Manager, Discovery Systems

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Created: March 21, 2013


The Manager, Discovery Systems leads the Drexel University Libraries program of Discovery Systems, focusing on thoughtful and proactive integration and development of the Libraries' patron facing discovery systems. In this role, the Manager will be a key leader in the Libraries efforts to develop and deliver new discovery services to the University community as part of the Libraries contribution to build campus data curation and digital content. The Manager will have responsibility for Libraries' website, integrated library system, and library technology & systems infrastructure. Currently the Manager reports to the Director, Library Academic Partnerships 

Required Qualifications:

ALA-accredited master's degree or equivalent in library or information science

Minimum five years of progressively responsible experience in a library

Demonstrated knowledge and experience with web and content management systems, integrated library systems, discovery systems

Demonstrated ability to work in a mixed hardware/software environment

Demonstrated expertise in a variety of technologies used in libraries, such as: various operating systems, scripting, enterprise databases, high density storage, storage digital asset repositories design and management

Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan, coordinate, and implement complex projects and services (project management)

Demonstrated commitment to addressing patron needs

Knowledge of data standards prevalent in libraries

Successful budget development and management experience

Successful supervisory experience

Excellent interpersonal skills that enable communication of complex technology issues and strategies to a diverse community

Preferred Qualifications:
Knowledge of Drupal site-building, theming, and coding modules

Experience with III Millennium system

Experience with emerging open source library management systems

Experience leading cross-departmental teams 

Essential Functions

The Manager, Discovery Systems will provide leadership for:

design, development, and implementation of patron facing discovery systems and services

current suite of discovery systems, including Libraries website, III Millennium, Summon, and associated services

library systems infrastructure

ongoing program of patron usability

evaluation of next generation discovery systems

development and implementation of patron facing mobile technologies

development and implementation of a new, Islandora-based institutional repository

regular analysis of usage data for all discovery services and systems

development of instructional technology services

The Manager will be an integral part of the Libraries management team, a dynamic and collaborative group of librarians and technologists. The Libraries professional staff is expected to contribute to the ongoing operations of the Libraries through participation in divisional planning and decision-making, and in implementation of library policies. Regular reporting of activities and appropriate statistics are required. Staff of the libraries participate in a wide variety of university activities and initiatives.

The Manager, Discovery Systems is responsible for:

Program management

Direct supervision of the Libraries' Senior Network Analyst, Web Developer/Webmaster and the ILS Administrator

Participation in budget development and management

Participation in Libraries' managerial leadership to evaluate/coordinate cross-functional activities

Maintaining awareness of developments in discovery systems and monitor trends to guide planning and strategic decisions for Libraries

Contributing to the profession through presentations, publications and/or personal involvement in professional associations 

Supplemental Posting Information:  Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made. Employment will be contingent upon the University's acceptance of the results of the background investigation. Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and is especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.


Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 20:29 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:45 UTC