Miami University — Digital Discovery Librarian

University Libraries: Digital Discovery Librarian/Assistant or Associate Librarian to develop methods of discovery that foster a seamless experience for users to uncover and access Library resources. The position will also engage in providing library instruction that relates to both using the tools of discovery that are developed and Library research in general. In addition, involvement with automation of certain Library tasks will be required. As a member of the Library Systems department, this position reports to the Director of Library IT.

Essential Duties:

  • Maintain primary contact with Libraries discovery vendor. This also involves understanding customization and backend services that are available through the vendor.
  • Cooperate with the Web Services team and the Technical Services team in providing creative and innovative methods of access to information and optimize discoverability and availability of multiple resources.
  • Develop and maintain automation tools regarding acquisition and cataloging of multiple Library resources including the streamlining of staff workflows.
  • Investigate technologies to improve access and delivery of digital resources and services.
  • Cooperate with the Web Services team to ensure conformity to accessibility standards.
  • Make use of APIs available in Libraries ILS and Discovery Layer to enhance user experience.
  • Provide library instruction in multiple modes to support access to discoverability as well as curricula and research.
  • Build good working relationships with members of the Libraries staff as well as with the greater university community.
  • Work creatively, collaboratively and effectively in both group situations and independently.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or non-U.S. equivalent. Experience with the following: (1) database applications (e.g., postgres, MySQL); (2) web APIs and mobile technologies; (3) one or more programming languages (e.g., PHP, Ruby, Python, Java). Ability to work independently and manage projects successfully; commitment to participate in appropriate professional service and conduct research and scholarship, demonstrating ability to meet the Libraries’ promotion and continuing contract requirements (see Appointment as Associate Librarian requires an established record of service and scholarship as described in these requirements. Position is not eligible for H-1B sponsorship.

Consideration may be given to: Applicants with familiarity with current library softwares and technologies (e.g., III Sierra, Ebsco Discovery Service, EZProzy,  OCLC Connexion, MARCEdit, ILLiad, Springshare library suite); demonstrated experience with the backend of an integrated library management system (ILS/LMS), library discovery product, and/or equivalent database; strong interest in emerging technologies and general trends in librarianship and higher education; knowledge of cataloging processes and techniques; familiarity with basic cataloging standards, including RDA, Library of Congress Subject Heading practice, Library of Congress and Dewey Decimal Classification systems, and MARC21 formats.

Application Instructions: Submit cover letter and resume to Inquiries may be directed to Stanley Brown at Screening of applications will begin March 30, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

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