Employment at the Library

Library Student Assistants

During the Fall and Spring academic semesters, the Library & Gallery employs approximately 25-30 UMBC students. During the Summer and January sessions, we ordinarily employ about 10-15 students. Applications for employment are accepted year-round through Handshake. 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.)

Faculty or Professional Opportunities

  • Associate Director, Library Technology & Digital Strategies

    Job no: 494057
    Work type: Faculty- Librarian
    Location: UMBC Campus

    The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery promotes intellectual growth and creativity by developing high quality collections, facilitating access to information resources, and furthering innovative teaching and learning. In support of the University's mission, our Library is dedicated to diversity, social responsibility, and lifelong learning.

    For more information visit: https://library.umbc.edu/

    Responsibilities: The Associate Director and Head of 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 and Head of Library Technology & Digital Strategies is expected to have knowledge of trends in research and learning in the academic library setting.  The Associate Director and Head of 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 and Head of Library Technology & Digital Strategies is expected to be strategic and innovative to move the Albin O. Kuhn Library and its technology and digital strategies forward in a rapidly changing environment of research and education. Specific duties include:

    • Leads the library’s investigation and implementation of emerging technology to better serve the 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 (USMAI) 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.

    • Manage a full time staff of five and student workers.

    Required Minimum Qualifications: 
    • ALA accredited MLS/MLIS 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; statement on diversity and inclusion; 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 March 1, 2023.  

    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

    About UMBC: UMBC, an honors university serving more than 11,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students, is one of two public universities in Maryland to achieve the “doctoral/research university-extensive” Carnegie classification. Located just outside Baltimore and 45 minutes from Washington, DC, the campus is growing rapidly under dynamic leadership.

    Our UMBC community redefines excellence in higher education through an inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. We will advance knowledge, economic prosperity, and social justice by welcoming and inspiring inquisitive minds from all backgrounds. The successful candidate will join a department with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, and will be expected to contribute actively to these efforts (https://diversity.umbc.edu/).

    To read the complete job listing and to apply, please view this position on the UMBC jobs site.

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Technical or Support Staff Opportunities

  • Accounting & Receiving Clerk

    Job no: 494091
    Work type: Staff Full-time
    Location: UMBC Campus
    Categories: Administrative/Clerical Support, Library

    The Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery commits to supporting equity, diversity and inclusion for our users, staff, collections, environment and services. We strive to create and maintain a community that acknowledges, encourages, appreciates and celebrates differences. For more information: Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery

    Under direct supervision, the Accounting & Receiving Clerk routinely receives, stores and distributes supplies; submits purchase requisition in PAW; and uses a university purchase card for materials and equipment for both the Library and the Gallery. The position reports to the Business Services Specialist.

    UMBC offers competitive compensation. This role starts at $33,997 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 2022 Great College to Work for…. In every category.

    A hybrid telework schedule may be available.

    The Accounting & Receiving Clerk/Storekeeper II position verifies and records incoming and outgoing shipments and prepares items for shipment by performing the following duties:

    Receiving Clerk Duties:

    • Receives and inspects shipments for compliance with delivery documents and purchase order specifications, rejecting damaged items, recording shortages, and corresponding with shippers to rectify damages and shortages.
    • Reports defective materials or questionable conditions to the department supervisor.
    • Determines the method of shipment, utilizing knowledge of shipping procedures, routes and rates. Affixes shipping labels on packed cartons or boxes. Posts weights and shipping charges and affixes postage.


    • Supports and assists with preparing purchase requisitions.
    • Authorizes release of shipments and submits invoices for payment.
    • Will assist with cash receipt documentation for daily deposits.
    • Will process invoices in UMBC PAW for Library and Gallery.
    • Amongst other duties, will process requisitions, contracts and payment requests for all Library Departments. Process payments using the UMBC purchasing card while maintaining backup documentation. Process all Library supply orders using the purchasing card or PAW system.
    Required Minimum Qualifications:

    • High School Diploma or GED
    • Two years of related experience

    Position requires extensive standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling and lifting to transport and stock assigned supplies and materials. This position must frequently lift and move items over 50 to 60 pounds.

    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: 

    • Knowledge of issuing and storing supplies, materials and equipment 
    • The ability to perform basic math and communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
    • The ability to operate a pallet jack to move equipment.
    • Knowledge of computers and other standard office equipment 
    A background check will be required. 

    Upload a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. The position will be open until filled. 

    UMBC offers a rich benefits package including the following for nonexempt regular employees.

    Generous Leave which includes accruing the following for full time positions:

    • 11 Days of Annual Leave  (increases with years of service)
    • 15 Days of Sick Leave  
    • 15 Holidays
    • 3 Personal Days

    Tuition Remission:

    • 8 credit hours per semester
    • Tuition remission at UMBC for eligible dependents after two years of FT employment

    Additional Benefits:

    • Life and disability insurance
    • Retirement/Pension plan
    • Professional development opportunities
    • Wellness opportunities
    • & Much more

    Contingent II positions may include benefits

    Benefits offered align with type (Regular, Contingent II, etc.) of position. 

    Pay Range 06 (starting at $33,997) based on the University System of Maryland Pay Program.

    For more information and to apply, please visit the UMBC jobs site.

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