Friday, September 24, 2010

Systems/Emerging Technologies Librarian

Systems/Emerging Technologies Librarian – Wesleyan University, Middletown,  CT  
Reporting to the University Librarian, this position provides dynamic leadership in the design, implementation and maintenance of user-centered library technology services at Wesleyan University Library and in the CTW Consortium, with partners Connecticut College and Trinity College. The person in this position will work collaboratively with a variety of library, campus, consortial and other partners to maintain and upgrade existing library systems and to develop new applications.

Leads library systems and technology initiatives:

Keeps current on emerging technologies and library processes, developing new applications to enhance services.  Works collaboratively with library and ITS staff, other campus constituencies, and CTW consortial partners to explore promising ideas.

Leads projects to design and implement new library systems and applications.

Designs and implements enhanced library services and processes using new technologies.

Finds effective ways to integrate existing library systems with third party publications and services such as those provided by Google, OCLC and others.

Maintains and supports existing library systems and technology:

Leads the continuing development of WesScholar, Wesleyan's online archive of University-related content.

Coordinates and oversees the maintenance, repair, and upgrade of library and CTW consortial online systems (including Voyager, SerialsSolutions, EZProxy, ERES, Illiad, ARIEL, and Digital Commons).

Extracts needed data from library systems, producing statistical reports for a variety of purposes.

Supervises the Information Services Technician, who evaluates, replaces and maintains library hardware, performs data loads of bibliographic and other records, troubleshoots staff computer problems, and oversees student technology consultants in the Olin Library Information Commons.  

Collaborates with campus, consortial and professional partners:

Serves as liaison to ITS and other on-campus constituencies to automate and troubleshoot data sharing, and evaluate and implement new campus systems.

Participates in providing core library services such as reference, collection development and library instruction.

Participates in University initiatives and committees, particularly those concerning technology, informatics and content management.

Chairs the CTW Consortium OpComm Committee, which works with the CTW Library Directors to determine future directions in consortial system development.

Acts as contact to such off-campus partners as library automation vendors, Oberlin Group peers, open access programmers, and others.

Participates in professional activities at regional and national levels.

First consideration will be given to applications submitted by October 19,2010.

Position to be filled by February 1, 2011.

Minimum Qualifications:
MLS degree from an accredited library school and 3-5 years experience working in an academic library. Project management experience and demonstrated success in working collaboratively with a variety of constituencies. Detailed understanding of MARC and other metadata schemas.  Experience managing integrated library systems, preferably Voyager or another Oracle/Unix-based system, including reporting tools.  Demonstrated knowledge of codes, standards and rules used to organize data in library systems, and familiarity with internal library operations and workflows. Demonstrated experience with Oracle SQL, UNIX/Linux, XML, XSLT, and scripting languages such as PHP, JavaScript, and PERL.  Record of regional or national professional engagement.

Preferred Qualifications:
A minimum of one year's experience doing reference work in an academic library. Participation in the development of an institutional repository or other digital content management system. Familiarity with open source applications (for example, VuFind) for use in libraries.  Experience in a culturally diverse liberal arts institution. Experience preparing successful grant proposals and coordinating grant-funded projects.

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