Thursday, October 1, 2015

Sonoma State University - Director of Library Systems (Administrator II)

Job ID: 104034

Full/Part Time: Full-Time

Regular/Temporary: Regular

Application Deadline: First review of applications will be at 8 am on October 21, 2015. Applications received on or after the first review date may not be considered.

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Under the general supervision of the Library Dean and in consultation with library faculty and staff, the Library Systems Director recommends, guides, and implements strategic priorities for library technology services to fulfill the library's mission and provides leadership and direction to a team of staff responsible for the Library Management System and other technologies. The Library Systems Director is responsible for planning and implementing new library technologies, ensuring the quality of existing technologies, sunsetting obsolete technologies, coordinating with stakeholders such as campus IT, and participating in CSU-wide technology initiatives. May also direct activities required for achieving these plans.

The Library Systems Director is responsible for delivering the highest possible level of technical expertise and assistance to the library's user community and employees. Plans, budgets for, develops, and establishes and monitors the library's technology infrastructure, including the library management system, digital special collections products, resource-sharing products, public computing services, and the Automated Retrieval System. Develops and maintains an effective, collaborative working relationship with the campus Information Technology department to ensure a strong, reliable, user-focused IT footprint throughout public and staff-facing services, such as public computing, staff workstations, and the automated retrieval system.

The Library Systems Director provides advice and consulting for library technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, analytics, circulation, reserves, resource-sharing, discovery, and other modules, and directly supervises library staff working in technical services in these areas. Provides leadership, project management, and expertise for library management system migration, including pre- and post-migration activities.

Leads, coordinates, or consults on technology initiatives such as equipment lending programs, software evaluation, and improvements to electrical and data resources. Establishes standards for, recommends the purchase of, and ensures high accountability for library equipment, software, and peripherals. Evaluates current practices, workforce design, and policies and procedures to ensure congruence with library and university objectives. Serves as resource and advisor to library staff and faculty in the selection of equipment and software. Plans, directs, and evaluates special programs and initiatives such as applications for digital object management and preservation in support of open access digitization projects and specialized functions such as electronic reserves, electronic resources management (ERM), interlibrary loan, and other resource-sharing software. Oversees computer and equipment inventories and maintenance records for library technology hardware/software problems and their solution. May supervise student workers providing technical support. Ensures student workers assigned to technology support roles are adequately trained and monitored, and serves as the next tier of response for support enquiries beyond the students' capacity. May supervise library staff in other technology-related areas, such as web design.

Serves as a liaison between the University Library and other academic and administrative departments on campus in matters of information technology. Works closely with campus IT on assisting the Faculty Center in planning and implementing technology for the Faculty Center. Maintains awareness of CSU library initiatives and issues regarding technologies and their applications, contributes to the identification and resolution of these issues that have implications for the library, and provides leadership for statewide initiatives in which the library is participating.

Develops and maintains excellent relationships with hardware and software vendors, as well as other service providers. Reviews and approves contracts for services such as equipment repair and maintenance. Analyzes issues and participates in policy and budget formulation and operational decisions. Advises on technology need requirements in support of facility space planning initiatives.

Performs other secondary duties as assigned by the Dean of the Library.

The majority of the duties take place in an office setting located in the Schulz Library at Sonoma State University.  The hours for this position will be scheduled during the business hours of 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.  Overtime, weekend, and evening work will be occasionally required.  As an exempt employee, the incumbent has some flexibility in work schedule but must maintain regular attendance to meet the operational needs of the department and campus.


Requires a master's degree in a related field such as information technology, computer science, or information science. Requires at least two years' experience managing library technology in an academic environment, including direct supervision of employees. Experience managing automated retrieval systems, working in interlibrary loan, cataloging, and circulation, and participating in library facility redesign projects highly desirable.

Must demonstrate the ability to provide planning, personnel supervision, policy development, budget analysis, technical oversight of hardware and software applications in a networked environment, and ongoing communications with vendors, user communities, and campus agencies. Knowledge and experience with Windows, iOS, and Linux/Unix operating systems. Familiarity with library metadata such as MARC, RDA, Dublin Core, and patron, circulation, and bibliographic records highly desirable. Sufficient technology knowledge to effectively track, report, and communicate connectivity issues with library staff and campus technology and facilities personnel. Experience in planning and implementing library management system migrations or similar system upgrades desirable. Strong user-centered approach to information technology and training. Strong project management skills and ability to juggle multiple priorities in a busy, time-sensitive environment. Excellent troubleshooting skills. Strong analytical skills, with a broad conceptual outlook. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Application Process

A cover letter and resume are required for this position.  Please attach your cover letter as the first page of your resume.  Please submit these documents in addition to your employment application.  Materials submitted with your application will not be returned. Human Resources must receive applications for staff positions by midnight on the filing deadline date, unless otherwise specified. The ADA Coordinator is available to assist individuals with disabilities in need of accommodation in the hiring process.

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