[Web4lib] Digital Services Librarian position at TCU

Bouchard, Kerry k.bouchard at tcu.edu
Thu Mar 10 10:31:44 EST 2011

The Mary Couts Burnett Library at Texas Christian University has an opening for a Digital Services Librarian. This is a new position with responsibility for implementation and maintenance of software and other technology used in support of the library's local digital collections. These collections will eventually include repositories of digital images related to various university archives, a repository of student theses and dissertations, and a repository of faculty publications and research. The Digital Services Librarian will work in the library Systems Department and reports to the Director of Automated Systems. They will work closely with the Library Archivist in Special Collections in expanding the digital repository and planning for new content and services. 

Duties include providing documentation and support to staff, faculty and students who input files into the repository; maintaining interfaces between our local repository and national / international archival gateways and search engines; and planning for long-term preservation and access to digital content. The current repository system uses Ex Libris' "Digitool" software, running on Linux and Oracle. Although TCU's Technology Resources department provides support for server hardware, network connections, and some Linux/Oracle support, the DSL position shares responsibility for installing upgrades and patches, and monitoring and testing backups. In addition to maintaining third-party software, the DSL will create web interfaces, SQL-based databases, and scripts as necessary to support repository functions. 

Additional responsibilities include troubleshooting, maintaining and managing upgrades for the library online reserves and interlibrary loan systems; configuring and providing staff support for the wiki software used to store and organize internal policies and procedures documents, and proposing and implementing new services as needed. Occasional night or weekend work may be required when upgrading systems.

The position requires two years experience with software automation, troubleshooting and integration with other software products in the context of libraries, archives, or museums. A Bachelors degree in Computer Science or MIS (Management Information Systems) with software certification in development tools AND/OR an MLS from ALA-accredited library school is required. The applicant should be able to demonstrate the ability to manage software conversions and upgrades; ability to develop and modify relational database applications using SQL-based software tools; ability to communicate clearly and grammatically both orally and in writing; ability to review and make recommendations to improve and streamline processes; knowledge of digital file formats and preservation issues; knowledge of metadata standards relating to digital repositories; knowledge of planning and organizing techniques; knowledge of web page development techniques; some proficiency in programming languages used in client and server side scripting; knowledge of customer service techniques.

Texas Christian University is a private, doctoral granting university with an undergraduate enrollment of about 7,800 and graduate student enrollment of about 1,300. The Mary Couts Burnett Library has a full time staff of 60, and a collection that includes over 2 million books and audio-visual materials and over 56,000 current journals, electronically and in paper. Located 45 miles west of Dallas, Fort Worth has a population of over half a million and is home to internationally recognized museums, numerous performing arts organizations, a vibrant downtown with an active night life, and two national historic districts.

Annual salary for this positions is $50-$53K. Information on benefits is available on the TCU Human Resources web site at: http://www.hr.tcu.edu/ .

To apply, please visit https://tcu.iGreentree.com/CSS_External/CSSPage_Referred.ASP?Req=2010-149 .

Applications received by April 8 will be given first consideration.

Kerry Bouchard
Director of Automated Systems
Mary Couts Burnett Library, TCU
(817) 257-6809

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