Research Librarian University of Maryland, Baltimore – Baltimore, MD

Full Job Description

The University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law seeks to fill the position of Research Librarian in the Thurgood Marshall Law Library

Come join the Thurgood Marshall Law Library at the University of Maryland Baltimore – ranked as one of America’s Best Employers (Forbes Magazine)! The law school campus is located in the heart of historic downtown Baltimore, steps away from a daily rotation of food trucks, seasonal farmers’ market, one of the oldest indoor markets in the country (Lexington Market), Camden Yards, and the Inner Harbor. The university’s shuttle provides easy access to other parts of the city. Baltimore has a rich history as a major transportation hub with the intersection of its seaport and the oldest railroad in the United States (Baltimore & Ohio). The economy has since shifted from industry and trade to knowledge and service. As a thriving intellectual hub, it is home to numerous academic campuses and libraries. With easy access to mountains and beaches, a quick drive or train ride to Philadelphia, New York, DC, and multiple airports, Charm City lives large.

The Thurgood Marshall Law Library is committed to innovation from playing an instrumental role in the robust, required legal research instruction program to the digitization of unique civil rights collections. We welcome applicants who are interested in building on this foundation and helping to lead forward-thinking initiatives that align with the university’s core values: respect and integrity; well-being and sustainability; equity and justice; and innovation and discovery.

Job Summary:

The Research Librarian is an essential member of the library’s Research Services team. This position provides research support to faculty, reference services for library patrons, and teaches in the required legal research program. Librarians may cover on-call daytime, evening, and/or weekend reference. This position is a 12-month library faculty appointment. The successful candidate will be expected to meet library and university requirements for permanent status and promotion.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Work with faculty and research assistants to provide research support for faculty scholarship.
  • Provide reference services to all library patrons.
  • Teach in the required legal research program.
  • Provide ad hoc research sessions on library resources and services as needed.
  • Participate in professional, campus, and/or consortial library activities.
  • Create and maintain research guides as needed.
  • Partner with other members of the Research Services team to develop solutions to meet the evolving needs of the law school community.

Required Qualifications

  • Juris Doctor from an ABA accredited program and a master’s degree in library or information science (or related) from an ALA accredited program completed before start date.
  • Strong customer service orientation and interpersonal skills.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.
  • Collaborative approach to problem solving and working across teams and departments.
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
  • Ability to prioritize and complete tasks in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience working in a law library.
  • One or more years of related experience.
  • Experience working with faculty and/or supporting faculty scholarship.
  • Teaching experience and familiarity with different formats (e.g., in person, virtual).
  • Experience using learning management systems, video conferencing platforms, and instructional technology applications.

Salary and Benefits:

  • Salary is competitive and is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
  • This position offers a generous benefits package that includes 22 vacation days, 14 floating and fixed holidays, 15 sick days; comprehensive health insurance and retirement options; and tuition remission for employees and their dependents at any of the University System of Maryland schools.
  • The position is a 12-month library faculty appointment. The successful candidate will be expected to meet library and university requirements for permanent status and promotion within established timeframes. A candidate with prior professional accomplishments may be considered for initial appointment at a level above Librarian I.

Availability: This position is available immediately.

To Apply:

Interested applicants should apply online at and include a cover letter, CV/resume, the names and contact information of three references, and a separate signed/dated affidavit page (stating “I verify that my CV is current and accurate”). Individuals from historically marginalized communities are strongly encouraged to apply. The position will remain open until filled. To ensure consideration, submit your materials by March 24, 2023.

UMB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law or policy. For assistance related to employment, please contact [email protected].

If you anticipate needing a reasonable accommodation for a disability under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), during any part of the employment process, please submit a UMB Job Applicant Accommodation Request. You may also contact [email protected]. Please note that only inquiries concerning an ADA request for reasonable accommodation will be responded to from this email address.

Job: Faculty
Organization: Francis King Carey School of Law – Law Library
Job Posting: Feb 22, 2023