Reference & Instruction Librarian – UMBC – Baltimore, MD

Job no: 492569
Work type: Staff Part-time
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Library

We seek an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented individual to work as subject librarian in the humanities and to provide general reference assistance to the UMBC community. The successful candidate is expected to provide a wide range of reference, instructional, and outreach services to students, faculty, and staff. This position will work closely with the Instruction Coordinator to design and deliver library curriculum and instruction activities for first-year courses, including English 100 and Introduction to an Honors University seminars. This position is ¾ time–30 hours per week. Applicants should provide a cover letter, a resume or curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three professional references. Please submit all application materials to:  Patrick J. Dawson, Albin O. Kuhn Library and Gallery, 1000 Hilltop Circle, Baltimore, MD 21250,

For questions about submitting application materials, contact Jill Johnson ( For questions about the position, contact Katy Sullivan ( Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.


This position serves as subject librarian to a number of academic departments in the humanities. Duties include providing library instruction, outreach, collection development, and research support to students, faculty and staff. As part of a department of six faculty librarians and one support staff, this position provides general reference service to the campus community (including shared evening and weekend hours) and participates in the planning and implementation of departmental operations. As an instruction librarian, this position designs and delivers library curriculum and instruction activities and contributes to the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the Library’s information literacy and instructional program.


  • Master of Library & Information Science degree (or equivalent ALA accredited degree)
  • Demonstrated ability and interest in providing dynamic library instruction and contributing to a team-based information literacy program
  • Demonstrated ability and interest in the areas of library public services and outreach
  • Demonstrated high-quality written and verbal communication
  • Ability to work effectively independently or as part of a team
  • Ability to initiate and lead projects to completion
  • Interest and/or experience working with diverse populations, particularly students
  • Undergraduate or advanced degree in a humanities discipline preferred
  • Reference experience in an academic library setting preferred
  • Direct teaching or library instruction experience preferred


Position is a ¾ time (30 hours/week), 12-month library faculty appointment at anticipated rank of Librarian I. Rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications. Minimum salary $35,000. Comprehensive benefits. The successful candidate will be expected to meet library and university requirements for reappointment, promotion, and permanent status, as outlined in part 6.6 of the Faculty Handbook –


UMBC, an honors university serving more than 11,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students, is one of two public universities in Maryland to achieve the “doctoral/research university-extensive” Carnegie classification. Located just outside Baltimore and 45 minutes from Washington, DC, the campus is growing rapidly under dynamic leadership.

 “Our UMBC community redefines excellence in higher education through an inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. We will advance knowledge, economic prosperity, and social justice by welcoming and inspiring inquisitive minds from all backgrounds.”

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