Full-Time Faculty, Systems Librarian Tenure-Track

Bellingham, WA
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Salary: Bachelor's degree salary begins at $54,286, Master’s degree salary begins at $58,286
Created: August 30, 2021


Whatcom Community College invites applications for a full time, tenure-track faculty Systems Librarian beginning fall quarter, 2021 or as soon as can be arranged with successful candidate.  This individual plays an active leadership role in the planning, development, management and support of the library’s technological infrastructure, electronic resources, and the library’s web presence. In collaboration with staff in the College’s Information Technology Services department the Systems Librarian will share leadership and responsibility for planning, developing, integrating, implementing, and maintaining the digital systems and services through which the Library supports users in finding, using, preserving, and sharing information. The Systems Librarian’s primary focus will include technical aspects of library systems across all the library’s functions, with greater emphasis on the Library Service Platform (LSP), electronic resources, interlibrary services system, and collaboration with staff supporting the digital repository and publishing systems. The Library uses a mixture of proprietary and open-source systems, including Ex Libris’s Alma LSP and Primo VE discovery layer; Omeka-S; and WordPress and PressBooks. The System Librarian is expected to actively participate in the WACTCLC (Washington Community and Technical College Library Consortium) and ELUNA (Ex Libris Users of North America).

The successful applicant is expected to:

  • Lead the planning, development, evaluation and coordination of LSP services and manage the life cycle of electronic resources that support end users in the productive use of library systems.
  • Administer and maintain the Alma/Primo LSP. Utilize ALMA Analytics and other tools to generate reports for all library departments. Monitor and communicate new features and updates.  
  • Ensure discoverability of content in Primo Discovery and on the library website. Troubleshoot access and contractual problems; support and maintain administrative data for digital resources including collecting and analyzing usage statistics and other management reports; analyze license agreements and track subscriptions. Work with the IT department to troubleshoot the proxy server and EZproxy management software.
  • Keep abreast of current and emerging communications technologies, library systems, databases and digital services. Recommend appropriate software purchases and service subscriptions. Participate in development of the library budget.
  • Collaborate with technical, academic, and administrative departments to produce dynamic and responsive information delivery. Take proactive steps to ensure strong working relationships with other administrative and academic departments.
  • Provide training, instruction, and technical support to students and employees for new and existing library software and services, and related information literacy skills.
  • Successfully foster and support student retention, and inclusive educational and employment environment.
  • Identify and contribute to activities that promote student development such as student clubs and/or other volunteer activities, e.g., the  graduation ceremony; and 
  • to perform other duties as assigned.

Being a faculty member at Whatcom offers the opportunity to engage in the advancement of equitable student outcomes and the elimination of equity gaps. Faculty have regular opportunities for on-campus professional development, collaboration with colleagues, and engagement in workshops and learning communities. These opportunities contribute to professional advancement at the College, as well as personal growth.


Qualifications, Salary and Appointment

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor's degree in Library and Information Science, information and technology management, or related field. 
  • Proficient in Microsoft 365 tools with intermediate to advance Excel skills. Preferred: familiarity with PHP, XML/XSLT, SQL and basic HTML/CSS.
  • 2 years’ experience managing a Library Service Platform. Preferred: Alma and Primo certification or similar LSP certification.
  • Familiarity with the MARC cataloging format and/or one or more non-MARC metadata standards (e.g., Dublin Core, VRA).
  • Evidence of interest in undergraduate education that involves student-centered inquiry and undergraduate research. 

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Master's degree in Library and Information Science, information and technology management, or related field.
  • Ability to establish and maintain excellent cooperative working relationships with individuals and departments.
  • Experience with open source and legacy software and hardware commonly found in libraries & archives.
  • Experience with general web application security issues such as SSO and HTTPS.
  • Knowledge of standards, protocols and structures, such as OpenURL, EDI, OAI-PMH.
  • Experience with culturally relevant content, culturally responsive pedagogical techniques, and effective practices for engaging diverse users.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and communication abilities with students and colleagues.
  • Knowledge and understanding of Universal Design for Learning, accessibility and usability; and experience using a learning management system, preferably Canvas.

 Salary and Appointment: 

  • The 2021-2022 Bachelor's degree salary begins at $54,286,  Master’s degree salary begins at $58,286 ( (additional degrees, experience, and state-funded and negotiated increases will increase the actual starting salary); 174-plus day annual contract. 

 Benefit Package:

  • The position comes with a full benefits package, including health, dental, life, long-term disability insurance and a retirement plan. 

Additionally, as a Washington State, public higher education institution, WCC offers the following:

  • Whatcom Community College is a qualified employer for the PSLF program. If you work for the College full time, have had Direct Loans and are on an eligible repayment plan, you are eligible to apply.
  • Full-time employees are eligible to apply and participate in the Whatcom Community College Employee Tuition Program, which provides a tuition waiver for available and eligible WCC courses.

  Start Date:

  • Fall Quarter, 2021 or as soon as can be arranged with successful candidate. 

Application Due Date:

  • For guaranteed consideration, application packets should be received by Monday, September 13th 2021 at 5:00 pm. Position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicant

A completed application consists of an online application and:

  • Letter of application detailing relevant experience and specifics about how the applicant is prepared to meet the duties of the position.
  • Diversity statement that responds to the following question (1 page max).

*Whatcom Community College has a strategic plan goal to close equity gaps in degree and certificate completion for all student populations.  Describe a time in which you contributed to student retention and closing equity gaps for students.

  • Current resume.
  • Unofficial Transcripts for all earned degrees; official transcripts required prior to the official start date.
  • List of five recent professional references with contact information.

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Published: Monday, August 30, 2021 18:42 UTC

Last updated: Monday, August 30, 2021 18:42 UTC