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Senior Online Reference and Instructional Librarian (Onsite Faculty) - Thurgood Marshall Library

Bowie State University
Bowie, MD

Job Details

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Position Title:

Senior Online Reference & Instructional Librarian (On-site Position)

Rank :

Librarian I E30177

Regular (PIN) or Long Term Contractual Faculty:

Long Term

Open Date:


Open Until Filled:


Duties and Responsibilities :

The Online Reference and Instructional Librarian provides Instruction and research assistance to both online and on-campus students, faculty, and staff by creating online tutorials, self-guided library instruction modules, holding one-on-one research meetings, and purchasing materials.Works independently under the direct supervision/collaboration of the Dean of the Library. An important part of the position is supporting the mission of the University and the Library in advancing academic excellence and student success goals for the distance learning community.
Distance Services

  • Provides and promotes library support services to all online students, staff, and faculty.
  • Develops and maintains library online presence, online technologies, and instructional materials for online education.

Research/Instructional Services
  • Assists patrons with reference questions, research sessions, and with using and accessing Library tools and information resources.
  • Provides research project consultations with on-campus and online faculty and students.
  • Coordinates and conducts online and face-to-face instructional programs/sessions to promote and ensure library assessment, collection development, and other library services.

Collections Management
  • Oversees all aspects of Online Technical Services, including acquisitions, serials, cataloging, and collection development.
  • Collaborates with faculty and staff to develop collections and resources to support on-campus and online learning programs.
  • Coordinates the development of electronic resources, including electronic databases, e-journals, e-books, and emerging technologies.
  • Prepares monthly summary, statistical and evaluative reports, of all activities.
  • Serves as a library liaison to the online programs of the university, providing recommendations for purchases and resources.
  • Participates as an active member of the Bowie State University faculty.

Must be available to work evenings and weekends. Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time, with or without notice.

Conditions of Employment:

Offer of employment is contingent upon successful completion of due diligence background check and verification of credentials. Proof of US citizenship or eligibility for U.S. employment will be required prior to employment (Immigration Control Act of 1986).

Please be advised, COVID-19 vaccinations are not required but encouraged for all eligible students, faculty and staff returning to USM institutions. This protocol is subject to change.

Bowie State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


  • Minimum three years of professional experience in an academic or research library.
  • Minimum two years of experience directly assisting public, academic, or research library users.
  • Strong commitment to information literacy, customer service, and support of the academic and research needs of students, faculty, and staff.
  • Experience preferred as an embedded librarian, instructional designer, or help desk technician in learning management systems.
  • Experience preferred in developing online tutorials.
  • Proven team player in a highly collaborative environment.
  • Advanced proficiency in subject classification of materials in all formats and the Microsoft Office Suite.
  • Meticulous attention to detail, efficiency, and thoroughness.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a collaborative environment.
  • Proven initiative and self-direction.


ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and/or Information Science

Knowledge Skills and Abilities :

  • Knowledge of online databases, electronic resources, and integrated library systems (ILS) as applied to the academic library setting.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with various academic constituencies.
  • Demonstrated ability to instruct residential and online university students in the use of library resources, both electronic and print.





Bowie State University, a member of the University System of Maryland (USM), is a regional, comprehensive, and historically black university. The University offers an array of baccalaureate and masters degree programs and a doctorate in education. Located between Washington, DC and Baltimore, the University includes a diverse faculty and student population.

Founded in 1865, Bowie State is the oldest Historically Black College/University in Maryland and one of the ten oldest in the country. It is also a diverse university whose 5,400 students, along with faculty and staff, come from many ethnic backgrounds. The University boasts a pastoral campus that is both serene and beautiful. With seven residence halls, the University is a hub of 24/7 undergraduate life, yet it also offers convenient evening classes and online courses to serve employed professionals seeking to move ahead in their vocations.

Bowie State upholds the System’s mission of providing high-caliber, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities. In addition to its 25 undergraduate majors, Bowie State offers 30 master's, doctoral, and advanced certification programs. Its advanced research facilities include one of the world's 100 most powerful supercomputers and a satellite operations control center managed in conjunction with NASA

We invite you to take a closer look at Bowie State; you will like what you see.



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