Chief Institute Librarian

Baltimore, MD
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Created: May 25, 2016


Requisition Number  16-0138
Post Date  5/24/2016
Title  Chief Institute Librarian
City  Baltimore
State  MD


Join the team that operates and manages the Hubble Space Telescope and its successor, the James Webb Space Telescope. Take part in work at the forefront of astronomy in a job that offers a competitive salary and generous benefits. The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) is located on the Homewood campus of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. STScI is seeking a Chief Institute Librarian to be responsible for all functions of Library Services required in support of scientific and technical staff and visitors. This person will work independently under the general direction of the Science Mission Office Division Head.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

1. Manage library services for scientific institute of 550+ professionals (scientific, engineering, information technology, outreach, project management and business disciplines) who are responsible for science operations of the Hubble Space Telescope, upcoming James Webb Space Telescope and other future missions

2. Supervise library team (professional, paraprofessional, various interns, and consultants). Responsibilities include interviewing, selecting, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; carrying out goals development and annual appraisals

3. Oversee the creation and maintenance of a digital and print archives. Work with internal and external partners to develop and expand STScI's archiving program. Oversee the collection and processing of documents, which includes scanning/OCR, creation of finding guides and creation of metadata for digital records

4. Curate bibliographies of scholarly publications enriched with metadata for the Directorate. Part of team who designs, develops, and maintains database of papers based on the use of HST, JWST and other missions. Performs metric studies of use of HST/JWST data as needed. Maintains database of STScI staff publications and develops appropriate metrics for benchmarking STScI scientific productivity. Works with Mikulski Archive for Space Telescopes staff on projects to connect data to scholarly publications

5. Serve as a leader in international astronomy librarianship by participating in associations, organizing conferences, fostering collaborative projects, working with publishers, and mentoring

6. Responsible for the continuous integration of library services with the mission of the Institute and research programs of individual scientists. Develops and manages convenient, accessible, and cost-effective information services that are aligned with the strategic directions of the organization. Function as a liaison for new services and resources available to the astronomy community such as ORCID, new NASA ADS features, new commercial products, new publisher initiatives such as data citation practices, community projects such as the Unified Astronomy Thesaurus

7. Responsible for developing and managing the library’s collections, both print and electronic. Determines space and facility needs, and plans for same. Plans, designs, develops, and implements automated systems for library operations and/or procedures, including design and maintenance of library web pages

8. Establishes internal library policies and procedures, and policies and programs for assistance to users

9. Coordinates with and advises other Divisions/Branches on the information needs of staff and visitors. Is an effective member of the senior management team and acts as a consultant to the Institute on information issues. Provides reference and research support to STScI individuals

10. Plans and justifies library budget. Executes and controls library expenditures


Knowledge of specialized professional library principles, methods, techniques, and procedures. Knowledge of current practices and trends in archives and libraries including data archiving, digital archiving, collection development in both print and digital formats and library services to support scientific research.

Expert knowledge of the content of astronomy-related information resources, including the ability to work with the creators of such resources. Ability to evaluate needs and to develop the best methods of providing services to local clientele and the astronomy community. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships both internally and externally. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Computer skills applicable to working in a complex environment, including knowledge of database management, data archives, spreadsheet and text editing software, and specialized library software.

Master's degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program. Advanced course work in archival records management and library administration desirable.

Minimum of eight years increasingly responsible professional library and information handling experience at a supervisory or administrative level. Considerable experience in a science library is required as well as a strong working knowledge of astronomical materials and sources.

Note: Substitution of additional relevant education or experience for stated qualifications will be considered.

STScI offers an excellent benefits package, tuition reimbursement, competitive salaries, and a stimulating work environment. Interested candidates are requested to complete an on-line application and attach a resume in the "Resume Upload Section." Please include job #16-0138 in the file name. Resumes received by June 17, 2016 will receive full consideration.

STScI sees the diversity of its staff as a strategic priority in our desire to create a first-rate scientific community. We reflect that deep commitment in strongly encouraging women, minorities, veterans and disabled individuals to apply for these opportunities. As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer, STScI does not discriminate because of race, sex, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, lawful political affiliations, veteran status, or mental or physical handicap. EOE/AA/M/F/D/V.

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