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, Library Technology & Digital Strategies

    Job no: 493636
    Work type: Faculty- Librarian
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Library, Library

    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 for Library Technology & Digital Strategies will envision a new library technology and digital strategies model for the UMBC faculty, staff, and students.  As a member of the Library Executive Team, the Associate Director for Library Technology & Digital Strategies is expected to have knowledge of trends in research and learning in the academic library setting.  The Associate Director for Library Technology & Digital Strategies collaborates with university colleagues to determine how the library can best support emerging research initiatives.  The position does not include budgetary responsibility. While working with the UMBC Division of Information Technology (DoIT), the Associate Director advises library leadership on current, new and emerging library applications and knowledge systems that will advance the library’s vision, mission and strategic plan (https://library.umbc.edu/admin/StrategicPlan2018.pdf).The Associate Director for Library Technology & Digital Strategies is expected to be strategic and innovative to move the Albin O. Kuhn Library and its Technology & Digital Strategies forward in a rapidly changing environment of research and education.

    • Leads the library’s investigation and implementation of emerging technology to better serve library’s clientele.
    • Develops a technology plan that builds on the University and Library strategic plans to address new opportunities and pursue possibilities of adapting and applying technology solutions.
    • Develops a plan for scheduled updating of hardware and software.
    • In collaboration with the Director and Associate Directors, participates in library planning; serves on library-wide, university and university system committees and task forces including the Library Executive Council.
    • Represents the UMBC Library on appropriate state, regional and national committees.
    • Represents the UMBC Library in the adoption and technical integration of new University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions technology projects.
    • Works in partnership with the campus DoIT for discovery, planning and implementation of new technology and insures that library systems and computing are robust and operational.
    • Keeps current with trends and issues in the IT industry, including current technologies and costs.
    • Provides leadership in coordinating and defining technology requirements for library-wide projects and initiatives.
    • Oversees Library Information Technology Services composed of library faculty and staff and student employees and works with other areas of the library and university that are affiliated with technology.
    Required Minimum Qualifications:

    • ALA accredited MLS or equivalent advanced degree.
    • Minimum 3 years of progressively responsible professional experience in IT-related project management in an academic library setting.
    • Demonstrated experience and scholarship to be eligible for appointment at the rank of Librarian II and to meet the university requirements for reappointment, promotion, and permanent status as outlined in part 6.6 of the Faculty Handbook https://provost.umbc.edu/faculty-handbook
    • Experience with library technologies and technology planning and demonstrated knowledge of current technology trends.
    • Demonstrated experience in implementing new technologies or services, e.g. virtual servers, immersive technologies, and maker spaces.
    • Strong analytical and decision making skills.
    • Minimum 3 years of experience managing and developing staff.
    • Proven leadership and management skills.
    • Proven experience working in a collaborative team environment.
    • Ability to work collaboratively across the University to advance the technology needs of the library and library users.
    • Excellent interpersonal skills including ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably and personably both verbally and in writing.
    Preferred Qualifications:

    • Knowledge and understanding of significant trends and issues in the application of information technology to libraries and higher education, including research support and information management services and solutions.
    • Experience working with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems, client side computing and cloud technology.
    • Experience developing IT policies for workflows and software support.
    • Experience working with assistive technology for accommodation and accessibility.
    • Demonstrated record of participation in relevant professional associations and ongoing professional development.
    • Experience working with a larger campus information and computing group.
    • Experience working in a consortia of libraries.
    Special Instructions to Applicants:
    Application materials must include a CV/resume; a cover letter which addresses your 5 year vision of the University Library of the Future; three references including names, addresses and phone numbers.

    Questions:
    For questions about submitting application materials, contact Teresa Reese at reeset@umbc.edu

    For questions about the position, contact Lynda Aldana at laldana@umbc.edu

    Screening of Applications Begins:Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by April 1, 2022.  

    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 $85,000. 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/.

