Web & Systems Management Librarian




The merged Library & IT department at Ursinus College seeks a creative, energetic, and team-oriented colleague to join the Information Literacy and Instructional Technology group during a period of dramatic change within our Library and within the digital resources and technologies that support the academic work of the campus. 


This hybrid position will help guide our current Library systems toward a new generation of capability fueled by dramatic improvements in web technologies and cloud computing; the position will also provide additional outreach functions to academic departments in the Sciences, as our outreach, research, and teaching efforts are evolving.  Reporting to the Director of Information Literacy & Instructional Technology, this librarian will be integral to a team of three librarians and one instructional technologist who are working to strengthen the organization’s ties to the central educational mission of the College, which is to “enable students to become independent, responsible, and thoughtful individuals through a program of liberal education.”


The Web & Systems Management librarian will have governing faculty status, which entails participation in faculty meetings and the potential to serve on faculty committees.  He or she will liaise with the Science departments at Ursinus, which could include such activities as teaching classroom workshops, providing research assistance for students, attending science-related events and lectures, collaborating with the Center for Science and the Common Good, and creating online research tools.  The position’s responsibility for the Library’s systems and web resources will require a keen interest in and knowledge of trends in library systems, as the librarian will work to expand and enhance Library services by keeping up with the pace of technological change and working closely with IT colleagues to explore possibilities.  Participation in professional organizations and meetings is encouraged. Additionally, there will be many opportunities for the successful candidate to introduce new ideas and lead initiatives to develop the Library’s programs, enhance services, and enrich the atmosphere to benefit the lives of the College’s students, faculty and staff.




• Serve as a liaison librarian with the Sciences for the Information Literacy program.

• Provide leadership and support for the Library & IT organization’s web presence and promote awareness of the Library & IT organization and relevant initiatives to the campus via the web.

• Monitor trends in library systems development to prepare for future initiatives and provide leadership and support for the use of current library systems, including: SirsiDynix Symphony ILS; ProQuest Summon Discovery tool; ILLiad; LibGuides; EZproxy.



Minimum Qualifications:


• ALA Accredited Master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science.

• Experience with website design or web content management systems.

• Ability to work independently and as part of a Library/IT team.

• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse community of colleagues and library users.

• Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills.

• Strong service commitment to faculty, students, and colleagues, and a willingness to develop and maintain strong interpersonal relationships.

• Willingness to learn and grow as a professional.

• Aptitude for detail-oriented work, including strong analytical and problem-solving skills.

• Ability to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities showing initiative and flexibility.



Preferred Qualifications:


• Undergraduate major or minor in the Sciences.

• Experience with administration of an integrated library system and a discovery search tool, such as ProQuest Summon.

• Holistic knowledge of how library systems interact and integrate.

• Demonstrated library instruction or training experience. • Previous experience in an academic library or merged library/IT organization.

• Some knowledge of programming/scripting languages such as CSS, VBscript, JavaScript, MarcEdit and JQuery.

• Experience collaborating with Instructional Technologists.





Please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to the Human Resources Office via email to: hr@ursinus.edu. Additional information about Ursinus College may be accessed on our web site: http://www.ursinus.edu.  Review of applications will begin on March 31st 2015 and continue until the position is filled.

Ursinus College is a highly selective, independent, co-educational, residential liberal arts college of 1700 students located 25 miles northwest of center city Philadelphia. Ursinus College is an AA/EO Employer.  Ursinus College does not discriminate on grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or other classification protected by applicable law with respect to all aspects of employment.







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