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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

[LIBJOBS] Associate Librarian - Baltimore, MD - United States

Located in Baltimore, Maryland, STScI empowers the astronomy community to produce new scientific discoveries and brings the benefits of this research to the public.  The Institute makes the best astronomical facilities productive for the largest number of scientists, and promotes new missions with the greatest potential for unlocking the secrets of the universe.

The Institute staff consists of first rank astronomy research staff, which itself is engaged in forefront astronomical research, a first rank technical staff to develop and maintain the innovative systems essential to the missions, a first rank outreach staff to engage the public in the forefront intellectual questions of our time, and a first rank administrative staff to support the Institute and the community.

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Outstanding Benefits! · Comprehensive Medical, Dental, Prescription and Vision· Up to 5 weeks of paid vacation a year· Up to 12 sick days a year· Holidays: 7 regular and 3 personal· Flexible Work Schedules· Telecommuting Options Available· Employer-paid Life, Short-term Disability, and Long-term Disability· Employee Voluntary Retirement Savings Plan· Employer-sponsored Retirement Plan  (contribution equal to 10% of base salary)· Tuition Reimbursement and Prepayment Program· Flexible Spending Accounts· Casual Work Environment.

Opportunities Currently Available:  17-0002 Associate Librarian

STScI is seeking an Associate Librarian to assist in providing essential information services and resources for research, special projects, and the ongoing work of the Institute as well as the wider astronomical community.

Duties & Responsibilities:

1. Assists STScI staff and visitors with locating needed resources.

2. Assists in acquiring, providing, and especially maintaining needed information in print and non-print formats for scientific, technical, and support staff.

3. Assists Library Technician and Chief Librarian with day-to-day functions of library: e-journals maintenance, maintaining physical collection, ILL reciprocal borrowings and mailings, and processing some archival materials.

4. Fills in for Chief Institute Librarian and Library Technician in their absence.

5. Communicates with e-journal providers, both direct publisher and third party subscription management company. Updates accounts and tracks usage statistics. Recommends collection accession/de-accession to Chief Librarian through knowledge of use statistics, esp. for online subscriptions.

6. Using OCLC Connexion and EOS Web ILS, performs original and copy cataloging of print and online materials using Library of Congress (LC) classification scheme and subject headings. Requires knowledge of AACR2 and familiarity with new RDA standard. Must understand MARC21 format and its implementation by OCLC and the Library of Congress and apply them in a local setting.

7. Performs authority control using current rule interpretations and reviews unauthorized headings in new records and those already existing in ILS to bring them in compliance with national standards.

8. Exercises discretion and independent judgment in cataloging resources, rule interpretation, and application of metadata. Enhances records to ensure they are discoverable for the research community.

9. Assists other library staff in understanding catalog formats and rule interpretations and consults with library staff as needed to make decisions.

10. Works with Library Technician in overseeing maintenance of print journal and observatory publications, including bindery operations.

11. Works with ebook vendors to automate routine record delivery into ILS and enhances records as needed.

12. Communicates ideas for improvements to existing library workflows and methods of targeted information delivery within and connected to the library; works with staff at the institute to move forward on implementation and project completion.

13. Remains current on and informs library and institute staff of major changes in the greater information services world; participates in marketing efforts of the library.

14. Improves and updates STScI library web page on an ongoing basis in conjunction with IT staff.

15. Assists with one or more additional library projects such as identifying materials to be included and tagged in the Hubble Space Telescope bibliography, digital archiving, ORCID implementation, or the Unified Astronomy Thesaurus.




An ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library Science/Information Science. A minimum of 2 years’ experience in a research library, preferably in a science library.
Note: Substitution of additional relevant education or experience for stated qualifications will be considered.

Knowledge of intermediate to advanced Integrated Library System functions, including running reports and updates is required.

Experience performing original and copy cataloging using the Library of Congress classification scheme, preferably working with scientific materials. Experience maintaining holdings information in an e-resource access and management system such as Serials Solutions, ProQuest Workflow Solutions, or Prenax.

Ability to work with a diverse group of technical, scientific, and non-technical personnel within the institute and to communicate effectively with libraries and data sources outside the Institute, including other astronomical and observatory libraries. Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing tools, methodologies in information delivery, and requirements of the library and its staff. Ability to work independently with minimal instruction; strong time management skills, strong organizational skills and attention to detail.

Experience with development, implementation, and tracking of information service projects and direct experience providing reference service preferred.

Knowledge of astronomical materials and resources is desirable. Some experience in archival practices and/or knowledge management a plus.

STScI offers an excellent benefits package, tuition reimbursement, competitive salaries, and a stimulating work environment. Interested candidates are requested to complete an on-line application through our website at or the “Apply Online” link at the bottom of this posting. Please provide a cover letter and resume in the "Resume Upload Section." Please include job #17-0002 in the filename. Applications received by February 6, 2017 will receive full consideration.

AURA, as a leader in the astronomical community, is committed to diversity and inclusion. AURA develops and supports programs that advance our organizational commitment to diversity, broaden participation, and encourage the advancement of diversity throughout the astronomical scientific workforce. Learn more at

As a recipient of U.S. Government funding, AURA is considered a government contractor and is subject to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action regulations. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, AURA and all of the centers, do not discriminate based on race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity/gender identity expression, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, disability, and/or any other legally protected status under applicable federal, state, and local equal opportunity laws. The statements below as well as the requests for self-identification are required pursuant to these regulations. We encourage your participation in meeting these federal reporting requirements which are included for protection and to assist us in our recordkeeping and reporting. Your responses are kept strictly confidential.

STScI sees the diversity of our staff as a strategic priority in our desire to create a first-rate scientific community. We reflect that deep commitment in strongly encouraging women, minorities, veterans and disabled individuals to apply for these opportunities.

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