Systems Librarian, Colgate University Libraries

Reporting to the Associate Director of Technology and Digital Initiatives, and working closely with other library managers, the Colgate University Libraries seek a collegial and thoughtful individual to provide technical expertise, day-to-day administration, and broad support for traditional and emerging library software solutions and standards. The incumbent will use a variety of technologies, along with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, to provide the best possible experience for library patrons and staff as they seek, access, and maintain the information in our library systems. This will include first-line support as well as maintenance and implementation in a broad range of systems with primary, sustained focus on the integrated library system (III/Sierra) and Dematic automated storage and retrieval system (ASRS).

We are looking for a service-oriented professional with a strong commitment to problem-solving, training, documentation, and collaborative work with librarians, staff, technologists, and Colgate’s faculty and students.

The main duties will be to administer, maintain, and support all modules of the Libraries’ III Sierra system. The Systems Librarian is the primary liaison to III for problem resolution and will be the Libraries’ representative to the national users’ group.

The Systems Librarian will work with the Associate Director of Technology and Digital Initiatives, Colgate ITS and Library staff, and vendor technical support to manage other platforms and servers such as the Dematic automated storage and retrieval system, the Libraries/ web and file servers, staff applications, and selection, installation, and maintenance of hardware and software.

We are looking for candidates with two years’ experience, preferably in an academic setting, managing and supporting an integrated library system, preferably Innovative Interfaces. Relevant degrees include MLS or MIS from an ALA-accredited program, MS in computer science, or other relevant degree. Analytical trouble-shooting skills and strong oral and written communication skills are a must; experience developing documentation and end-user training a plus. Familiarity with library standards including MARC, RDA, Dublin Core, OAI/PHM, Z39.50, EZProxy, RSS, Web 2.0 required, as is a working knowledge of database technologies used to store, manipulate, and query structured data (including proficiency in SQL).

The incumbent must have the ability to work effectively both in a team setting and independently in a changing environment.

Additional information about Colgate University and the Colgate Libraries is available at

Application instructions can be found at Candidates will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vita, and provide email addresses for three references, including current supervisor. Official transcripts will be required of candidates selected for an on-campus interview.

Review of applications will begin on October 272014, and continue until the position is filled.

Colgate is a highly selective private liberal arts university located in Hamilton, NY, and is an EO/AA employer. Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty, staff, and student body further the university’s educational mission. Women and candidates from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Applicants with dual career considerations can find postings of other employment opportunities at


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