Discovery, Access and Collections Librarian

Bowie, Maryland
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Jul 12, 2019
Aug 16, 2019
Full Time

Discovery, Access and Collections Librarian

SUMMARY: The Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) is a collaborative partnership with nine universities (American University, The Catholic University of America, Gallaudet University, George Mason University, The George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Marymount University, and The University of the District of Columbia) providing innovative and cost-effective access to shared information resources, services and expertise.

The Discovery, Access and Collections Librarian plays a key role in achieving the WRLC’s vision and mission by advancing user discovery, enabling access to and fulfillment of the consortium’s shared collections and supporting the creation of coordinated collections. This position identifies and collaborates in implementing strategies and technologies that enhance discovery, access and fulfillment using a variety of platforms, most notably WRLC’s shared Alma and Primo VE environment. This position works in partnership with library and WRLC staff to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of discovery, fulfillment and resource sharing workflows, including for the WRLC’s Shared Collections Facility, a high-density storage facility. The Discovery, Access and Collections Librarian reports to the Director of Library and User Services.


Expected: ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science, master’s degree in related field, or equivalent education and experience. Front-line user service experience. Demonstrated experience selecting and managing library resources. Demonstrated competency in librarianship with an awareness of current trends in an academic library environment, particularly using the Alma and Primo VE library services platform. The person in this position must be creative, independent and show initiative in developing and implementing new ideas.

Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills. Strong organizational and problem-solving skills. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and to successfully manage multiple projects and priorities. Customer centered orientation essential. 

Preferred: Experience with library automation in a consortial environment, particularly with Ex Libris’ Alma and Primo VE. Experience with scripting languages (e.g., Python, PHP), metadata schema (MARC, Dublin Core, METS, FRBR, RDA) and applications such as ILLiad.

The WRLC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. The WRLC offers a competitive benefits package. Visit  for additional details.

Applicants must send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three (3) professional references to Applications received by Friday, August 16 will receive first consideration. Visit  for positions available and employment information. The full position description will be found at: An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background screening.

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