Job Posting: Social Work Librarian, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland, Baltimore

The Social Work Librarian leads the Library’s efforts to anticipate and fulfill the research, learning, and information management needs of the School of Social Work.  S/he provides leadership and expertise in the areas of evidence-based research, course development, instruction, health literacy, scholarship and scholarly communication, and social work informatics.  Guided by the University’s strategic plan, the School’s mission, and best practices in the areas of information literacy and health informatics, the Social Work Librarian advances institutional and School priorities; s/he facilitates community engagement; and pursues relevant professional and scholarly activities.  The Social Work Librarian participates in committees and projects within the Library, the School of Social Work, and at the University level.

This is a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position at a rank of Librarian I or II.  This position reports to the Head of Liaison and Outreach Services.


The successful candidate:

  • Cultivates and sustains vital connections between the School of Social Work and the Library.
  • Delivers expert research consultations to faculty and students, emphasizing targeted searching skills, quality evidence-based research, and critical appraisal of varied resources, including clinical resources.
  • Works with social work faculty to conduct systematic reviews; assesses the research impact of scholarly output to inform and support promotion, tenure, and grant applications.
  • Advises faculty and students regarding scholarly communication; disseminates University research findings to the community in translational research projects.
  • Builds collaborative relationships with social work students and faculty and advocates for their particular research, learning, and information management needs.
  • Creates and leads dynamic instructional programming to support students’ professional competency requirements in information technologies, informatics, critical appraisal, and evidence-based practice.
  • Discovers and implements innovative technologies, including social media, to advance teaching and learning, communication, collaboration, and information management.
  • Designs and delivers research and information management workshops to individuals and groups, both in person and virtually.
  • Advances learning opportunities for distance students, develops tools for online learning, and counsels users regarding copyright compliance for virtual learning.
  • Engages faculty, staff, and students in sustainable outreach projects with a health information or health literacy component; collaborates with the Library’s Outreach Librarian on state-wide projects; and initiates grant-funded collaborations with the School of Social Work.
  • Collaborates on accreditation processes involving self-studies and site visits.
  • Participates actively in School of Social Work committees, Library committees, University committees, and related professional organizations.
  • Enriches the fields of social work education and informatics through relevant, progressive scholarship; information sharing; and meaningful networking.
  • Continuously evaluates new research, program development, and curricular trends within the fields of social work and academic health sciences librarianship.



  • ALA-accredited MLS degree
  • An undergraduate degree or comparable background in social work, the social sciences, public health, or a related field.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a strong customer-service orientation
  • Expert searching skills in health and social sciences databases
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver quality instruction
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Demonstrated knowledge of library technology and social media
  • Valid driver’s license


  • Public service experience in an academic or health sciences library environment
  • Experience providing instruction to a range of audiences, including teaching faculty, students, and clinicians
  • Experience developing and delivering  in-person and online courses
  • Evidence of professional and scholarly activities



Interested, qualified candidates may email, fax or mail cover letter; CV/resume; 3 references including names, addresses, and phone numbers; and a separate signed/dated affidavit page (stating “I verify that my CV is current and accurate” – does not need to be notarized) to:  Rachel Gleiberman at or fax to 410-706-3101 or mail to UM-HS/HSL, 601 W. Lombard Street, Baltimore, Maryland 21201.  Visit our website at or call 410-706-6747 for more information. For best consideration, please forward all above required application materials by March 22, 2013.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Maryland is an AA/EOE/ADA Employer.  The University supports diversity initiatives and encourages minorities to apply.


SALARY RANGE: $45,000 to $52,000 commensurate with experience


BENEFITS: Generous benefits include choice of retirement, medical, and dental plans; 22 days of annual leave; 15 days of sick leave; 3 personal days and 14 holidays. Regular employees, as well as their spouses and dependent children, may receive tuition remission for most programs at many campuses of the University System of Maryland.



The University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) campus is located in downtown Baltimore, blocks from Orioles Park at Camden Yards, Raven’s Stadium, and the Inner Harbor, a recreational waterfront destination. Forty-five miles north of Washington DC, Baltimore City and the surrounding metropolitan area are noted for high quality-of-life indicators offering historic parks, great neighborhoods, and world-famous art collections, museums, theaters, and symphony orchestras. The city has easy access to public transportation systems, superior health care systems, and renowned university and educational resources.

The HS/HSL is the second largest medical school library on the East Coast, providing access to over 374,000 bound volumes, 8400 unique electronic and print periodicals, 96 databases and an array of progressive services, products and programs. Sixty-five FTEs and 25 faculty librarians staff the library. Our attractive facility, which opened in 1998, provides over 900 seats, 40 group study rooms, 130 individual study carrels, 60 public-access computers, wireless Internet access, 3 computer classrooms, a presentation and production studio, an art gallery, and multiple meeting spaces.

The Library supports the 6300 students, and over 7500 faculty and staff members on UMB’s 60-acre research and technology complex consisting of 58 buildings including the University of Maryland BioPark, the University of Maryland Medical Center, and the VA Hospital. UMB’s professional and graduate schools comprise a dental school, graduate school, and schools of law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, public health and social work. More details about the UMB can be found at


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