    Hours: Full-time 

    To apply and learn more, view the job listing.

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Technical or Support Staff Opportunities

  • Library Services Specialist - Circulation/Reference Liaison

    Job no: 493685
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC campus library

    Responsibilities:

    The Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery is seeking a customer-focused individual with library experience to join our team as the inaugural Circulation – Reference Liaison, to facilitate communication and coordination between the two units in a shared service desk environment. 

    As a member of the Circulation Department team, the Library Services Specialist will participate in departmental functions to assist patrons in locating and using information and library services.  Other duties are to document best practices for the unit, collect statistics and log observations of shared service desk transactions. The objective is to develop or adjust services and procedures to enhance user experience and satisfaction. 

    The candidate is expected to perform library services efficiently, and serve 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. 

    The work schedule for this position is Monday – Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. This schedule is subject to change, based on changes in library hours and staffing needs.

    Required Minimum Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s Degree or related experience at the substitution rate of 30 college credits to one year of experience.

    • One year of experience directly related to the primary duties of this position: customer service, nature and functions of libraries; knowledge of search strategies and database searches; organizational, problem solving, and time management skills.  

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

    • Ability to contribute to and maintain an inclusive, welcoming, and respectful work environment. 

    • Demonstrated ability to work professionally with diverse individuals 

    • Demonstrated ability to understand and apply principles of quality. customer service and teamwork.

    • Excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills

    Preferred Qualifications: 

    • Experience creating documentation for training purposes 

    • Experience working as a liaison between two or more units or programs 

    • Demonstrated familiarity and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Suite applications (e.g., G-mail, Google Docs, & Google Calendar)

    • Experience using an integrated library system 

    • Experience working with college-age population

    Special Instructions to Applicants:
    For best consideration, apply by May 13, 2022. Please upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

    Closing Date: 

    May 13, 2022

    Salary:
    Pay Range 10 (starting at $40,487) based on the University System of Maryland Pay Program

    Hours:

    This is a full-time position Monday to Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. & Friday from 10 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

    Work schedule is subject to change, based on changes in library hours and staffing needs.

    To apply for this job, and learn more about it, please visit the listing on the UMBC Jobs site

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  • Evening Library Services Specialist

    Job no: 493684
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC campus library

    Responsibilities: 

    The Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery is seeking a customer-focused individual with library experience to join our team. The selected candidate will work evening shift hours in the Circulation Department

    As a member of the staff, the Library Services Specialist will engage in customer service duties that support resource sharing.

    Specific tasks include:

    • Coordinating stacks/collections maintenance
    • Participating in local and consortium activities regarding collection maintenance
    • Assisting patrons at the shared service desk
    • Opening or closing the library
    • Monitoring the building for security matters
    • 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. 

    The work schedule for this position is Sunday - Thursday from 4 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. This work schedule is subject to change, based on changes in library hours and staffing needs.

    Required Minimum Qualifications:

    • Bachelor’s Degree, or related experience at the substitution rate of 30 college credits to one year of experience

    • One year of experience directly related to the primary duties of this position: customer service, nature and functions of libraries, maintaining product inventory or stacks maintenance skills.  

    • 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

    Preferred Qualifications: 
    • Demonstrated familiarity and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and Google Suite applications (e.g. Google Docs, Gmail, and Google Calendar).

    • Experience using an integrated library system 

    • Experience working with college-age populations 

    • In-depth knowledge and familiarity with Library of Congress classification system (e.g. LC call numbers)

    Special Instructions to Applicants:
    Upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.

    Closing Date:
    For best consideration, please apply by May 13, 2022

    Salary:
    Pay Range 10 (starting at $40,487) based on the University System of Maryland Pay Program

    Hours:

    This is a full-time position Sunday to Thursday from 4:00 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. 

    Work schedule is subject to change, based on changes in library hours.

    To apply, and read more, please visit the UMBC job posting page

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