to help leadership inspire a broad and shared vision for innovative library services, demonstrate the ability to work quickly and accurately in a service and production-oriented environment, and thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing workplace.

Two Positions- Maryland

Position: Public Relations Specialist
Location: Ruth Enlow Library of Garrett County, Oakland, MD
Starting pay is $15.00/hr.

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

Duties: Managing the Library’s social media presence, promoting programs, announcements and services to the public via traditional and new media, designing flyers and other marketing materials via computer, creating and implementing programs for the public by working with potential speakers, other duties as assigned.
The ideal applicant should be artistic, a skilled writer, computer-savvy, conscientious, a team player, and dedicated to helping the Library spread its message throughout the community. Bachelor’s degree strongly preferred.
Applications are available at all public libraries in Garrett County. Resume required. Deadline for applications and resumes is Thursday, May 31, 2018.

Posting Start Date: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Posting Closing Date: Friday, June 1, 2018
Location: Oakland (Main)
Degree Requirement: B.A. strongly preferred.
Posting Status: Active

Position: Circulation Services Manager II
Location: Hereford Branch, Baltimore County Public Library
Annualized Salary: $44,023 – $58,967

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

At Baltimore County Public Library, staff members have the opportunity to enrich individual lives and build strong communities by delivering exceptional customer experiences, establishing meaningful partnerships, developing innovative learning environments, and creating gracious library spaces. We circulate over 10 million items and provide library services through our 19 branches, 4 mobile library vehicles, and a growing virtual online presence. If you are enthusiastic, self-motivated, and open to new ideas consider joining the Baltimore County Public Library team as a full-time Circulation Manager II

Job Summary

  • Under the general direction of the Branch Manager, manages the day-to-day operations of the Circulation Department and sets the direction for the delivery of circulation services.
  • Responsible for supervising, training, and evaluating the work performance of staff and creates a work environment that fosters continuous improvement and values teamwork.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to guiding staff in their professional growth and supporting system-wide succession planning efforts.
  • Builds and maintains effective work relations with staff, customers, administration, and the community.
  • As a member of the branch management team communicates a compelling vision for the branch, takes initiative in developing and maintaining a productive and engaged workplace, and contributes to the achievement of branch goals.
  • Engages in direct public service and develops and maintains a thorough understanding of BCPL rules and policies and ensures their appropriate application to customer service transactions.
  • Plans, communicates, and implements changes required of the Circulation Department.
  • Uses management and technology skills to improve branch efficiency and effectiveness in the delivery of services.
  • Enforces library rules and policies and handles security issues and emergency situations as necessary.
  • Actively participates on system-wide committees and promotes the Library in the community.

Job Requirements

  • Graduation from high school or high school equivalency.  A college degree is preferred.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of public library circulation operations acquired through four years of progressively increasing work responsibilities in a public library environment.  One year of supervisory experience is preferred.
  • A commitment to excellent customer service and the ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds.
  • Substantial experience using an ILS, Polaris experience preferred.
  • Physical ability to stand at a public service desk for lengthy periods of time, push carts and shelve materials.
  • Physical ability to bend, lift up to 25 lbs. and push/pull a wheeled cart weighing up to 100 lbs.
  • Ability to establish and maintain respectful relationships with customers, co-workers and community groups.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities, tasks and emergencies in a fast paced environment.
  • Possesses strong verbal and written communication skills and demonstrates flexibility, initiative and creativity.
  • Able to work a schedule that includes evenings and weekend shifts.
  • Must pass post offer criminal background screening.

We offer an excellent benefit package that includes: Four weeks of vacation; sick and personal leave; subsidized health care coverage; pension eligibility; and other benefits. Annualized Salary: $44,023 – $58,967 commensurate with experience.

To apply:

Send an email to humres@bcpl.net and attach two documents:  1) a completed BCPL employment application which you can find on our website www.bcpl.jobs  and 2) your cover letter and resume as one PDF document. Include your last name in the title of the documents. Indicate the job title: Circulation Manager II-Hereford in the subject line of your email.

