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Research & Evaluation

Recruitment #17-005055-0018



State Salary Grade 21

Annual Salary Range: $ 60,543 – $88,424


200 West Baltimore Street

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Main Purpose of Job

This is a specialized professional position responsible for providing leadership and technical assistance in the areas of assessment, research, evaluation, and statistics to public libraries in the provision of information and educational programs for all age groups.


Provides leadership to libraries in carrying out statewide and local federal programs.  Serves as a technical specialist for the development, coordination, and execution of needs assessment for purposes of strategic planning, research and evaluation of library programs and services, and statistics programs to support public libraries. Provides assistance with the data compilation and completion of the division's annual Managing for Results, the State Library Administrative Agency Survey and the Maryland Public Library Survey report requirements. Provides information, consultation, and continuing education services to local librarians through a statewide library network, assists with the development and implementation of the SharePoint system the agency’s web site. Provides technical assistance and consultation in support of educational initiatives for all age groups, from birth through adult.


EDUCATION: Possession of a Master’s Degree or equivalent 36 credit hours of post-baccalaureate course work. A Master’s Degree in Library Information Science from a college or university accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) or closely related field is preferred.

EXPERIENCE:  Four (4) years of administrative work in, or affiliated with an educational program with varied professional library experience. Experience that includes grant writing and management is preferred.


  1. Two additional years of experience directly related to the position may be substituted for the required Master’s Degree.
  2. Possession of a doctorate in a field related to the position may be substituted for one year of the required experience.


Knowledge of trends and issues in library services, including the changing role of libraries in today’s technology-rich environment; knowledge of the Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA); knowledge of planning, policy interpretation, and using guidelines to assist Public Library Administrators, Trustees, and government officials in developing improved library services; knowledge of budget development and expenditure controls; skill in translating trends and needs into strategic directions; ability to develop standards, guidelines, and other criteria for the implementation, evaluation, and improvement of library services; skill in using a variety of computer software and new technologies; skill in training, mentoring and staff development; skill in planning, organizing and managing multiple tasks: ability to interpret and apply laws, regulations and standards governing public libraries; ability to coordinate resource sharing activities; ability to establish collaborative working relationships with stakeholders; ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and be flexible and creative in a changing environment; ability to communicate effectively.


Proof of eligibility to work in compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act and possible travel throughout the State are required. Any misrepresentation of academic or experience requirements for this position may result in non-selection or termination of employment.


For immediate consideration please submit your application by April 6, 2018 - Open until filled.


To apply for this position online go to Maryland State Library Jobs on JobAps (or complete an MSDE Application on On-line applications (and resumes) are the preferred method for receiving your application/attachments.  Using this method will allow applicants to access their documents for future recruitments for which they apply and verify that the appropriate documents (resume-credentials) have been attached to the recruitment that requires them. Applicants must include their resume and provide sufficient information on the application to document that they satisfy the minimum qualifications for this recruitment. Please do not put "See Resume" in the job duties section of your application; your application will not be considered.

If you utilize fax or regular mail as the option to submit required attachments, you will need to resubmit these documents each time you apply for a new position that requires the attachments.  Additionally, you must include the following information on each page of the attachment you submit in order to ensure that we append the attachments to the correct recruitment: First and Last Name, Recruitment Number, and the last 4 digits of your SS# and indicate application for – Education Program Specialist I, Research and Evaluation Public Libraries and State Networking Branch (PLSNB), #039646 (JobAps#17-005055-0018) Mailing Address: Maryland State Department of Education, Office of Human Resources, 200 West Baltimore Street, Baltimore, Maryland  21201. Fax: 410-333-8950 – This fax number is for Department of Education recruitment actions only.

If you have difficulty with your user account or have general questions about this online application system, please contact the MD Department of Budget and Management, Recruitment and Examination Division at 410-767-4850. For inquiries or an MSDE Application, contact 410-767-0019 or TTY/TDD 410-333-3045 or visit our website at

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request