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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 23 librarians and 24 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.

Library Services Specialist

Type: Staff
Description:

Job Summary

Towson University (TU) is one of the nation’s top 100 public universities. Located north of Baltimore, TU currently enrolls over 22,000 students and is the second-largest university in the prestigious University System of Maryland.  Towson University values diversity and fosters a climate that is grounded in respect and inclusion to cultivate the intellectual and personal growth of the entire university community.

The Albert S. Cook Library at Towson University is seeking a Library Services Specialist to provide services to library users by performing a variety of functions related to the operations and procedures of the Access Services Unit and has primary responsibility for managing the collection as stacks coordinator and evening student employee supervision. Provides high quality customer service, communicates the library’s mission and provides guidance on adherence to library procedures and policies. The regular hours of this position are Tuesday – Saturday 12p.m.- 8pm.  Our library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse library staff by considering applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Towson University places a high priority on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion. You can read the campus’ commitment to diversity statement here: https://www.towson.edu/about/diversity.html.

Responsibilities and Duties

Serves as stacks coordinator for the department ensuring print materials are shelved correctly, efficiently and in a timely manner; shelves library materials according to the Library of Congress classification system; monitors and maintains the overall condition and appearance of the stacks; provides input when appropriate, regarding retention and maintenance of library materials; contributes to decisions regarding planning for shifting projects; coordinates shelving, shifting, and shelf-reading activities performed by library staff; collaborates with the department's student supervisor to assign stacks maintenance tasks to all circulation student assistants; maintains a quality control system to monitor the shelving accuracy of student assistants; shelf-reads and monitors the organization of assigned stack area to ensure that materials are in proper order; sorts, retrieves books and other materials from tables and other areas of the library and return them to the sorting area; monitors the in-transit list, search for overdue and missing items; identifies, reports problems, and recommends solutions related to stacks to the Circulation Manager; process library materials to users using an automated circulation system; check in returned library materials; retrieve and re-shelve course reserve materials as they are requested and used by patrons; assist patrons with use of catalog and library website by using online systems and information seeking skills to locate library information resources; and gathers and reports data and may help with the analysis of the data as requested for library reports.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • One year of library experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills.
  • Skill in using Microsoft applications, e-mail, and internet navigation.
  • Ability to learn and effectively use technology required for the work of the position.

Except for qualifications established by law, additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work of the job class 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. 

Salary and Benefits 

$40,487 annually and full University benefits that include annual leave, up to 14 holidays, personal and sick days; excellent health, life, and retirement plans; and tuition remission. Applicants with TU or USM service may receive salary credit. To learn more about our benefits, click here.

If you are motivated, innovative and team-oriented, we would love to hear from you. For consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume with your online application.This position will be open for a minimum of 14 days. 

The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors has been our top priority and the focus of every one of our decisions since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The University System of Maryland (USM) has recently determined that mandating a COVID vaccine for all faculty, staff, and students at all schools in the USM is both a reasonable and necessary means of protecting our health and safety. As a prospective hire at TU, proof of your full COVID19 vaccination must be demonstrated before you begin employment with the University.

 

Library Services Specialist

Type: Staff
Description:

Job Summary 

Towson University (TU) is one of the nation’s top 100 public universities. Located north of Baltimore, TU currently enrolls over 22,000 students and is the second-largest university in the prestigious University System of Maryland. Towson University values diversity and fosters a climate that is grounded in respect and inclusion to cultivate the intellectual and personal growth of the entire university community.

The Albert S. Cook Library at Towson University is seeking a Library Services Specialist to provide services to library users by performing a variety of functions related to the operations and procedures of the Circulation Department and provides high quality customer service in support of the library’s mission. The regular hours for this position is Tuesday –Friday 8 am-4 pm and Saturday 12 pm-8 pm. Our library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse library staff by considering applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Towson University places a high priority on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion. You can read the campus’ commitment to diversity statement here: https://www.towson.edu/about/diversity.html.