Documents must be received by: June 18, 2018                                                                                                Vacancy #: 2018-129

Four Positions- Washington DC & Maryland

Position: Library Dean
Location: Thurgood Marshall Library – Bowie State University, Bowie, MD

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

Bowie State University is seeking a transformative leader to serve as Dean of the Thurgood Marshall Library. The Thurgood Marshall Library plays a vital role in ensuring academic excellence and student success, as well as enhancing the intellectual and economic capital – both on campus and beyond. The Dean will lead with passion, creativity and excellence to cultivate an interactive environment for interdisciplinary discovery and research, while transforming our library into hubs of life-long learning.

This position will: Work collaboratively with library and academic leadership, to support the goals of the University’s strategic plan and the vision of our President, “Racing to Excellence”; Lead faculty and staff to provide outstanding library services and transform facilities into centers of academic excellence and student success; Provide vision, strategic direction, and operational leadership for the library; working with librarians and staff to meet the University’s educational and research missions and ambitious goals for growth; Build and cultivate relationships with alumni and other strategic partners to support the library’s research, scholarly, educational, service and fundraising goals; Foster a highly-collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives to attract, recruit, and retain top faculty and staff; Serve, along with 5 other deans, as an equal member of the Academic Deans; Direct content management, and promotion of materials to meet the needs of students, faculty, staff and clinicians; Participate in the University System of Maryland’s Library Consortium; Coordinate library activities with other Universities across the state, region and nation as well as support continual professional development for library staff and faculty; and perform other related duties as assigned. As the premier education and research library in the University’s intellectual hub, the Thurgood Marshall Library is central to the institution’s mission of excellence in education, research and service to enrich the lives of its community members and beyond. Our tenured and non-tenured faculty and staff are key collaborators across the campus to prepare students for leadership in the knowledge economy and a global society. Thurgood Marshall Library has combined holdings totaling more than 213,057 volumes and provided key support for education and research awards resulting in over $5 million in FY2017.

Education
Masters degree in library science and/or terminal degree from an accredited school required.

Experience
At least 10 years of progressively responsible leadership and management experience in an academic library setting required.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities
Demonstrated initiative and flexibility, as well as the ability to adapt library services in a rapidly changing environment. Visionary leadership skills that utilize a participatory style to promote innovation and change management; strong communication skills and transparency in decision making, as well as the ability to cultivate an enriching environment and foster collaboration and diversity; passion for articulating the college’s ability to develop, promote, and retain world-class faculty and staff.

Position: Library Director
Location: Cecil College Library, North East, MD

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA JobLIST.

DIVISION: Student Services & Enrollment Management
REPORTING TO: Vice President, Student Services & Enrollment Management
DATE: May 2018

GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Library Director is responsible for the overall management of the Cecil College Library. The Director should be an experienced information resource expert with a successful track record of implementing new programs in collaboration with the academic community. Additionally, the position will be responsible for the administration of quality services using current library technologies.

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

  • Oversees physical inventories of the library print and non-print collections as needed.
  • Ensures efficient and effective use of the integrated library system, SirsiDynix, through technical support and problem solving.
  • Collaborates with faculty and library staff in investigating leading-edge technologies, testing new software, and recommending and implementing appropriate systems in support of library services.
  • Directs the development and implementation of library orientation programs and services.
  • Oversees the completion of service quality assessment of the library to ensure continuous improvement in library services.
  • Provides leadership in developing faculty outreach and liaison programs.
  • Functions as a resource in recruiting, hiring, training, and evaluating the College library staff.
  • Supervises collection development of subject areas relevant to the College mission such as multiculturalism and student learning.
  • Prepares, presents, and administers the library budget.
  • Responsible for all materials donated to the library.
  • Coordinates Cecil College’s library services, activities, programs, and initiatives with other local and regional academic institutions, CCPL, CCPS, and local community.
  • Fulfill MHEC proposal requests for Library Resources from Associate Dean for Academic Assessments & Development.

Other Related Duties:

  • Attend related statewide meetings as appropriate.
  • Participate in College committees as necessary.
  • Handles other related duties as assigned.

