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Monday, July 6, 2009

F/T - Librarian - Jewish Theological Seminary


Jewish Theological Seminary
Type of Library

Special – All Others
Job Description

The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary seeks a resourceful and
dynamic librarian, who possesses a strong adherence to detail and
creative solutions, to manage systems and digitization for the
collection. This is a full-time position reporting to the Director of
Library Services. The Library of The Jewish Theological Seminary
holds the foremost collection of Judaica and Hebraica in the Western
Hemisphere. With a collection of 400,000 volumes including 11,000
Hebrew manuscript codices, more than 25,000 rare books, 35,000 Geniza
fragments, 6,000 broadsides, prints, approximately 10,000 lineal feet
of archival documents, other ephemeral materials and ever growing
digital collections. The Library serves the students and faculty of
the institution in addition to the international community of scholars
in Jewish studies and related areas. Please visit our web site at

Summary description of position: Working with ExLibirs products (ALEPH
and DigiTool) to resolve problems, answer questions and communicate
solutions. Implementation of new features and applications to support
library services; perform system analysis and application development
to facilitate the use of technology in the library; manages the
Integrated Library System and digital assets management system in line
with the priorities set by the Library management. This position
plans, develops and implements improvements to, or expansions of the
ILS, digital assets management system and its related applications in
order to support library users and staff. Specific duties and
responsibilities: Responsible for daily management of the Library's
ExLibris/ALEPH500 and DigiTool systems including routine maintenance,
troubleshooting, table-maintenance, special database management
projects, conversion and upgrades of system. Implement activities
related to digital capture of library materials, workflow, quality
control, managing digital collections and developing standards for
digital projects. Perform other related duties as assigned.

Required Experience

An innovative, highly motivated, energetic and forward-thinking
librarian with demonstrated experience is supporting integrated
library systems and digital assets management systems preferably in an
academic setting and utilizing the ExLibris/ALEPH500 and DigiTool. The
successful candidate must have the ability to take initiative and to
be self directed and motivated with excellent oral and written
communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to work with various
stakeholders and in team environments. Candidate must be able to
demonstrate analytical and problem solving skills, their ability to
implement and successfully complete projects adhering to deadlines,
with an aptitude for complex and detailed work. Preferred familiarity
with, knowledge of library preservation issues and experience handing
rare and fragile materials. Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office
products, Oxygen and Photoshop. Education Requirements

ALA accredited MLS/MLIS or equivalent library systems
experience. Knowledge of UNIX. LINUX, XHTML, CSS, _javascript_,
XML/XSLT, SQL and a working knowledge of Web 2.0
technologies. Experience with web design and usability, metadata and
information architecture, library standards (MARC21, Dublin Core, EAD)
and best practices in digital imaging. Knowledge of Hebrew preferred,
working knowledge of European languages is desired. Send cover
letter, resume and three references to


Job Type


Commensurate with experience.


Jewish Theological Seminary
3080 Broadway
New York, NY 10027 US
Phone: (212) 678-8014
Fax: (212)678-8833
Email: hrdept@jtsa.eduLibrary Information

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