Systems and Discovery Librarian



Job description

Brookings, SD

South Dakota State University (SDSU) seeks an innovative, service-oriented individual for the position of Systems and Discovery Librarian. The successful candidate will provide support for library systems for SDSU collaborating with library staff to enhance users’ ability to identify, retrieve, and use library resources. The successful candidate will also work as part of a team to enhance and support the consortium of South Dakota’s six public university libraries. This 12-month faculty Librarian position reports to the SDSU Head of Technical Service; participates in professional activity; and serves on library, university, and statewide committees. The Systems and Discovery Librarian supervises the Library Computer Support Specialist and works in conjunction with South Dakota Board of Regents staff.

SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to and/or coordinate course offerings that address the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

· Provide leadership and training to build an integrated framework for library systems (e.g. link resolvers, digital object storage and access systems, interlibrary loan, integrated library systems, and discovery solutions) to improve the user experience;
· Shape the library’s technological future by exploring and advocating for user-centered library systems and applications;
· Collaborate with library staff, campus instructional designers, IT colleagues, and consortium partners to provide flexible and innovative information services;
· Use technology creatively to address challenges and improve processes;
· Support and enhance the ILS, including testing, customizing reports, training staff, and improving staff and user interfaces;
· Contribute research support for library collection analysis activities, digitization initiatives, and assessment;
· Provide reference assistance, including some weekend duty;
· Fulfill faculty expectations for librarianship and service as required for rank adjustment;
· Support the Board of Regents libraries assisting with resolving problems, enhancing library systems, and encouraging collaboration and communication;
· Report to System Library Council on consortium issues and potential areas of growth and collaboration;
o Monitor and evaluate emerging technologies and make recommendations for adoption, as appropriate;
o Lead working groups responsible for evaluating, selecting, and negotiating shared services;
o Provide leadership for functional groups to enhance communication between librarians, develop best practices, and plan for future developments; and
o Serve as primary point of support for User Groups and Functional Teams.

· Master’s degree in Library Science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program by start date;
· Familiarity with integrated library systems and discovery services;
· Graduate coursework and/or experience in one or more of the following areas: digitization of information, integrated library systems, discovery services, metadata, networking, computer programming;
· Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to communicate technical information to a general audience and to interact effectively with students, faculty, and staff; and
· Ability to work collegially and in a leadership role with library colleagues in a complex and changing environment.

· An earned subject Master’s degree in addition to the MLS by start date;
· Work experience in an academic or research library;
· Knowledge of or experience with discovery services and an understanding of issues and trends in resource discovery;
· Knowledge of or experience with maintaining databases and troubleshooting access problems;
· Knowledge of or experience in library systems, acquisitions, cataloging, serials, collection development, digital projects, or information services;
· Knowledge of or experience with Alma, Primo, and/or Drupal;
· Knowledge of or experience with design, implementation, and maintenance of web pages;
· Knowledge of or experience with instructional and/or presentation software;
· Knowledge of issues and trends in providing data services;
· Experience providing reference service; and
· Ability to embrace change, think creatively and work independently.

SALARY: $65,000 – $75,000 depending on qualifications.

SDSU is a land grant institution offering undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees. It is the state’s largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students. The library staff consists of 30 full time employees. The South Dakota public university libraries consist of Black Hills State University, Dakota State University, Northern State University, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, South Dakota State University, and the University of South Dakota.

SDSU is located in Brookings, South Dakota, a community of approximately 23,000 near the east central border of South Dakota on Interstate 29. The city has an excellent K-12 education system, is accessible to major medical facilities, has an active cultural and social environment, and has numerous lakes and parks within driving distance. Learn more about Brookings by visiting

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Position is open until filled with full consideration given to applications received by January 18, 2019.

How to apply

SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” The system will guide you through the electronic application form. The employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, Curriculum Vitae, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

For questions on the position, contact: Michael Biondo at

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