Saturday, October 31, 2009

Interim Head Librarian of Technical Services & Systems

The St. Olaf libraries seek an experienced, creative, and energetic librarian to serve as the Interim Head Librarian of Technical Services and Systems. This is a full-time benefit eligible year-long appointment, with possible extension through the end of May 2011, while the current Head of Technical Services and Systems serves as the Interim College Librarian. Candidates should be well-versed in integrated library systems, especially desirable is experience with Innovative Interfaces (III). Experience in technical services and with library digitization work is also desirable. This position will provide leadership in library technology and will be opportunity to work on several exciting projects we are currently engaged in, including: (a) research and development of our new local electronic resource management system, (b) development of library and campus digitization procedures and projects (with our Digital Initiatives and Metadata Librarian), and (b) analysis and implementation of software we have recently purchased or are considering, including WorldCat Local, MetaLib, and open source ILS products.

This position will (a) plan, organize, and oversee the libraries' acquisition, organization, and distribution of information (including books, serials, and electronic resources), and (b) serves as the point person for technology and digital initiatives in the libraries. This position serves with other departmental heads on the libraries' administrative council and actively contributes to library-wide planning, policy-making, goal-setting and the development of new services and initiatives.

Candidates will have the opportunity to rethink past practices in light of new demands and opportunities. They should have a commitment to the liberal arts; a love of working with students and faculty; dedication to teamwork, and an ability to mentor and train others.

With nearly 3000 students, St. Olaf College, a residential campus in Northfield, MN, combines a leading liberal arts experience with the dynamic energy of a small university. Forty-four academic majors, 27 intercollegiate sports, a world-renowned music program and a nationally recognized commitment to international study help St. Olaf fulfill its mission to develop and nurture mind, body and spirit. St. Olaf is located in a charming, two-college town of 18,000 people, 35 miles south of Minneapolis and St. Paul.

The successful candidate must possess a Bachelor's degree and an M.L.S. from an ALA-accredited program in library or information science, or foreign equivalent. A minimum of three years of progressively responsible experience in libraries is required. Experience in academic libraries (particularly in a liberal arts college) and managing a website (especially using Dreamweaver and ColdFusion) are desirable.

A liberal arts college affiliated with the Lutheran Church (ELCA), St. Olaf College is firmly committed to enhancing academic excellence by creating a diverse and inclusive campus community. Applications and nominations are not only encouraged but welcomed from persons of color, women, and members of other under-represented groups. For more information about the College, please visit the St. Olaf College Web site at

For a complete position description and how to submit application materials visit our website: Only online applications will be accepted. If you need assistance with the application process, call 507-786-3068 or email

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