Thursday, June 16, 2011

Curator, Modern Literature Collection/Manuscripts

The Special Collections of Washington University Libraries in St. Louis is seeking a dynamic, creative, collaborative, service-oriented individual to serve as Curator, Modern Literature Collection/Manuscripts.  The Special Collections Department is made up of five units (Rare Books, Manuscripts, University Archives, Film and Media Archive, and Modern Graphic History Library) and is a partner in founding the Program for the Illustrated Book, including a printing studio, with the School of Art.  Collaborative efforts with University faculty are a high priority.  The Manuscript unit houses an extensive collection of manuscripts of more than 75 major British and American writers of the 19th and 20th centuries.  Of particular note in the modern literature collection are collections for Samuel Beckett, James Merrill, May Swenson, and William Gaddis, and St. Louis authors Howard Nemerov, William Gass, Stanley Elkin, Donald Finkel, Mona Van Duyn, and John N. Morris.  The URL for the department web site is:

Responsibilities: The curator is responsible for building, promoting, and administering the Modern Literature and Manuscript Collections. The curator maintains existing research collections and adds new collections; oversees the creation of finding aids; develops learning and research resources appropriate to the collections; works with faculty, students, and outside researchers; prepares exhibitions; participates in digital projects; and other activities related to outreach. Supervises a full time library assistant and student workers.

Education qualifications: A Master’s degree is required, either MLS from an ALA accredited school or MA in English or Comparative Literature; prefer both.  Subject expertise in contemporary American and British literature.  Evidence of written and oral communication skills.

Experience: Minimum 1 year relevant professional experience required.  Manuscript reference experience preferred.  Collection development experience preferred.  Knowledge of manuscript cataloging procedures preferred.  Experience with DACS, EAD, XML, MARC-AMC, and other relevant formats and standards is desirable.  Familiarity with rare book and manuscript trade preferred.

For information on how to apply, see:  The job code number is 22084.

Review of applications will begin July 11.  Employment eligibility verification required upon hire.  Washington University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Head Librarian, Acquisitions Services

Head Librarian, Acquisitions Services
Perry CastaƱeda Library – University of Texas Libraries
The University of Texas at Austin

The Head Librarian, Acquisitions Services, serves as a member of the management team within the Technical Services division of the UT Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.  This position oversees the unit’s staff and coordinates the daily operations and processing phases of acquisitions of resources. The position reports to the Associate Director for Technical Services, The University of Texas Libraries.  Working hours are Monday through Friday, 8am to 5pm or as arranged with the supervisor for a total of 40 hours per week.

In detail, the responsibilities are to:
  • Provide administrative oversight of all acquisitions staff, processes, and accompanying fiscal responsibilities for acquisition of resources.
  • Provide leadership and expertise including management and coordination of acquisitions functions.
  • Review, negotiate and troubleshoots licenses in conjunction with UT Purchasing Office.
  • Communicate with external providers, including publishers, vendors, content providers and technology suppliers.
  • Serve as a resource person to the rest of the UT Libraries on acquisitions related functions.
  • Seek and identify new approaches to management, organization and delivery of content resources.
  • Coordinate and oversee the SFX openURL resolver, the Serials Solutions ERM (Resource Manager), and the Innovative Interface’s Millennium acquisitions and serials modules.
  • Directly supervise 2 full-time professional staff and 2 full-time paraprofessional staff; and indirectly supervise 16 support staff plus student workers.

Required Qualifications: 
MLS from an ALA accredited graduate program.  A minimum of three years of professional level acquisitions and/or selection experience in an academic or research library.  Familiarity with licensing and copyright issues.  Knowledge of e-resource management tools, trends and practices.
Experience working with a variety of library vendors and knowledge of library industry acquisitions practices. Experience working with an integrated library system’s acquisitions and serials modules. 
Experience directing and assessing the work of others in a supervisory role.  Demonstrated leadership potential. Demonstrated sound judgment and decision making skills.  Demonstrated experience establishing priorities, meeting deadlines, and organizing work effectively. Demonstrated strong analytic and problem-solving skills. Experience with management of library materials budget. Excellent analytical, communication (written and spoken) and interpersonal skills.  Ability to work effectively with colleagues and others in a rapidly changing, complex, and diverse environment. Ability to work as a team member and independently. Demonstrated commitment to providing excellent customer service.