Responsibilities and Duties

Leads the creation of training materials, onboarding sessions, and ongoing professional development for library student employees from all library departments; offers student cross-training sessions for Academic Commons partners’ student assistants; with direction from the Student Success Librarian, trains students and others on the voice and shared services of Cook Library’s Academic Commons; manages and troubleshoots bookings for the Academic Commons collaborative booking system; manages calendars and priorities for shared Academic Commons conference rooms and spaces; interviews, hires, and trains Academic Commons student assistants; supervises work of Academic Commons student assistants; sets schedules for Academic Commons student assistants; approves bi-weekly timesheets and evaluates performance of student assistants each semester; keeps abreast of changing best practices for coaching and mentoring student assistants; responds to customer information needs using online systems to locate library information resources; processes library materials for users in a quick, efficient, and courteous manner using an automated circulation system; retrieves and loans course reserve items for users and file returned material; registers patrons for library services when appropriate; assists users with questions concerning circulation policies and patron records; establishes and maintains positive working relationship with co-workers and customers; refers patrons with complex circulation questions or concerns to the Circulation Supervisor; and assists with other circulation duties such as processing faculty reserves, book searching, creating and updating patron records and USMAI transit processing.

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • One year of library experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and customer service skills.
  • Skill in using Microsoft applications, e-mail, and internet navigation.
  • Ability to learn and effectively use technology required for the work of the position.

Except for qualifications established by law, additional related experience and formal education in which one has gained the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for full performance of the work of the job class 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. 

Salary and Benefits 

$40,487 annually and full University benefits that include annual leave, up to 14 holidays, personal and sick days; excellent health, life, and retirement plans; and tuition remission. Applicants with TU or USM service may receive salary credit. To learn more about our benefits, click here.

If you are motivated, innovative and team-oriented, we would love to hear from you. For consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume with your online application. This position will be open for a minimum of 14 days. 

The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors has been our top priority and the focus of every one of our decisions since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The University System of Maryland (USM) has recently determined that mandating a COVID vaccine for all faculty, staff, and students at all schools in the USM is both a reasonable and necessary means of protecting our health and safety. As a prospective hire at TU, proof of your full COVID19 vaccination must be demonstrated before you begin employment with the University.

Open Scholarship Librarian

Type: Librarian
Description:

Position

Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library seeks a dynamic and innovative individual to serve as the Open Scholarship Librarian.  Our library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse library staff by considering applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Towson University places a high priority on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion. You can read the campus’ commitment to diversity statement here: https://www.towson.edu/about/diversity.html. Candidates will be expected to explain how they have been and could be involved in advancing this campus goal.  The Open Scholarship Librarian will provide expert guidance in contemporary scholarly communication issues including authors’ rights, open access, research & publication lifecycles, and new modes of publishing for TU faculty, staff, and students. They will devise and maintain a strategy for increasing the pipeline of scholarly content for deposit in TU’s library-managed institutional repository ScholarWorks@Towson with the goal of increasing usage of the repository.  This position is a 12-month faculty status position available immediately.  

Qualifications

MLS from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent. Relevant experience, preferably in an academic environment or in publishing. Familiarity with scholarly communication, digital scholarship, and academic publishing trends. Strong creative vision and ability to lead innovative initiatives and services. Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish positive and productive collaboration working with diverse audiences and colleagues throughout the library and beyond. Demonstrated excellent organizational, analytical, time management and project management skills. Ability to meet the University’s criteria for promotion and permanent status of library faculty.   Commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Commitment to continued growth in areas of responsibility.  Rank is determined by qualifications at time of appointment.

