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Performing Arts Librarian, Albert S. Cook Library (Towson University), Towson, MD


Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library seeks a dynamic and innovative individual to serve as the Performing Arts Librarian.  Towson University places a high priority on the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates will be expected to explain how they have been and could be involved in advancing this campus goal. This position is a 12-month faculty status position available in Fall 2021.


Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent and a commitment to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion are required. Strong commitment to supporting the academic and research needs of students, faculty and staff.  Background in assigned disciplines and understanding of teaching and research trends in that subject area. Strong positive collaborative skills; ability to work in a team environment. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. Demonstrated initiative and ability to work independently and collaboratively on a variety of projects simultaneously. Demonstrated excellent organizational, analytical, time management and project management skills. Ability to work flexibly and creatively in a changing and fast paced environment with a diverse population. Demonstrated ability to meet the University’s criteria for promotion and permanent status of library faculty, through professional development and service accomplishments.


Bachelor’s degree in area of liaison responsibility preferred. Master’s degree in area of liaison responsibility desirable. Experience with or course work related to information literacy instruction preferred. Knowledge of and ability to apply learning theory, pedagogy and instructional technology to information literacy instruction. Demonstrated ability to provide traditional and virtual reference and research assistance in a variety of disciplines. Proficiency in the use of digital and print resources. Experience using web page authoring tools and social networking applications. Demonstrated competencies as outlined in “Professional Competencies for Reference and User Services Librarians Interest in digital humanities digital scholarship tools and methodologies.

Rank is determined by qualifications at time of appointment.


The Performing Arts Librarian serves as a research and instruction librarian and as liaison and subject specialist to the Departments of Dance, Interdisciplinary Fine Arts, Music, and Theatre Arts and related disciplines as assigned.  Plans and teaches information literacy in liaison area and other disciplines. Participates in the development, implementation and assessment of the library’s information literacy program. Evaluates and selects resources for the assigned collection and related areas; creates instructional materials; provides research assistance and reference services to students, faculty and members of the university community. Participates in design and implementation of library initiatives. Participates in library assessment initiatives. This position is a 12 month faculty status position.  Librarians are expected to progress successfully along the promotion and permanent status track and participate fully as members of the library faculty. Rank is determined by qualifications at time of appointment.

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