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Friday, January 17, 2014

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Assoc. Librarian for Technology and Technical Services, APS Library – PA

The American Philosophical Society Library seeks an Associate Librarian for Technology and Technical Services. This position is located in Philadelphia, PA. Application deadline: January 31, 2014.
About the Position: A member of Library’s senior staff, the Associate Librarian for Technology and Technical Services is one of two Associate Librarians in the APS Library reporting directly to the Librarian (Director). Primary responsibilities for the Associate Librarian for Technology and Technical Services (hereafter, the Associate Librarian) involve the adoption, implementation, and management of hardware and software that a modern research library requires. This position is the leader of a three-person technology team that works cooperatively to ensure reliable performance of systems, provide end-user support, and engage in long and short term planning for technology needs. 

Recent initiatives at the Library have included: the design and deployment of Islandora, a Fedora-based digital repository; the conversion to the open-source ILS, Koha; the adoption of the request management software Aeon; and the development of an integrated search of all materials held by the Library using XTF. Depending on qualifications, the Associate Librarian may have other staff and departments reporting to him/her. The Associate Librarian is also the Library’s chief security officer, and is responsible for the various technical systems that protect the collections and control access to sensitive spaces. The Associate Librarian may be called on by other divisions within the Society (such as Publications, Meetings, Museum, or Grants & Research) for technical advice and assistance.
Training/experience: MLS [ALA] or MA + CA (or willingness to become a CA) required; second advanced degree in a subject area complementary to the Library’s collection areas preferred. Minimum five years library experience, preferably in a special collections library or department, archives, or manuscript repository; supervision of staff experience preferred; hands-on knowledge of the application of library technology, preferably in a special collections library setting. The Associate Librarian’s duties include supervision of technology as it is applied in the APS Library (web-based design and access tools such as EAD, XML, and CSS, scanning projects, management software, and others) and maintenance of existing technologies such as the OPAC and a robust, Society-wide web site; grant writing and administration of grant-funded projects; ability to build consensus among peers, a desire to work in a collegial atmosphere, excellent written and oral communication skills, and a familiarity with the academy, scholars, and the scholarly research process.
  • The Associate Librarian must be comfortable with a mixed (proprietary and open-source software) environment approach to managing resources.
  • Windows and Linux server environments
  • Web-based content management systems (Drupal)
  • Digital repository frameworks (Fedora Commons, Islandora)
  • Open source ILS (Koha)
  • Front end and back end database management (MS SQL, MySQL)
  • XML and XSLT
  • Indexing and search software
  • Digitization, digital preservation,  and born-digital management strategies
Salary: $70K or somewhat higher, depending on qualifications.
The American Philosophical Society is an EOE, and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.
Applications review will begin on 15 February, 2014, and will continue until the position is filled.
To apply, send letter of application (e-mail is acceptable), accompanied by CV or resume, and three references to:
Ms. Sandra Duffy, Executive Assistant to the Librarian
American Philosophical Society Library
105 S. 5th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106-3386