Skidmore College seeks a creative, user-oriented Systems Librarian to oversee library tools and systems that support collection maintenance and use, as well as related library and resource sharing services. The Systems Librarian will take a leadership role in implementing, maintaining, supporting, and enhancing a wide range of technologies and systems, and, in collaboration with key library staff and other campus partners, will investigate methods and best practices for assessing collections, patron experience, and library effectiveness. The College is particularly interested in candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and candidates who have had experience working with students from underserved populations.
Based in the Lucy Scribner Library and reporting to the College Librarian, the Systems Librarian holds a 12-month contract and, as a non-tenured faculty member, participates in shared governance at the college.
Scribner Library is looking for someone who is able to develop and administer a comprehensive technology plan that guides the library's adoption of next generation library systems. Projects on the horizon include transitioning to a new integrated library system, enhancing or replacing our digital collections platform, improving our library website, and improving or replacing our discovery services.
Scope of Duties
Administer, maintain, and optimize library systems related to both in-house and consortial activities including, but not limited to, the integrated library system, discovery layer, electronic resource management tool, digital collections platform, interlibrary loan applications, institutional repository, and other resource sharing tools and platforms
Ensure accessibility to and stability of the library's online information resources and digital collections. Provide technical expertise for problem resolution
Oversee the functioning and maintenance of the library website, and provide leadership for future upgrades
Participate in analysis and assessment in order to determine patron satisfaction with library collections, services, and consortial arrangements
Collaborate with consortial partners on both an ongoing and as-needed basis (e.g., ConnectNY, New York 6, Eastern Academic Scholars' Trust)
Perform regular periodic data analysis and migration between library systems. Assist and guide others to create and use effective reports for analysis
Develop, maintain, and document programs and scripts that extend system functionality and automate routine tasks
Collaborate closely with IT and library staff to ensure seamless service to users
Participate in reference and instruction/departmental liaison activities in line with the successful candidate's strengths, interests, and institutional needs
Demonstrate professional engagement and scholarship required for advancement through library faculty ranks Open until filled but first consideration begins May 1, 2017.
ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS, or equivalent education and experience. Advanced knowledge of emerging technologies and their impact on academic libraries. Demonstrated proficiency in at least one programming language, preferably Perl, experience with SQL, and experience working in a command line environment. Working knowledge of an integrated library system and discovery service. Practical familiarity with cataloging and metadata structures and relevant tools for data manipulation. Excellent analytical, organizational, and project management skills. Adeptness at problem-solving, and disposition to share technical knowledge with others. Ability to work as part of a team, as well as independently and flexibly in a changing environment. Highly effective communication and interpersonal skills.
Two years' experience supporting an integrated library system, platforms, and software in an academic library setting. Familiarity with Voyager, Ebsco Discovery, WorldShare Management Services, WorldCat, ILLiad, Ares, EZProxy, CONTENTdm, BePress Digital Commons, authority control (Library Technologies, Inc.), Joomla. Experience transitioning major library systems.
Required Applicant Documents:
Cover Letter Curriculum Vitae List of Three References
Skidmore is a highly selective liberal arts college with a reputation for its creative approaches to just about everything. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio, the College is a close-knit academic community. Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates; approximately 2,400 talented men and women from some 47 ...states and 46 countries.
In the universe of selective, private liberal arts colleges, Skidmore's distinctiveness is expressed in the statement that "Creative Thought Matters". This idea reflects not only the historical strength of the College's programs in the fine and performing arts but also the understanding that creativity is required for achievement in any area of human endeavor.
The city of Saratoga Springs is widely recognized as one of America's great communities. It is located in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, within a three-to-four-hour drive from New York City, Boston or Montreal. Travel & Leisure calls Saratoga Springs one of "America's Greatest Main Streets" as well as "one of the best college towns in the nation," Money Magazine says it's one of the nation's top 100 places to live, and Princeton Review describes it as a "perfect college town." It's a community rich in history and tradition. Famed mineral waters, a Revolutionary War battlefield, and the nation's oldest thoroughbred racetrack represent portions of that history. Also, it's a community of arts and culture. The Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) is the summer home to the New York City Ballet, Philadelphia Orchestra, and a performing venue for top rock and jazz musicians.
The Skidmore College community awaits your arrival, so if you welcome challenges and are interested in making a difference, come join us!