REQUIREMENTS:

Education: Master’s degree in library science (ALA accredited).

Experience: Minimum of 5 years of substantial management, supervisory and budget experience in increasingly responsible positions in academic libraries. A record of successful implementation and management of a variety of services, functions and knowledge of best practices and current trends in library services.

Skills/Training: Demonstrated ability to introduce information literacy related to online research to the College community. Strong record of professional and scholarly activity.

Proficiencies: Evidence of strong verbal and written communication skills. Documented supervisory experience.

Scheduling Requirements: Varied work schedule during critical periods, sometimes requiring evening, and Saturday work hours dependent on the needs of special events promotions.

Apply on-line to https://legacy.cecil.edu/employment/position-announcements.asp.

Position: Programmer, Integrated Library System
Location: Gelman Library – George Washington University Library, Washington, DC

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA JobLIST.

The George Washington University Libraries & Academic Innovation (GWLAI) is seeking applications for a Programmer, Integrated Library System (ILS). The successful candidate will combine a strong service orientation and experience in application development to ensure that GWLAI maintains and builds upon its commitment to excellence in facilitating information discovery that it delivers to the George Washington University (GWU) community.

The Programmer, ILS takes an innovative, service-centric approach to the management of the integrated library system and discovery systems. S/he will be responsible for managing the vendor-hosted ILS (Alma), discovery tool (Primo), and link resolver; and proxy authentication system (EZproxy). The Programmer, ILS will perform software development, front end design, and other tasks as required for the ongoing enhancement or maintenance of GWLAIcustom software tools, primarily in support of information discovery. A successful candidate will be able to thoughtfully integrate library systems with other campus systems. These include but are not limited to: GWU student information systems, enterprise accounting systems, Blackboard, LibGuides, InterLibrary Loan, ArchivesSpace, and Hyrax. The Programmer, ILS will serve as part of GWLAI’s Scholarly Technology Group which is composed of software developers, Librarians, IT professionals, and GIS specialists working on projects that include software development, digital collections, and research support initiatives.

Daily responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Manage and support the full software lifecycle from requirements to implementation, production support, enhancement, and maintenance
  • Lead development or be in a supporting role in a wide range of collaborative software projects, from backend to frontend, using multiple languages and frameworks, with scopes big and small, on short deadlines and for ongoing projects.
  • Extends functionality of systems and groups by performing requirement gathering, solution design, programming for new or existing tools, configuration, troubleshooting, training, and other management tasks and make any necessary software enhancements to improve service delivery in the ILS environment.
  • Develop connections and/or automation that improves information delivery, business processes, reporting, and analytics.
  • Leverage vendor-provided Application Program Interfaces (APIs) through original and community software development projects to create new user applications and support data-driven decision making
  • Manage upgrades for the components of the information discovery ecosystem in cooperation with vendors and users
  • Preparing technical documentation, creating unit tests, conducting training for users, and monitoring the operations of discovery and resource delivery systems
  • Serve as a technical representative relating to library systems software, standards, and infrastructure at the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC). WRLC is a consortium of research Libraries in the Washington DC which supports and enhances the library and information services of its constituent members.
  • Work with other GWLAI staff and consortial staff to improve processes, evolve systems, and think strategically to evolve our collections workflows.
  • The position is based at GW’s Foggy Bottom Campus in Washington, DC. The incumbent may perform other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Requirements
Qualified candidates will hold a Bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position. Degree requirements may be substituted with an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Preferred Qualifications include:

  • Experience with Ex Libris Alma, Voyager, or other integrated library system
  • Demonstrated experience designing, implementing, and supporting all aspects of software systems using one or more of Python, Ruby, Perl, or PHP, and comfort working with languages that are not your strongest.
  • Experience working in an academic library or consortial library environment
  • Front-end development experience using AngularJS or similar frameworks
  • Knowledge of current or emerging bibliographic standards
  • Demonstrated experience with and a preference for using free software and open source development practices, but no objection to using proprietary tools when appropriate.

Position: Librarian( Manuscript-Historian)
Location: Library of Congress, Washington, DC
Salary Range: $96,970 to $126,062 per year

Full vacancy announcement is available on the USAJOBS.

