Manager, Library Systems (Brandeis)

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Created: June 21, 2016


  Brandeis University seeks a Manager of Library Systems to lead and participate in the development, enhancement, and maintenance of the Brandeis University Library IT environment, including operational policies and procedures intended to ensure the availability and responsiveness of existing and emerging services. This person will lead and participate on projects for functionality, development and integration required in library systems and applications, and projects for interoperability between library systems and other campus systems.

Responsibilities include comprehensive planning for system and application implementation and support, as well as, the maintenance and support of the library services platform, institutional repository, and related library systems.  S/he will collaborate with other library colleagues, the incumbent leads and partners in the exploration and deployment of new technologies and services that advance the university mission and library activities and services that support it.

The incumbent also works closely with other colleagues in the development of services with a strong IT footprint, suggesting solutions, providing feedback, and helping serve as a bridge between other departments and technical IT staff. S/he will analyze and assess library systems activities, and provides strategic direction for library systems and technology activities, and manage staff and vendor relationships.

Examples of Key Responsibilities:

    Responsible for providing technical and project leadership to University stakeholders in planning, development, prioritization and execution of systems and technology projects, which includes analyzing requests and projects to identify their scope, complexity and feasibility. Informs and guides prioritization of library systems projects within larger context of library and IT work plans. Manages the development and testing of new library systems and functionality to be added to existing systems; data integration between systems; and creates and assists in the supervision of appropriate teams to execute such projects.
    Responsible for coordination of timely data loads, indexing, database maintenance and data feeds; and library systems upgrades, service pack installation, and configuration. Responds to requests for assistance on use of library systems and troubleshoots functionality problems with library systems, in partnership with the Library Systems team. Responsible for support and maintenance of library systems and applications, and for integration and data interchange between library systems and other campus systems. Supports business continuity of the libraries by working with LTS groups to establish system and data access policies and procedures, ensure system reliability, and coordinate routine systems operations including backups and overnight processing.
    Collaborate with LTS departments and staff on evaluation of products, processes and implementation of best practices.
    Responsible for evaluating and exploring emerging issues, trends and technologies in library systems and technology, and recommending strategic directions; representing Brandeis University in external professional organizations.


    5-8  years total work-related experience
    Supervisory / Management Exp.
    1-3  years of supervisory/management experience
    Library Science or Information Science - Required

Skills & Knowledge

    Leadership ability; demonstrated understanding of an academic research environment; excellent analytical, organizational and project management skills; familiarity with issues affecting information technology and library systems.  Ability to work with various constituencies and aid in collaboration amongst supported organizations.
    Demonstrated skills in managing large projects, staff reports and project teams; ability to initiate, plan and manage multiple, complex, detailed, concurrent projects.
    Strong organizational, interpersonal and, communication skills, both oral and written; ability to communicate and explain complex technical concepts to a lay community.
    Strong analytical skills for complex software issues. Ability to evaluate and recommend process changes. Strong technical skills in a variety of applications and tools.
    Ability to utilize user-centered design methodologies and usability principles
    Flexibility and adaptability to a changing environment
    Knowledge of Unicode and other standards for representation of library information in electronic form such as MARC, MARCXML, Dublin Core, BIBFRAME, METS, MODS, EAD, TEI, etc
    Experience with typical library applications including OpenURL (link resolvers), proxy servers, standards such as Z39.50, etc.
    Experience crafting and executing SQL queries
    Hands on experience of web technologies including HTML, CSS, JavaScript, XML/XSLT
    Understanding of web services such as SOAP, REST and other XML-based APIs

Additional Information

Experience with managing campus-wide enterprise systems required.  Familiarity with open-source software and user communities required; experience managing open-source software and participating in open-source communities preferred.

Experience managing a library services platform required; experience managing related library systems and technologies such as federated search systems, digital asset management systems, electronic resource management systems preferred.

Administrative experience with ExLibris systems preferred, including Alma/Primo and Metalib. Experience working with modern server operating systems and/or cloud hosted software/infrastructure

How to Apply:

Submit cover letter and resume as a single document at  Elect option for "External Applicant".   Sort the job listing by clicking the Job ID column heading.  Locate the desired job listing.  Click the job title and then Apply Now.

Closing Statement:

Brandeis University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages minorities, women, disabled individuals, and eligible veterans to apply. It is the policy of the University not to discriminate against any applicant or employee on the basis of race, ancestry, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, genetic information, national origin, disability, veteran status, or on the basis of any other legally protected category.

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