Systems Development Librarian

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Created: August 30, 2010


-- David Ratledge Associate Professor & Head, Systems The University of Tennessee Libraries 865-974-2871




POSITION TITLE: Systems Development Librarian

REPORTS TO: Head, Systems

POSITION RANK: Assistant Professor

SALARY: Minimum $44,000 AVAILABLE: November 1, 2010


The Systems Development Librarian reports to the Head of Systems. This position supervises two staff members (one exempt and one non-exempt) and works in conjunction with members of Systems and other library departments, in particular public service departments such as Integrated User Services and Research Services, to explore, develop, test, and implement ideas for new systems and services using emerging technologies in support of teaching, learning, and the library’s strategic goals. Ability to organize and present information in group settings. Works closely with computer hardware/software vendors, UTK campus computing (OIT), and other external technology groups as appropriate.


This position also works collaboratively with members of Systems and other library departments on the continual support, development, and evolution of the UTK Libraries’ Web site and overall online presence, media streaming services, and mobile technology services.


The Knoxville campus of the University of Tennessee is seeking candidates who have the ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural goals of the University.

Specific Duties:

45% Anticipate and track technology trends. Investigate and test new information technologies and share with library colleagues. Collaborate with library colleagues to identify ways new technologies, or old technologies used in new ways, can solve problems, meet needs, and create new services. Develop and implement new systems and services based on new technologies as appropriate.


20% Provide technical leadership for Web-based and other online library services and initiatives. Anticipate and track changing Web technologies and implement system changes and updates as appropriate. Collaborate with library colleagues to develop and maintain consistency of Web pages across all library departments.


10% Supervise (1) exempt Development Programmer and (1) non-exempt Web Designer.


15% Conduct original research and report the results through the scholarly literature and conferences of librarianship, information science, and computer science.


10% Participate in committees, working groups, and task forces as appropriate.


Fiscal Responsibility:

Recommend the purchase of library technology within a prescribed budget and participate in the writing of bid specs for complex, multi-vendor systems as appropriate.


Required Qualifications:

MLS from an ALA-accredited institution. Relevant professional-level technology experience (academic library preferred). Understanding of network standards and protocols. Knowledge of developments and trends in information systems, particularly emerging technologies in libraries and higher education. Understanding of Blackboard or similar course management systems. Extensive knowledge of core Web technologies and programming environments including HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Understanding of video streaming technologies. Familiarity with one or more scripting languages such as PHP, Python, Perl, or Ruby. Knowledge of best practices for Web design and usability. Evidence of excellent written and oral communication skills and ability to work collegially. Demonstrated experience managing complex technical projects. Strong commitment to making technology work for people.


Preferred Qualifications:

Supervisory experience. Project management experience. Experience with XML, XSLT, or other digital library technologies. Experience with content management systems and frameworks such as WordPress, Django, Rails, or Drupal.


Environment: The University of Tennessee is the state’s flagship institution of higher education, offering comprehensive programs of undergraduate, graduate, and professional education; research; and public service throughout the state.

The University of Tennessee Libraries, with an annual budget of more than $16 million, employs over three hundred persons, including 40 librarians. UT Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, SOLINET, and the Center for Research Libraries.

Additional information about this position and the UT community is available at <>

Salary and Benefits: Appointment at rank of Assistant Professor with a minimum salary of $44,000. Faculty rank and status; twelve-month, tenure-track appointment. Library faculty must meet University requirements for promotion and tenure. Excellent benefits include 24 annual leave days; choice of state retirement plan or TIAA/CREF with nonrefundable contributions paid for the employee by the University; optional group health and life insurance plans. Tuition remission is available for all university employees; partial undergraduate tuition remission is available to dependent children and spouses of UT employees.

Review of applications will begin September 1, 2010 and will continue until the position is filled. Send cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a current resume, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three recent references to: Elizabeth Greene, Library Personnel & Procurement, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-1000. Application materials may be sent via email attachment to <> .

All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498 (V/TTY available) or 974-2440. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.


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