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Web & Discovery Services Librarian, UMass Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA

Job no: 493694
Work type: Staff Full Time
Categories: Other Staff Positions

Assistant/Associate Librarian              

DIVISION: Academic Affairs

WORKING JOB TITLE: Web and Discovery Services Librarian

DEPARTMENT: Library Systems & Digital Services

Bargaining Unit Status: AFT  Faculty Federation             

EEO Status:  3.4       

Job Code: 243

FLSA Status: Exempt    


Assistant Librarian $55,330

Associate Librarian $64,796


Reports To: Division Head, Library Systems & Digital Services.

Supervises: May include supervision of work of professional, classified, and student personnel

SUMMARY PURPOSE OF POSITION: The librarian in this service-oriented position develops and enhances all library user interfaces. This includes the library's website and blog as well as our Primo discovery service. The Web and Discovery Services Librarian will be part of a creative and forward-looking team and will participate in new library initiatives. This librarian will lead the library's usability efforts and will adapt new and existing web tools to improve the library's online platforms and interfaces. The Web and Discovery Services Librarian will provide quality service and support to library staff and patrons in the area of library technologies and online services.

Follow the University's best practices to build and/or support student academic success and retention, and assist in meeting strategic objectives for persistence and timely graduation of all the student population.


  • Designs, develops, and maintains the library's web presence, including the library's website, the front-end of the library's discovery system, and various content management systems.
  • Applies an in-depth understanding of library patron needs when designing, developing, and modifying library interfaces.
  • Oversees and supports the design/development of LibGuides.
  • Designs and conducts usability testing of all user interfaces and web design, and develops related guidelines and assessment strategies
  • Follows standards and best practices for web accessibility
  • Participates in the management of, and creation of material for, the library's blog and social media outlets.
  • Explores, recommends, and adopts standard and emerging tools, techniques, methods, and applications to deliver a robust and reliable online experience for all library users.
  • Participates in the design, development, and implementation of all interfaces and platforms that support the delivery of library services and collections.
  • Coordinates library relationships with information technology vendors and reports issues/problems.
  • Works to seamlessly integrate records from disparate systems into the discovery system
  • Develops images and graphics for use in library supported platforms and systems.
  • Documents workflows and standards related to all aspects of the library's web presence and services including related applications.
  • Works with LSDS colleagues to develop and expand support for digital asset management, the library's online publishing initiatives, discovery tools, and other critical library services.
  • Develops or utilizes available APIs and web services to search and interact with third-party systems.
  • Provides professional and courteous technical support for a wide variety of applications and systems.
  • Participates in research, development, and other library information technology-related projects as needed.
  • Performs security reviews, code and system updates, and backup and recovery processes.
  • May serve as subject specialist for assigned disciplines, providing library instruction, collection development and specialized reference service
  • Serves on library and university committees, groups, and teams.
  • May participate in the delivery of reference service by staffing the reference desk
  • Performs other duties as required or assigned 


EDUCATION: Master's Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution of higher education or equivalent by January 2018

EXPERIENCE:  Experience in the design, development and management of web interfaces, including demonstrated proficiency with HTML, CSS, and web authoring tools

Applicants must be authorized for employment in the U.S. on a full time basis. Employment-based visa sponsorship not available.


  • Working knowledge of relevant coding languages such as HTML and CSS.
  • Ability and willingness to develop workflows and standards related to all aspects of the library's web presence and services including related applications.
  • Strong problem solving skills
  • Excellent organizational skills, including the capability for managing a variety of tasks and multiple priorities 
  • Demonstrated initiative and proven ability to learn new technologies and adapt to changes in the profession.
  • Understanding library services and technologies in an academic environment.
  • Strong service orientation and awareness of end user needs as related to library online services and technologies
  • Possesses an understanding of, and a commitment to, usability testing and ongoing assessment of web interfaces
  • Demonstrated ability to thrive in a team environment, working both independently and collaboratively as appropriate.
  • Ability to learn new technical skills quickly and adapt emerging technologies to new domains.
  • Proven ability and willingness to share expertise with colleagues and to articulate technology strategy to non-technical staff and patrons. 
  • Must be available to respond to situations and systems maintenance work that will occur during weekends or evenings.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication, including the ability to develop written project documentation, process procedures, reports, etc.



  •  Knowledge of Responsive Web Design and W3C Web Usability Guidelines.
  • Experience supporting a discovery system such as Ex Libris's Primo.
  • Experience using web development languages such as PHP, Javascript, XML, XSLT, and CSS3.
  • Experience with content management systems such as Drupal or Wordpress
  • Experience with managing projects, meeting deadlines, and communicating to various stakeholders in an academic library environment.
  • Experience working in a Linux environment.
  • Experience supporting web applications utilizing the LAMP stack (Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP)        

To apply please submit online a letter of interest, current resume and the contact information for three professional references.

The review of applications will begin December 4, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth employees and applicants for employment are protected by federal laws, Presidential Executive Orders, and state and local laws designed to protect employees and job applicants from discrimination on the bases of race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity, and sexual orientation), national origin, age, disability, family medical history or genetic information, military service, veteran status or other non-merit based factors.
The University of Massachusetts reserves the right to conduct background checks on potential employees.

Advertised: Eastern Standard Time

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