Discovery, Systems, and Digital Strategy Librarian (Start Summer 2021)

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Discovery, Systems, and Digital Strategy Librarian (Start Summer 2021)



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The Grinnell College Libraries invite applications for a renewable, non-tenure-track faculty position reporting to the Librarian of the College and appointment is possible at either the Assistant or Associate Professor rank. We seek a user-oriented Discovery, Systems, and Digital Strategy (DSDS) Librarian committed to facilitating learning and discovery in support of undergraduate education. As part of the Libraries’ Technology Team and in collaboration with staff in the College’s Information Technology Services department and Digital Liberal Arts Collaborative, the DSDS Librarian will share leadership and responsibility for planning, developing, integrating, implementing, and maintaining the digital systems and services through which the Libraries support users in finding, using, preserving, and sharing information. The DSDS Librarian’s primary focus will include technical aspects of library systems across all the library’s functions, with greater emphasis on the integrated library system, interlibrary services system, and digital repository and publishing systems. All Librarians have departmental liaison responsibilities which include collection development and instruction. The DSDS Librarian supervises 1-2 staff. The Libraries and the College use a mixture of proprietary and open-source systems, including Ex Libris’s Alma ILS and Primo VE discovery layer; Islandora; Open Journal Systems/Open Conference Systems; Omeka-S; Ares; ILLIAD; Access to Memory (AToM); and LibGuides. The position offers monetary support for relocation and ongoing professional development, structured mentoring as part of a new faculty cohort, and exceptional opportunity for creativity in the practice of librarianship, pedagogy, and scholarship. Start date is negotiable, but we anticipate Summer 2021. Salary range is $64,000 or higher, depending on qualifications and experience.

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Required qualifications (pre-MLS experience is acceptable):
•MLS from an ALA-accredited institution.
•1+ years work experience in library systems administration OR library technical services.
•Working knowledge of an ILS.
•Familiarity with platforms used to host one or more of the following: digital collections or digital exhibits (e.g., Omeka, ContentDM), institutional repositories (e.g., Islandora, Fedora), and/or digital publishing (e.g., Open Journal Systems, Wordpress, Drupal).
•Familiarity with the MARC cataloging format and/or one or more non-MARC metadata standards (e.g., Dublin Core, VRA).
•Willingness to learn one or more web scripting languages or the Linux operating system.
•Flexibility, self-motivation, and a strong interest in joining a collaborative work environment.
•Interest in the instructional and liaison responsibilities of the position and advancing the Libraries’ foundational commitment to information literacy.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

In letters of application, candidates should discuss their interest in developing as a librarian in a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college that emphasizes close student-faculty interaction. They should also discuss their potential to contribute to a college community that maintains a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values. To be assured of full consideration, all application materials should be received by April 5, 2021. Candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and provide email addresses for three professional references; transcripts will be required of finalists. Questions about this search should be directed to the search chair, Rosenthal Librarian of the College, Mark Christel, at [email protected] or 641-269-3351.

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Grinnell College is committed to establishing and maintaining a safe and nondiscriminatory educational environment for all College community members. It is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination in matters of admission, employment, and housing, and in access to and participation in its education programs, services, and activities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth, religion, disability, creed or any other protected class. Discrimination and harassment on any of the bases covered by state or federal antidiscrimination statutes is unlawful and a violation of Grinnell College policy.
Grinnell College recognizes that harassment can relate to an individual’s membership in more than one protected class. Targeting individuals on the basis of their membership in any protected class is also a violation of Grinnell’s Community Standards and Responsibilities and may violate the College’s Hate Crime and Bias-Motivated Incident Policy. Under these circumstances, the College will coordinate the investigation and resolution, provided that doing so does not unduly delay prompt and equitable resolution under this policy.
This policy prohibits sexual harassment, sexual violence, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence against Grinnell College community members of any gender, gender identity, gender expression, or sexual orientation. This policy also prohibits gender-based harassment that does not involve conduct of a sexual nature.
The College has grievance procedures for any individual who has experienced harassment or discrimination and wishes to pursue resolution.
An offer for this position will be contingent on successful completion of a background check.


We need to receive email addresses for three professional references in order for you to be fully considered for this position.




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Posted: 4/8/2021
Application Due: 7/7/2021
Work Type: Full Time