Systems Librarian

College Park
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Created: July 14, 2015


Category: Librarian (Open Rank)
Department: Digital Systems and Stewardship
Benefits: 22 Days Annual Leave, 15 Days of Sick Leave, 3 Days Personal Leave, 15 Paid Holidays Tuition Remission, Health, Dental, Vision, and Prescription

As the largest university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, the University of Maryland Libraries serve more than 37,500 students and 4,200 faculty of the flagship College Park campus. The University of Maryland Libraries share the teaching, learning and research goals of the university. Its role as a key academic resource is evident in its service to the academic community and its actionable strategic plan. Recent membership in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a robust organization of Big Ten member institutions, is particularly meaningful to the University Libraries and will further propel the university’s ascendancy in academic excellence.

The University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium includes sixteen member libraries at the public universities and colleges in the State of Maryland. It provides unified, cost effective and creative approaches to acquiring, managing, and sharing information and knowledge resources. It supports the shared mission of its member campuses to contribute to the intellectual and cultural growth of the students, faculty and staff.

The University of Maryland Libraries seek a Systems Librarian to participate in the design/selection, implementation, maintenance, and support of applications used by the USMAI consortium.

Reporting to the Director of Consortial Library Applications Support (CLAS), the Systems Librarian works with other CLAS team members to ensure that the shared applications of the USMAI library consortium meet the objectives and information management needs of the consortium's libraries. Current applications shared by the consortium include Ex Libris' Aleph ILS, SFX, and Metalib, along with EZproxy, staff and public websites (Drupal), and discovery services. The successful candidate will utilize ticketing systems and other methods to track progress on work and communicate to a mostly remotely-located client base. CLAS Systems Librarians serve as experts on the systems used by the consortium and share their expertise through training, consulting, and support. The Systems Librarian will communicate effectively with library staff across the consortium's libraries in support of end-users (i.e. students, faculty, and staff at each institution).

Under the direction of the CLAS Director and consortium leadership, the Systems Librarian effectively balances support for day-to-day initiatives and needs of the consortium; participation in the maintenance of existing systems and services; and investigation, planning, development, and implementation of emerging systems.

  • Strong analytical, organizational, and planning skills.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Flexibility in a changing technological and organizational environment
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team-based environment.
  • Commitment to excellent customer service and positive user experiences.
  • Interest and ability to meet promotion and permanent status requirements of the University of Maryland at College Park Libraries as described in APPSC Policy BOR II-1.00: The University of Maryland Policy on Appointment, Promotion, and Permanent Status of Library Faculty [].
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially in an academic and consortium setting.

  • Master's degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution of higher education by date of hire.
  • Specialization in systems librarianship.

  • Advanced knowledge of databases, data modeling, and SQL.
  • Advanced knowledge of XML.
  • Working knowledge of library software applications and their role in the library organization.
  • Familiarity with UNIX/Linux fundamentals.
  • Proficiency with office productivity and communication applications.
  • Experience implementing, maintaining, and supporting integrated library systems (preferably Ex Libris' Aleph ILS).
  • Knowledge of established and emerging web technologies, including HTML, CSS, and at least one programming/scripting language (e.g. Perl, PHP, etc.).
  • Familiarity with two or more of the following library functions: cataloging, acquisitions, e-resources, document delivery, reference, circulation, and resource sharing.
  • Familiarity with tools and techniques for analyzing, designing, and testing systems.
  • Experience with training and documentation.
  • Experience working with open source software.
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Position is appointed to Librarian Faculty Ranks as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. For additional information, consult the following website:

**APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online at  No relocation assistance will be provided.  You must be legally able to work in the United States; the University of Maryland Libraries will not sponsor individuals for employment.  An application consists of a cover letter which includes the source of advertisement, a resume, and names/e-mail addresses of three references.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted until July 31, 2015.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.


Published: Tuesday, July 14, 2015 14:19 UTC

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