The Librarian (Manuscript Historian – Specialist) position has primary or shared curatorial and acquisition responsibilities for a wide range of collections in the field of American women’s history held by the Library of Congress Manuscript Division. Included are such luminaries as reformers Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lucy Stone, Alice Stone Blackwell, Clara Barton, Margaret Sanger, and Mary Church Terrell; First Ladies Dolley Madison, Lucretia Garfield, and Edith Bolling Wilson; Supreme Court justices Sandra Day O’Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg; legislators and government officials Clare Boothe Luce, Patricia Harris, Pamela Harriman, Patsy T. Mink, and Alice Rivlin; anthropologist Margaret Mead; journalists and newspaper publishers Ruby Black, Janet Flanner, Katharine Graham, Helen Thomas, Nancy Dickerson, and Mary McGrory; and countless other both notable and uncelebrated women represented in the division’s vast holdings. Supplementing these collections of personal papers are the records of numerous women’s organizations such as the National American Woman Suffrage Association, National Woman’s Party, League of Women Voters, National Consumers League, National Women’s Trade Union League, National Council of Jewish Women, ERAmerica, and others. The specialist works under the general supervision of the chief of the Manuscript Division, who provides guidance concerning the general scope, direction, and objective of assignments. This position is located in the Manuscript Division of Library Services.

The position description number for this position is 137724.

This position is located in the Manuscript Division, Collections and Services Directorate, Library Services.

Responsibilities
The Manuscript Specialist (Historian) has primary curatorial and acquisition responsibilities for the collections of the Manuscript Division, one of the foremost special collections repositories of the world. The division collects and preserves personal papers of prominent individuals and the records of political, social, and professional organizations as well as rare Americana, and makes these materials available to researchers. The specialist applies expertise in designated subject fields such as Early America, nineteenth-century America, Civil War and Reconstruction, twentieth-century/modern America, African American History, Science and Technology, American Women’s History, or American Literature and Culture. He or she combines the skill sets of historians, archivists/librarians, curators, and acquisitions officers. He or she participates with division management in the making of policy decisions, especially, but not exclusively, those related to collection development. The specialist performs at a high degree of responsibility in interpretation of collections, outreach, and advanced reference capacities.

Completes library acquisitions of personal papers and organizational records of historical significance within the field of American women’s history and of other historical manuscript and archival materials as assigned. Locates collections of interest and negotiates with the creator or owner to acquire the material.

Communicates historical information through a variety of means, such as written materials or papers used for publication or presentations.

Proposes and oversees digital projects and physical exhibitions, and curates their content.

Uses a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of American history, archival methods and the research needs of the scholarly community. Analyzes existing Library of Congress manuscript and archival holdings to identify areas that need to be supplemented or where holdings in the field of American women’s history are inadequate. Prepares appraisals and recommendations for organizing newly acquired manuscript collections and criteria for disposing of unneeded material. Analyzes the condition of records and recommends preservation treatment to safeguard them from deterioration, damage or destruction, or from impairment of their value through disarrangement or alteration. Considers the need for microfilming, digitizing, or photocopying.

Makes collections and the information in or about them available in response to individual requests. Supports professional researchers and provides advice and consultation to scholars. Uses knowledge of the holdings as well as subject matter expertise to identify and locate germane source materials, explain the background, suggest primary and secondary sources or documents that might be useful to the inquirer, and provide the information requested.

Qualifications
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Ability to translate the results of historical research into various written formats.**

Ability to organize and analyze historical information and materials.**

Knowledge of American history subject areas sufficient to acquire collections.**

Knowledge of integrated library systems, library applications, and other information technologies.

Knowledge of the principles, concepts and techniques of professional archival work.

Ability to conduct presentations and provide information regarding historical research.

Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing.

Four Positions — Maryland & Virginia

Position: Library Associate I
Location: Harford County Public Library, Bel Air, MD

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.

