Towson University: Now Hiring for 2013-2015 Library Residency for Diversity and Innovation

Towson University
Albert S. Cook Library
Library Residency for Diversity and Innovation

We’re hiring!  The Towson University Library Residency for Diversity and Innovation seeks an early-career librarian for a two-year residency program to begin July 1, 2013.   The program is designed to provide a broad range of experiences in academic librarianship, a supportive environment for professional exploration, and an opportunity for concentrated experience in an area of specialization. The purpose of the program is to help increase the presence of members of underrepresented groups in academic librarianship and to bring fresh ideas and new perspectives to the library.

 Position Description:

The Library Resident will gain experience in an array of academic library functions, enhance his/her professional skills and prepare for future career opportunities.  Library administrators, faculty, and staff will serve as formal and informal mentors and will help the Resident acclimate to the library, university and Greater Baltimore metropolitan area.

 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 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.

The Library Resident will be appointed for a two-year term with non-permanent faculty status. Salary is commensurate with that of an entry-level professional librarian. A full benefits package is provided with health insurance and retirement options, and relocation allowance. This position is contingent on the availability of funds at the time of hire.

 Required:  MLS from an ALA-accredited institution, preferably granted between January 2012 and August 2013.  Strong interest in developing a career in academic librarianship; demonstrated commitment to public service and user satisfaction; excellent communication and presentation skills; strong, positive interpersonal skills; knowledge and skill in new technologies; commitment to professional growth; and evidence of ability to work independently as well as collaboratively with colleagues and patrons from diverse backgrounds.  For more information about the position

 Towson University: Founded in 1866, today Towson University is recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. Towson is nationally recognized for its programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, communications, health sciences, and the fine and performing arts. The University places a strong emphasis on service learning and civic engagement through such activities as internships, practica, clinical placements, course assignments and student events. As the Baltimore area’s largest university and Maryland’s Metropolitan University, Towson articulates its research and scholarship mission through partnerships that link the University to the economic, educational and cultural life of the state of Maryland and the mid-Atlantic region. Towson enrolls more than 21,000 students and offers more than 100 bachelors, masters, and doctoral programs in the liberal arts and sciences, and applied professional fields. Located on a rolling 328 acres, the striking campus is eight miles north of downtown Baltimore and 45 miles from Washington, D.C. The campus and its surrounding cities provide an excellent environment for teaching and supporting the academic pursuits of the 830 full-time faculty who work here.

 Application Process: Preference will be given to applications received by January 31, 2013. Please submit a letter of interest, resume and contact information for at least three professional references.  In your cover letter, address the dual purpose of the residency program.  Information on underrepresented groups according to ALA: .

Submit application materials to:

Ms. Diane Cascella
Library Residency for Diversity and Innovation Search
Albert S. Cook Library
Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252-0001

 Electronic applications are encouraged and should be submitted to

 Upon submitting your Curriculum Vitae to indicate your interest in this position, please be sure to visit   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 purposes only and shall not be used to illegally discriminate for or against anyone.

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.


Patricia A. MacDonald
Associate University Librarian
for Administrative Services
Albert S. Cook Library
8000 York Rd.
Towson, MD  21252
t.  410-704-2445
f.  410-704-2435 


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