Emerging Technologies and Web Librarian

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Created: July 19, 2013


Position Title:
Emerging Technologies and Web Librarian

Department Overview:
The Information Services Department of the Hirsh Health Sciences Library is responsible for providing and developing services to meet the information needs of the staff, students and faculty of the health sciences campus which is comprised of the School of Dental Medicine, the School of Medicine (including programs in public health and biomedicine), the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, as well as the Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences and the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (HNRCA) at Tufts University. The IS department's major activities are user education, reference, document delivery, informatics training, web site content development and maintenance, and staffing the combined Library Service Desk.

Position Overview:
Under the direction of the Head of Information and Access Services, the Emerging Technology Librarian has primary responsibility for the development, implementation and maintenance of the library web site, using the content management system, Drupal. This librarian tracks user trends, assesses user needs and preferences, explores new technologies and makes decisions about web site design based on this information.

Leading the Hirsh Library’s Web Team, he or she articulates a plan for initial and ongoing web site development and assessment. Also responsible for creating web tutorials and other online learning modules, the Emerging Technology Librarian will work with faculty on the Boston campus, staff in Educational Media and TUSK (curriculum management system) offices to create online learning opportunities. Keeping current on emerging technologies, he or she will implement strategies to maximize the effective use of appropriate technologies—mobile, web-based or other—for the library and its users, including training colleagues how to use technology to best serve our liaison partners on the health sciences campus. This librarian trains colleagues in using Drupal and in how to be effective web site contributors.

As a member of the Information Services Department, he or she participates in the programs and services of the department, including the liaison program, teaching appropriate groups, staffing the library service desk and other services as needed. The incumbent will represent the department, library, and university on appropriate Tufts Libraries and university-wide committees as needed.

Position Qualifications:

Basic Requirements:

1. Years of related experience required:  2 years library experience
2. Required education: ALA-accredited MLIS degree or equivalent
3. Required computer/technical skills:  Demonstrated experience in website design and CMS-driven website framework, Drupal preferred; Experience with JavaScript (JQuery); Understanding of relational databases; Understanding of cross-browser compatibility issues; Strong knowledge of applying user-centered design principles; Strong project management skills; Ability to handle multiple projects and responsibilities concurrently and problem-solving skills; Strong public services philosophy and commitment to outstanding public service;  Flexibility and the eagerness to learn constantly and quickly; Excellent time management skills, including the capacity to work independently as well as on teams; Excellent written and verbal communication skills   

Preferred Qualifications:
• Some knowledge of PHP, XML, XSLT
• Understanding of APIs
• Experience with source control (GIT preferred)
• Experience with usability testing
• Health sciences or academic library experience
• Demonstrated teaching ability
• Professional development and service, including a record of publishing
• Instructional design experience
• Ability to communicate with diverse staff and user groups
• Ability to teach faculty, staff and students on a variety of topics

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