Thursday, September 17, 2009

GA Job Posting - Systems Librarian

Note that the MLS/MLIS is recommended, not required...


Head of Library Systems

Mercer University seeks an enthusiastic, creative, collegial, and service-oriented Head of Library Systems who will be responsible for the design, implementation, management, and assessment of systems software to extend and integrate commercial, open source, and locally developed software at the University Libraries. This position offers an excellent opportunity to contribute to a wide range of information and technology functions, work with outstanding library faculty and staff, and help the University Libraries achieve their potential for delivering information services. The full job description can be found at:

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will manage library systems applications for the University Libraries (Tarver Library/Macon, Swilley Library/Atlanta, and Regional Academic Centers). This person will contribute to library success by anticipating technology trends and bringing technical, communication, and project management skills to solve problems and plan projects. Serve as the primary liaison between the Libraries and Mercer's Information Technology Services for systems enhancement projects. Work effectively with library colleagues, including regular visits and communication with Swilley Library and Centers to facilitate planning and implementation. Responsible for the Millennium Innovative Interfaces, Inc. shared library system. Supervise Library Systems Coordinator, who has day to day oversight of Millennium. Member of University Libraries Management Team; reports to the Dean of University Libraries

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have significant library experience, preferably an MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA accredited program, a minimum of three years experience managing systems, experience with integrated library systems, [preferably Millennium Innovative Interfaces] and other library technology applications, and knowledge of Unix, Fedora, and Windows operating systems, proxy servers and remote patron authentication, database design, reporting and management, and web server software, including SQL, XHTML, XML, CSS, and PHP/MySQL. Experience in higher education/academic libraries preferred. Demonstrated ability to combine technical knowledge and communication skills to explore projects and solve problems as well as project management skills, including the ability to prioritize and complete tasks in sync with library goals and objectives.

This twelve month, non-tenure track position carries faculty rank in the Division of Library Services. Library faculty members participate in library-wide planning and governance, work in a shared decision making environment, and are active in professional organizations and University wide initiatives. Salary and faculty rank are dependent on qualifications and experience. Mercer offers a strong benefits package, including tuition waiver program for employees and dependents, fitness program, and 22 vacation days plus University holidays.

Who We Are: The University Libraries offer strong collections of print and electronic resources, including GALILEO,, and a talented staff of 80 serving 250 faculty and 7,500 students. Current projects include incorporating University wide strategic planning into the library's daily operations, exploring implementation of a catalog "discovery layer," Library 2.0/ Web 2.0 initiatives, and a Program Review focusing on electronic resource management.

Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic, comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education in 11 schools and colleges; major campuses in Macon and Atlanta; four regional academic centers across the state; a university press; two teaching hospitals - Memorial Health University Medical Center and the Medical Center of Central Georgia; educational partnerships with Warner Robins Air Logistics Center in Warner Robins and Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta; an engineering research center in Warner Robins; a performing arts center in Macon; and an NCAA Division I athletic program. For more information, visit

If this sounds like the right job for you, submit an application via the Mercer web site: The application should include a resume, contact information for three references, and letter of application that addresses the position requirements, including your interest and qualifications for a leadership role in library systems. Attachments must be in Microsoft Word, rich text format, or PDF. The position is open; review of applications begins September 18 and continues until position is filled. AA/EOA/ADA.