Emerging Technologies Librarian

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Created: March 8, 2013


This position is responsible for monitoring the latest technological developments and considering the relevance and usefulness for delivering the services and resources of the University Libraries.  He/she will also provide advice and consultation to departments and/or individuals on maximizing the use of new and emerging technologies to accomplish the work of the library.  His/her efforts focus on identifying and implementing strategies to maximize the effective use of available technology to meet the needs of library users and library personnel. The Emerging Technologies Librarian is a member of the Library Information Systems (LIS) Department and participates fully in the programs and services of that department. He/she participates in the maintenance and support of appropriate hardware and/or software.   As a member of the faculty, he/she participates in the University Libraries’ Collection Development Program, serves as subject liaison to assigned department(s), participates in the User Instruction Program, and provides user assistance at the RIS (Reference and Information Services) Desk on a scheduled basis.

A. Assumes responsibilities as a librarian in one of the departments of the University Libraries.
1.   Provides leadership and expertise in identifying, evaluating, and making recommendations
concerning the use of new and emerging technologies available to support the delivery of services and resources of the University Libraries.
2. Coordinates the work of the New Technologies work group that will provide advice and guidance on the appropriateness of adopting and/or implementing new technologies within the University Libraries.
3. Provides leadership and coordination for planning, implementing, and training for the adoption and integration of new technologies. 
4. Assumes responsibility for the development and maintenance of mobile and discovery interfaces of the Millennium, Encore, and Sierra platforms including the AirPAC application, in cooperation with the ILS librarian
5. Represents the libraries with local, regional and national groups addressing matters related to new and emerging technologies in academic libraries.
6. Performs user analyses measuring resource delivery and use of system interfaces including usability testing to guide and influence design considerations.  Monitors applicability of user-side applications and their significance in systems design and resource delivery.
7. Prepares appropriate reports and or test results related to new and emerging technologies and the appropriateness or usefulness for the University Libraries.
8. Maintains good working relationships with appropriate personnel and/or agencies on and/or off campus and coordinates investigation of applications appropriate for use in the library environment.
9. Works with other library faculty, staff, and departments to assure effective delivery of  locally provided e-resources including, but not limited to, Interlibrary Loan (using ILLiad), off-campus document delivery, e-reserves, distance education and instructional technology such as podcasts, screencasts, animation, social media and blogs.
10. Participates in the continuing development of digital asset management in support of the University Libraries’ Digital Repository including relevant technology applications and metadata development.
11. Participates in the continuing development of systems and services to provide storage, access and delivery of locally held databases
12. Participates in troubleshooting users’ technical problems as part of the Library Information Systems Department including user devices, equipment and applications.
13. Participates in planning, development, and implementation of the projects, services and activities of the Library information Systems Department.

B. Participates in faculty governance and provides input into library decision-making.
1. Participates in faculty meetings and works with colleagues to implement the agreements reached through collective decision-making.
2. Participates in the Libraries’ User Instruction Program which focuses on teaching library skills to students and faculty with specific emphasis on the effective use of the library catalog and other library resources. .
3. Stays abreast of current trends and best practices in areas of responsibility and takes steps necessary to integrate these into the University Libraries as appropriate.
4. Serves as collection developer and library liaison for assigned departments. 
5. Serves on committees and task forces in the libraries, on campus, throughout the state and the region, as well as on the national level.
6. Participates in the faculty senate and other campus-wide faculty activities as opportunities present themselves.

C. Maintains and documents a program of research and continual learning that promotes his/her own
professional growth and development and contributes toward the achievement of the libraries’
organizational mission.
1. Conducts qualitative and/or quantitative research in subjects and disciplines related to one or more aspects of librarianship, the broader field of information sciences, , or other relevant disciplines.
2. Seeks grant funding to support research or experimentation in his/her field(s) of interest.
3. Seeks opportunities to publish research findings in professional publications and to make formal presentations at professional meetings.
4. Participates in formal and informal programs of continual learning that will enhance his/her professional expertise and contribute to his/her overall effectiveness as a faculty member.
5. Maintains membership and actively participates in appropriate professional organizations.

D. Performs other duties as assigned.
1. Participates in library-wide projects and activities as needed or assigned.
2. Undertakes other tasks assigned by the Department Head and/or the Dean of University Libraries.

Reports to Department Head for Library Information Systems

Might supervise staff involved with exploring, planning for, and/or implementing new and/or emerging technologies.niversity of Memphis

This is a 12 month, tenure track, faculty position that requires an ALA accredited M.L.S and
appropriate, relevant library work experience. Faculty members are expected to conduct research, provide professional service, and publish their work in appropriate professional publications. A second graduate degree is required to be eligible for tenure or promotion.

This position requires a varying work schedule and may include some scheduled evening and weekend hours.  The specific work schedule may change from week to week depending on the demands and/or responsibilities of the position.

A. Knowledge of current and emerging technologies in use in libraries, preferably academic libraries.
B. Experience using a variety of technological devices and/or programs to support organizational operations.
C. Good technical knowledge and expertise with large scale, networked, integrated, library-specific information systems.
D. Familiarity and/or experience with web design and/or development.
E. Ability to supervise the work of others. 
F. Demonstrably good oral and written communication skills. 
G. Must have good interpersonal skills and demonstrate a commitment to public service. 
H. Must be a forward thinking self-starter, able to work independently as well as part of a team in a collegial environment. 
I. Must be able to assume responsibility and accomplish goals with little or no supervision.
J. Evidence of potential to maintain an ongoing program of professional involvement and development at a level that would merit tenure and promotion.
K. Ability to work effectively with a highly diverse group of University faculty, staff, students, public, and coworkers in a courteous and professional manner.
L. Must have good problem solving skills and exercise sound judgment in dealing with a variety of issues.

Technologically oriented academic research library with some similarity to an office
environment.  Position requires extensive technical expertise but also has a significant public
service component requiring regular interaction with students, faculty, and the general public in
person, by telephone, and/or electronically. Position requires some standing, walking, stooping,
bending, crawling and reaching in order to solve technical issue. Must be able to lift heavy
reference books and other library resources that might weight up to 30 pounds. May be required to push or pull wheeled book carts filled with books that could weigh up to 300 pounds. Responsibilities require handling and manipulation of heavy, yet sensitive, electronic equipment and careful connection of delicate component parts. The position may require travel to other locations to meet the needs of users at remote sites of the University and/or to participate in meetings or professional activities.

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