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MHT Librarian

Recruitment #18-002586-0041


The Maryland Historical Trust (MHT), the State’s historic preservation office, located within the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP), is seeking an energetic, creative, and collaborative individual for the position of Librarian.  

As the designated State Historic Preservation Office, MHT is responsible for maintaining an inventory of historic and archeological sites, districts, buildings, and objects, as well as evaluating the significance of these resources.

MHT’s library and archives is the only repository where the physical forms, maps, photographs, slides, and drawings – the primary source material which makes up the Maryland Inventory of Historic Properties (MIHP) – are maintained.   In addition to the Inventory, the Trust library houses over 9,000 books, journals, architectural and archeological reports, drawings, photographs, historic and site maps, and oral histories. The state of Maryland is highly regarded for the quality of the MHT library with regard to its diverse sources essential for research purposes and for increasing the state's knowledge of important resources within our borders.

The success of the MHT library lies not only in its physical collections but in its ability to serve as a center of guidance for conducting research within the historic preservation landscape of Maryland. The librarian serves not only as the manager and facilitator of MHT’s research collections but as someone who provides research consultation on all preservation issues to staff and outside scholars.




Maryland Historical Trust
100 Community Place
Crownsville, MD  21032

Main Purpose of Job

Administer, supervise, and coordinate all activities of the Library Services section of the Cultural Resource Information Management Unit of the Office of Research, Survey and Registration, Maryland Historical Trust (MHT). Consistent with MHT's mission of studying, evaluating, protecting and interpreting the state's historic sites, structures, districts, and cultural traditions. This section is charged with (1) setting library policies that will mesh with and enhance the overall goals and objectives of the Maryland Historical Trust, (2) overseeing the management of archival and library holdings of the agency, and (3) providing reference services with in-depth research relating to the state's cultural heritage.  


This position serves as the Administrator, Library Services, within the Cultural Resource Information Management Unit of the Office of Research, Survey and Registration (ORSR).  The position is responsible for the management of all print collections, sets all library policies and determines priorities, establishes guidelines, and coordinates activities of MHT’s libraries and archives, all of which will enable MHT staff to carry out their responsibilities.

In addition, the position provides reference services, assisting scholars with in-depth research, both in person and remotely. This includes help with and instruction in the use of Medusa, Maryland’s online cultural resource information system. As such, the position builds relationships with outside consultants, other state agencies, and the general population.  

The position oversees and instructs staff in technical and reference services of the archives and library, including maintaining of materials in the MIHP.  This position has daily contact with all MHT staff as well as external architectural surveyors, archeologists, preservation planners, representatives of cultural resource management firms, property owners, and employees of state, federal and local agencies. As such, the position is the center of research activity for historic preservation in Maryland.

The Administrator of Library Services is responsible for providing comprehensive reference service to staff and the public and for overseeing all aspects of MHT's primary-source collections.

The Librarian schedules appointments for those needing to visit the library, directs their research when they are at the Trust, and responds to written and verbal requests from all outside clientele. 


Education: A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.

Experience: Four years of experience in administrative staff or professional work.


1. Additional experience in administrative staff or professional work may be substituted on a year-for-year basis for the required education.

2. Additional graduate level education at an accredited college or university may be substituted at the rate of 30 semester credit hours on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.

3. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a commissioned officer involving staff work related to the administration of rules, regulations, policy, procedures and processes, or overseeing or coordinating unit operations or functioning as a staff assistant to a higher ranking commissioned officer on a year-for-year basis for the required education and experience.


Our Preferred Candidate Will Have:

-A Master’s degree in Library Science, Library and Information Studies, Librarianship, or closely- related field from an ALA-accredited library school or a Bachelor’s degree from an  ALA-certified degree or certificate program.  

-A Degree and/or relevant experience in architecture, archeology, or a related field.

-Experience with or advanced knowledge of architectural and/or archeological special collections.

-Familiarity with SirsiDynix EOS software.

-Experience providing patron services in a special collections environment.

-Experience in development of online digital projects.

-Knowledge of MARC and non-MARC metadata schema.

-Experience managing both analog and digital materials.

-Proven ability to work with multiple cataloging and metadata content standards and controlled vocabularies.

-Knowledge of best practices for intellectual and physical control of collections.


Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator's license valid in the State of Maryland.


Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application (and on separate pages, if necessary) to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment. 

All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date.

Successful candidates will be placed in Best, Better, or Qualified categories on the eligible list for at least one year.


The assessment may consist of a rating of your education, training and experience related to the requirements of the position.  It is important that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all experience and education that is related to this position.



For education obtained outside the U.S., a copy of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service may be required prior to hire. 

All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by the closing date.  We will not consider information submitted after this date. 

The on-line application process is STRONGLY preferred.  If on-line application process is not available, you may submit a paper application, supplemental questionnaire (by the closing date) to:

Department of Budget and Management

Recruitment and Examination Division

301 W. Preston St., Suite 608

Baltimore, MD  21201


For inquiries regarding this recruitment, please call 410-767-4850.

Resumes will NOT be accepted in lieu of completing the on-line or paper application. 

As an equal opportunity employer, Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

Appropriate accommodations for individuals with disabilities are available upon request by calling 410-767-3623.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.  Bilingual applicants are also encouraged to apply.

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