Systems Librarian

Bridgewater, MA
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Salary: 57,000-67,000
Created: April 24, 2023


Job Description

The Maxwell Library at Bridgewater State University seeks an innovative, service-oriented Systems Librarian to develop, manage, document, and troubleshoot the library’s web site and core library systems. In close collaboration with the e-Resources Librarian, Digital Services & Metadata Librarian, the Head of Archives & Special Collections, the incumbent will maintain library systems and applications using a broad range of technologies. The Systems Librarian will also collaborate with Research & Instruction Librarians and partners from across BSU to research and implement practical, usable technology solutions to support the work of the students, faculty, librarians, staff and the broader BSU community.

The Systems Librarian will be primarily responsible for management of Koha (Integrated Library System), the Maxwell Library website (which is set for a complete redesign in the upcoming months), Springshare’s LibApps suite of software, and the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan system, as well as any new applications the library may adopt or develop. The incumbent will also collaborate as required to maintain systems and applications that the e-Resources Librarian, Digital Services & Metadata Librarian, and the Head of Archives & Special Collections employ. The salary range is $57,000 to $67,000, dependent upon experience and education.

The Systems Librarian reports directly to the Dean of the Library. The incumbent will serve as a library liaison in selected disciplines. Participation in professional organizations, service in library and university governance, and appropriate professional development activities are expected and required for tenure. In addition, the Systems Librarian may supervise Library Assistants, Graduate Assistants, and student workers.

Please note: This position is eligible for hybrid remote/on-campus work options.

The Systems Librarian will:

  • Administer and maintain the library’s core systems, including Koha ILS, the library website, Springshare LibApps, and ILLiad interlibrary loan application. Ensure that systems remain available and interoperable.
  • Collaborate with librarians and staff as necessary to support and troubleshoot other library applications, including Virtual Commons (BEPress Institutional Repository), EZProxy, Omeka, ArchiveSpace, ArchiveIt, Ebsco Discovery Service, and related systems.
  • Work closely with the Library staff and vendors on a full redesign of the Maxwell Library’s website and related technologies.
  • Provide technical expertise, day-to-day administration, and broad support for traditional and emerging library hardware and software solutions and standards. Research and recommend technologies to support evolving library reference, instruction, and access services models.
  • Provide library systems support to library colleagues. Understand and respond to library systems-related needs across library units.
  • Collaborate closely with the BSU IT Department as necessary, to implement and support authentication and security services.
  • Serve as a point of contact for library systems and emerging technology vendors.
  • Provide written reports, assessments, analyses, and documentation as needed and upon request.
  • Advise, train, and teach staff, faculty, and students in new library technologies.
  • Engage in professional activities, continuing scholarship, and University-wide committees, to satisfy promotion and tenure requirements of the Massachusetts State College Association (MSCA) contract.
  • Serve as liaison to one or more academic departments.

Academic rank at hire will be determined by the candidate’s qualifications and MSCA contract specifications.

Benefits & Additional Compensation Info 

Additional Info & Requirements

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Relevant experience in an academic, large public, or special library.
  • Familiarity with library operations, procedures, and best practices.
  • Demonstrated experience using a wide variety of library system platforms and applications, and current library-related hardware and software.
  • Understanding of library security and authentication systems and practices.
  • Web application programming experience including but not limited to HTML, XML, CSS, and Javascript.
  • Familiarity with database reporting standards.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in a team setting.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience managing EZProxy or another access authentication software.
  • Experience with the Koha ILS and Springshare’s LibApps.
  • Second master’s degree in a related discipline (second master’s degree required for promotion beyond Associate Librarian rank).
  • Two years’ experience in an academic library setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to support an inclusive educational and work environment, working effectively with a diverse faculty and student population.
  • Understanding of networking, including cloud-based server technology.
  • Experience with website design and various hosting platforms such as WordPress or Drupal.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.

Please be aware that employment at Bridgewater State University is contingent upon completion of a successful background check.

This position is not eligible for H-1B visa sponsorship.

The Community

Bridgewater State University’s Library Services is located in the Clement C. Maxwell Library and is open an average of 94 hours each week during the academic year. It is a busy, dynamic place with classrooms, academic and administrative offices throughout the building. The library serves all BSU students, faculty, staff, and researchers from across the country and world.

Library Services is dedicated to meeting the needs of its communities, to updating its service models as pedagogies and librarianship evolve, to renewing the knowledge and skills of librarians and staff as practices change, to deploying new technologies to improve interactions with library users and user experiences. Successful candidates will be staff members who can work with their colleagues to help meet the mission of the department in serving and supporting our racially and ethnically diverse campus community.

Bridgewater State University is an inclusive community dedicated to the lifelong success of all students; focused on the continuous improvement of its people; and is responsible for leading innovation that benefits Southeastern Massachusetts, the commonwealth, and the world. Bridgewater’s accessible environment of teaching and learning stimulates critical thinking and the pursuit of new knowledge and deeper understanding. The teaching and learning environment at Bridgewater also cultivates meaningful and diverse interpersonal relationships and fosters an appreciation for global engagement aimed at transforming lives and improving the human condition.

Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is reflected in our institutional values, which ensure that all students are supported and succeed.


HR Info


Please note the following information is required to complete your application for this position:

  • A minimum of three (3) professional reference entries in space provided on the application form.
  • CV
  • Cover Letter
  • Equity and Inclusion Statement- a personal statement on a candidate’s past efforts to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion. The equity and inclusion statement is an opportunity for candidates to discuss scholarship, professional skills, and demonstrable experience that would enhance the university’s efforts to promote a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community. Equity and inclusion statements will be considered as part of a transparent and comprehensive review of candidates’ application materials.

How to apply


Bridgewater State University Office of Human Resources and Talent Management 508-531-1324


Published: Thursday, April 27, 2023 01:34 UTC

Last updated: Thursday, April 27, 2023 01:34 UTC