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Systems & Discovery Librarian/Specialist (Assistant or Associate)

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Position Information

Title Systems & Discovery Librarian/Specialist (Assistant or Associate)
Department Libraries - Delivery, Description & Acquisitions (1703)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The University of Arizona Libraries’ Delivery, Description, and Acquisitions department seeks a dynamic and service-oriented professional to lead the Libraries’ discovery efforts and facilitate the integration and maintenance of the Library Services Platform in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.

Under the direction of the Delivery, Description, and Acquisitions department head, the Systems and Discovery Librarian/Specialist plays a significant role in the management and development of the Libraries’ discovery environments. The incumbent will provide vision, leadership, and creative thinking to manage and improve discovery of and access to analog and digital content through a wide variety of activities (including configuration, metadata analysis, maintenance, and enhancement).

The Systems & Discovery Librarian/Specialist will play a pivotal role in the Libraries’ implementation of Alma and Primo, primarily in providing leadership with Primo, but also through their expertise in diagnosing, troubleshooting and solving problems pertaining to the LSP, remediation projects, and metadata standards.

This is a continuing-status (equivalent to tenure), academic professional position. Depending on experience, candidates may be hired at either the Assistant or Associate rank, and as continuing-eligible or with continuing status. Incumbents are members of the General Faculty of the University of Arizona and are entitled to all accompanying rights and privileges granted by the university and the Arizona Board of Regents. Retention and promotion are earned through achievement of a record of excellence in position effectiveness, scholarship, and service.

Visit the University Libraries website to learn more about us.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Accepting a new position is a big life step. We want potential candidates and their families to be able to make informed decisions. Candidates who are considering relocation to the Tucson or Phoenix area, and have been offered an on-site interview, are encouraged to use the free services offered by Above & Beyond Relocation Services (ABRS).Ask your department contact to be introduced to ABRS prior to your visit.

As a nationally recognized leader, the University of Arizona strives to look forward. Listed by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers in the United States, the University provides strategic programs to enhance the lifecycles of a multigenerational workforce.

This award-winning portfolio includes consecutive Seal of Distinction awards for its exemplary Work-Life practices from WorldatWork, along with the 2017 Gold Healthy Arizona Worksite award, presented by the Arizona Department of Health Services and the Maricopa County Department of Public Health. For more information about the collaborative culture and innovative service offerings at the University of Arizona, visit Why UA.

The University of Arizona is an equal opportunity employer providing equal opportunity for women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Duties & Responsibilities
  • Ensures an excellent customer service experience in discovery of resources, both physical and electronic through our new discovery tool, Primo, for internal and external users of UA Libraries.
  • Overall leadership of the Libraries’ discovery tool, Primo. This is a leadership role in the implementation of Primo. Duties include but aren’t limited to developing, configuring, enhancing, and maintaining Primo and its supporting systems (e.g. knowledgebase and link resolver), leading a cross-departmental oversight committee, maintaining vendor relationships, collaborating with Library IT on UI development needs, leading the creation and maintenance of training materials for all constituencies both internal and external, collaborating on an effective communication plan, and partnering with library staff to employ usability testing methods and data analysis to assess the effectiveness the product.
  • Diagnose and solve problems relating to the Discovery Layer and the LSP (Alma) including ingestion, automation, interoperability, and customization and coding of the user interface.
  • Collaborates with stakeholders (groups and individuals) at all levels across the organization to set a plan for measuring success around our discovery tools at UA Libraries that is in alignment with the mission and strategic priorities.
  • Investigates and works on solutions collaboratively and iteratively to promote discovery tools into other access points beyond the Libraries. (e.g. course management systems).
  • Interfaces extensively with all customer facing units, services, and personnel to assure two-way communication on customer needs that directly inform decision-making regarding discovery.
  • Collaborates closely with user experience colleagues at the Libraries to assess and improve the search and discovery experience for end users.
  • Collaborates on integration points for non-MARC digital collections across the Libraries (e.g. Special Collections and Office of Digital Innovation and Stewardship).
  • Within DDA, works closely with librarians and staff on management of backend processes and systems, such as our Knowledgebase, authentication, metadata analysis, normalization projects, remediation, and solutions to manage authorities and identifiers.
  • Diagnoses and troubleshoots issues related to the Library Services Platform in collaboration with relevant stakeholders.
  • Works with library staff on metadata needs, including remediation, scripting, and researching and adhering to national and international standards as appropriate.
  • Monitors and evaluates technological innovations, making recommendations as appropriate for the adoption of new technologies.
  • Participates with collection management librarians and staff as part of the Collection Management Framework, under the direction of the Senior Information Resources Officer.
  • Expected to have a thorough understanding of current library services platforms.
  • Could eventually include supervisory duties.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Demonstrated organizational, analytical, problem-solving, and planning skills.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced office environment, responding positively to unanticipated changes.
  • Ability to embrace ambiguity in a changing environment and be committed to continual professional development, improvement, and learning.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, analytical, organizational, and creative problem solving skills.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives.
  • Ability to identify opportunities and capitalize upon them. Ability to advocate, influence, and persuade others.
  • Excellent time management skills with the ability to conceive of, plan, document, and complete projects or complex assignments.
  • Positive attitude and strong demonstration of Our Values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity, Innovation, and Integrity.
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution or advanced degree in a relevant field.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of Library content discovery applications and systems.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of Library Services Platforms from a back-end systems perspective.
  • Demonstrated experience and knowledge of accessibility standards for websites and online resources
  • Demonstrated knowledge of traditional and emerging trends in metadata standards, system interoperability, and linked data.
  • Evidence of the ability to achieve continuing status (equivalent to tenure) if hired into librarian track, including contributing to the information/library profession and to fulfilling the responsibilities of a library faculty member through service and scholarship.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with the Primo discovery tool from a backend administrative perspective.
  • Experience with the Alma Library Services Platform from a backend staff perspective.
  • Experience with database management systems and the development of scripts and quieries (e.g., MS SQL, MYSQL, or Oracle).
  • Experience with successfully migrating library metadata between systems.
  • Experience with a variety of metadata and content-based standards such as MARC, DublinCore, JSON, and KBART.
  • Knowledge of data remediation and normalization concepts and tools.
  • Knowledge of Angular JS.
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $55,000-$75,000 Annually
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A21975
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Krissandra McNeill

Open Date 08/09/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 09/18/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant

In your letter of interest, please describe how your qualifications and experience are fitting for this position.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

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  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
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  2. * In a short paragraph, please tell us what motivates you as a professional and also which one of our UA Library values most resonates with you and why? (see:

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. Do you have a Master's degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution or other relevant advanced degree?

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents