Position: TRLN Technology Initiatives Coordinator (At Will Appointment)
Available: March 1, 2016
The Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) seeks a collaborative, tech-savvy, and highly motivated individual to join our team as a Technology Initiatives Coordinator. A newly-envisioned position, the TRLN Technology Initiatives Coordinator will work closely with talented librarians, technologists, and developers across four academic institutions to lead the development of a variety of applications and systems that support the discovery and delivery of library materials owned by the four member institutions in support of research and instruction for faculty, staff and students at all four universities. The position will apply expert skills to help solve some of the complex issues facing academic libraries today and to anticipate future opportunities.
Reporting to the TRLN Executive Director, the person in this position will play a major role in the support of both established and emerging technology-focused projects. The TRLN Technology Initiatives Coordinator will provide leadership in the development, implementation and maintenance, as well as the design and evaluation, of these projects that support cooperative collection development and collaborative use of research library materials. A key component of the position is working with TRLN staff and programmatic councils to set priorities and to evaluate and communicate progress to campus communities.
The TRLN staff includes an Executive Director, a Program Officer, and an Administrative Assistant, all of whom work closely with colleagues across the consortium. Our central staff provides support for the broad spectrum of consortial initiatives and activities. Our organizational values include collaboration, flexibility, creativity, and responsiveness to the evolving role of academic libraries and consortia.
The focus of the work initially will be leading a major enhancement of our shared library materials discovery index and interface, Search TRLN, which is built on the Oracle Endeca platform. The shared discovery index and interface will be transitioning from Endeca to a new platform (such as Blacklight or VUFind), and the Technology Initiatives Coordinator will take primary responsibility for advising on and implementing the new system in consultation with librarians and administrators from the four campuses.
Separate from but related to the shared discovery index and interface, we also are exploring tools and systems to support direct patron borrowing across our institutions, and the Technology Initiatives Coordinator will be responsible for implementing applications to support this service. These and other projects will require collection and analysis of data for implementation as well as monitoring and assessment.
The position requires close collaboration with technical staff at our four member institutions, not only to ensure seamless integration with local systems, but also to ensure shared responsibility for the process and the products.
The person in this position will also be expected to contribute to other technology-focused activities and initiatives as they arise, such as management and sharing of electronic materials and development of components of a new TRLN web site.
- ALA-accredited master’s degree or an advanced degree in a related field
- Relevant experience developing software applications
- Proficient in multiple programming languages (e.g., Ruby, PHP, Python, SQL, Java)
- Experience working with XML, including XML transformations
- Working knowledge of various metadata standards such as MARC, MODS, and METS
- Experience using software development tools for version control
- Demonstrated experience with APIs and web services
- Excellent communication skills and ability to work in a collaborative team environment
- Work experience in a library, academic or research environment
- Experience participating in open source software projects
- Familiarity with integrated library systems
- Working knowledge of relational databases (e.g., Oracle, MySQL)
Triangle Research Libraries Network
Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) is a collaborative organization of Duke University, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina State University, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the purpose of which is to marshal the financial, human, and information resources of their research libraries through cooperative efforts in order to create a rich and unparalleled knowledge environment that furthers the teaching, research, and service missions of the TRLN universities. The libraries of the four institutions encompass collections of professional schools in business, law, and health sciences, in addition to the major research resources in the humanities, social science, engineering, sciences, and technology. The member libraries have combined holdings of fifteen million volumes, employ over a thousand staff, and have budgets totaling in excess of sixty million dollars. TRLN offices are housed at the UNC Chapel Hill in the Wilson Library.
The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day’s drive from Chapel Hill.
The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.
Salary and Benefits
This is an At Will Appointment. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan.
Deadline for Application
Review of applications will begin on February 19, 2016. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.
Please visit http://unc.peopleadmin.com/postings/90923 and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references, one of which must be a current supervisor. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity employer that welcomes all to apply, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.