University Systems Librarian, Digital Initiatives

New York City
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Created: May 1, 2015



Manages one or more aspects of the University's Library technology and systems.
  • Analyzes, specifies, and implements systems improvements and processes
  • Conducts design and setup activities supporting University-wide Library systems and databases; assists in implementing upgrades and new systems
  • Develops and manages procedures related to quality assurance for University Library systems; revises and maintains complex configuration tables
  • Monitors Library applications and databases
  • Creates, prepares, and analyzes reports on systems activities
  • Works collaboratively with the Office of Library Services, Computer Information Services, library staffs, and vendors to refine workflows and develop useful systems tools
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


University Library Systems Manager


Higher Education Associate




The Office of Library Services (OLS) at the Central Administrative Office of CUNY supports the libraries at the University's 24 campuses to coordinate and enhance library services for students and faculty in partnership with campus librarians. OLS Library Systems team supports a large portfolio of enterprise library applications and services that support digital repository services, and discovery and access services, and collection management. Systems include CUNY Academic Works (Digital Commons Institutional Repository Service), the CUNY Catalog (Aleph integrated library system), CUNY OneSearch (Primo discovery system), SFX (link server and electronic journals discovery tool), EZProxy (remote authentication system), Coral (electronic resources management system), and others.

The Office seeks a University Systems Librarian specializing in Digital Initiatives to provide technical expertise and guidance for CUNY's cloud-based Institutional Repository, digital collections and shared responsibility for CUNY's discovery service.

Reporting to the University Director of Library Systems, the Digital Initiatives Librarian will focus on data, platform, and workflow integration and interoperability, metadata extraction, transformation, and reuse, analytics and reporting, search strategies and services, and problem diagnosis and resolution.

Key responsibilities include, but will not be limited to: managing the technical aspects of CUNY Academic Works; configuring CUNY digital collections as data sources and normalization rules to support associated encoding schemes (DC, EAD, provenance data, etc.) for discovery in OneSearch; implementing discovery web and X-services for external search service integrations, metadata harvesting and reuse, and user interface redesign and development; determining strategies for integration of thesauri and linked open data in search applications such as the CUNY Academic Works institutional repository and our discovery service.


Bachelor's Degree and six years' related experience required; MLS degree and/or Master's in a related field may be substituted for a portion of the experience requirement.


The ideal candidate will have the following experience, knowledge, skills and abilities:
  • Master's degree from an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited school is strongly preferred and may be accepted for up to two years of the required six years of experience
  • At least five years' experience managing or supporting integrated library systems including digital asset management/repository and search applications.
  • Experience with Ex Libris solutions preferred.
  • Thorough knowledge of current and emerging library technologies, standards, workflows, and best practices.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of descriptive, administrative, and technical metadata formats and standards.
  • Knowledge of intellectual property rights and open access policies and trends, as well as web development methodologies, tools and best practices.
  • Proactive, flexible, and customer focused with strong interpersonal skills to effectively explain complex technical issues and processes to non-technical audiences.
  • Detail oriented and accurate with strong analytical, critical thinking, problem-solving and research skills.
  • Effective writing, editing and presentation skills.
  • Strong project management, organizational and follow-through skills to coordinate work plans, prioritize work, manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work productively as an individual contributor and collaboratively as a team member in a fast-paced, customer responsive and team-oriented office.
  • Intermediate computer proficiency using administrative and academic systems, databases and programs.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience


CUNY offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees and eligible dependents based on job title and classification. Employees are also offered pension and Tax-Deferred Savings Plans.  Part-time employees must meet a weekly or semester work hour criteria to be eligible for health benefits. Health benefits are also extended to retirees who meet the eligibility criteria.


For full consideration, submit a cover letter and résumé online via CUNY's web-based job system, addressing how your experience and credentials fulfill the responsibilities and qualifications outlined.

The direct link to the job opening from external sources is:


June 1, 2015


CUNY Job Posting: Managerial/Professional


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