SYSTEMS SUPPORT LIBRARIAN I, Systems Office, Yale University
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Wed May 10 13:54:04 EDT 2000
SYSTEMS SUPPORT LIBRARIAN, Systems Office, Yale University Library
Rank: Librarian I
Term: THIS POSITION IS FIXED DURATION WITH A ONE YEAR TERM FROM DATE OF
HIRE, AND AN EXPECTATION FOR RENEWAL UNTIL DECEMBER 2002.
THE UNIVERSITY AND THE LIBRARY
The University Library, which is a highly valued partner in teaching and
research at the University, has more than 10 million volumes housed in the
Sterling Memorial Library and over 20 school and department libraries. It
employs a dynamic and innovative staff of nearly 600 FTE who have the
opportunity to work with the highest caliber of faculty and students,
participate on committees and are involved in other areas of staff
development. A full spectrum of library resources, from rare books and
manuscripts to a rapidly expanding network of electronic resources,
constitutes one of Yale's distinctive strengths. The Library is engaged in
numerous ambitious projects such as the renovation of the main library
building, the complete conversion of the Library's catalog, and various
automation projects, which include network access to scholarly information
and digital preservation.
LIBRARY SYSTEMS OFFICE AND DATABASE ADMINISTRATION GROUP
The prime objective of the Library Systems Office is the development and
implementation of new technology to optimize staff productivity and support
reader services. Work within the Database Administration Group of the
Library Systems Office is largely project oriented. Projects include, for
example: mainframe database record clean-up, manipulation and upgrade
programs; resource file creation; workstation searching and record transfer
application implementations; development of workstation productivity tools;
the introduction of patron initiated services; the implementation of new
releases; and the conversion to a new library management system.
Yale University Library has operated a NOTIS Library Management System
since 1989. The bibliographic database includes 4.2 million titles and 1.5
million authority records. A six-year project to complete retrospective
conversion of 4 million titles is currently underway. Automated authority
control is provided by OCLC's Authority Control Service. A 30-month
project to replace the NOTIS LMS is just beginning. Staff workstations run
Windows NT. Library specific workstation applications include: OCLC's
Passport for Windows, RLIN for Windows, Cataloger's Desktop and
Classification Plus, Cataloger's Toolkit (CLARR), a locally developed
Online Shelflist, an acquisitions vendor database application, and a
Microsoft Access based selection tool.
Working in the Database Administration group of the Library Systems Office,
in close collaboration with other staff in the Library Systems Office
(Programming, Workstation Support and the ITS/Library group), and with
appropriate staff throughout the library system, assists in the
development, implementation, troubleshooting and support of the networked
library systems used for the creation, retrieval and manipulation of
information in the library's databases. Reports to the Senior Database
Provides excellent service to library staff. Informs library staff of
system developments and works with appropriate individuals to implement
system enhancements and modifications. Provides technical assistance.
Assists in the analysis of automation needs of library patrons and staff.
Drafts specifications for new programs and applications. Assists in the
implementation of new automation products. Tests and debugs software,
prepares documentation, coordinates and conducts systems training.
Monitors routine database record import, export and manipulation programs.
Maintains system tables. Prepares database analysis and statistical
reports. Routinely serves on committees and task forces.
Maintains an understanding of the different functional components of
integrated, computer-based library systems. Maintains an understanding of
national utilities software, library-specific workstation applications and
locally developed products.
Systems Librarians participate actively in the Library's management,
assessment, training, and development programs; contribute to implementing
the mission of the Library, and are active professionally.
MLS degree from an ALA-accredited library school or equivalent education
and experience. Experience working with complex automated library systems.
Knowledge of the MARC bibliographic and authority records. Knowledge of
general database structural concepts.
Ability to communicate effectively with library, programming and ITS staff.
Knowledge of library operations. Familiarity with personal computer
hardware and software (IBM-PC compatible, Windows 95, 98 or NT). Knowledge
Demonstrated potential for professional growth.
Preferred: Experience in training staff in use of automated systems.
Ability to identify, document and correct bugs in library systems. Some
programming experience especially with report-writing tools. Knowledge of
Microsoft Access. Research library working experience.
SALARY AND BENEFITS
Competitive salary, based upon the successful candidate's qualifications
and experience. Full benefits package including 22 vacation days; 17
holiday, recess and personal days; comprehensive healthcare; TIAA/CREF or
Yale retirement plan; and relocation assistance. Application deadline is
May 12, 2000, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
Nominations, requests for more information, and applications(consisting of
a cover letter, resume, and the names of three references)should be
Diane Y. Turner, Director, Library Human Resources; Yale University
Library; Source Code EAYU8478; P.O. Box 208240, New Haven, CT 06520; fax
Yale University is an Equal Opportunity Employer
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