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 Associate for Electronic Resources
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.
Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library seeks a detail-oriented, tech savvy, customer-focused Library Associate to manage the library’s electronic resources, including e-journals, databases, aggregator and e-book collections, e-resources statistics, and the Open URL Resolver Knowledge Base and SFX. The individual in this position will also be responsible for troubleshooting access issues for the library’s electronic resources. 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
The responsibilities of this position include:
- Activate, review, and maintain access to e-journals, databases and other electronic resources
- Maintain the Knowledge Base on the URL Link Resolver for all e-resources
- Troubleshoot database access problems and other issues reported by staff, students, and faculty
- Communicate regularly with vendors, Towson University faculty, library staff, and the University of Maryland College Park Libraries regarding access to e-resources
- Explain e-resources arrangement and answer questions about e-resources from faculty, students, and staff
- Keep and compile complex e-resources statistics using current standards for e-resource usage
- Prepare and maintain spreadsheets to be used in collection management decisions
- Collect and analyze data from local, University of Maryland, and vendor/publisher sources and create reports
- Participate in and contribute to departmental, library, and university initiatives as appropriate
Qualifications and Skills
- Bachelor's degree
- Two years of experience in a library setting or similar environment
- Attention to detail
- Flexibility in adapting to changing priorities
- Skill in learning new technologies
- Commitment to public service
- Excellent communication skills
- Strong organizational abilities
- A high degree of competence working with spreadsheets.
Salary and Benefits
Competitive salary and full University benefits that include 22 days of annual leave, up to 14 holidays, personal and sick days; excellent health, life, and retirement plans; and tuition remission. To learn more about our benefits, click here.
This position will be open for a minimum of 14 days. Cover letter and resume are requested, but not required.
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.