Systems Librarian

Cambridge, MA
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Created: September 26, 2015


Harvard University

Harvard University Information Technology


Job Function

Time Status

Library Technology Services

Salary Grade

00 - Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Duties & Responsibilities
This is a fully benefited, full-time Harvard University position that has been funded until December 31, 2017.  There is the possibility of renewal, contingent on funding, university priorities and satisfactory job performance.

Reporting to the Director, Library Systems, Library Technology Service (LTS), Harvard University Information Technology (HUIT) seeks a Systems Librarian. This role will be a member of a high performing team that works to ensure that enterprise library technology advance scholarship and teaching through the collection, creation, application, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge. LTS works in deep collaboration with the Harvard Library (HL), one of the premier research libraries in the world, as well as with HUIT's Academic Technology team to ensure that library materials and services are effectively embedded into the academic enterprise. Systems include HOLLIS Classic/Aleph (integrated library system), HOLLIS (Primo discovery system), DRS (Digital Repository Service), Cognos (library reporting system), MetaLib (federated searching and electronic resource discovery tool), SFX (link server and electronic journals discovery tool), EZProxy (authentication system), Verde (electronic resources management system), ILLiad (interlibrary loan system), Aeon (special collections system), and Borrow Direct (interlibrary loan system), Visual Collection systems, archives management systems, and others.

With primary responsibilities for technical services systems and services, the Systems Librarian works closely with library staff to conduct business analysis and identify objectives and requirements for systems and services. Typical projects and initiatives include technical services process efficiencies (Direct to Destination, Optimizing Monographic Series Standing Orders), usage assessment analysis (E-Resource Usage Statistics), and e-resource management process review (PCI Index Management). This person, as a member of Library Systems group, will collaborate with Harvard Library staff as well as other groups within LTS and HUIT to implement the appropriate technology solutions and tools.

Key responsibilities of the position will be systems analysis and customization, project planning and management, and user support. Successful candidates will have significant knowledge of current metadata standards, technical services workflows, and technologies used to efficiently purchase, describe, and manage large collections.


Basic Qualifications
•    Masters in Library and Information Science or equivalent experience required
•    3+ years progressive experience in technical analysis, computer systems and/or web interface design, complex system configuration, programming or technical implementation for library systems and services.
•    2+ years hands on experience in technical service functions in a research library or equivalent.


Additional Qualifications
•    Must have demonstrated strong analytic skills, verbal and written communication skills, including the ability to describe complex functions and processes coherently, unambiguously, and in a well-organized fashion.
•    Strong project management and organizational skills.
•    Ability to learn new technical skills quickly and to work under pressure.
•    Ability to work in multiple operating system environments, e.g. Linux, Solaris, Windows.
•    Ability to design and implement moderately complex processes and/or systems in a relevant language or technology.
•    Ability to write scripts and/or use relevant system utilities.
•    Ability to train/mentor more junior staff in various technical skills.
•    Ability to work well with library staff at a range of levels individually and on committees
•    Ability to carry out projects with limited supervision, scheduling own time and setting own priorities to meet multiple competing priorities and overlapping deadlines
•    Demonstrated creativity, initiative, and sense of responsibility for achieving the goals of the organization
•    Experience with Aleph/HOLLIS, desirable
•    Experience working in a Harvard library, desirable

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EEO Statement
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Published: Saturday, September 26, 2015 07:03 UTC

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