Monday, November 18, 2013

Discovery Services Librarian

The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), an Honors University in Baltimore, Maryland, invites applications for the Discovery Services Librarian. The successful candidate will, under the direction of the Information Technology Librarian, be responsible for the development, support, and maintenance of all library discovery services and will assist with troubleshooting electronic resource access issues and networking issues.

UMBC serves more than 10,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students. Located just outside Baltimore and 45 minutes from Washington, DC, the campus is growing rapidly under dynamic leadership. The University’s ongoing commitment to strengthen the Library has led to investment in extensive technological developments and online resources (see, complementing a superb facility enlarged and renovated in 1995, and holding more than 1 million volumes. For more information on UMBC see

Responsibilities: Develop, support, and maintain all library discovery services, which enable access to library resources in all formats. These discovery services include AOK OneSearch and WorldCat UMBC. Maintain awareness of enhancements and changes to discovery interfaces and configurations. Lead a small team that assists with the evaluation and development of the user discovery interfaces. Provide training, documentation, and public assistance for the Library discovery services. Assist with troubleshooting electronic resource access issues, including remote access issues and networking issues. Work closely with other departments on the development of web technologies and assist in the development of mobile technologies. As a member of the Library Information Technology Services Unit, will assist when needed with troubleshooting equipment and software issues throughout the Library, including in the Digital Media Lab. Work cooperatively with other library departments, UMBC IT and USMAI consortium members on discovery and access related issues. Report to the Information Technology Librarian.


MLS from accredited library school or information science program. Demonstrated experience supporting and developing one or more library discovery interfaces (such as Ebsco Discovery Services and WorldCat Local); experience with electronic resource support tools (such as EZProxy, Shibboleth, and SFX). Knowledge of web technologies and standards related to effective e-resource access and discovery. Knowledge of emerging web-scale library solutions. Excellent communication skills (verbal and written), strong customer service orientation, and a positive, proactive approach to problem solving. Demonstrated experience managing multiple priorities.


Experience with EBSCO discovery products. Experience with web development, including PHP, MySQL, HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Knowledge of networking infrastructure and troubleshooting. Experience with mobile technologies and app creation. Experience working with digital media equipment and software (e.g. Adobe Creative Suite and Final Cut Pro).

Salary and Benefits: Position is a 12-month library faculty appointment at anticipated rank of Librarian I. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications. Minimum salary: $48,000, comprehensive benefits. The successful candidate will be expected to meet library and university requirements for reappointment, promotion, and permanent status.

Applications: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For best consideration, please respond by November 20, 2013. Send letter of application addressing position requirements, résumé, and the names and contact information of three references to: Dr. Larry Wilt, Director, Library 353, UMBC, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, Maryland, 21250 or


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