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Emerging Technologist
Job Code:2022-497
Branch/Department:Digital Equity & Virtual Services-Towson
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Salary range:$45,299-Starting Salary
  
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.

Schedule:

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


Job Summary:

Under the general direction of the Virtual Services Coordinator, and alongside the rest of the Digital Equity and Virtual Services department, is responsible for the successful implementation of emerging technology and digital equity initiatives for the library system. Assists in all aspects of these programs and platforms, including research, presenting ideas to the department, managing new and existing emerging technology platforms and hardware and fixing both processes and physical objects when not functioning properly.

  • Conducts research on current and emerging technologies to make recommendations to Digital Equity and Virtual Services Manager for evaluation of future services for customer
  • Collaborates with Virtual Services Coordinator; the Digital Equity and Virtual Services Manager and the Planning, Projects and Data Manager to address gaps in library services relating to digital equity of constituents
  • Updates and maintains emerging technology equipment uses 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 Baltimore County's Office of Information Technology
  • Provides training for internal staff on basic troubleshooting 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 Creation Services to research and maintain new equipment and software, including drones, improvements for the sound booth 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 staff 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 simplifies use of mobile and PC OS operation
Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible

Job Requirements:
  • Associate‚Äôs degree and minimum of five years of experience or bachelor's degree and minimum of three 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 and 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: December 1, 2022

*Applicants for this position will remain in consideration for any Emerging Technologist position within the next six months and do not need to reapply.*

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, pension eligibility, and other related benefits.