Albert S. Cook Library is the campus library for Towson University, the largest university in the Baltimore area and the second largest in the University System of Maryland.
The Library staff of approximately 20 librarians and 30 staff members contributes to the academic mission of Towson University by providing resources, services, and spaces that support student, faculty, staff, and community scholarship.
Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
This three-year Library Residency program is designed to provide an early-career librarian from an underrepresented group the opportunity for rapid professional growth while bringing new perspectives and fresh ideas to Towson University Libraries. The first two years of the program will be dedicated to orientation to the profession of academic librarianship and development of projects and experience in departments throughout the library including Research and Instruction, Content Management, Special Collections & University Archives, Library Information Technology, Library Advancement and Assessment, and Access Services. In the final year of the program the Resident will specialize in their chosen area(s) and work on a capstone project suited to their professional interests and to the needs of the library. A goal of this project is for the Resident, working independently or with a mentor, to develop, complete, and report research or creative work at a conference or as a publication. The Resident will serve on library and university committees and participate in professional organizations. The Resident Librarian will benefit from formal and informal mentorship, funding and encouragement of professional development, and a focus on career planning. Towson University Libraries Residency program is part of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance.
Research & Instruction Librarian - Contingent
Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library seeks a dynamic library educator to serve as a temporary instruction librarian. The individual in this position will provide face-to-face information literacy instruction and research assistance in a high energy academic library environment to a diverse community of users including students, faculty, staff and members of the public. The work schedule is somewhat flexible: Mon. - Fri. from 10 AM – 3 PM or 11 AM - 4 PM, with possible evening hours.
In the role of temporary instruction librarian, the individual in this position will contribute to Cook Library’s course-integrated library instruction program. Using prior information literacy instruction experience, and materials shared by colleagues, the temporary instruction librarian will plan and teach active learning information literacy lessons in a range of content areas, with particular focus on first-year and developmental courses. The temporary instruction librarian may also support student learning via individualized instruction and research consultations.
Library Associate - Research & Instruction and Special Collections & University Archives
As a member of two Albert S. Cook Library departments, Research & Instruction (R&I) and Special Collections & University Archives (SCUA), the Library Associate for Research will provide reference and research support to faculty, staff, students, alumni, and independent scholars. This Library Associate will contribute to the critical functions of both departments, including participation in outreach efforts, assisting patrons and troubleshooting in SCUA and the Learning Commons. The normal schedule for this position will be Tuesday through Saturday, 12 pm-8 pm.
Greet and assist patrons in-person, by telephone, and virtually in selecting, locating, accessing, using, and analyzing primary sources, archival material, and information in print and digital library resources. Answer questions requiring specific information. Provide referrals to other services, facilities, or information sources. Guide individual patrons through the research process. Assist patrons in using search strategies and identifying appropriate resources, including electronic databases and digital collections. Contribute to the management of the reading room when patrons are conducting research in SCUA. Assist patrons with the use of technology in the Learning Commons. Troubleshoot equipment problems in the Learning Commons. Provide excellent customer service to faculty, staff, students, alumni, and independent scholars.
Electronic Resources & Discovery Librarian
Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library seeks a dynamic and innovative individual to serve as the Electronic Resources & Discovery Librarian. This position will provide leadership and expertise in integrating, organizing and managing the library’s electronic resources and assist the Assistant University Librarian (AUL) for Content Management with all aspects of the life cycle of e-resources, including purchasing, licensing, access, and maintenance of all electronic materials. The Electronic Resources & Discovery Librarian will work cooperatively with units across the library to ensure that the library’s subscription databases, e-journals and e-books are discoverable and accessible by patrons. The successful candidate would serve as a liaison and subject specialist to department(s) and related disciplines as assigned; plan and teach information literacy in liaison area and other disciplines; design and implement library initiatives to support student success and retention; and participate in library assessment initiatives. This faculty librarian will maintain an active research program focused on the role, impact, dynamics, and trends of electronic and digital resources in higher education and academic libraries.
This position is a 12-month faculty status position. Librarians are expected to progress successfully along the promotion and permanent status track and participate fully as members of the library faculty. Rank is determined by qualifications at time of appointment.