Columbia University Libraries seeks an experienced Systems Librarian to join our Library Systems team. Reporting to the Head of Library Infrastructure Systems, the successful candidate will provide knowledge and expertise in the areas of software programming and analysis, specializing in library technologies and services. This role is crucial to maintaining discovery and access to the vast and rapidly growing print and electronic holdings of the Libraries. The services developed and maintained by the Systems Librarian directly serve all faculty, students and scholars who use Columbia's unified discovery system, CLIO, to access the Libraries' collections for their research and teaching needs.
The Systems Librarian will support the research and learning needs of the University by ensuring that the catalog and related services and systems are properly maintained. The processes and procedures designed, implemented and maintained by the Systems Librarian will enable the successful delivery of physical and digital collections to users. The Systems Librarian will ensure University IT policies regarding both systems design and implementation as well as patron privacy and systems security are adhered to.
The Systems Librarian in this position will incorporate the skillsets of a programmer/analyst as well as that of an academic librarian with knowledge of library systems. This position will work to ensure optimal performance of the libraries' systems. Columbia University Libraries environment includes the Voyager ILS, Blacklight discovery layer, self-hosted EZProxy, ILLiad, BorrowDirect, various digital collection management and archival management services, and other applications.
Responsibilities: ▪Analyzing library applications in terms of systems and programming requirements; analyzing system and operational problems and preparing recommended solutions; working with users and technical staff to develop written requirements and specifications for new and modified web-based and client-server applications. ▪Participating in implementing, testing, maintaining and enhancing the library's Oracle based Voyager Integrated Library System; developing custom web-based applications in support of the Voyager ILS. ▪Manage and support other critical library services including EZProxy configuration and maintenance, Blacklight services, and other Ruby on Rails applications ▪Develop and document internal processes and procedures to support operations within the Library Systems Group ▪Monitor industry trends and best practices related to information access and discovery, and recommend improvements to existing tools and workflows as appropriate. ▪Collaborate with librarians and colleagues across the campus on committees and projects to support library services ▪Provide leadership in solving problems associated with the ILS and discovery services
Columbia University is one of the world's most important centers of research and at the same time a distinctive and distinguished learning environment for undergraduates and graduate students in many scholarly and professional fields. The University recognizes the importance of its location in New York City and seeks to link its research and teaching to the vast resources of a great metropolis. It seeks to attract a diverse and international faculty and student body, to support research and teaching on global issues, and to create academic relationships with many countries and regions. It expects all areas of the university to advance knowledge and learning at the highest level and to convey the products of its efforts to the world.