Discovery Services Librarian

Chestnut Hill
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Created: March 9, 2016


The Discovery Services Librarian contributes to the Library's mission of providing access to scholarly resources and services by managing, developing, and supporting public-facing discovery and access applications. The Discovery Services Librarian works closely with Library staff to continually evaluate and enhance Library discovery and access services. He/she administers, supports, and develops the Library's primary discovery platform (Primo), including performing complex record loads and configuring new collections and data sources. He/she also administers and supports the Library's resource sharing applications (ILLiad, RapidILL, OCLC Navigator).

The Discovery Services Librarian should have a good understanding of library services related to resource discovery and access, including discovery tools, link resolvers, and integrated library systems. He/she should possess a thorough understanding of web application development and current web technologies. He/she should also possess broad knowledge of library metadata standards, and should maintain currency with library trends and best practices related to resource discovery and access.

Minimum Qualifications
  • MLS from an ALA accredited school
  • Minimum 3 years of experience working with library systems
Desired Functional and Technical Competencies
  • Experience with library discovery and delivery systems and tools; experience with Ex Libris' Primo and OCLC's ILLiad is highly desirable
  • Experience with web application development in a Unix/Linux environment
  • Hands-on understanding of web technologies including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, XML/XSLT
  • Understanding of web services such as SOAP, REST and other XML-based APIs
  • Working knowledge of one or more structured programming languages (PHP, Ruby, Python, Java, etc.)
  • Demonstrated ability to utilize user-centered design methodologies and usability principles
  • Understanding of library data formats and standards (MARC, Dublin Core, METS, MODs)
  • Understanding of proxy servers and/or authentication and authorization services
  • Proven ability to work within a team environment and actively promote collaboration
  • Strong interpersonal and service skills
  • Ability to set priorities and work independently
  • Flexibility and adaptability to a changing environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
Salary: $60,750 - $75,950

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