Job: College of Ag. and Nat. Res., Univ of Maryland Extension Alt. Farming Systems Librarian

COLLEGE OF AGRICULTURE AND NATURAL RESOURCES UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND EXTENSION  POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: LIBRARIAN TITLE: Librarian (Coordinator) Full-time, Contingent II, Exempt DEPARTMENT: Maryland Cooperative Extension (MCE) LOCATION: USDA-National Agriculture Library, Beltsville, Maryland RESPONSIBILITIES: The Librarian (Coordinator) will be assigned to the Alternative Farming Systems Information Center (AFSIC), located at Beltsville's National Agricultural Library (NAL).  AFSIC is a clearinghouse for information on alternative, organic and sustainable crops and farming systems.  This individual will work with AFSIC staff at as the Organic Livestock Digitizing Project Librarian.  In this capacity, the incumbent will select and digitize USDA documents pertaining to what is now considered "organic" livestock production for inclusion in a web-accessible database.  The Librarian will create appropriate search metadata for each of the selected publications, facilitate digitization, and add the digital documents to a fully searchable on-line database.  The Librarian may also be requested to search for information, develop answers to inquiries, and engage in other duties as needed.  This position will report to the Assistant Director for Agriculture and Natural Resource Programs, UME; on-site supervisor will be the AFSIC Coordinator.

QUALIFICATIONS: Required - * ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library Science; * experience searching bibliographic databases and using the Web to locate information; * experience and knowledge of metadata creation; * interest in environmental/agricultural issues and emerging information technology; strong computer skills; ability to work alone or as part of a team and manage several projects and activities simultaneously; * commitment to high-quality customer service. * knowledge of current issues related to sustainable agriculture; * knowledge of organic and sustainable agricultural organizations; experience using WordPerfect,  Word, Outlook, database and related software, experience or studies in agriculture (including general agriculture, agronomy, agroecology, natural resource conservation, biology, agricultural environmental science or policy work). * Academic and/or practical background in sustainable agricultural systems and practices. Preferred - * knowledge of digital document creation and management; * experience in library reference work; hands-on farm experience; familiarity with database programs; STARTING SALARY: Commensurate with experience with a base salary of $40,000.  The University of Maryland offers an extensive benefits package. CLOSING DATE: Applications will be accepted until October 30, 2009 or until a suitable candidate is selected. TO APPLY: A complete application package includes a cover letter, signed resume, official college transcripts and three professional references, including name, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address. The information should be sent to Dr. Robert Tjaden, Assistant Director, University of Maryland Extension, 1202 Symons Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-5551.  Contact Mr. William Thomas at the National Agricultural Library at (301) 504-5724 with questions about the job itself. Minorities and Women are Encouraged to Apply. The University of Maryland is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

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