Chief of State Library Resource Center

Chief of State Library Resource Center – Enoch Pratt Free Library (MD)

The historic Enoch Pratt Free Library of Baltimore City is seeking applications for the next Chief of State Library Resource Center (SLRC). The Pratt Library is one of the oldest free public library systems in the United States serving the 622,000+ residents of the City of Baltimore through its twenty-one branch locations and also serves the 6,000,000 residents of Maryland as the State Library Resource Center.  The renovated Central Library which opened in 1932 as a ground-breaking ‘open to the people’ library whose mission is “to empower, enrich, and enhance the quality of life for all through equitable access to information, services, and opportunity.”  Dedicated patrons, volunteers, and donors enthusiastically support the work of the Enoch Pratt Free Library as it upholds library traditions and embraces the challenges of a rapidly changing library world.

Responsibilities:  The Chief of SLRC reports to the Deputy Director of Public Services and leads the four members of the SLRC Management Team in providing direction and oversight to the various departments which include: Digital MD, Documents, and Sailor Electronic Resources; internal support departments such as Technical Services, Acquisitions, Bindery and special collections (African American, Maryland and Special Collections Departments).  The ideal candidate will have the skills to build and maintain relationships throughout the state and support the development of Maryland library professionals through robust training, accreditation, and resource sharing. 

Our Community: Known as a city of neighborhoods, the past and the future intersect in Baltimore. Many historic communities showcase Baltimore’s rich history and wealth of diversity with many significant properties listed on the National Register; Under Armour’s forward-looking Port Covington development is among the largest urban redevelopment projects in the country and the city’s historic Inner Harbor boasts walkable neighborhoods, tourist attractions, and commercial development. An entrepreneurial community has emerged alongside Baltimore’s robust network of colleges and universities, world-class museums, internationally renowned symphony orchestra, trendy music and art venues, beloved professional sports teams, and varied culinary choices. As with many urban cities, Baltimore has distinct challenges as well as powerful assets and many of Baltimore’s citizens suffer a disparity of income, education, and opportunity. The Enoch Pratt Free Library continues to be a vital, important partner in Baltimore’s determination to meet these challenges.

Qualifications: A Master’s in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution. Five (5) years of professional experience in an urban library with three (3) years of the required experience in high-level/leadership.

Compensation: The hiring salary range is $86,518 – $138,364 (with placement negotiable dependent on experience and qualifications) and an excellent fringe benefits package. 

For further information, contact Bradbury Miller Associates. Apply via email with a meaningful cover letter and your resume as Word or pdf attachments to  Karen Miller (karenmiller AT   This position closes on November 28, 2021.

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Posted: 10/26/21