Systems and Applications Librarian

Walla Walla
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Created: July 2, 2014


Whitman College seeks a dynamic, creative and technically proficient individual for the position of Systems & Applications Librarian who will help provide leadership as the Penrose Library transitions to an expanding digital presence.

The primary responsibility of this librarian is to identify, implement, and support computer applications and technologies that enhance the library’s ability to delivery services in both local and global networked environments. This work includes systems application upgrades, configuration, maintenance, integration, troubleshooting, continued evaluation, training, and design and maintenance of the Library’s website. This position requires strong analytical and communications skills to develop and implement successful technology strategies for library operations and functions.

Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate the following: knowledge of current issues and trends in library technology; knowledge of contemporary web design and development and common scripting languages; demonstrated project management abilities; the ability to operate and maintain library integrated systems in a shared environment; knowledge of national standards for library systems, authentication, networking, and protocols for search and retrieval; understanding of metadata schema. Strong candidates will be able to evaluate the implications of adopting new technologies, and how they can be leveraged for liberal arts college libraries and the learners they serve.

The successful candidate will be flexible, creative, and enthusiastic. S/he will have a demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and possess a strong service commitment, with a demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate and carry out complex projects. Requires an MLS/MLIS and or/equivalent combination of education and experience; experience working in a library technology position, preferably in an academic setting that supported systems for library management, network infrastructure, digital library services, web development, scholarly communication, research support and emerging technologies; evidence of establishing priorities and seeing projects through to completion.

Whitman is a private, selective, non-sectarian, residential college of the liberal arts and sciences with approximately 1500 students and 150 faculty. Penrose Library has a strong service orientation, a team-orientated approach to decision making, and provides excellent opportunities for professional development. Penrose Library consistently ranks highly in Princeton Review’s "Best College Library" category.

The College is located in Walla Walla, positioned in the heart of beautiful SE Washington’s wine country in the foothills of the Blue Mountains. The area allows one to experience a wide variety of recreational opportunities, provides access to more than a dozen art galleries, three theatres, and the oldest continuous symphony west of the Mississippi River. Whitman has vibrant theatre and music programs and routinely invites renowned speakers and performers to campus. Moreover, residents of the state of Washington pay no state income tax.

A job description and application requirements are available at: Application review will begin August 4, 2014 and will continue until filled. For more information about Whitman College see Whitman is building a diverse academic community and encourages minorities, women and persons with disabilities to apply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the College is appreciated.

Dalia L. Corkrum College Librarian OCLC Global Council Delegate for the Americas, 2013-2015 Penrose Library | Whitman College | 345 Boyer Ave. | Walla Walla, WA 99362 | 509-527-5193 | 509-527-5900 (fax)

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Dalia L. Corkrum

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Published: Wednesday, July 2, 2014 20:31 UTC

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