Systems Librarian

Washington DC
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Created: September 9, 2019


Librarian (Systems LIbrarian) - CSFDGLO (Job Number:1900597)

• This vacancy shall be filled by a 3-year Term appointment in accordance with the Fund’s new employment rules taking effect on May 1, 2015.


The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Library seeks an innovative, service-oriented and collaborative information professional to join its headquarters-based Library in Washington D.C. The IMF Library is part of Library Network that serves the information and data needs of clients in the IMF and the World Bank Group.

The ideal candidate’s primary responsibility includes the day-to-day monitoring, maintenance and ongoing support of the Integrated Library System (ILS), Alma/Primo and other related tools and applications. He/She will facilitate search, discovery, and delivery of library services and resources across different platforms and formats.

The Systems Librarian is a member of the Library Operations team which is also responsible for troubleshooting client issues, managing the Library Network’s website by developing enterprise library applications, metadata creation, taxonomy management and indexing Executive Board Documents. Additional teams in the Library include the Content Development and the Client Services teams. The Content Development team is responsible for negotiating and licensing resources procured by the Library. The Client Services team is responsible for client interactions, including answering research and reference questions, training, document delivery, interlibrary loan and managing the physical space. 

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Administers and configures the ILS (Alma/Primo), supporting a variety of services including circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, electronic resources, data reporting, and public access. Troubleshoots, develops new system capabilities, and makes improvements to ensure best practices and operational efficiencies.

  • Proactively explores new technologies to identify opportunities to improve library services platform support, accessibility and administration, including the potential integration with other enterprise wide systems utilizing available APIs, web services, authentication, etc.

  • Provides written documentation and related training on library systems, services, and related applications.

  • Serves as technical liaison with the ILS vendor, Ex Libris, and works closely with the Fund and World Bank Group Information Technology Departments and other third-party vendors.

  • Facilitates analytic reporting from various systems and uses a variety of software tools for the extraction, manipulation, and visualization of data for use by various systems, prepares reports and statistical data to assist the Library in maximizing data-driven decision making.

  • Collaborates with library staff and other departments on technology-related services and projects, promotes the use of emerging technologies and supports institution wide initiatives.

  • Responds to World Bank Group, IMF and Library Network staff's inquiries on the Library Systems Support Helpdesk, troubleshoots problems and follows up with vendor support staff when needed.

  • Performs other duties as assigned.


Educational development, typically acquired by the completion of an advanced university degree, or equivalent, in library or information science, or a related field; or a university degree, or equivalent, supplemented by a minimum of six years of relevant professional experience. 

In addition to the qualifications above, the ideal candidate should have the following: 

  • A minimum of three years progressive experience supporting, managing or troubleshooting library automation systems; experience with the Alma/Primo by Ex Libris, Inc. preferred. 

  • Knowledge of principles and practices of library operations, issues, and trends.

  • Familiarity with current library metadata formats and evolving standards (MARC, RDA, Linked Data, Dublin Core, METS, MODs).

  • Understanding of current access services protocols to access and retrieve digital content (e.g. Z39.50, proxy, Open URL, DOI, CrossRef, OAI).

  • Working knowledge of HTML, CSS, JavasScript/JQuery.

  • Experience with reporting tools for data analysis, visualization, and dissemination.

  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, ability to communicate technical information to clients at all levels.

  • Strong analytical skills: identifies problems and potential areas for improvement; utilizes available information sources in decision-making; develops feasible, realistic solutions to problems.

  • Demonstrated project management skills: ability to manage, implement, and assess projects.

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced multi-cultural environment with emphasis on meeting client needs and deadlines. 

Preferred Skills

  • Working knowledge of one or more structured programming languages (Python, PHP, etc.).
  • Experience with data visualization products (Tableau, Microsoft Power Bi, etc.).
  • Experience with XML, XSLT, and/or web-based APls, preferred.
  • Ability to adapt and learn new technologies quickly, as well as to effectively interact with others who possess a range of technological backgrounds.

The IMF is committed to achieving a diverse staff, including gender, nationality, culture and educational background.


Published: Monday, September 9, 2019 23:49 UTC

Last updated: Monday, September 9, 2019 23:49 UTC