Special Collections Librarian for Labor Studies (Open Rank), University of Maryland Libraries

The University of Maryland Libraries is seeking dynamic and innovative applicants for the position of Special Collections Librarian for Labor Studies. The successful candidate will create and implement a vision for all labor collections holdings in Special Collections and University Archives (SCUA), including the AFL-CIO archives. These rich collections encompass the history of labor in North America, national and international labor unions, as well as Maryland-related labor movements and issues. Particular collection strengths include, but are not limited to, the AFL-CIO; the Industrial Union of Marine and Shipbuilding Workers of America; the Bakery Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers; the Cigar Makers International Union; and the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America. With the recent acquisition of the AFL-CIO archives, the University of Maryland Libraries has established a premier collection for labor research.

The Special Collections Librarian for Labor Studies will develop a robust program of collection development, research services, digitization, and scholarly activity to support labor collections, including print and archival materials. The successful candidate will thrive in a collaborative environment within SCUA and within the University of Maryland Libraries.



ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library/Information Science with an emphasis on formal archival education and training; OR a graduate degree in history, American studies, or other relevant discipline with experience in archives, archival course work, or archival certificate.  



  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival theory and practice.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with others in an academic, collegial setting.
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication skills.  
  • Demonstrated experience in managing projects from scoping to delivery; ability to set timetables, meet deadlines, or manage budgets. 
  • Demonstrated experience with major outreach initiatives that promote use of special collections.
  • Strong service orientation and demonstrated ability in assisting researchers in a special collections setting.
  • Demonstrated experience with digital initiatives or digital humanities projects. 

For complete duties and responsibilities, please see the full position description using the following URL: http://www.lib.umd.edu/hr/employment-opportunities/staff-faculty-positions

Position is appointed to Librarian Faculty Ranks as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. For additional information, consult the following website: http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/ii-100B.html.

APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/37595.  No relocation assistance will be provided.  You must be legally able to work in the United States; the University of Maryland Libraries will not sponsor individuals for employment.  An application consists of a cover letter which includes the source of advertisement, a resume, and names/email addresses of three references. 

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted until November 13, 2015. 

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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