Emerging Technologies Librarian

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Created: September 25, 2012


The University of Wisconsin-Parkside invites applications for an Emerging Technologies Librarian to provide innovative leadership in the use of technology in the library, and will identify, evaluate and implement current and emerging technologies and applications for delivery of library services. Emphasis is on innovative ideas in reference and instruction, including usability studies, web based assessments and statistics, distance and online learning opportunities, instructional technology, virtual reference, discovery, social networking, and mobile devices. The ETL will participate in the instruction program and serve as a library liaison.


A. Serves as Emerging Technologies Librarian,
  • Assists in planning and developing strategy for Learning Commons environment
  • Tracks trends, investigates new developments and applications, and incorporates appropriate technologies into the library/learning commons environment to improve and enhance all library services. Works collaboratively with Systems Librarian and other technology staff in planning, implementation, and installation of applications into existing library technology framework
  • Generates staff development opportunities for building technology awareness and encourages the adoption of technologies that improve the library's physical and virtual presence, and provides creative strategies to imbed resources and services into learning spaces
  • Contributes to library "technology team"
  • Collects and reports statistics and assesses impact of technology-based services on library users
  • Develops innovative research and instructional tools
  • Collaborates with Web Services Coordinator in design and development of library website
  • Provides reference and instructional services
  • Investigates development of institutional repositories, and distance and online learning opportunities
  • Performs other duties as assigned
B. Serves as liaison to faculty in designated areas in support of collection development, instruction and reference and using technology to enhance teaching and learning
  • Serves as liaison to faculty in designated areas of interest and expertise in support of outreach, collection development, reference and instruction
  • Participates actively in outreach efforts and fosters effective collaborative relationships with faculty and staff to increase awareness of library technology resources and promote their enhanced use
C. Provides service to campus, community and UW System
  • Serve on committees and teams in library and UW system and serve on professional committees as elected or appointed
  • Participate in relevant conferences so as to stay current with trends and issues in profession
  • Work with colleagues to enhance library's image on campus and in community

D. Performs other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Demonstrated initiative and achievement in creation of new and innovative library services in support of students
  • Demonstrated experience with collecting web based statistics, analyzing patterns, and creating and improving services via quantitative and qualitative analysis
  • Demonstrated experience with small and medium sized group web usability testing
  • Experience with distance learning technologies, including creation of guides and instructing faculty, students and staff on distance learning initiatives
  • Experience with management of mobile devices, including iPads and other technology
  • Knowledge of web client and server applications, databases and web programming (HTML, CSS, XML and scripting languages)
  • Experience using course management systems, online collaborative productivity tools, and content management systems (LibGuides, Wordpress, D2L)
  • Proficiency in the use of traditional and electronic resources
  • Experience with reference and instruction in an academic library
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills
  • Ability and desire to work collegially in small groups and team environment
  • Ability to think critically, analyze problems, and develop and implement creative solutions
  • Significant mobility and dexterity to move around the library and retrieve and carry materials from library shelving and cabinets when providing service, including standing, walking, stooping, bending, kneeling, lifting (up to 35lbs.), reaching into deep drawers, reaching high shelves; manual dexterity to pull, handle and shelve books, oversized materials, software, and a variety of media formats; ability to push bookcarts; ability to load microform readers/printers; ability to read titles on shelves and print on computer screens; ability to work with keyboard, mouse and monitor for extended periods of time; ability to travel to attend training workshops, meetings and conferences

  • Graduate library degree from ALA accredited library school
  • Mid-level professional library experience with experience in electronic services or emerging technologies field
  • Demonstrated experience implementing technologies to enhance services
  • Demonstrated experience in project management
  • Demonstrated experience working with a diverse, multicultural population
  • Demonstrated experience working in an academic setting
Institution Description:

The University of Wisconsin-Parkside is committed to academic excellence, student success, diversity and inclusiveness, and community engagement. UW-Parkside grants bachelor's and master's degrees in more than 30 academic programs and currently enrolls 5,200 students, many of whom are first-generation and nontraditional. UW-Parkside is the most ethnically diverse campus in the University of Wisconsin System with more than 20% students of color and 19% faculty and instructional staff of color. UW-Parkside benefits from the cultural diversity of the communities it serves in southeast Wisconsin. Located in northern Kenosha County in the Chicago-Milwaukee urban corridor, much of the university's 700-acre campus has been preserved in its natural wooded and prairie state.


Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The University of Wisconsin System provides a liberal benefits package, including participation in a state pension plan.

Review of Applications:

Applications received by October 15th, 2012 are ensured full consideration; position is open until filled.

To Apply:

Interested candidates should submit the following, preferably in electronic format:
  • a cover letter outlining their qualifications for the position
  • resume
  • list of three or more professional references with contact information
Email submissions to: elizabeth.gronholm@uwp.edu

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