Responsibilities

The Open Scholarship Librarian will provide guidance in contemporary scholarly communications issues including authors’ rights, open access, and new modes of publishing for TU faculty, staff, and students.  Serves as an advocate for open access publishing within the library and across the broader campus community. Develops, implements, markets, and promotes established and new open scholarship and scholarly communication programs. Develops and implements a training program for liaison librarians on issues of scholarly communication and open scholarship. Advises faculty, students, and staff on issues regarding open and equitable scholarly communication. Builds a network of campus and system-wide partners for supporting the research lifecycle.  Investigates the possibility of improved publishing support systems. Plans and teaches information literacy in liaison area and other disciplines. Evaluates and selects resources for the assigned collection and related areas. 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. 

Albert S. Cook Library:

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. Cook Library also serves the Towson University Northeastern Maryland (TUNE) campus. With 23 faculty librarians and 25 staff, Cook Library provides superior support to Towson University.

About TU

Towson University was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore's largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls over 19,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor's, 45 master's, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

Application Process

Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled. 

Click here to apply. Please note that the search number for which you are applying is LIB-3536.

A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment. 

The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors has been our top priority and the focus of every one of our decisions since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The University System of Maryland (USM) has recently determined that mandating a COVID-19 vaccine for all faculty, staff, and students at all schools in the USM is both a reasonable and necessary means of protecting our health and safety. As a prospective hire at TU, proof of your full COVID-19 vaccination must be demonstrated before you begin employment with the university. 

Applicant Data Form

Please be sure to visit the Applicant Data Form to complete a voluntary on-line applicant data form. The information you provide will inform the university's affirmative action plan and is for statistical-related purposes only. The information will not be used for any other purpose.

Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, as detailed in A More Inclusive TU: Advancing Equity and Diversity (2020 – 25). TU is a national leader in inclusive excellence, the only institution in Maryland with zero achievement gap, and 68% growth in minority enrollment over the past 5 years. We encourage application from a variety of (dis)abilities, cultural, ethnic, race, sex, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, veteran status, color, religious, socio-economic, sexual orientation and belief backgrounds.

 

Data Science Librarian

Type: Librarian
Description:

Position

Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library seeks a collaborative and knowledgeable individual to serve as the Data Science Librarian. Towson University places a high priority on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates will be expected to explain how they have been and could be involved in advancing this campus goal. This position is a 12-month faculty status position available immediately and beginning no later than January 2022.    

Qualifications

Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent; a background in tools for storing, analyzing, and visualizing data; and a commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion are required. Rank is determined by qualifications at time of appointment. 

Responsibilities

Supports data analysis and data visualization efforts by students and faculty across the university using tools such as SPSS, R, Tableau, Google Data Studio, Microsoft Excel or others; designs and implements data literacy services for students and faculty; works closely with graduate students, assigned departments and programs in a collaborative and team-based environment, the Data Science Librarian will provide individual and small-group consultations, workshops, and instruction in information, resource, and software use; develops and conducts training, group instruction, and workshops, both individually and collaboratively, on data science research methods, tools, platforms, and best practices; supports the work of liaison librarians working with classes that are data-intensive; promotes usage of the Data Studio and computers in the Data Studio by offering training in-person and online; in collaboration with the Office of Sponsored Programs and liaison librarians, provides training for librarians and individual consultations with faculty on authoring data management plans; provides input on data curation and preservation, sharing and reuse, citation, policy and governance as it relates to research projects on campus. 

Albert S. Cook Library

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. Cook Library also serves the Towson University Northeastern Maryland (TUNE) campus. With 23 faculty librarians and 25 staff, Cook Library provides superior support to Towson University.  

About TU

Towson University was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore's largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls over 19,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor's, 45 master's, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

Application Process

Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.    

Click here to apply. Please note that the search number for which you are applying is LIB-3532.   

Applicant should submit a resume or curriculum vitae, cover letter and the names and contact information of three relevant references. Cover letters should detail how the applicant’s teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further Towson University’s commitment to diversity. Transcripts will be requested of final candidates.  

A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment. 

