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Systems Librarian Assistant Librarian- Tenure Track, Bridgewater State University, MA

Assistant Librarian- Tenure Track

The Maxwell Library at Bridgewater State University seeks an innovative, service-oriented
Systems Librarian to develop, manage, document, and troubleshoot the library’s website and
core library systems. In close collaboration with the e-Resources Librarian, Digital Services &
Metadata Librarian, the Head of Archives & Special Collections, the incumbent will maintain
library systems and applications using a broad range of technologies. The Systems Librarian will
also collaborate with Research & Instruction Librarians and partners from across BSU to
research and implement practical, usable technology solutions to support the work of the
students, faculty, librarians, staff, and the broader BSU community.
The Systems Librarian will be primarily responsible for the management of Koha (Integrated Library
System), the Maxwell Library website (which is set for a complete redesign in the upcoming
months), Springshare’s LibApps suite of software, and the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan system, as
well as any new applications the library may adopt or develop. The incumbent will also
collaborate as required to maintain systems and applications that the e-Resources Librarian,
Digital Services & Metadata Librarian, and the Head of Archives & Special Collections employ.
The salary range is $57,000 to $67,000, dependent upon experience and education.
The Systems Librarian reports directly to the Dean of the Library. The incumbent will serve as a
library liaison in selected disciplines. Participation in professional organizations, service in
library and university governance, and appropriate professional development activities are
expected and required for tenure. In addition, the Systems Librarian may supervise Library
Assistants, Graduate Assistants, and student workers.
Please note: This position is eligible for hybrid remote/on-campus work options.

The Systems Librarian will:

  • Administer and maintain the library’s core systems, including Koha ILS, the library
  • website, Springshare LibApps, and ILLiad interlibrary loan application. Ensure that
  • systems remain available and interoperable.
  • Collaborate with librarians and staff as necessary to support and troubleshoot other
  • library applications, including Virtual Commons (BEPress Institutional Repository),
  • EZProxy, Omeka, ArchiveSpace, ArchiveIt, Ebsco Discovery Service, and related systems.
  • Work closely with the Library staff and vendors on a full redesign of the Maxwell Library’s website and related technologies.
  • Provide technical expertise, day-to-day administration, and broad support for traditional
  • and emerging library hardware and software solutions and standards. Research and
  • recommend technologies to support evolving library reference, instruction, and access
  • services models.
  • Provide library systems support to library colleagues. Understand and respond to library
  • systems-related needs across library units.
  • Collaborate closely with the BSU IT Department as necessary, to implement and support
  • authentication and security services.
  • Serve as a point of contact for library systems and emerging technology vendors.
  • Provide written reports, assessments, analyses, and documentation as needed and upon
  • request.
  • Advise, train, and teach staff, faculty, and students in new library technologies.
  • Engage in professional activities, continuing scholarship, and University-wide
  • committees, to satisfy promotion and tenure requirements of the Massachusetts State
  • College Association (MSCA) contract.
  • Serve as liaison to one or more academic departments.
  • Academic rank at hire will be determined by the candidate’s qualifications and MSCA contract
  • specifications.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Relevant experience in an academic, large public, or special library.
  • Familiarity with library operations, procedures, and best practices.
  • Demonstrated experience using a wide variety of library system platforms and
  • applications, and current library-related hardware and software.
  • Understanding of library security and authentication systems and practices.
  • Web application programming experience including but not limited to HTML, XML, CSS, and Javascript.
  • Familiarity with database reporting standards.
  • Ability to work independently and effectively in a team setting.
  • Effective communication and interpersonal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience managing EZProxy or another access authentication software.
  • Experience with the Koha ILS and Springshare’s LibApps.
  • Second master’s degree in a related discipline (second master’s degree required for promotion beyond Associate Librarian rank).
  • Two years experience in an academic library setting.
  • Demonstrated ability to support an inclusive educational and work environment,
  • working effectively with a diverse faculty and student population.
  • Understanding of networking, including cloud-based server technology.
  • Experience with website design and various hosting platforms such as WordPress or Drupal.
  • Strong analytical and critical thinking skills.

Posting Close Date: May 15, 2023
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