Systems and Discovery Services Librarian

Berkeley, CA
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Salary: $84,260 to 96,266 per annum
Created: April 27, 2020



The University of California, Berkeley Library seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and user-oriented colleague as the Systems and Discovery Services Librarian who will be responsible for the development, support, maintenance, and migration of the library’s integrated library system (ILS), discovery services, and catalog. The Systems and Discovery Services Librarian works collaboratively with a wide range of libraries and units to support the functionality of the library’s integrated catalog and the discovery layer. The position works as part of a department that provides services to all UC Berkeley Libraries. This enterprise-wide department is a key component of the UC Berkeley Library’s integrated information technology ecosystem.

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation's premier public universities. A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 30,000 undergraduate students, over 11,000 graduate students, and 1,500 faculty. With a collection of more than 12 million volumes and a collections budget of over $18 million, the Library offers access to scholarly resources in all formats and robust services to connect users with those resources and build their related research skills.

This position reports to the Head of the Library IT department and manages a staff of four ILS and metadata specialists. Library IT (LIT), a department within the Library, supports the Library’s mission by providing technical support for the Library including developing, purchasing, and/or supporting all types of hardware platforms and software applications. Areas of current work include an enterprise integrated library system along with the discovery platform and affiliated workflows; scalable digital library system architectures; web services infrastructure; application development; and servers and systems support.



This position coordinates and leads the administration and migration of the library services platform and collaborates across departments and libraries that handle cataloging, metadata, circulation, collection management, user services, and discovery. The position also provides coordination around the hardware, software, and associated peripherals and processes related to the ILS, so that faculty, students and staff have access to the full range of system functionality including an online public access catalog (OPAC), and library staff have appropriate access to the discovery layer, analytics, circulation, acquisitions, cataloging, collections, and electronic resources management modules and workflows as needed.

The position will also lead and coordinate a team planning and transitioning to ExLibris’s Alma/Primo platform from Innovative Interfaces' Millennium. This project, which is the implementation of a Systemwide Integrated Library System (SILS), is a major effort for all of the 10 University of California campuses and the California Digital Library. It will involve a coordinated effort from all libraries and departments/divisions within the UC Berkeley Library. The project will involve massive data migration, complex system configuration, revamping of many library workflows and automated processes, and a comprehensive communications and training program for Library staff.

To be an effective colleague and a manager, this position will be a fair, progressive leader to Library staff; lead library-wide discussions; aid in creating and communicating Library policies; manage personnel matters; contribute to department-wide and library-wide priority setting and project management; encourage ongoing staff development; and foster an environment of collaboration, creative thinking, and continuous improvement.

UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Advancement in the Librarian series is based in part on professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession

Minimum Qualifications:

  •  Advanced degree.

  • Minimum of three years experience working in academic libraries.

  • At least two years of academic library experience in implementing procedures to integrate, maintain and/or migrate library systems and discovery platforms with campus, university, or third-party systems.

Preferred Qualifications:

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent international degree.

● Experience supporting, developing, and/or migrating to one or more integrated library discovery interfaces (such as Primo, Alma, Summon, EDS, III: Millennium/Sierra, Blacklight, WorldCat Discovery, etc.).

● Experience with ExLibris’s Alma/Primo platform is highly desirable.

● Experience determining and configuring back-end functionality in an ILS (configuring loan rules, import tables, etc.)

● Knowledge of trends, issues, and resources in library systems, assessment, metadata and cataloging standards, and data management in academic libraries.

● Hands-on understanding of web technologies such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript/JQuery, XML/XSLT.

● Knowledge of MARC, AACR2, and RDA.

● Understanding of and experience with library technology standards and current access services protocols to access and retrieve online content (e.g. Z39.50, OpenURL, NCIP, DOI, CrossRef, OAI).

● Knowledge of current and recent industry trends in search, discovery, and delivery systems.

● Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and implement effective programs, complex projects, and services.

● Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

● Experience managing individuals and groups in direct reporting and/or matrix reporting relationships

● Understanding of user experience process to improve the discovery of library collections for users

● Demonstrated supervisory experience including developing personal and professional growth opportunities and fostering and building capacity in others, including teams


Published: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 02:43 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 02:43 UTC