Collection Management & Reference Librarian Maryland Judiciary

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Collection Management & Reference Librarian

Closing Date

March 15, 2024


Thurgood Marshall State Law Library

Annapolis, MD 21401





Financial Disclosure


Position Type

Full Time



  • Note: In addition to applying through our careers page (, please send a resume and cover letter to [email protected].

The Maryland Judiciary offers a generous benefit package including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, paid time off, paid holidays, tuition assistance, continuing education programs, employee assistance programs, and State Retirement and Pension plans. Telework may also be available. Telework eligibility is based on job functions and the approval of the Administrative Head.

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Main Purpose of the Job:

The Collection Management & Reference Librarian provides regular reference and research assistance to all segments of the Library’s user population and assists with reference-related projects for the Thurgood Marshall State Law Library.


In coordination with the Head of Collection Management, the Collection Management & Reference Librarian assists with the maintenance and growth of the Library’s digital collections of legal and government information.


The Collection Management & Reference Librarian assists with special projects related to collection management (for example, cataloging materials, identifying potential acquisitions, evaluating materials, and weeding the collection).


Education: Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA approved school.


Experience: Two (2) years of professional-level library experience.


Preferred: Experience working with digital collections and digital preservation. Experience in a law library.



Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:


Knowledge of the profession of librarianship, the legal system, and current information technology and architecture.

Knowledge of utilizing computer technology and software (e.g., word processing, spreadsheet, database software, web-based tools).

Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Ability to prioritize and organize multiple tasks and duties.

Ability to lift up to twenty (20) pounds.

Ability to perform all of the essential functions of this position, with or without reasonable accommodations.


Digital Collections

Knowledge of current standards for preserving print and digital legal collections.

Knowledge of cataloging practices and standards including MARC and RDA.

Knowledge of common metadata standards and common technologies, such as Dublin Core, XML, etc.


Collection Management

Knowledge of library collection management practices, collection development, and weeding criteria and procedures.



Knowledge of legal database retrieval and document delivery technologies, such as Westlaw Edge.

Knowledge of legal, historical, and general information resources in multiple formats, including digital, print, and microform.

Ability to work well with a highly diverse customer base to assist with their legal information needs using a variety of communication methods, including telephone, e-mail, standard mail, and in-person dialogue.

Ability to analyze and solve complex legal research/reference queries using multiple sources in multiple formats.

Ability to staff the reference desk for four-hour periods of time.



The Maryland Judiciary is a drug-free workplace and an equal opportunity employer, committed to diversity in the workplace. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, age, sex, marital status, national origin, physical or mental disability, familial status, genetic information, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by State or federal law. Applicants who need an ADA Accommodation during the application and/or interview process should send their request via email to [email protected]. Applicants must be United States citizens or eligible to work in the United States.