Employment at the Library

Library Student Assistants

During the Fall and Spring academic semesters, the Library & Gallery employs approximately 100 UMBC students. During the Summer and January sessions, we ordinarily employ about 30 students. Applications for employment are accepted year-round through our online job application form. Please remember to re-apply every semester.

Library Student Assistants must be current UMBC undergraduate or graduate students. You do not need to have a Federal Work Study Award or be receiving other financial aid to qualify. (Work Study students: please consult your financial aid counselor about the terms and limits of your aid. There may be a limit on the amount of paid work you can do each semester.)

Library Student Assistants should periodically review the Student Assistant's Manual for answers about time sheets, pay, and evaluations.

Read student job descriptions from each department to learn more.

Faculty or Professional Opportunities

  • Associate Director of Public Services

    Job no: 493832
    Work type: Faculty- Librarian
    Location: UMBC Campus

    The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County seeks an experienced and innovative manager to become a key member of the Library Executive Team and to provide future vision, oversight, leadership and strategic direction for the library's public services.

    This permanent status-eligible full-time, non-tenure track library faculty position at the rank of Librarian II reports to the Library Director. The Associate Director is the head of Public Services and provides leadership and strategic visioning for the departments of Reference Services, Circulation Media Services, Interlibrary Loan, and Special Collections and Archives and the Library Gallery at UMBC's Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery. 

    Specific duties include:

    • Develop, set and assess the strategic direction for Circulation Media, Special Collections, Reference and Interlibrary Loan Departments;
    • Ensure that goals and strategic direction align with the Library's Strategic Plan;
    • Lead departmental managers who are responsible for Circulation Media, Special Collections, Reference and Interlibrary Loan Departments;
    • Participate in library planning in collaboration with the Director and Associate Directors;
    • Serve on library-wide, university and university system committees and task forces including the Library Executive Council; and
    • Perform other related duties as assigned.
    Required Minimum Qualifications:

    • MLS/MLIS from an ALA accredited program required.
    • Five years' professional experience with progressive responsibility, including a minimum of three years' experience managing and developing staff in an academic library, particularly in public services areas.
    • Proven knowledge of current and emerging trends, principles, procedures, and best practices related to at least three of the public services areas: circulation, course reserves, resource sharing (Interlibrary Loan), information services (reference), and stacks management.
    • A record of successful collaborative work in a complex environment, such as a consortium or multi-type library.
    • Proven leadership and management skills.
    • Proven experience working in a collaborative team environment.
    • Demonstrated commitment to high quality user service.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills including ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably and person-ably both verbally and in writing.
    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Experience working with Ex Libris products.
    • Experience working directly in one (or more) of the public services departments: Reference, Interlibrary Loan, Circulation/Media, and Special Collections & Library Gallery.
    • Experience managing change in an academic library.
    Questions: For questions about the position, contact aok@umbc.edu or at (410) 455-2356 Screening of Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

    Salary & Benefits:

    This position is a full time (40 hours/week), 12-month library faculty appointment at anticipated rank of Librarian II. Salary commensurate with experience—minimum salary $95,000. Comprehensive benefits.

    The successful candidate will be expected to meet library and university requirements for reappointment, promotion, and permanent status, as outlined in part 6.6 of the Faculty Handbook - http://provost.umbc.edu/faculty-handbook/.

    To read more about this position, and to apply, please visit the posting on the UMBC jobs site.

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Technical or Support Staff Opportunities

  • Library Services Technician

    Job no: 493901
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC Campus

    Position Overview: The Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery is seeking a customer-focused individual who is able to work professionally with diverse individuals to join our team. The selected candidate will work in the Circulation Department under general supervision.

    As a member of the staff, the Library Services Technician will engage in customer service duties that support the teaching and research needs of our users.

    Responsibilities: Specific tasks include assisting patrons at the shared service desk, stacks maintenance, managing the assignment of study rooms and lockers, monitoring the building for security matters, opening or closing the building as needed, and providing training and directions to library student assistants.        

    The candidate will perform library services efficiently, serving library users courteously, promptly, and in accordance with the Public Services Division's values of approachability, cooperation, diversity and inclusion, professionalism, and excellent quality of work.

    Required Minimum Qualifications:  

    • High School Diploma or GED

    • Two years of experience directly related to the primary duties of this position: customer service, and experience working in a team environment. 

    •  Ability to work independently and exercise initiative in applying rules, procedures, and instructions.

    • Ability to work professionally with diverse individuals

    • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills

    Note: Additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • Demonstrated familiarity and proficiency with Microsoft or Google Suite applications (e.g. Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Calendar).

    • Experience using an Integrated Library System 

    • Experience working with or serving college-age populations 

    • Knowledge and familiarity with classification systems used in libraries 

    In addition to a resume, upload a statement discussing your knowledge of the nature and functions of libraries, working in a team-based environment, and interacting with diverse populations. Individuals who progress in the search will be asked to provide contact information of a supervisor and other personal or professional references. 

    This is a full-time position Tuesday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday 9:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    To apply for this position and to learn more, please visit the UMBC Jobs site

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  • Accounting Associate

    Job no: 493903
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Position Overview: Under the direct supervision of the Business Service Specialist, the Accounting Associate will be responsible for performing accounting clerical tasks for both the Library and the Gallery as separate departments. 

    UMBC offers competitive compensation.  This role starts at $39,232 and has 11 days of vacation as well as winter break, spring break, and personal days for regular full time roles.  Tuition remission is also available. 

    What is it like to work at UMBC?  Check out Glassdoor or Indeed. And read about our recent award, UMBC is a 2021 Great College to Work for…. In every category.


    Specific duties and responsibilities include:

    • Prepare cash receipt documentation for daily deposit.

    • Process invoices in UMBC PAW for Library Serials and Monographs daily.

    • Back up to Business Service Specialist with transactions recorded in Aleph.

    • Staff will process requisitions, contracts, and payment requests for all Library Departments.

    • Process payment using the UMBC purchasing card while maintaining backup documentation.

    • Process all Library supply orders using the purchasing card or PAW system.

    • Complete reconciliation for Library Revolving and Library Gallery transactions.

    • Monitoring transactions and budget for accuracy.

    • Serve as a P-Card reallocator to the Gallery staff.

    • Shipping and receiving postage using UPS world-ship for Library departments.

    • Will supervise Student Assistant and Accounting Clerk.

    Required Minimum Qualifications:  

    • High School Diploma

    • 4 Years of Accounting Clerical Experience

    • Must be skilled in performing mathematical computations, operating a calculator and utilizing analytical techniques to reconcile financial data.

    • Thorough knowledge of bookkeeping principles, mathematical methods and techniques and accounting standards.

    • The ideal candidate will be detail-oriented, have excellent verbal and written communication skills and be able to work independently with little supervision

    Note: Additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work may be substituted for the education or experience requirement on a year-for-year basis with 30 college credits being equivalent to one year of experience.

    In addition to a resume, please upload a cover letter and three professional references. For best consideration, submit your application before October 14, 2022.

    To apply and learn more about this position, please visit the UMBC Jobs site

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