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Discovery and Metadata Coordinator/Librarian / R99690

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Posting Details


Position Type Non Classified
Employee Class Code NF
AR State Title Associate Professor 12 month
FLSA Exempt

Position Summary and Qualifications

Posting Number FNC00836
UALR Functional Title Discovery and Metadata Coordinator/Librarian / R99690
Position Number R99690
Department Ottenheimer Library
Position Summary

The Discovery and Metadata Coordinator provides vision, leadership, and innovation for the division’s efforts to ensure its rich variety of physical and digital information resources are findable and accessible. The Discovery and Metadata Coordinator collaborates with personnel across the division, throughout the university, and with external partners to ensure access to and discovery of resources within the division. This position holds a faculty appointment with rank leading to tenure. This position is governed by state and federal laws, and agency/institution policy.

Job Duties and Responsibilities
  • Provide strategic leadership and direction for the university’s discovery, metadata, and e-resources initiatives and operations
  • Supervise, develop, and mentor staff members in the Discovery and Metadata team (includes library systems, e-resources, and metadata)
  • Plan and manage projects and personnel in the effective and timely completion of multiple projects while maintaining efficient delivery of day-to-day operations
  • Collaborate to ensure discovery and metadata technologies are appropriately integrated
  • Promote the use of the university’s discovery and e-resource platforms across the university
  • Provide leadership to division and team in bringing new and cutting-edge topics within the team’s purview to the division’s attention in a concerted, measurable way
  • Collaborate with the Director of Technology and Digital Initiatives in developing and maintaining vision, strategy, policies, and standards for discovery and metadata
  • Supervise and provide direct support to users in person and over the phone for all units within the division on issues related to discovery and metadata
  • Collaborate with Repository and Digital Scholarship Team and Digital Systems, Training, and Support Teams to ensure a responsive, leading-edge digital library program
  • Ensure the documentation of procedures, standards, project management activities, and change control processes
  • The division’s operation includes some 24/7 services, so this position includes an expectation that the employee will be able to respond to problems after hours, at night, and on weekends
  • Build partnerships and relationships among Collections and Archives units, as well as with others in the university community
  • Engage in scholarly, professional, and service activities, including publishing in peer-reviewed publications, participating in continuing education courses and professional organizations, attending seminars and workshops, reading current literature, and maintaining professional contacts in the community
  • Participate in university service and community activities
  • Performs other work related duties as assigned.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Knowledge of emerging library trends and technologies
  • Experience with technologies, standards, and practices involved in technical services
  • Experience with integrated library systems (Innovative preferred)
  • Experience with discovery systems (EBSCO preferred)
  • Ability to evolve services in response to evolving technologies, user expectations, and patterns in metadata and discovery services
  • Ability to effectively supervise, evaluate, motivate, and mentor library faculty and staff
  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills
  • Experience with developing and providing instruction and training
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • Commitment and ability to work effectively with diverse populations in a collegial environment
Required Education and/or Experience

Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited school or approved terminal degree. A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in the provision of technical services in an academic library setting with a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in a managerial or leadership role

Preferred Education and/or Experience

Five (5) or more years of experience in management positions in an academic library; Demonstrated experience in developing working partnerships with a variety of groups; Experience with Innovative Interfaces integrated library system (Sierra), EBSCO discovery system, WorldShare Record Manager, and WorldShare Collection Manager.

Background Check Requirements 01 - Criminal/Financial
Start Date 04/28/2017

Additional Qualifications

Essential Job Functions Sedentary Work - Exerting 10 pounds: Daily, Light Work - Exerting up to 20 pounds: Occasionally, Climbing (Stairs, Ladders, etc.): Occasionally, Lifting 5 -10 lbs: Frequently, Carrying 5-10 lbs: Occasionally, Pushing/pulling 5-10 lbs: Occasionally, Pushing/pulling 10-25 lbs: Occasionally, Pushing/pulling 25-50 lbs: Occasionally, Pushing/pulling 50 plus lbs: Occasionally, Sitting for long periods of time: Daily, Speaking; Essential, Hearing: Essential, Vision: Ability to distinguish similar colors, depth perception, close vision: Essential, Walking - Short Distances: Daily, Walking - Moderate Distances; Occasionally
Work Conditions Spends approximately 75% or more time indoors, Conditions that affect the respiratory system or the skin, such as fumes, odors, dusts, mists, gases or poor ventilation

Posting Detail Information

Background Check Statement

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal and financial history background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

UALR EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Under Arkansas law, all applications are subject to disclosure. Persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.

Open Date 02/08/2017
Close Date 04/28/2017
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicants

Posting Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited school or approved terminal degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have A minimum of five (5) years’ experience in the provision of technical services in an academic library setting?
    • Yes
    • No
  3. * Do you have two years of supervisory and management experience?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * Briefly explain your experience in the provision of technical services in an academic library setting.

    (Open Ended Question)

  5. * Please describe any experience you have with Innovative Interfaces integrated library system (Sierra), EBSCO discovery system, WorldShare Record Manager, and WorldShare Collection Manager.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. List of Three (3) References
Optional Documents