Digital Services & Emerging Technologies Librarian

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Created: July 18, 2012


The Pritzker Legal Research Center of Northwestern University School of Law invites dynamic and innovative librarians with interest and talents in electronic resources management, cataloging and metadata, and the uses of technology in education to apply for the position of Digital Services & Emerging Technologies Librarian.  The position reports to the Acquisitions Librarian and Coordinator of Library Metadata Services and is a full-time position, available immediately.

The successful candidate will join a law library that provides the highest-quality resources, bibliographic access, user assistance, and online guidance to the law school community. We seek someone who is creative, flexible, capable of working in a dynamic environment, and committed to excellence.

Responsibilities:  The Digital Services & Emerging Technologies Librarian will provide electronic resource support using Serials Solutions, SFX, Ex Libris’ Voyager (NUcat) system and Primo interface, and the library’s website.  He or she will assume primary responsibility for day-to-day maintenance of our website.  The Digital Services & Emerging Technologies Librarian will catalog predominantly serials and electronic titles, using original and complex adaptive copy in all formats, including auxiliary activities such as authority control.  He or she will support, provide advice, and organize and provide training and educational programs on the law school’s course management system (CMS) to faculty, students, staff, and librarians.  He or she will provide technical assistance and support in the development of online, hybrid, and supplemental education delivery. As needed by the law school, he or she will spearhead efforts to provide outreach and new services using commonly-available social media and emerging technologies in support of library, instructional or scholarly communications activities.  In advancing the law school’s instructional technologies, he or she will also coordinate with law faculty, the Information Technology Department, law faculty assistants, and the university educational technology group and other university departments as appropriate.    Participation in professional development activities is encouraged and supported.

Required Qualifications:  ALA-accredited MLS, or equivalent, and two years of professional library experience.  Demonstrated experience with:  an electronic resource management system, a link resolver system, an integrated library management system, the current generation of user discovery environments, and course management systems.  Demonstrated experience with the provision of cataloging services in an academic setting, with knowledge of issues relating to bibliographic treatment, authority control, and knowledge access management, and a knowledge of current and forthcoming cataloging standards, including AACR2, RDA and FRBR principles, MARC21, and Library of Congress classification schedules and subject headings.  Demonstrated experience with HTML and website editing as well as use of academic technologies.  A strong service orientation and a demonstrated ability to work efficiently and creatively in a collaborative and dynamic environment.  Strong written and oral communication skills to engage faculty, staff, and students in formal and informal training sessions. Must be self-directed, able to meet deadlines, and committed to providing the highest level of responsive and innovative service to a demanding patron base in a variety of settings.

Preferred Qualifications:  Experience with Serials Solutions electronic resource management products.  Experience with the Ex Libris suite of products, including Voyager, SFX, and Primo.  Familiarity with Dublin Core, XML, EAD, and other metadata schema.  Familiarity with Blackboard or other course management systems. Interest in, and demonstrated library-related experience with, currently-popular social media or emerging and/or academic technologies.  Teaching experience or demonstrated teaching aptitude.  At least one year of cataloging experience in an academic law library, and excellent knowledge of print and electronic legal resources.

Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Environment:  Located in the heart of the Gold Coast on Northwestern’s Chicago campus, the Pritzker Legal Research Center supports the research and instructional needs of more than 900 J.D. and LL.M. students and 90 residential faculty of the Northwestern University School of Law.  The library has a collection of more than 700,000 volumes and equivalents and subscribes to a wide array of electronic information resources.  Further information about the Pritzker Legal Research Center is available at the Library's website

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