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    Posted: 06/Sep/2019 at 1:39pm

Title:           Head, Terrapin Learning Commons
Category:     Librarian (Open Rank)
Department:     User Services and Resource Sharing
Benefits:     22 Days Annual Leave, 15 Days of Sick Leave, 3 Days Personal Leave, 15 Paid Holidays
          Tuition Remission, Health, Dental, Vision, and Prescription

As the largest university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, the University of Maryland Libraries serve more than 37,500 students and 4,200 faculty of the flagship College Park campus. The University of Maryland Libraries share the teaching, learning and research goals of the university. Its role as a key academic resource is evident in its service to the academic community and its actionable strategic plan. Recent membership in the Big Ten Academic Alliance is particularly meaningful to the University Libraries and will further propel the university’s ascendancy in academic excellence.
The Terrapin Learning Commons (TLC) has the mission to provide students with an inviting and supportive environment that facilitates scholarly work and helps create community across all library locations. The staff of the TLC seek to work alongside and become partners with students to increase the quality of their academic studies and enrich their university experience. The commons at the University of Maryland are a catalyst for new learning opportunities in the form of innovative spaces and services and campus-wide partnerships.
Reporting to the Director of User Services & Resource Sharing (USRS), the Head of Learning Commons will work creatively and collaboratively with partners inside and outside of the Libraries to oversee the development and delivery of services in support of student learning. The incumbent will supervise Terrapin Learning Commons and John & Stella Graves Makerspace staff in McKeldin Library, assess and continually improve their services and operations, and coordinate events and tours within these spaces. Additionally, they will collaborate with other University Libraries Commons and the Teaching and Learning Services unit to offer services and programming, innovative learning spaces, and the integration of media and emerging technologies across the Libraries.
The Head of Learning Commons is an active member of the Public Services Division (PSD), contributing to divisional initiatives and leading specific projects in collaboration with other PSD units and with other units in the Libraries. In addition, the librarian works with the Director of User Services & Resource Sharing and other USRS unit managers to enhance cooperation between units and to develop and maintain a departmental culture that is inclusive, customer-centered, and responsive to changes happening in academic libraries and higher education.
The incumbent will:
1.     Provide vision, planning, and oversight of learning spaces and services offered through the TLC
2.     Provides vision, planning, and oversight of the John & Stella Graves MakerSpace
3.     Supervises unit employees
4.     Coordinates events and tours in the TLC and John & Stella Graves Makerspace
5.     Acts as advisor to subject/format based “commons” as they develop and coordinates activities with these units to ensure a maximization of resources and minimization of duplication where possible
6.     Shares in the leadership of the User Services & Resource Sharing department in McKeldin Library
7.     Provides public services to library users and other library staff at the TLC Tech Desk
8.     Participates in library, campus, and national committees as appropriate.
9.     Contributes to the profession by engaging in scholarly/creative activities
10.     Performs other duties as assigned


Education: Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution of higher education, or equivalent professional degree.

Experience & Skills:

o     Three years of professional-level, public services experience in an academic library.
o     One year of supervisory experience.
o     Familiarity with current and emerging technologies appropriate to the academic library, particularly those related to makerspaces and/or media production.
o     Strong verbal and written communication skills.
o     Strong interpersonal skills, as evidenced by experience working with diverse staff and clientele.
o     Strong customer service orientation and public service experience.
o     Demonstrated ability to balance and prioritize multiple activities and projects.
o     Demonstrated ability to work in groups, and to build and maintain relationships with internal and external partners.


o     Direct experience with specialized equipment, such as large-format printers, 3D scanning and printing, augmented reality, audio and video production tools, etc.
o     Experience with web content management systems and accessibility guidelines.
o     Experience or aptitude for designing and conducting user studies and/or needs assessments.

For the full position description and faculty requirements, please go to

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. Applicant must meet the Libraries' requirements for promotion, which includes a commitment to professional development, service, and self-directed research, scholarship, and/or creative activities. For additional information, consult the following website: .

APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online at 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 curriculum vitae, and names/e-mail addresses of three references.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted until 10/2/19.

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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