Position Opening: Library Residency for Diversity and Innovation at Towson University, 2015-2017


The Albert S. Cook Library invites applications for an early-career librarian for a two-year residency program beginning July 1, 2015.

Library Residency for Diversity and Innovation, Towson University



MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution, preferably granted between January 2015 and August 2015. Strong interest in developing a career in academic librarianship; knowledge of issues and developments in academic libraries; excellent communication and presentation
skills; strong, positive interpersonal skills; ability work independently as well as collaboratively with colleagues and patrons from diverse backgrounds; strong analytical skills and organizational abilities; familiarity with current practices and technology in library instruction, technical services, and special collections; commitment to public service and to supporting the academic and research needs of students, faculty and staff; knowledge and experience in new technologies and flexibility in a changing technological environment; proficiency in the use of electronic databases, research and reference materials; experience with automated library systems; demonstrated interest in scholarship and commitment to professional growth. Additional Master’s degree in an academic discipline offered at Towson University desirable.

In year one of this two-year residency, the Resident will have significant responsibilities and gain meaningful work experience within three library departments:
• Research, Reference and Instructional Services
• Technical Services – Collection Development, Acquisitions, Cataloging and Serials
• Archives, Special and Digital Collections

The Resident will also be involved in library and university committees, develop collegial relationships with faculty outside the library, and participate in professional organizations.

In the second year, the Resident will work with the Residency Coordinator and department heads to identify a capstone project that is tailored to his or her professional interests and to the needs of the library. A goal of this project is for the Resident, working independently or with colleagues, to develop, complete and report research at a professional conference or in a professional journal.

Towson University:
Towson University (www.towson.edu) was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore’s largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls over 18,000 undergraduates and approaching 4,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor’s, 45 master’s, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

Application Process:
Preference given to applications received by March 22, 2015. Position is open until filled. Please submit a cover letter addressing the position requirements, resume and contact information for at least three professional references. Transcripts will be requested of final candidates. Submit application materials to:

Diane Cascella
Residency Librarian Search
Albert S. Cook Library
Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252

Electronic applications are encouraged and should be submitted to dcascellatowson.edu.

A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment.

Please be sure to visit http://www.towson.edu/odeo/applicantdata.asp to complete a voluntary on-line applicant data form. The information you provide will inform the university’s affirmative action plan and is for statistical-related purposes only. The information will not be used for any other purpose. Please note that the search number for which you have applied is: LIB-N-2850.

Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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