Emerging Technologies Librarian and Head of Library Technologies
Portland State University Library
May 10, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
Located in Portland, Oregon, one of the nation's most livable cities, Portland State has an innovative approach to education that combines academic rigor in the classroom with field-based experiences through internships and classroom projects with community partners. The University's 49-acre downtown campus exhibits Portland State's commitment to sustainability with green buildings, while many of the 124 bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees incorporate sustainability into the curriculum. PSU's motto, "Let Knowledge Serve the City," inspires the teaching and research of an accomplished faculty whose work and students span the globe.
The Emerging Technologies Librarian and Head of Library Technologies is an unclassified, Non-Tenure Track Faculty with Continuous Appointment position that leads the Library Technologies unit. Initial rank is Senior Instructor I. This position is excluded from union representation due to assigned responsibilities. This position reports to an Assistant University Librarian.
The Emerging Technologies Librarian and Head of Library Technologies collaborates with colleagues throughout the Library and across campus on Library technology projects and initiatives that support the University’s mission. The position contributes to the educational and research role of the Library through participation in the development and implementation of policies, plans, and programs, coordinating and cooperating with all areas as appropriate. Provides leadership and promotes awareness of new and emerging technologies to improve the patron experience, library services, workflows, and support for research, student learning, and library curriculum.
This position is a key role in the leadership of the Library’s information technology infrastructure and services. Responsibilities include supervising Library Technologies staff, short- and long-term planning, and prioritizing and coordinating unit projects and activities. This position oversees library technology systems and projects and works with unit staff, programmers, system vendors, librarians, staff, the University’s Office of Information Technology, and library users to evaluate, develop, implement, maintain, and support a range of systems. This position serves as the system administrator for the Library’s shared integrated library system (SILS).
Major services and systems currently include: the Library’s SILS, the Library’s website and integrated web-based platforms, servers, and interfaces; the Library’s cloud-based systems; user authentication; applications for interlibrary loan, course reserves, and Special Collections operations; the PSU digital repository and special collections infrastructure; long-term and archival-level digital storage solutions; instructional technology; and provision of staff and public computing.
The Emerging Technologies Librarian and Head of Library Technologies collaborates closely with, and serves in a liaison role to, the Office of Information Technology and participates in, or leads, Orbis Cascade Alliance teams and work groups. This position also manages and/or participates in special projects as assigned.
ALA-accredited MLS or its equivalent.
Minimum of three (3) years of professional experience in the management and maintenance of computing systems in an academic library.
Demonstrated knowledge of issues and trends related to information technologies.
Demonstrated collaboration with library or campus colleagues on technology driven projects
Working knowledge and/or experience managing Web sites and digital resources. Demonstrated experience with budgeting, planning, and/or project management, including the ability to prioritize and complete tasks in relation to goals and objectives.
Evidence of excellent oral, written, interpersonal communication skills.
Ability to successfully pass a background check.
Demonstrated personnel management experience, including hiring, training, and evaluation of staff.
Experience with Ex Libris Primo and Alma systems, OCLC’s ILLiad system, and library digitization projects.
Knowledge of Web technologies, standards, and software; Unix and Windows operating systems; library information technology standards and protocols; proxy servers and remote patron authentication; database design, administration and reporting; common programming and scripting languages; and metadata standards.
Experience working in a library consortium
Additional Salary Information: The annual salary rate for this position starts at $73,000 with an excellent benefits package including 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon Public Universities.