Preferred Qualifications:
Three years’ or more professional level experience managing an acquisitions department or area of acquisitions in an academic or research library. Experience negotiating and monitoring licenses.  Three-five years supervisory experience.  Experience with Innovative Interface’s Millennium acquisitions and serials modules, with SFX, and an ERM.  Evidence of team-building, initiative, creative energy and resourcefulness. Demonstrated commitment to providing excellent customer service. Demonstrated participation in library, university, state, and national programs and initiatives.

Salary and Benefits:  $60,000 annually or more, depending upon qualifications and experience.  No state or local income tax.  Standard state benefits package including annual vacation and sick leave, paid holidays, retirement plans, and health insurance options (comprehensive major medical, dental, vision, life, and disability).  Deferred compensation and tax sheltered annuity programs also available.
Recruiting Schedule:  To ensure consideration application materials should be submitted online as soon as possible, preferably by July 15, 2011. All interested candidates must complete an Online Application by going to:  Please follow all applicant instructions given. When applying online, please also refer to job posting number 11-06-07-01-0080 (  An email confirmation will be sent, within 2-3 working days, to those who apply online along with a set of job-related questions that applicants will be asked to return to the department in order for their application materials to be complete. For questions regarding this recruitment, please contact:  Library Human Resources: [512-495-4360].
The University of Texas Libraries has a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications and nominations from traditionally underrepresented groups. 
An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

Web Developer

The University of Kansas (KU) Libraries, Information Services, invites nominations and applications for a Web Developer (Information Specialist I), unclassified professional position. 
Requirements:  At least 3 years experience working with standard web technologies that include (X)HTML, CSS, JavaScript, and XML to build and/or integrate diverse web applications; At least 3 years experience in developing and maintaining dynamic, data-driven applications using a programming language such PHP, Java, Python or Ruby and based on an enterprise database such as MySQL, Oracle, PostgreSQL, or SQL Server; At least 1 year experience using object-oriented programming to develop or enhance applications; At least 2 years experience designing relational databases and using SQL
Detailed information and all requirements can be found at, search for position 00007883.  Review of applications is ongoing and the position will close 06/29/2011.
EO/AA Employer.

Vice Dean, USC Libraries (#282)

The University of Southern California (USC) Libraries seek an energetic administrator with strong interpersonal, technical, and administrative skills to assist the Dean in leading the operations of USC Libraries. The Vice Dean (#282) reports to the Dean, serves as a member of the Dean’s Cabinet, and promotes the integration and coordination of library operations. The Vice Dean works closely with library administrators, librarians, library staff, faculty, students, researchers and university administration to highlight the impact and encourage the integration of library services to support USC’s learning and research mission in an innovative and responsive way.

Requirements: ALA-accredited MLS typically required; at least 7 years of progressively responsible experience devoted to developing and managing operations in a large academic, research, or public library is required.  USC values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment. Women and men, and members of all racial and ethnic groups, are encouraged to apply. For full position description and application procedure, see:  To apply immediately, use USC’s online faculty application website:

Monday, June 6, 2011

E-Learning Librarian

E-Learning LIbrarian

Washington University Libraries seek a service-oriented and innovative librarian to serve as the E-Learning Librarian providing service to the Washington University community. 


The E-Learning Librarian will lead collaborative efforts to explore, identify, assess, implement and provide training for emerging technologies in support of the University’s teaching, learning, and research. The Librarian is responsible for all operations of the E-Learning Commons including assisting users; hiring, training, and evaluating personnel, troubleshooting hardware and software problems; and scheduling facility use.  The E-Learning Librarian will work with faculty and students to explore library resources and apply innovative multimedia technologies to their work. The Commons will provide services that include assistance with strategies for management of scholarly and personal digital assets; preparation of interactive tutorials and course modules; and development of multimedia projects.

