Data Catalog Librarian (Part-Time) – University of Maryland, Baltimore – Baltimore, MD

Data Catalog Librarian (Part-Time)

Health Sciences and Human Services Library
University of Maryland, Baltimore

The Data Catalog Librarian at the Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) supports initiatives related to the development of the UMB Data Catalog, a database of descriptive records for datasets. As part of the Research Data Management Service and working with a dynamic, multidisciplinary data management team, the Data Catalog Librarian will support and promote the new catalog service through planning and conducting outreach efforts to UMB researchers. Additionally, the position is responsible for creating and curating records in the catalog. This new part-time (20 hours/week) position reports to the Head, Resource Development and Sharing and works closely with the metadata librarians.


  • Identify datasets of UMB researchers through database searching and working with the Research, Education and Outreach Librarian for each UMB school
  • Develop a promotion and outreach plan to increase awareness of the data catalog
  • Document and maintain a history of outreach activities with faculty and researchers
  • Provide presentations to encourage participation from researchers
  • Conduct interviews with researchers in reference to their research and datasets
  • Assess requirements for appropriate datasets for indexing
  • Collaborate with university researchers and the metadata librarians to submit and curate records for the catalog

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program
  • Experience working in an academic library
  • Experience with promotional and outreach activities
  • Knowledge of copyright law and rights management issues in a digital environment
  • Knowledge of open access and open data
  • Understanding of metadata standards including MeSH
  • Experience searching databases such as Medline and Scopus
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to interact effectively with a diverse group of colleagues within the Library and the University and to translate concepts effectively to a variety of user communities including researchers

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working with metadata in a health sciences library
  • Knowledge of discovery tools and metadata practices supporting discovery
  • Demonstrated interest in professional advancement evidenced by membership in related professional associations, participation in scholarly activities and continuing education


Application materials must include a CV/resume; cover letter; 3 references including names, addresses, and phone numbers; and a separate signed/dated affidavit page (stating “I verify that my CV is current and accurate” – does not need to be notarized). Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received byAugust 18, 2017. Interested applicants should apply using the following link:   

SALARY RANGE: $25,000 – $30,000 depending on experience

BENEFITS: This is a half-time (50% FTE) position with benefits on a prorated basis. Generous benefits include choice of retirement, medical, and dental plans; 22 days of annual leave; 15 days of sick leave; 3 personal days and 14 holidays. Regular employees, as well as their spouses and dependent children, may receive tuition remission for most programs at many campuses of the University System of Maryland.


The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus is located in downtown Baltimore, blocks from Orioles Park at Camden Yards, Ravens Stadium, and the Inner Harbor, a recreational waterfront destination. Forty-five miles north of Washington DC, Baltimore City and the surrounding metropolitan area are noted for high quality-of-life indicators offering historic parks, great neighborhoods, and world-famous art collections, museums, theaters, and symphony orchestras. The city has easy access to public transportation systems, superior health care systems, and renowned university and educational resources.

The HS/HSL is one of the largest health sciences libraries in the United States with a track-record of user-centered innovative services and programs.  Fifty-five FTE employees including 25 faculty librarians staff the library.  Our attractive and vibrant facility, which opened in 1998, serves as a hub for collaboration and learning with resources, programs and tools that promote discovery, creativity, and innovation.  The HS/HSL has 45 group study rooms, three computer classrooms, an Innovation Space, a presentation and production studio, an art gallery, and multiple technology-enhanced meeting spaces. Through the HS/HSL’s website (, the UMB community has access to a full range of resources and services.   The HS/HSL serves the schools of Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Social Work, and the Graduate School.  The HS/HSL also serves as the headquarters for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine’s Southeastern/Atlantic Region.

The Library supports the 6300 students, and over 7200 faculty and staff members on UMB’s 71-acre research and technology complex consisting of 67 buildings including the University of Maryland BioPark, the University of Maryland Medical Center, and the VA Hospital. UMB’s professional and graduate schools comprise a dental school, graduate school, and schools of law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work. More details about the UMB can be found at

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.  Minorities, women, individuals with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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