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Systems and Discovery Services Librarian

Library Information Technology Department
University of California, Berkeley Library
Hiring range: Associate Librarian to Librarian (rank commensurate with experience and qualifications)
Salary Range: $84,260 to 96,266 per annum (rank commensurate with experience and qualifications)
This is a full-time appointment available starting June 2020.

The University of California, Berkeley Library seeks a dynamic, collaborative, and user-oriented colleague as the Systems and Discovery Services Librarian who will be responsible for the development, support, maintenance, and migration of the library’s integrated library system (ILS), discovery services, and catalog. The Systems and Discovery Services Librarian works collaboratively with a wide range of libraries and units to support the functionality of the library’s integrated catalog and the discovery layer. The position works as part of a department that provides services to all UC Berkeley Libraries. This enterprise-wide department is a key component of the UC Berkeley Library’s integrated information technology ecosystem.

The Environment

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation’s premier public universities. A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 30,000 undergraduate students, over 11,000 graduate students, and 1,500 faculty. With a collection of more than 12 million volumes and a collections budget of over $18 million, the Library offers access to scholarly resources in all formats and robust services to connect users with those resources and build their related research skills.

Library IT (LIT), a department within the Library, supports the Library’s mission by providing technical support for the Library including developing, purchasing, and/or supporting all types of hardware platforms and software applications. Areas of current work include an enterprise integrated library system along with the discovery platform and affiliated workflows; scalable digital library system architectures; web services infrastructure; application development; and servers and systems support.


This position reports to the Head of the Library IT department and manages a staff of four ILS and metadata specialists.

This position coordinates and leads the administration and migration of the library services platform and collaborates across departments and libraries that handle cataloging, metadata, circulation, collection management, user services, and discovery. The position also provides coordination around the hardware, software, and associated peripherals and processes related to the ILS, so that faculty, students and staff have access to the full range of system functionality including an online public access catalog (OPAC), and library staff have appropriate access to the discovery layer, analytics, circulation, acquisitions, cataloging, collections, and electronic resources management modules and workflows as needed.

This position will:
● Manage and support the Library’s suite of information management systems related to the ILS, which currently include OPAC (OskiCat), EDS (discovery), Melvyl (consortial union catalog) and several, complex automated processes.
● Coordinate and collaborate with the e-resources and acquisitions unit on the knowledge base, link resolver, and other services in relation to our ILS.

● Act as liaison between the vendor and the Library for problem resolution and enhancement requests and act as Library’s representative to UC-wide and national user groups.
● Provide end-user support in the form of reporting production and distribution, database maintenance, and system modifications as required.
● Consult and coordinate with library staff with regard to system capabilities and functionality, forwarding requests for system modifications and/or enhancements to the vendor as appropriate after they’ve been coordinated and vetted at the Library level.

The position will also lead and coordinate a team planning and transitioning to ExLibris’s Alma/Primo platform from Innovative Interfaces’ Millennium. This project, which is the implementation of a Systemwide Integrated Library System (SILS), is a major effort for all of the 10 University of California campuses and the California Digital Library. It will involve a coordinated effort from all libraries and departments/divisions within the UC Berkeley Library. The project will involve massive data migration, complex system configuration, revamping of many library workflows and automated processes, and a comprehensive communications and training program for Library staff.

To be an effective colleague and a manager, this position will be a fair, progressive leader to Library staff; lead library-wide discussions; aid in creating and communicating Library policies; manage personnel matters; contribute to department-wide and library-wide priority setting and project management; encourage ongoing staff development; and foster an environment of collaboration, creative thinking, and continuous improvement.

UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Advancement in the Librarian series is based in part on professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession


Minimum basic qualification required at the time of application:
● Advanced degree.

Additional required qualifications by start date in position:
● Minimum of three years experience working in academic libraries.
● At least two years of academic library experience in implementing procedures to integrate, maintain and/or migrate library systems and discovery platforms with campus, university, or third-party systems.

Additional preferred qualifications:
● Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent international degree.
● Experience supporting, developing, and/or migrating to one or more integrated library discovery interfaces (such as Primo, Alma, Summon, EDS, III: Millennium/Sierra, Blacklight, WorldCat Discovery, etc.).
● Experience with ExLibris’s Alma/Primo platform is highly desirable.
● Experience determining and configuring back-end functionality in an ILS (configuring loan rules, import tables, etc.)
● Knowledge of trends, issues, and resources in library systems, assessment, metadata and cataloging standards, and data management in academic libraries.
● Hands-on understanding of web technologies such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript/JQuery, XML/XSLT.
● Knowledge of MARC, AACR2, and RDA.
● Understanding of and experience with library technology standards and current access services protocols to access and retrieve online content (e.g. Z39.50, OpenURL, NCIP, DOI, CrossRef, OAI).
● Knowledge of current and recent industry trends in search, discovery, and delivery systems.
● Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, and implement effective programs, complex projects, and services.
● Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
● Experience managing individuals and groups in direct reporting and/or matrix reporting relationships
● Understanding of user experience process to improve the discovery of library collections for users
● Demonstrated supervisory experience including developing personal and professional growth opportunities and fostering and building capacity in others, including teams

The UC Berkeley Library is committed to supporting and encouraging a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive and imaginative contributions in the context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

As a management position, this librarian position is not represented by a bargaining unit and is covered by the UC Academic Personnel Manual (APM).

Librarians are entitled to appropriate professional development leave, vacation leave, sick leave, and all other benefits granted non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits.

Position will remain open until filled.

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status.

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: (link is external).

Send inquiries to:

Immaculate Adesida
Library Human Resources Department
110 Doe Library,
University of California,
Berkeley, CA 94720


Phone: 510-643-8470

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