The E-Learning Librarian will routinely monitor trends in emerging technologies and identify possible uses in library services.  As appropriate, the E-Learning Librarian will provide training in these new technologies for library staff as well as the campus community.   In collaboration with other library staff, the E-learning Librarian must be proactive in selectively and strategically implementing and marketing emerging technologies that best match our users’ needs and preferences. The E-Learning Librarian will work collaboratively with library staff to provide ongoing usability testing and redesign of user interfaces to library services.  The Librarian will also collaborate with other campus units offering similar services.


Required:  Master’s degree in library/information science, media, instructional technology or a related field; Demonstrated ability to thrive and lead in a collaborative environment; Excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills; Ability to interact with users and staff and develop innovative ways to identify and meet their evolving needs; Demonstrated ability to learn new technology tools and skills, to conduct training for users and staff, and strong desire to share this knowledge with others; Ability to see technological possibilities in and outside of the library world and the vision to turn these possibilities into new library services; Demonstrated ability in web based tools, imaging and/or video software, bibliographic and presentation software and relevant emerging technologies. 
: Relevant experience in libraries or higher education.

General Information

The University:  Washington University, located at the western edge of the City of St. Louis, is a medium sized, independent university founded in 1853, internationally recognized for excellence in teaching and research and for the quality of its faculty and student body.

The Libraries: Washington University Libraries include the John M. Olin Library and 12 school and departmental libraries. The Washington University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, and MOBIUS (a consortium of academic libraries with member colleges and universities in the state of Missouri). For more information visit
salary and benefits

Salary dependent upon qualifications and experience.  Comprehensive benefits package including several retirement plan options.


Visit to apply. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Employment eligibility verification required upon hire. Washington University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

Metadata Librarian II

Metadata Librarian II

Northeastern University Libraries seeks a dynamic, energetic, knowledgeable and self-motivated librarian to join its dedicated, innovative, and service-oriented staff.

The Metadata Librarian II, as part of the Metadata Management Department, will provide original metadata for analog and digital resources in all subject areas using a wide array of metadata schema and content standards including RDA. The Metadata Librarian should be familiar with and have expertise in various metadata schema, controlled vocabularies, content standards, and encoding methods. The Metadata Librarian II will be responsible for managing and supervising metadata projects and will work closely with the new Digital Library Management program and emerging services for the campus. The Metadata Librarian II will manage, supervise, and train the Department’s Metadata Assistants including setting daily and long-term priorities, managing workflow, training staff in new content standards, and reviewing and revising metadata created by the Metadata Assistants.

ALA accredited master's degree in Library or Information Science required; 3 to 5 years cataloging or metadata experience preferred; demonstrated knowledge of established and emerging national and international metadata standards, metadata schemas, and the latest trends and issues in libraries and information science. The successful candidate should have excellent planning, analytical, interpersonal, communication, supervisory, and project management skills as well as a strong service orientation, technical aptitude, and a demonstrated commitment to staff development and diversity in the workplace.
About Northeastern University
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in interdisciplinary research, urban engagement, and the integration of classroom learning with real-world experience. The University’s distinctive cooperative education program, where students alternate semesters of full-time study with semesters of paid work in fields relevant to their professional interests and major, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world.  The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in six undergraduate colleges, eight graduate schools, and two part-time divisions. For more information, please visit
About Snell Library at Northeastern University
Snell Library is at the hub of campus intellectual life. The Library holds 967,000 volumes, 126,000 e-books, 35,000 electronic journals, and welcomes well over one million visitors a year. The Library provides award-winning research and instructional services, a pioneering multi-media content creation space, a very popular Meet the Author series, and is home to internationally-recognized special collections that document social justice efforts in the Greater Boston area. The Library has an ambitious vision to expand its digital initiatives, building on its institutional repository and digitization of special collections. Snell Library continues to break new ground in scholarly communications, interdisciplinary research, and the emerging field of transliteracy— the ability to read, write, and interact across multiple media formats.  Snell Library leads the way in redefining library service in the 21st century.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received; first consideration will go to those received by June 30, 2011.

To apply for this position, and to view job grade and salary information, please visit:

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University.  Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities.  Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.