The Assistant Librarian will participate in the strategic assessment, enhancement, development and design of the University Libraries’ access and discovery technologies. The Discovery Services Librarian will be responsible for the Libraries’ discovery systems, ensuring open and equitable access to the Libraries’ collections and services. The selected candidate will also collaborate with Digital Initiatives, TAMU Technology Services, Digital Collection Services, and other key stakeholders to ensure continuous improvement of the Libraries’ Discovery Layers and Libraries’ Discovery Technology Portfolio. Other duties will include providing service in usability and user experience testing to provide feedback to the design and development of the Libraries’ discovery layers and search strategies. If the description sounds exciting to you, we invite you to apply to be considered for this opportunity to join our team.
Required Education and Experience:
Master’s degree in Library Science or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Ability to communicate with all levels of customers and employees
Personal strengths as a team player, motivated by teamwork, customer service, professional drive, and eager to learn
Ability to anticipate and solve problems
Preferred Education and Experience:
Knowledge of information retrieval and evaluation models
Knowledge of academic library search strategies
Knowledge of WCAG and ADA web accessibility standards
Knowledge of resource management systems
Knowledge of qualitative assessment methods of digital user experience
Experience with VuFind discovery layer
Experience with EBSCO Discovery Service
Experience with project management
Experience with UX or usability testing
Experience with APIs
Discovery Systems, Tools, and Platforms: Participates in the strategic assessment, enhancement, development and design of the University Libraries’ access and discovery technologies. Responsible for the Libraries’ discovery systems. Maintains knowledge of emerging technologies in the field of information access, discovery, and searching. Provides support and guidance with information retrieval models and searches for various systems. Participates in the evaluation of open-source solutions. Ensures that projects meet 508 compliance and developed with universal design.
Collaborations & Partnerships: Participates in departmental and interdepartmental meetings as a member of the Information Access, Discovery, & Stewardship unit. Collaborates with Digital Initiatives, TAMU Technology Services, Digital Collection Services, and other key stakeholders to ensure continuous improvement of the Libraries’ Discovery Layers and Libraries’ Discovery Technology Portfolio. Assists the Web & User Experience Librarian in project lifecycles. Provides backup to the Discovery Systems Librarian.
Assessment and Reporting: Provides service in usability and user experience testing. Provides recommendations on UI/UX for search, and investigates search failures in the discovery layer and devises strategies for mitigation. Ensures Google Analytics is configured and collecting appropriate data. Maintains documentation and reports, search statistics, and data collection.
Contributions to the Profession: Participates in scholarly activities and professional service for professional development and to incorporate new ideas and technologies into library services and programs. Serves on campus, library, state, or national committees and performs other duties as assigned.
Instructions to Applicants: Applications received by Texas A&M University must either have all job application data entered or a resume attached. Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. We encourage all applicants to upload a resume or use a LinkedIn profile to pre-populate the online application. The deadline to submit applications is May 31, 2023.
All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.
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Published: Wednesday, May 10, 2023 21:03 UTC
Last updated: Wednesday, May 10, 2023 21:03 UTC