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Systems and Technology Services Librarian, UVM Libraries (Burlington, Vermont)

Description
The University of Vermont Libraries seek an imaginative, resourceful, inventive, and user-focused librarian to manage, enhance, and maintain a wide variety of commercial and open-source applications in a changing, information-technology environment. The successful candidate will possess strong analytical skills, a public services outlook, and a commitment to building services around UX principles. We seek applicants who enjoy new challenges, propose new solutions, and seize opportunities to acquire new skills. The Systems and Technology Services (STS) Librarian will serve as the University of Vermont Libraries’ technical lead as we migrate from a local Voyager LMS to a new, cloud-based, Alma consortium, expected to launch in 2024. The STS librarian will administer the Libraries’ current mix of Linux and Windows virtual servers (running on a local server farm managed by the University’s Enterprise Technology Services group), while simultaneously seeking efficiencies and opportunities for the enhancement of the Libraries’ technological offerings. The librarian will support employees and users in multiple ways, collaborating with colleagues across the Libraries and across campus to improve workflows and enhance the user experience. In short, we seek candidates eager to embed themselves throughout the work of the Libraries. The Libraries are in the midst of crafting a new staffing plan, and we expect opportunities to rethink working relationships and job duties throughout our operation.

Responsibilities

  • Lead the development of innovative approaches to Library Technology Services.
  • Collaborate with and serve as back-up to the Web Services Librarian.
  • Administer and maintain the library’s technological infrastructure, including the library website, the Library Management System, SFX, Pharos print server, Archivesspace, Islandora, Illiad, Drupal, Ezproxy, Nginx, and Apache.
  • Investigate, evaluate, and recommend new technologies to improve access and delivery of information resources and equipment.
  • Supervise the daily work of the Library Technology Services staff.
  • Adopt a schedule sufficiently flexible to attend to evening and weekend server maintenance and/or cover for staff absences and vacancies.
  • Administer 11 Linux and 5 Windows virtual servers, with the aim of identifying software and services more appropriately hosted in the cloud.
  • Compile and prepare library usage statistics into reports, including, but not limited to, website traffic, circulation reports, and usage data on various applications.
  • Assess the effectiveness of Library Technology Services and make recommendations for improvement in workflow, maintenance, and Libraries technology assets.
  • Serves on the Libraries User Experience Team.

Required Qualifications

  • MLS degree from ALA-accredited program or international equivalent.
  • Work or educational experience running Linux servers and managing IT systems.
  • Working knowledge of Library Management Systems.
  • Working knowledge of one or more programming languages (e.g. PHP, Python, Ruby, Perl, Java, etc).
  • Experience managing an Apache or Nginx webserver.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead and assume responsibility for projects.
  • Evidence of seizing the initiative, develop and carry out projects and manage multiple priorities.
  • Excellent communication skills.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience with Web Services and APIs.
  • Knowledge of metadata standards and MARC records.
  • Experience with version control systems such as git.
  • Experience with content management systems such as Drupal.
  • Knowledge of HTML, CSS, and Javascript frameworks.
  • Experience with XML/XSLT and JSON.
  • Experience with SQL and MySQL.
  • Experience with Redhat Linux.
  • Experience with Windows IIS and Microsoft SQL server.

SALARY & BENEFITS:

Librarians at the University of Vermont hold faculty appointments without tenure. As such, librarians are expected to perform in three areas: Educational Mission (Librarianship), Scholarly and Creative Activity, and Service. Decisions about rank at time of initial hire will be based upon each candidate’s previous experience, performance in all three areas, and will be at one of the following ranks:

Library Assistant Professor (Minimum salary: $61,112): The position at this rank or higher requires a Master’s degree (MLS, MS, or MA) in Library or Information Science, or other variation) from a program accredited by the American Library Association and the potential to develop and to meet the UVM Libraries Standards substantially for Reappointment and Promotion.

Library Associate Professor (Minimum salary: $73,334): Appointment at this rank typically requires six or more years of professional (Post-MLS) experience and a consistent record of accomplishment in librarianship, scholarly and creative activity, and professional service.

Generous benefits package includes: TIAA/CREF (or alternative plan), managed health care plan, professional development funds, and 22 days of annual leave. Faculty librarians are represented by UVM United Academics.

APPLICATION INFORMATION: 

To apply online, please visit our website at: http://www.uvmjobs.com and refer to job posting number F2383PO.  

In addition to the online application, candidates are required to submit the following four documents:

  • Cover Letter – This is your chance to tell us about yourself! We encourage you to tell us about any unique experience or skills you would bring to the position that would be valuable to the University Libraries.
  • Curriculum Vitae – Please include education, work experience, and contributions in the areas of scholarship and community and/or professional service.  
  • Diversity Statement – The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic institution. Applicants are requested to include in their cover letter information about their commitment to diversity and how they will further this goal. For more information on diversity at the University of Vermont, see https://www.uvm.edu/president/
  • List of Three References – Names and contact information (email and phone) for three professional/ educational references.

The search will remain open until the position is filled. For best consideration, complete applications should be received no later than October 13, 2022. 

CAMPUS PROFILE

The University of Vermont (UVM), established in 1791, is a top public research university. UVM is the largest institution of higher education in the state, with over 12,600 degree-seeking students enrolled in nine schools and colleges, including the Larner College of Medicine. UVM is known as a small, premier research institution, combining the faculty-student relationships found at small liberal arts colleges with the resources of a major research institution. The UVM Libraries, comprised of Howe Library, Dana Medical Library, and Silver Special Collections Library, deliver distinctive and outstanding service to the campus community, the University of Vermont Medical Center, and the State of Vermont through excellence in instruction, innovation in research and scholarship, and dedication to public service. The UVM Libraries use Primo as their discovery search interface, [email protected] as the institutional repository, and offer unique digital collections via the Center for Digital Initiatives.

UVM is located in Burlington, Vermont, a growing metropolitan area, that has made numerous “best-places-to-live” lists. Situated between Lake Champlain and the Green Mountains, the area offers easy access to a variety of outdoor and cultural activities year-round. It is also a short distance from several major metropolitan areas, including Montreal (95 miles) and Boston (180 miles).

The University of Vermont is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other category legally protected by federal or state law. The University encourages applications from all individuals who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the institution.