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Librarian for Core Systems and Digital Repository Administration, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester)


Reporting to the Associate Director for Library Academic Strategies, the Librarian for Core Systems and Digital Repository Administration has primary responsibility for the daily management, configuration, and support of the library’s core systems, principally the library’s discovery and Integrated Library System [ILS] services, currently Ex Libris Primo and Alma.  The Librarian has responsibility for maintaining optimal system performance for users and the development of services based on the functionality and capabilities of Alma and Primo.  The Librarian will provide leadership and management of the integrated modules of Alma and Primo, focusing on system configuration, troubleshooting, training, analytics, and documentation. The Librarian will also lead the support for Alma (monthly) and Primo (currently quarterly) releases.  Other core services supported include EZproxy and ILLIAD.

The Librarian also has lead technical responsibility in the library for collaboratively maintaining and enhancing WPI’s digital repository platforms (currently Hyrax, Bepress, and Archive-It) that support access, discovery, and digital archiving of unique content produced or held by WPI.  Working collaboratively with WPI’s Web Application Development team and the Assistant Director for Archives and Special Collections, and with primary responsibility for student and faculty content in the repository, the incumbent organizes and maintains content in the repository; supports metadata and data migration projects; ensures that content and metadata in the repository are of high quality, according to relevant digital library and archival standards; and manages the administration of Archive-It to enhance discoverability and preservation of web-based artifacts and records of WPI research, history, and learning.

The Librarian’s work will be performed with considerable judgement, independence, and initiative, and in consultation with colleagues.  The incumbent will keep abreast of developments in library technologies and maintain current awareness of information tools needed to meet the needs of students, faculty, staff, and community users of the library.

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Administers and configures the ILS and discovery systems (Alma/Primo), supporting a variety of services including circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, electronic resources, data reporting, and public access. Troubleshoots, develops new system capabilities, and makes improvements to ensure best practices and operational efficiencies.
​Serves as the application manager for the digital repository system: collaborates with information technology professionals and the Assistant Director for Archives and Special Collections in developing requirements and functionality of repository platform (e.g. Hyrax, Samvera); creates new and maintains existing repository collections with primary responsibility for collections of student and faculty works; creates and maintains repository-related workflows; answers general inquiries, serving as a point of contact for technical support.
Collaborates on the development of solutions for metadata management, discovery and interoperability; uses appropriate metadata standards to describe and organize digital repository collections and objects; collaborates on creation of new collections of student and faculty works.
Serves as technical liaison with the ILS vendor, Ex Libris, and works closely with WPI Information Technology services staff to support library systems and platforms.
Facilitates analytic reporting from various systems and uses a variety of software tools for the extraction, manipulation, and visualization of data for use by various systems; working with library assessment and electronic resources management staff, prepares reports and statistical data to assist the library in maximizing data-driven decision making.
Proactively explores new technologies to identify opportunities to improve library services platform support, accessibility and administration, including the potential integration with other enterprise wide systems utilizing available APIs, web services, authentication, etc.
Prepares written documentation and related training on library systems, services, and related applications.
Maintains awareness of best practices and relevant technical advances and open source developments through engagement with regional, national, and international professional communities.
Participates in and contributes to library and WPI committees and initiatives.
Contributes to the university’s goals regarding equity and inclusion.
Performs other duties as assigned to meet department and university goals and objectives.


Minimum Requirements:

Master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution, or equivalent
Two years of professional experience configuring, administering and providing support for an integrated library system or platform
Experience supporting one or more library discovery interfaces (Primo, Summon, EDS, Blacklight)
Experience with analytics and reporting tools
Understanding of library metadata formats and standards (MARC, Dublin Core, METS, MODS)
Understanding of digital repository systems and current access services protocols to access and retrieve digital content (e.g. Z39.50, OpenURL, NCIP, DOI, CrossRef, OAI)
Demonstrated ability to effectively troubleshoot technical problems, isolate causes, and implement solutions
Demonstrated ability to integrate technology into the provision of library services
Aptitude and ability to develop in-depth knowledge of specialized library applications
Excellent communication, interpersonal and organization skills
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with diverse colleagues, faculty, and students
Ability to work both independently and in a team environment with minimal supervision, be self-motivated and independently prioritize work
Strong commitment to excellence in customer service

Preferred Qualifications

Professional experience configuring, administering and providing support for the Alma integrated library system
Experience with web application development in a Unix/Linux environment
Working knowledge of a scripting language such Python, Ruby or PHP
Understanding of web technologies such as html, CSS, JavaScript, XML/XSLT
Familiarity with version control systems such as Git
Experience with open source digital asset management systems (e.g. Hyrax; Islandora) and establishing best practices for digital asset management
Successful  project management experience

Full/Part Time

Full Time




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2019-10-08 |  Quick link to this job