Assistant or Associate Professor - Systems Librarian

Lincoln, Nebraska
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Created: October 23, 2020


The University Libraries at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) seeks an enthusiastic and user-centered professional to implement robust, reliable, and extensible information systems. The Systems Librarian is primary technology owner for UNL’s core discovery, delivery, resource management, and digital archiving and preservation tools. They collaborate extensively with colleagues across the UNL Libraries, the University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries (UNCL), and University of Nebraska Information Technology Services (ITS) to plan and implement systems. They assume a key leadership role in re-defining workflows and processes as part of the 2020 migration from Innovative (Sierra) to Ex Libris (Alma and Primo) platforms.

The Systems Librarian joins the UNL Libraries at a time of change and renewal. For the first time, the UNCL Libraries will be on a shared library platform, and new leadership in the Libraries and at the University are opening new avenues for collaboration.

Initially reporting to the Interim Associate Dean for Content & Collections/Interim Chair of Discovery, Access and Resource Management (DARM), the Systems Librarian will actively participate in strategic planning and organizational transformation as the Libraries works to build a more equitable and sustainable information ecosystem. Future directions include envisioning a unified digital repository strategy, and vigorous engagement in multi-institution collaborations around data archiving and shared management of library collections. The ideal candidate will be an individual with an active interest in emerging research practices and the ethical and policy implications of information use.

The University Libraries creates and fosters inclusive environments for teaching, learning, scholarship, creative expression, and civic engagement. The ability to find, access, evaluate, utilize, and create reliable information resources is central to higher education, the public good, and achieving equity and justice. Libraries faculty are empowered to provide an array of library services, collections, and spaces to meet the diverse needs of students, faculty, and researchers. The Libraries is committed to providing financial and other support for faculty professional development and travel. The Systems Librarian will undertake their efforts with attention to how social and structural biases and inequalities are manifest in information resources, access to information, and the management of information.

•Provides technical leadership for and management of a suite of information systems, primarily Alma, Primo, and Rosetta, but including other systems used for authentication, digital content management, description and discovery.
•Serves as lead contact with systems vendors and university data partners, troubleshooting bugs, and managing data exchange, systems integrations, systems security, upgrades and maintenance.
•Directs systems-related projects and leads team meetings.
•Collaborates extensively with colleagues in program and technologies areas to optimize systems.
•Prepares and maintains systems logs, reports, and statistical data to assist in evidence-based decision making
•Participates in governance of shared systems through the University of Nebraska Consortium of Libraries, and in related collective activities with the Big Ten Academic Alliance, HathiTrust, Center for Research Libraries, and related groups.
•Actively engages in anti-racist work to advance inclusive excellence and redress systemic inequities.
•Contributes to the knowledge base of the profession through scholarly, professional, and service activities appropriate for the appointment type and rank.

Librarians in the University Libraries have faculty status; the successful candidate will be hired at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor (tenured/tenure-leading).

As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications

Candidate must hold a master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited institution (or international equivalent), or terminal degree in another discipline and relevant experience. 2-4 years of experiences supporting library information systems. Demonstrated ability or potential to engage in publication and professional service to meet University tenure and promotion requirements. Knowledge of XML and facility with structured data and data interchange. Strong computer skills and proficiency with heterogeneous operating systems, including one or more server operating systems. Demonstrated commitment to and support for a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications

Knowledge of current and emerging metadata and tools, such as Bibframe, MARC, Dublin Core, MODS, METS, and EAD. Familiarity with scripting tools, languages, APIs and data interchange formats used in retrieving and transforming data. Experience with one or more Ex Libris information systems. Knowledge of contemporary issues around reader privacy and their application in an academic library environment.

How to apply


Allison Wortmann, PHR
HR Specialist


Published: Sunday, October 25, 2020 15:21 UTC

Last updated: Sunday, October 25, 2020 15:21 UTC