Application Period: Posted May 15, 2018; for Best Consideration Apply By – June 30, 2018 (open until filled)

Essential Functions:
Position Functions:

  • Performs a variety of reference services within a branch;
  • Assists the public in the use of library resources, including computer catalogs, indexes, computerized search systems, and the Internet;
  • Searches online catalogs and shelves to locate information;
  • Performs in-depth reference searches and performing readers’ advisory services;
  • Plans, assembles, and arranges displays of materials to support popular topics;
  • Conducts library tours and orientations;
  • Provides information on library activities, facilities, rules, and services to customers;
  • Provides library services to special populations and coordinating special programs such as summer readings, story times, or holiday programs;
  • Prepares and compiles required reports and statistics;
  • May maintain assigned collection;
  • May manage and coordinate activities associated with assigned population;
  • May coordinate library services and schedule library visits to the designated outreach sites;
  • May plan, prepare and deliver materials for assigned population and/or sites;
  • May prepare monthly newsletters for assigned program;
  • May develop training tools and conduct staff training;
  • May plan, direct, or carry out special projects involving library promotion and outreach activities.

Standard Functions:

  • Serves on committees and participates in workshops, seminars, and training as requested;
  • Represents Library at various outreach activities, as needed;
  • Notifies Supervisor with suggested ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of personnel and procedures and system-wide goals and objectives;
  • Maintains good public relations with the community through contacts with public officials, community leaders, volunteers, Friends of the Library, appropriate school personnel, and the general public;
  • Learns new skills and technologies to retain proficiency in areas of expertise;
  • Is dependable and punctual;
  • Maintains a positive, friendly, and cooperative attitude and provides consistent customer service;
  • Upholds all library policies and procedures as defined in Harford County Public Library’s Policies and Procedures Manual;
  • Completes time sheet and other necessary forms and reports accurately and in a timely manner;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications
Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in Special Education
  • Ability to attend Library Associate Training Program and to complete the program within 2 years after starting the program for Library Associate I.
  • Previous work experience with youth and special needs
  • 1 year direct customer/public service experience.
  • Computer experience including Internet.
  • Ability to work day, evening, and weekends hours.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to gain working knowledge of library practices and procedures, including accurate use of current reference and search tools and the standard automated library system;
  • Working knowledge of the principles and practices of reference and reader’s advisory services;
  • Ability to operate relevant computer systems, including hardware and software, and office machines;
  • Working knowledge of electronic resources, including the Internet and bibliographic utilities;
  • Ability to develop and present programs;
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written;
  • Basic math skills.

Reporting Relationship: This position reports to Branch Manager or Assistant Branch Manager. Does not regularly supervise other staff. May supervise volunteers.

Work Environment:

  • Work requires light physical effort in the handling of light materials, up to 30 pounds, in non-strenuous work environment. For example, pushing/pulling of library carts to move library materials within the department, and set up and break down of displays.
  • Work also involves standing or walking up to 60% of the time.
  • Observes safe work place practices with uncluttered workspace, including office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, proper lifting techniques and following fire regulations.
  • Ability to travel to branch/outside locations, as necessary.

Position: Assistant Manager I
Location: Harford County Public Library, Jarrettsville, MD

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

Position Summary: Assists with managing the day-to-day operations, activities, and staff of the branch; directly supervises and oversees training for hourly reference staff, including reference substitutes and other hourly staff or volunteers as assigned; provides reference, collection and readers’ advisory services to the public; oversees, plans and implements children, young adult and adult programs; performs other duties as assigned. Meets minimum public service hours as defined by Library Administration.

Application Period: Posted May 15, 2018; for Best Consideration Apply By – June 30, 2018 (open until filled)

Essential Functions:
Position Functions:

  • Provides reference, collection and readers’ advisory services to the public;
  • Ensures appropriate “transfer of training” and information sharing activities have been developed and implemented for reference staff having attended training or staff development activities;
  • Assists in the development of branch staff schedules and, in conjunction with the Branch Manager, ensures accurate reflection of assigned reference tasks;
  • Oversees, plans and implements children, young adult and adult services as assigned by the Branch Manager;
  • Assists with overall branch management and oversees branch activities and personnel in the absence of the manager;
  • Prepares reports as directed;
  • Provides assistance and training on electronic resources to staff and patrons;
  • Performs collection maintenance activities, including weeding and assessment; keeping collections up to date; and ordering items;
  • Takes a leadership role in implementing changes and in fulfilling the goals and objectives of the library;

