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Librarian/Discovery Unit Lead (Assistant or Associate)

Librarian/Discovery Unit Lead (Assistant or Associate)

University of Arizona Libraries Job Location: Arizona Apply By: August 2, 2021 Date Created: 07-20-2021

The University of Arizona Libraries seek a dynamic and forward-thinking librarian to bring leadership, expertise, and vision to a number of functional areas within the Discovery Unit of the Collections Services department. The incumbent will actively participate in the electronic resources life cycle, including collaborating in the management of our authentication to licensed content; coordinating our programs for metadata management and cataloging; supervising and mentoring Discovery Unit employees; and actively working across departments to optimize our discovery solutions. As Unit Lead, they will collaboratively establish and communicate priorities and procedures, seek ways to improve services and achieve efficiencies, and manage workflows in accordance with the Libraries’ strategic priorities.  They will also actively work across departmental lines in an environment where collaboration, innovative thinking, customer service, creative problem solving, and a sense of humor are all highly valued. Central to this position and the Discovery Unit will be ensuring timely and durable user access to content through integrated processes related to discovery and metadata application. Visit the University Libraries website to learn more about us. Diversity Commitment: At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness. CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES
  • Lead the Discovery Unit’s functions related to electronic resources’ access management.
  • Actively participate in the electronic resources life cycle, from onboarding and maintenance to offboarding.
  • Actively participate in the ongoing configuration of authentication methods for accessing the Libraries’ licensed content (Single Sign On, EZProxy, patron privacy, etc.)
  • Manage the Libraries’ outsourced and in-house metadata and cataloging programs, regardless of format, increasing efficiency and integrating acquisitions and cataloging workflows, as appropriate.
  • Manage the troubleshooting and resolution of access issues to content in consultation with other library staff, as needed.
  • Train, mentor, and supervise discovery unit employees, including a mix of university staff and library faculty.
  • Develop and apply expertise with emerging technologies in support of areas of responsibility.
  • Work to put the Libraries in a position to thrive in a linked and open world of discovery.
  • Communicate and collaborate across library departments in support of discovery, electronic resources lifecycle, authentication, and cataloging needs and functions.
  • The UA Libraries support the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students.  The candidate is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department and UA Libraries.
  • Other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current discovery tools and authentication methods including best practices. (moved from min. quals.)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current electronic resources lifecycles. (moved from min. quals.)
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current cataloging and metadata standards. (moved from min. quals.)
  • Demonstrated ability to deal with change, ambiguity, and complex problems; and to discern and understand relationships between complex library systems. (moved from Preferred Quals.)
  • Demonstrated initiative, flexibility, and ability to work creatively and effectively as an individual and within a group. (moved from Preferred Quals.)
  • Demonstrated ability to independently and collaboratively problem solve complex issues, related but not limited to electronic resources, cataloging, and discovery linking.
  • Demonstrated ability to analyze, implement, and adapt to evolving technologies.
  • Ability to use technology creatively to address challenges and/or improve processes.
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate customer needs and provide satisfactory solutions.
  • Ability to read and synthesize technical documentation and explore solutions independently or collaboratively.
  • Ability to engage with publishers, vendors, subscription agents, and consortia in support of access to content and to conduct ongoing assessments of services.
  • Understanding of best practices and emerging trends in discovery, electronic collections, cataloging/metadata, and authentication methods in academic research libraries.
  • Knowledge of infrastructure and data management functions of a library services platform as they relate to discovery and electronic resource management.
  • Strong management and organizational leadership skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to coach and mentor direct reports.
  • Demonstrated ability to review and evaluate workflows and work assignments, in order to increase efficiencies, bringing more high-quality content to users, and building sustainable workflows to handle increasingly heterogeneous digital assets.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal, and experience and comfort making professional presentations.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives.
  • Ability to identify opportunities and capitalize upon them. Ability to advocate, influence, and persuade others.
  • Excellent analytical, time management, organizational, and creative problem-solving skills. Ability to conceive of, plan, document, and complete projects or complex assignments.
  • Positive attitude and strong demonstration of Our Values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity, Innovation, and Integrity.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
  • Master’s degree in library and/or information science from an ALA-accredited institution or other relevant advanced degree.
  • Supervisory experience.
  • Experience using a library services platform to perform the duties related to this position.
  • Evidence of the ability to achieve continuing status (equivalent to tenure) including contributing to the information/library profession and to fulfilling the responsibilities of a library faculty member through service and scholarship.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
  • Demonstrated and recent experience participating in supporting authentication methods for access to electronic resources.
  • Demonstrated and recent experience participating in an organization’s electronic resources lifecycle.
  • Experience working in an academic library.
  • Experience with using Ex Libris’ Alma platform to manage electronic resources.
  • Experience with using and understanding of Ex Libris’ Primo discovery tool.

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