Digital Initiatives Librarian- Assistant Professor
Montana State University - Bozeman, MT

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Overview
The MSU Library plays an integral role in the teaching, research, and outreach missions of the University. Montana State University Library seeks a Digital Initiatives Librarian to explore, build, test, implement, and support the Library’s digital and mobile software applications. Technical responsibilities include significant web programming and database work. Design and accessibility responsibilities include: web application design, troubleshooting, and maintenance as well as ongoing application development and evaluation. The position also has a variety of project management responsibilities including coordinating and facilitating communication between Library teams and University departments, developing project specifications and documentation, and conducting project evaluations. The Library uses a mixture of open source and proprietary technologies to maintain its IT infrastructure and services. The IT infrastructure is primarily a Linux, Apache, MySQL, and PHP (LAMP) environment, but it also utilizes Sirsi, Illiad, Serial Solutions and the Summon Discovery layer to provide access to resources. As a member of the Digital Initiatives and Web Services team (DAWS), the Digital Initiatives Librarian will work within the DAWS team mission, which is to facilitate scholarship, teaching, and learning in a digital environment by providing Library web services and digital collections. As a member of the Library faculty, the Digital Initiatives Librarian is expected to meet the University’s research and service requirements for promotion and tenure.

Duties and
Responsibilities

Facilitate the development of the Library’s overall web-based and digital services programs. Act as lead worker for specific projects and working groups as needed. Train and work directly with Library staff to help make them more effective content contributors. Maintain ongoing development of the Library’s web services and digital projects. Incorporate appropriate design principles, information architectures, coding standards, and emerging technologies into the Library’s various open source web-based systems and projects. Contribute to processes that deliver Library content to external discovery and delivery mechanisms, such as: APIs and RESTful web services, search engine optimization, mobile application development, OAI harvesters, and integration with campus learning management systems and social sites. Anticipate web trends, investigate their application in academic libraries, and help to develop new web-based and digital services. The Digital Initiatives Librarian will lead the Library’s social media program.

Required
Qualifications


1.
Master’s degree from an ALA (American Library Association) accredited graduate program.

2.
Demonstrated proficiency with HTML/XHTML/CSS and current trends in web development.

3.
Demonstrated skill with PHP and MySQL (or equivalent technologies) and relational databases to create dynamic web applications.

4.
Demonstrated experience with XML/XSL, HTML5, and Javascript.

5.
Demonstrated experience with project management and leading project groups/teams in an academic library environment.

6.
Experience working with digital initiatives in an academic library environment.

7.
Demonstrated experience running usability testing, analyzing results, and implementing UX design principles in an academic library environment.

8.
Experience working with digital initiatives in an academic library environment.

Preferred
Qualifications


1.
Experience building collaboration and interest in leading library or higher education projects.

2.
Experience working with and developing applications for content management systems such as Wordpress.

3.
Knowledge of best practices, standards, issues, and trends relevant to information technology in academic libraries (e.g., MARC, Z39.50, RDF, RDFa and linked data, MODS, Dublin Core).

4.
Experience with library technology integration using Open Source and emerging (“Web 2.0”) technologies.

5.
Basic knowledge of Linux/UNIX.

6.
Experience using and applying web analytics to create effective library applications.

7.
Experience designing and implementing a social media library campaign, including building related applications.

The Successful
Candidate Will

Have excellent oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills; have the desire to work in a team environment; have a strong interest in learning on the job and applying new skills to meet library needs; and will have the ability to meet the research and service requirements for faculty promotion and tenure.

Additional
Requirements


1.
In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Application
Deadline

Screening of applications will begin on March 22, 2013 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

Application
Procedure

To apply, submit the following :
  • (1) a signed letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
  • (2) a current curriculum vitae, and
  • (3) the names, addresses and telephone numbers of three (3) current professional references.

    An application packet including all of the above items as listed is highly encouraged. Missing materials and/or information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

    Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #13-212" in the subject line of the email and send to robin@montana.edu If you choose to apply by postal mail, please submit complete application packets to:
    • Robin Francis
    • Assistant to the Dean
    • Montana State University
    • PO Box 173320
    • Bozeman, MT 59717-3320

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