Supervision Functions:

  • Supervises hourly reference staff, including reference substitutes, and other hourly staff or volunteers as assigned;
  • Oversees the training of staff and volunteers, as assigned;
  • Administers the Performance Recognition System (PRS), the library’s performance evaluation system, in accordance with published guidelines;
  • Approves annual leave and checks and tabulates timesheets for assigned staff;
  • Prepares monthly reports, meeting agendas, and monthly schedules;
  • Interprets and implements system wide policies and procedures;
  • Schedules and facilitates department/team meetings;
  • Ensures staff receive and understand system and department communications via written or electronic format;
  • May act as supervisor of team or work group and/or may supervise volunteers.

Standard Functions:

  • Serves on committees and participates in workshops, seminars, and training as requested;
  • Represents Library at various outreach activities, as needed;
  • Notifies Supervisor with suggested ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of personnel and procedures and system-wide goals and objectives;
  • Maintains good public relations with the community through contacts with public officials, community leaders, volunteers, Friends of the Library, appropriate school personnel, and the general public;
  • Learns new skills and technologies to retain proficiency in areas of expertise;
  • Is dependable and punctual;
  • Maintains a positive, friendly, and cooperative attitude and provides consistent customer service;
  • Upholds all library policies and procedures as defined in Harford County Public Library’s Policies and Procedures Manual;
  • Completes time sheet and other necessary forms and reports accurately and in a timely manner;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

In addition to the specific duties and responsibilities of this job, it is the responsibility of every employee to comply with the Harford County Public Library Values statement, customer service guidelines, and all other policies detailed in the Policies and Procedures Manual.

Qualifications
Minimum Requirements:

  • Masters degree in Library Science or other Master’s degree in an approved library related curriculum from ALA accredited institution. (Note: will consider applicants that will complete such program within six months from date of application.)
  • Ability to obtain State of Maryland certification as a Professional Librarian within six months of hire;
  • Two years related professional library experience, including direct information service and training of customers and staff on use of computers, databases, preferably in public library;
  • Some supervisory experience;
  • Ability to work day, evening, and weekends hours.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to gain advanced knowledge of Harford County Public Library policies and procedures;
  • Ability to act as a representative of Harford County Public Library to the public;
  • Extensive knowledge of branch practices and procedures;
  • Thorough understanding of the relationship of the facets of children’s, young adult and adult services and the concepts necessary to develop strong cross services relationships;
  • Expert knowledge of relevant electronic resources, including the Internet and database retrieval;
  • Ability to effectively coordinate, supervise, train and communicate with other staff members;
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other professionals;
  • Ability to develop and implement programs in children’s, young adult and adult services
  • Extensive knowledge of modern research and investigative techniques and procedures;
  • Ability to keep relevant parties informed of all major issues and programs and to recommend changes as appropriate;
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records;
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask;
  • Ability to operate relevant computer systems, including hardware and software, and office machines;
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.

Reporting Relationship: This position reports to the Manager I – Branch or Manager II – Branch-. Directly supervises para-professional staff. May supervise volunteers.

Work Environment:

  • Work requires occasional physical effort in handling of materials, up to 30 pounds, in non-strenuous work environment. For example, set up and take down of tables, chairs or other equipment for meetings or events, pushing/pulling of library carts.
  • Work also involves standing or walking up to 60% of the time.
  • Requires sitting and use of computer and keyboard for extended periods of time.
  • Observes safe work place practices with uncluttered workspace, including office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, proper lifting techniques and following fire regulations.
  • Ability to travel to branch/outside locations is required

Position: Assistant Manager I
Location: Harford County Public Library, Whiteford, MD

Originally posted on the Maryland Library Association listserv.

