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Emerging Technologist
Job Code:2021-324
Branch/Department:Administrative Offices-Towson
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Salary range:$36,230-$56,214
At BCPL, staff members have the opportunity to enrich individual lives and build strong communities by delivering exceptional customer experiences, establishing meaningful partnerships, and creating innovative learning spaces. We seek enthusiastic, open-minded, self-motivated individuals who can work well independently and with others. BCPL circulates over 10 million items and provides library services through its 19 branches, 4 mobile library vehicles, and an extensive outreach network. If you are forward thinking and passionate about public service, consider joining BCPL in this position.

This is a full time position working 40 hours a week. All Administrative Offices staff may be required to work evenings, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year as a part of the normal work schedule.

Job Summary:
  • Conducts research on current and emerging technologies to make recommendations to Virtual and Media Services Manager for evaluation of future services for customers.
  • Collaborates with Virtual Services Coordinator, the Virtual and Media Services Manager, and the Planning and Project Manager to address gaps in library services relating to digital equity of constituents.
  • Updates and maintains emerging technology equipment used in assisting customers in achieving technology education equity, such as: 3D printers, laser cutters, library robots, gaming laptops, soldering gear, Raspberry Pis, etc., and other items not supported by the County's Office of Information Technology.
  • Provides training for both internal and statewide library staff on basic trouble shooting and maintenance of emerging and other library technology equipment that is housed at branches or library makerspaces, such as: VR stations, Xboxes, Playstations, 3D printers, Cricut machines, etc.
  • Collaborates with Media Services staff to research and maintain new equipment and software including drones, improvements for the sound both, and augmented reality asset creation.
  • Conducts Artificial Intelligence research and provides trainings, both internally and externally on the use of this technology and its impact for library systems and customers.
  • Collaborates with Emerging Technology Specialist in conducting research and provides information to department on traditional technologies that  may help resolve customer technology issues, including easy-to-use smartphones, setting adjustments that would promote  simplified use of mobile and PC OS operation.
  • Conducts research and provides input into the use of library robots in helping staff and customers navigate difficult social/emotional situations, programs library robot to complete tasks relevant to education.

    Job Requirements:
    • Must have an Associates's degree and a minimum of five (5) years of experience or Bachelor's degree and minimum of three (3) years of experience.
    • Related degree should be in Library and Information Science, Education, Technology, Engineering, or similar field.
    • Must be able to maintain and repair a wide array of technology gear, must learn new platforms quickly.
    • Working knowledge of JavaScript, C++, Python, and/or other programming Languages typically used in emerging technology environments.
    • Experience troubleshooting and fixing delicate electronics.

    Please Note: This position closes on April 13, 2021.

    We offer an excellent benefit package that includes 20 vacation days, 15 sick days, and 7 personal days per year, as well as, subsidized healthcare options, pensions eligibility and other related benefits.