The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors has been our top priority and the focus of every one of our decisions since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The University System of Maryland (USM) has recently determined that mandating a COVID-19 vaccine for all faculty, staff, and students at all schools in the USM is both a reasonable and necessary means of protecting our health and safety. As a prospective hire at TU, proof of your full COVID-19 vaccination must be demonstrated before you begin employment with the university. 

Applicant Data Form

Please be sure to visit the Applicant Data Form to complete a voluntary on-line applicant data form. The information you provide will inform the university's affirmative action plan and is for statistical-related purposes only. The information will not be used for any other purpose.

Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, as detailed in A More Inclusive TU: Advancing Equity and Diversity (2020 – 25). TU is a national leader in inclusive excellence, the only institution in Maryland with zero achievement gap, and 68% growth in minority enrollment over the past 5 years. We encourage application from a variety of (dis)abilities, cultural, ethnic, race, sex, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, veteran status, color, religious, socio-economic, sexual orientation and belief backgrounds.

 

E-Resources & Discovery Librarian

Type: Librarian
Description:

Position:

Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library seeks a dynamic and innovative individual to serve as the E-Resources & Discovery Librarian.  Our library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse library staff by considering applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. Towson University places a high priority on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion. You can read the campus’ commitment to diversity statement here: https://www.towson.edu/about/diversity.html. Candidates will be expected to explain how they have been and could be involved in advancing this campus goal.  This position is a 12-month faculty status position available immediately and beginning no later than January 2022. 

Qualifications:

MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution.  Familiarity with library standards pertaining to e-resources, including serials and continuing resources.  Strong, positive interpersonal and collaborative skills; ability to work effectively in a team environment. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. Commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Commitment to continued growth in areas of responsibility.  Rank is determined by qualifications at time of appointment.

Responsibilities:

This position provides leadership and expertise in integrating, organizing and managing the library’s electronic resources and assists the Assistant University Librarian for Content Management with all aspects of the life cycle of e-resources, including purchasing, licensing,access, and maintenance of all electronic materials. The E-Resources & Discovery Librarian works 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. This librarian designs and implements library initiatives to support student success and retention; participates in library assessment initiatives.  In addition to librarianship, library faculty are responsible for scholarship and service; expected to progress successfully along the promotion and permanent status track; and participate fully as members of the library faculty.

Albert S. Cook Library:

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. Cook Library also serves the Towson University Northeastern Maryland (TUNE) campus. With 23 faculty librarians and 25 staff, Cook Library provides superior support to Towson University.

Towson University:

Towson University (www.towson.edu) was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is one of Baltimore’s largest universities, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls almost 19,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor’s, 45 master’s, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

Application Process:

Review of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.

Applicant should submit a resume or curriculum vitae, cover letter and the names and contact information of three relevant references. Cover letters should detail how the applicant’s teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further Towson University’s commitment to diversity. Transcripts will be requested of final candidates.

Please note that the search number for which you are applying is LIB-3520

A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.

The safety of our students, faculty, staff, and neighbors has been our top priority and the focus of every one of our decisions since the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The University System of Maryland (USM) has recently determined that mandating a COVID vaccine for all faculty, staff, and students at all schools in the USM is both a reasonable and necessary means of protecting our health and safety. As a prospective hire at TU, proof of your full COVID-19 vaccination must be demonstrated before you begin employment with the University.

Please be sure to visit the Applicant Data Form to complete a voluntary on-line applicant data form. The information you provide will inform the university's affirmative action plan and is for statistical-related purposes only. The information will not be used for any other purpose.

Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, as detailed in A More Inclusive TU: Advancing Equity and Diversity (2020 – 25). TU is a national leader in inclusive excellence, the only institution in Maryland with zero achievement gap, and 68% growth in minority enrollment over the past 5 years.  We encourage application from a variety of (dis)abilities, cultural, ethnic, race, sex, gender identity/expression, national origin, age, veteran status, color, religious, socio-economic, sexual orientation and belief backgrounds