Position Summary: Assists with managing the day-to-day operations, activities, and staff of the branch; directly supervises and oversees training for hourly reference staff, including reference substitutes and other hourly staff or volunteers as assigned; provides reference, collection and readers’ advisory services to the public; oversees, plans and implements children, young adult and adult programs; performs other duties as assigned. Meets minimum public service hours as defined by Library Administration.

Application Period: Posted May 15, 2018; for Best Consideration Apply By – June 30, 2018 (open until filled)

Essential Functions:
Position Functions:

  • Provides reference, collection and readers’ advisory services to the public;
  • Ensures appropriate “transfer of training” and information sharing activities have been developed and implemented for reference staff having attended training or staff development activities;
  • Assists in the development of branch staff schedules and, in conjunction with the Branch Manager, ensures accurate reflection of assigned reference tasks;
  • Oversees, plans and implements children, young adult and adult services as assigned by the Branch Manager;
  • Assists with overall branch management and oversees branch activities and personnel in the absence of the manager;
  • Prepares reports as directed;
  • Provides assistance and training on electronic resources to staff and patrons;
  • Performs collection maintenance activities, including weeding and assessment; keeping collections up to date; and ordering items;
  • Takes a leadership role in implementing changes and in fulfilling the goals and objectives of the library;

Supervision Functions:

  • Supervises hourly reference staff, including reference substitutes, and other hourly staff or volunteers as assigned;
  • Oversees the training of staff and volunteers, as assigned;
  • Administers the Performance Recognition System (PRS), the library’s performance evaluation system, in accordance with published guidelines;
  • Approves annual leave and checks and tabulates timesheets for assigned staff;
  • Prepares monthly reports, meeting agendas, and monthly schedules;
  • Interprets and implements system wide policies and procedures;
  • Schedules and facilitates department/team meetings;
  • Ensures staff receive and understand system and department communications via written or electronic format;
  • May act as supervisor of team or work group and/or may supervise volunteers.

Standard Functions:

  • Serves on committees and participates in workshops, seminars, and training as requested;
  • Represents Library at various outreach activities, as needed;
  • Notifies Supervisor with suggested ways to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of personnel and procedures and system-wide goals and objectives;
  • Maintains good public relations with the community through contacts with public officials, community leaders, volunteers, Friends of the Library, appropriate school personnel, and the general public;
  • Learns new skills and technologies to retain proficiency in areas of expertise;
  • Is dependable and punctual;
  • Maintains a positive, friendly, and cooperative attitude and provides consistent customer service;
  • Upholds all library policies and procedures as defined in Harford County Public Library’s Policies and Procedures Manual;
  • Completes time sheet and other necessary forms and reports accurately and in a timely manner;
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

In addition to the specific duties and responsibilities of this job, it is the responsibility of every employee to comply with the Harford County Public Library Values statement, customer service guidelines, and all other policies detailed in the Policies and Procedures Manual.

Qualifications
Minimum Requirements:

  • Masters degree in Library Science or other Master’s degree in an approved library related curriculum from ALA accredited institution. (Note: will consider applicants that will complete such program within six months from date of application.)
  • Ability to obtain State of Maryland certification as a Professional Librarian within six months of hire;
  • Two years related professional library experience, including direct information service and training of customers and staff on use of computers, databases, preferably in public library;
  • Some supervisory experience;
  • Ability to work day, evening, and weekends hours.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to gain advanced knowledge of Harford County Public Library policies and procedures;
  • Ability to act as a representative of Harford County Public Library to the public;
  • Extensive knowledge of branch practices and procedures;
  • Thorough understanding of the relationship of the facets of children’s, young adult and adult services and the concepts necessary to develop strong cross services relationships;
  • Expert knowledge of relevant electronic resources, including the Internet and database retrieval;
  • Ability to effectively coordinate, supervise, train and communicate with other staff members;
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other professionals;
  • Ability to develop and implement programs in children’s, young adult and adult services
  • Extensive knowledge of modern research and investigative techniques and procedures;
  • Ability to keep relevant parties informed of all major issues and programs and to recommend changes as appropriate;
  • Ability to prepare and maintain accurate records;
  • Ability to prioritize and multitask;
  • Ability to operate relevant computer systems, including hardware and software, and office machines;
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written.

