Discovery and Access Librarian -- University of Arkansas - Fort Smith -- Fort Smith, AR

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Working Title: Discovery and Access Librarian
Position Number: 19-21-0056
Department: Library Services

About the University
For nearly 7,000 students each semester, UAFS offers a dynamic learning environment, a rich campus life, a vibrant international population, opportunities to travel and study abroad, and a host of prestigious degree programs. Small class sizes combined with innovative, applied learning opportunities have led to a record of high job and graduate school placement rates after graduation, an indication of the student-centered education that has defined UAFS since its founding in 1928. An $80 million endowment fund propels the University and its students into a promising future. In the fall of 2015, UAFS completed a role and scope change and began offering master’s degrees. UAFS is one of 18 academic institutions and affiliates governed by the University of Arkansas System.

Located on the Arkansas-Oklahoma border and situated in a region of lakes, Fort Smith is the second-largest city in Arkansas and features a vast array of cultural activities, shopping, dining, and entertainment, including a thriving downtown entertainment district. Parks, trails, and water recreation are all within the city limits, and true outdoor enthusiasts will find the area’s lakes, streams, and mountains offer adventure only minutes away from campus. Fort Smith was recently named by Forbes as the number one city in America for cost of living, and a top city in the nation for highest-paying tech jobs. The city is within easy driving distance of Tulsa, Kansas City, Dallas, Little Rock, and Memphis.

UAFS’ beautiful 170-acre campus features 20 major buildings and the Donald W. Reynolds Campus Plaza, Tower, and Campus Green. The University opened a 58,000 square-foot visual arts facility in the fall of 2015. A student-supported recreation and wellness center, featuring a rock-climbing wall, basketball, and volleyball courts, and state-of-the-art equipment, opened in the fall of 2016. Such projects initiated the 15-year transformation of the campus in accordance with the University’s updated master plan. These two buildings complement the University’s top-notch amenities across campus, including a newly renovated library that boasts expansive areas for student use and vast collections of literature and academic resources.

About the College / Department
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith, is offering an exciting opportunity to join the Boreham Library staff. The Discovery and Access Librarian has the unique potential to shape how the library creates, uses, and manages metadata for a 21st century library. This position calls for innovation, creativity, and a willingness to problem solve in a dynamic library environment. This position will include the management of the integrated library system (Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) and discovery system (EBSCO Discovery System – EDS), materials processing, as well as metadata creation and maintenance.

Dedicated in 2013, the new Boreham Library is a striking architectural combination of contemporary building design blended with more traditional space. The library serves as a gathering place for students who want to study or meet with others in groups about class projects or other college-related matters. Individual study spaces and group study rooms are located throughout the building. Desktop computers are available to students. Each has a full complement of general academic software applications.

Boreham Library seeks to provide students, faculty, and other members of the University community with their educational and informational needs. One of the library’s goals is to educate our users by helping them acquire the information literacy skills which will enable them to find, use, and evaluate information in all formats.

Position Summary
The Discovery and Access Librarian supports metadata creation, analysis, enrichment and maintenance to enhance discovery and access to the Libraries’ collections, which includes special collections, print, serials, audio/visual, electronic resources, and digital scholarship. This position includes the management of the integrated library system (Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) and discovery system (EBSCO Discovery System – EDS), materials processing, in addition to metadata creation and maintenance. The position reports to the Director of Library Services.

Summary of Job Duties

  • Applies knowledge of relevant metadata standards, rules and best practices for the creation, analysis, enrichment, and maintenance of metadata at all levels
  • Collaborates across the university to develop and enhance procedures for effective metadata management
  • Responsible for developing solutions to metadata access and discovery problems
  • Serves as the integrated library system and discovery system administrator
  • Provides connectivity support for all third-party applications which connect with the integrated library system and discovery system
  • Coordinates with campus IT in the maintenance of the integrated library system
  • Acts as primary contact with the integrated library system and discovery system vendors
  • Responsible for monitoring trends and best practices in e-resources management, discoverability, and use
  • Serves as collection development liaison to designated academic departments
  • Participates in virtual and in-person reference
  • Serves on library and university committees and task forces
  • Hours as part of a regular weekend rotation are expected
  • Responsible for maintaining a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner to foster teamwork and by providing leadership to subordinates. Requires consistent on-time attendance.
  • Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications
Must hold, or be within six months of completing, a Master’s Degree in Library Science, or Library and Information Science (MLS/MLIS) from a graduate library program accredited by the American Library Association.

Preferred Qualifications
Candidates with one or more years’ experience in an academic library setting are preferred. Demonstrated experience in library computer technologies and software, non-MARC metadata, and project management skills are preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Knowledge of relevant foundational metadata tools
  • Ability to adapt quickly to new standards and technologies in discovery, access, and metadata
  • Knowledge of OCLC and its use in metadata creation and maintenance
  • Knowledge of metadata tools and systems for creating, editing and transforming metadata
  • Experience using integrated library systems
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaboratively and effectively in a team environment
  • Ability to prioritize job tasks and responsibilities
  • Flexibility, adaptability and the ability to work successfully in a complex, dynamic environment with competing demands
  • Strong commitment to service excellence.

Special Job Dimensions
Work performed primarily in an office setting. Occasional overtime and travel required. Schedule subject to change. While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly exhibits digital dexterity when entering data into computer. The employee frequently sits for extended periods of time, and occasionally stands and walks. Vision demands include close, relatively detailed vision when focusing on a computer screen. Employee regularly talks and hears. Employee occasionally lifts items up to 10 pounds.

Work Schedule
Routine schedule 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, with rotating Saturdays.

Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience.
Benefits: Competitive benefits package.

Background Check / Pre-Employment Screening
This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal background check, sex offender registry check, financial history background check, and/or drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non- discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Does this position require a background check? Criminal Background Check and Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) Check

Open Date: 01/14/2019
Close Date: 04/01/2019
Open Until Filled: No

For full consideration: apply by March 14, 2019.
Anticipated start date: 07/01/2019

EEO Statement
The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution, dedicated to attracting and supporting diverse student, faculty, and staff populations. The University welcomes applications without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), parental status, national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, political affiliation, military service, or other non-merit based factors. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

UA Fort Smith provides equal employment, admission, and educational opportunities without regard to race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, veterans’ status, sexual orientation, or gender identify. The University abides by all applicable employment laws.

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, the University is committed to provide equal employment opportunities for all applicants and employees with regard to recruitment, hiring, transfer, promotion, compensation, training, fringe benefits and all other aspects of employment.

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