Discovery Services Librarian, East Carolina University

Reece, Michael REECEM at ECU.EDU
Mon Feb 20 11:17:30 EST 2012

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Known for its leadership in distance learning and its mission to serve, J.Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University (ECU) seeks an innovative, curious, flexible colleague to fill the newly-created position of Discovery Services Librarian. As head of the new Discovery Services department, the successful candidate will imagine, define, implement, and support the next generation of library discovery systems.

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Assistant Director for Library Technology, the Discovery Services Librarian will: provide leadership and vision in the management, support, integration, and administration of the Library's suite of information management and discovery systems; work collaboratively with ECU Libraries' faculty and staff to evaluate the Libraries' online resource discovery environment and to develop and implement strategies and innovative solutions to improve external and internal user experience and maximize system functionality; chair or co-chair library discovery committees; serve as head of the Discovery Services department and supervise two to three staff whose responsibilities include administering the integrated library system. Will also monitor trends and best practices in library discovery; recommend and facilitate improvements to existing systems and services.

Academic Library Services (ALS) supports the campus community's mission of teaching, research, and service. It holds membership in the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and is a selective federal depository library. ALS is supported by an operating budget of $7.5 million, a materials budget of $4.5 million, and a staff of 105, including 40 faculty members. The Library's virtual infrastructure consists of a combination of vendor-based, open source, and locally developed resources using a variety of programming languages, primarily in a Windows environment. Key components include: SirsiDynix Symphony ILS; Serials Solutions e-resource discovery, access and management products; and an institutional repository powered by DSpace. Visit the Library's web site at for additional information.

ALS recognizes that diversity and respect for human differences within the academy is a key source of intellectual vitality and innovative spirit, and encourages genuine respect for individual backgrounds, lifestyles, experiences, perspectives and opinions. ALS invites candidates from diverse backgrounds who will contribute affirmatively and creatively to the university's multicultural environment. We seek candidates who reflect the rich mix of backgrounds, life experiences, cultures, perspectives and world views found within our university and community.

Located in Greenville, North Carolina, ECU enrolls over 27,000 students. It is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina and offers 104 bachelor's degree programs, 73 master's degree programs and 38 certificate programs. In addition, it offers 18 doctoral programs (Ph.D., Ed.D.).

Rank, Salary and Benefits: This is a twelve-month tenure track faculty position with a comprehensive fringe benefits package. Professional achievement, service, and research/creative activity are required for tenure and promotion. Rank and salary will be commensurate with candidate's experience and professional achievement (minimum salary of $50,000).

Minimum Qualifications
ALA-accredited master's degree or international equivalent in library or information science; two or more years of relevent library experience; have knowledge of current and emerging models and tools used by libraries for resource discovery. Must have demonstrated ability to initiate, plan, coordinate, an implement complex projects and services; ability to work independently and collaboratively with internal and external colleagues; as well as a demonstrated commitment to addressing user needs. Must have knowledge of data standards prevalent in libraries; excellent oral and written communication skills to interact with audiences of diverse technical backgrounds and ability to achieve tenure through effective job performance, scholarly publication and service activities.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience managing an integrated library system, discovery tool, and/or other large-scale enterprise system; selecting, planning and/or implementing an integrated library system, discovery tool, and/or other large-scale enterprise system; knowledge of database management systems and applications. Experience addressing usability issues with user-centered design, supervisory experience and additional advanced degree desirable.

Special Instructions to Applicants
All candidates must submit a letter of application; curriculum vitae/resume; and names and addresses, postal and email, of three current references online. Additionally, copies of transcripts should be sent by mail to: Search Committee, Discovery Services Librarian, Ms. Mary Sweatte, Library Personnel Administrator, 2400 Joyner Library, Mail Stop 516, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353.
Finalists will make a presentation during the on-campus interview.

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