Manager, Library Systems

Waltham, MA 02454
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Created: March 16, 2017


Brandeis University seeks a Manager of Library Systems to lead and
participate in the development, enhancement, and maintenance of the
Brandeis University Library Systems environment. 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 integrated library systems and related library systems.
S/he will collaborate with other library colleagues to explore and
deploy new technologies. This person will manage staff and vendor

•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; manages 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
library by working with ITS groups to establish system and data access
policies and procedures, ensure system reliability, and coordinate
routine systems operations including backups and overnight processing.
•Collaborates with library 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; represents Brandeis University in external
professional organizations.

•5-8 years total work-related experience
•Supervisory / Management Exp.
•1-3 years of supervisory/management experience
•Master’s Degree in 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.
•Hands on experience managing library servers, systems and applications
and working in a Linux/Unix shell
•Strong knowledge of metadata standards represented in library
information systems including MARC, MARCXML, Dublin Core and EAD.
•Ability to apply user-centered design methodologies and usability
•Hands on experience of web technologies including HTML, CSS,
JavaScript, XML/XSLT

Required Qualifications: Experience with managing campus-wide enterprise
systems. Hands on experience managing integrated library systems. Hands
on experience working with modern server operating systems and cloud
hosted software/infrastructure providers. Familiarity with open-source
software and user communities.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience managing open-source software and
participating in open-source communities. Experience managing library
systems and technologies such as federated search systems, digital asset
management systems, electronic resource management systems and proxy
servers. Administrative experience with ExLibris systems, including
Alma, Primo and MetaLib.

How to Apply:
Submit cover letter and resume as a single document at .
Job ID 525972

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.

How to apply


Katherine Collins
Manager of Electronic Resources
Brandeis University Library and Technology Services
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454
phone 781-736-4731


Published: Saturday, March 18, 2017 15:03 UTC

Last updated: Saturday, March 18, 2017 16:45 UTC