Reporting Relationship: This position reports to the Manager I – Branch or Manager II – Branch-. Directly supervises para-professional staff. May supervise volunteers.

Work Environment:

  • Work requires occasional physical effort in handling of materials, up to 30 pounds, in non-strenuous work environment. For example, set up and take down of tables, chairs or other equipment for meetings or events, pushing/pulling of library carts.
  • Work also involves standing or walking up to 60% of the time.
  • Requires sitting and use of computer and keyboard for extended periods of time.
  • Observes safe work place practices with uncluttered workspace, including office equipment, avoidance of trips and falls, proper lifting techniques and following fire regulations.
  • Ability to travel to branch/outside locations is required

Position: Librarian II
Location: Beatley Central Library, Alexandria, VA

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA JobLIST.

The Beatley Central Library is seeking enthusiastic, tech-savvy candidates for a Librarian II position. The ideal candidate will have exceptional customer service skills and the desire to contribute to a busy, main library. Under the supervision of the Adult Services Manager, this position is responsible for coordinating the Alexandria Library’s volunteer programs, plans special events and community outreach activities, and supervises interlibrary loan functions.

Duties:

  • Coordinates the Library’s volunteer programs to include developing training and evaluation materials and providing guidance to branch library volunteer coordinators.
  • Recruits volunteers for support work and recommends assignments that will make best use of individual skills and library needs.
  • Oversees aspects of public programming, exhibitions, and special events including planning, implementation, and logistics.
  • Become a passport processing agent and assist in passport processing.
  • Oversee a staff member in the Talking Books services.
  • May attend/represent the Library at off-site programs and events.
  • Oversees the interlibrary loan program, to include updating ILL policies and procedures, training staff on ILL processes, and compiling monthly and annual ILL statistics.
  • Processes ILL requests from Alexandria Library patrons and provides materials to other libraries using OCLC.
  • Answers any patron or system-wide inquiries related to ILL policies and procedures.
  • Answers reference questions in person, via telephone or email, and provides instruction on using the library catalog, databases and all equipment in the reference area.
  • Contributes to collection development of the adult fiction and nonfiction areas through evaluating and ordering new materials as well as weeding and maintaining current collections.
  • Serves as manager or building officer in the absence of the Adult Services Manager
  • May supervise up to five staff members (part-time Librarian I and Library Assistant positions) including interviewing, selecting, training and evaluating these staff.

Requirements
Skills and Abilities

  • Must be a US Citizen to qualify for Passport Training.
  • Excellent customer service and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of automated integrated library systems and comfortable with technology.
  • Knowledge of library policies and procedures.
  • Familiarity with reference services using a variety of print and electronic resources.
  • Ability to work independently to manage ILL processes.
  • Some management or supervisory experience preferred.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an accredited A.L.A. library school and the Virginia professional library license are required.
  • At least one year of professional library experience at the level of Librarian I, experience in general reference, interlibrary loan and some supervisory experience is preferred.

Branch Manager- Montgomery County Public Libraries

Position: Branch Manager
Location: Montgomery County Public Libraries, Potomac, MD
Salary: $75,934.00 – $138,790.00 (Yearly Salary)
Closes: May 16, 2018

Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.

This is professional library administrative work whose primary job is to delight library customers. The manager has full accountability for management of a library branch in Montgomery County Public Libraries as well as serves as a member of the Director’s Administrative team. Branch managers oversee the provision of direct service and assistance to library customers.

Responsibilities include: assessing human resources and customer needs to ensure efficient staff scheduling that corresponds to peak hours of demand, participates in the development of long-range plans for the branch, ensuring consistency with MPCL system-wide goals, manages the supervision and performance evaluations of branch staff, coordinates collection development activities that will improve the quality and usefulness of the library’s collection, ensures successful implementation of new technologies, works with community groups to encourage library use and to assist in making the library more customer friendly, implements system policies and procedures and shares recommendations with library administration, and establishes, maintains, and improves communications and working relationships with diverse community groups, advisory committees, and the media.