Head of Library Systems

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Created: October 16, 2012


 Head of Library Systems
St. Edward’s University Library invites applicants for the position of Head of Library Systems. The Head of Library Systems will provide leadership in creating new digital information services, including the continual evolution and optimization of the library’s web presence. To this end, the successful candidate will use web design best practices to improve the library user experience and will add value to library services and resources through APIs and other software applications. The Head of Library Systems reports to the Library Director and will work closely with librarians in Archives and Special Collections, Technical Services, and Public Services. The position supervises the Digital Services Manager position.

The organization seeks a creative and innovative individual, willing to try new ideas to improve the patron experience in an environment that embraces risk-taking and experimentation – where one’s talents are refined and developed as new skills are learned on the job. Initiative, independence and the ability to be collaborative and communicative are critical to the position. The successful candidate will add value to library services and resources by providing technical leadership and implementing digital initiatives in support of library users.  The position receives direction from the Library Director, but is required to perform tasks and complete projects without structured guidelines while adhering to the library’s vision statement.  This is a position for fast professional growth, where one’s accumulated experience can lead to career advancement.

For a complete list of requirements see: http://www.stedwards.edu/node/94433

About the Library:
The St. Edward’s Library building is currently undergoing renovation, expected to be concluded in the summer of 2013. During construction, the library is functioning predominantly as a virtual entity. In such an environment the Web site is the mission critical manifestation of the library and its services. The construction project offers a unique real-world experiment in the digital realm, and its results will inform the library’s future. The library has a staff of 16.  The collection consists of over 80,000 print books and 100,000 eBooks as well as 25,000 ejournal titles.   

About St. Edward’s University:
Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward’s University is the premier private institution of higher learning in Austin. Enrolling approximately 5,300 students, the university offers more than 90 academic programs. In addition to the many programs designed for traditional undergraduates, the university offers more than 15 undergraduate degree programs designed for working adults and 11 masters degree programs. Over the last two decades the university has doubled its enrollment and invested more than $147 million in new campus facilities. US News & World Report has ranked St. Edward’s among the top regional universities in the West for nine consecutive years, and peers identified St. Edward’s as one of a handful of “up-and-coming universities” in both 2010 and 2011. The university’s newly adopted strategic plan, Academic Distinctiveness and Global Preparedness, reflects the university’s commitment to prepare students for success in a 21st century world increasingly shaped by globalization and ubiquitous technology. Consistent with its Holy Cross heritage the university maintains a strong focus on issues of social justice.

About Austin:
Austin is a dynamic, cosmopolitan, diverse, entrepreneurial and prosperous city. One of the world’s great technology centers, Austin, sometimes referred to as “Silicon Hills,” is home to technology heavyweights like Dell and Freescale Semiconductor. IBM, Facebook, Advanced Micro Devices, Cisco, Cirrus Logic, Google, Oracle, Samsung, National Instruments, 3M and Apple are among the many other technology companies with significant operations in Austin. In recent years, Austin has also become an important center for game and mobile app development. The city is home to a wide array of technology-oriented startups and hosts the annual SXSW Interactive festival. Austin is also an entertainment mecca. With more than 200 live music venues the city is “the live music capital of the world” and hosts the popular Austin City Limits live music program and the SXSW Music and Film festivals. The city regularly appears in lists of America’s smartest, coolest, greenest and most livable cities. Forbes recently identified Austin as the U.S. city most likely to grow and prosper during the next decade. Known for its welcoming, tolerant and casual atmosphere, Austin was named the country’s top college town by Parents & Colleges in 2010.

Salary Range:
$60,000 to $70,000
How to Apply:
To the see the complete job description please visit:  http://www.stedwards.edu/node/94433
the interview process will include a programming test
Qualified applicants are invited to apply.  Open until filled. Preference given to applications received by November 1, 2012.  Please send a letter of interest, SEU application, resume, and three professional references to:  Chair of Library Systems Search at email margyw@stedwards.edu


Published: Tuesday, October 16, 2012 15:45 UTC

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