Job Posting: Discovery Services Librarian, Greenville, NC

Nara Newcomer newcomern at ECU.EDU
Tue Feb 21 20:15:25 EST 2012

Discovery Services Librarian - #942036
J.Y. Joyner Library
East Carolina University

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
•	Monitor trends and best practices in library discovery; recommend and
facilitate improvements to existing systems and services

Required Qualifications:
•	ALA-accredited masters’ degree or international equivalent in library or
information science
•	Two or more years of relevant library experience
•	Knowledge of current and emerging models and tools used by libraries for
resource discovery
•	Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan, coordinate, and implement complex
projects and services 
•	Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively with
internal and external colleagues
•	Demonstrated commitment to addressing user needs
•	Knowledge of data standards prevalent in libraries
•	Excellent oral and written communication skills to interact with audiences
of diverse technical backgrounds
•	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
•	Experience 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 and with user-centered design
•	Supervisory experience
•	Additional advanced degree

Finalists will make a brief presentation during the on-campus interview.

Academic Library Services:  Academic Library 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.,

The campus is located approximately 80 miles east of Raleigh, and 80 miles
west of the Atlantic Ocean.  Additional information about ECU is available
ECU is a leader in the state in distance learning initiatives and holds
Doctoral/Research Universities status as defined by The Carnegie Foundation.

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 negotiable and commensurate with candidate’s
experience and professional achievement (minimum salary of $50,000).

Application Process: Screening of applications will begin March 15, 2012,
and continue until the position is filled. Start date is negotiable.  All
applicants must apply online through ECU’s employment website at 

Additional materials (letter of application; resume; and names and
addresses, postal and email, of three current references) can be attached to
the application electronically, copies of transcripts may 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

Official transcripts for required degrees must be received prior to any
offer of employment.  Proper documentation of identity and employability are
required at the time of employment. A criminal background report will be
completed on the chosen candidate. East Carolina University is an Equal
Opportunity/Affirmative Action University that accommodates individuals with
disabilities. Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department for Disability Support
Services at (252) 737-1016 (Voice/TTY). Academic Library Services is
dedicated to sustaining a diverse workforce and does not discriminate
against applicants, students, or employees based on race, color, national
origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.

Nara Newcomer
Assistant Music Librarian
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC
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