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Multiple Positions, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, MA

Librarian of Core Systems and Digital Repository Administration

Reporting to the Associate Director for Library Academic Strategies, the Librarian for Core Systems and Digital Repository Administration has primary responsibility for the daily management, configuration, and support of the library's core systems, principally the library's discovery and Integrated Library System [ILS] services, currently Ex Libris Primo and Alma.  The Librarian has responsibility for maintaining optimal system performance for users and the development of services based on the functionality and capabilities of Alma and Primo. The Librarian will provide leadership and management of the integrated modules of Alma and Primo, focusing on system configuration, troubleshooting, training, analytics, and documentation. The Librarian will also lead the support for Alma (monthly) and Primo (currently quarterly) releases.  Other core services supported include EZproxy and ILLIAD.


The Librarian also has lead technical responsibility in the library for collaboratively maintaining and enhancing WPI's digital repository platforms (currently Hyrax, Bepress, and Archive-It) that support access, discovery, and digital archiving of unique content produced or held by WPI.  Working collaboratively with WPI's Web Application Development team and the Assistant Director for Archives and Special Collections, and with primary responsibility for student and faculty content in the repository, the incumbent organizes and maintains content in the repository; supports metadata and data migration projects; ensures that content and metadata in the repository are of high quality, according to relevant digital library and archival standards; and manages the administration of Archive-It to enhance discoverability and preservation of web-based artifacts and records of WPI research, history, and learning.


The Librarian's work will be performed with considerable judgement, independence, and initiative, and in consultation with colleagues.  The incumbent will keep abreast of developments in library technologies and maintain current awareness of information tools needed to meet the needs of students, faculty, staff, and community users of the library.



  • Administers and configures the ILS and discovery systems (Alma/Primo), supporting a variety of services including circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, electronic resources, data reporting, and public access. Troubleshoots, develops new system capabilities, and makes improvements to ensure best practices and operational efficiencies.

  • ​Serves as the application manager for the digital repository system: collaborates with information technology professionals and the Assistant Director for Archives and Special Collections in developing requirements and functionality of repository platform (e.g. Hyrax, Samvera); creates new and maintains existing repository collections with primary responsibility for collections of student and faculty works; creates and maintains repository-related workflows; answers general inquiries, serving as a point of contact for technical support.

  • Collaborates on the development of solutions for metadata management, discovery and interoperability; uses appropriate metadata standards to describe and organize digital repository collections and objects; collaborates on creation of new collections of student and faculty works.

  • Serves as technical liaison with the ILS vendor, Ex Libris, and works closely with WPI Information Technology services staff to support library systems and platforms.


Minimum Requirements

  • Master's degree in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution, or equivalent

  • Two years of professional experience configuring, administering and providing support for an integrated library system or platform

  • Experience supporting one or more library discovery interfaces (Primo, Summon, EDS, Blacklight)

  • Experience with analytics and reporting tools

  • Understanding of library metadata formats and standards (MARC, Dublin Core, METS, MODS)

  • Understanding of digital repository systems and current access services protocols to access and retrieve digital content (e.g. Z39.50, OpenURL, NCIP, DOI, CrossRef, OAI)

  • Demonstrated ability to effectively troubleshoot technical problems, isolate causes, and implement solutions

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional experience configuring, administering and providing support for the Alma integrated library system

  • Experience with web application development in a Unix/Linux environment

  • Working knowledge of a scripting language such Python, Ruby or PHP

To be fully considered for this position, please include a cover letter when submitting your job application.

To view the full description and apply, please visit the following link.


Online Learning and Instruction Librarian

Reporting to the Associate Director for Library Academic Strategies, the Online Learning and Instruction Librarian contributes to the development and curation of the library's online learning program, and participates in instruction and engagement initiatives that advance the teaching and research missions of the library and the university.  


The Librarian partners with colleagues to support instruction librarians in the creation and assessment of online Open Educational Resources (OERs) and environments, and will be the library's expert on e-learning technologies that support the provision of online, asynchronous/synchronous information literacy instruction and research assistance.


The incumbent maintains familiarity with WPI's licensed e-learning platforms and freely available e-learning tools, and develops and leads training for other instruction librarians in the use of these tools. The position also leads the creation and maintenance of best practices and/or guidelines for the library's OER creation and assessment, including instructional design and accessibility principles as they relate to online learning at both undergraduate and graduate levels. In this role the incumbent works closely with faculty engaged in online learning, with Academic Technology Center experts in online education techniques and resources; and with the office of Continuing Professional Education (CPE).



Overall Responsibilities

  • Participates with library colleagues, faculty, and departments across campus to provide a systematic curriculum-integrated library instruction program for students at all levels.


Online Learning

  • In partnership and consultation with instruction librarians, coordinates the design, maintenance, and assessment of online learning modules, OERs, and tutorials that develop students' knowledge of and expertise in library resources and that enhance students' research experiences.

  • Contributes to the development of effective online pedagogy, in compliance with established accessibility guidelines and higher education standards.

  • Collaborates with instruction librarians to provide instruction via online tutorials, the course management system, and other online technologies.

  • Ensures that online/distance students and faculty are aware of library services and resources that support student learning and success.


Minimum Requirements

  • ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library and Information Science or equivalent graduate degree.

  • Minimum of two years reference and/or instruction experience in an academic library, preferably in sciences and/or engineering.

  • Previous teaching and academic library experience.

  • Knowledge of instructional design models and learning theories.

  • Experience with instructional technologies as they relate to online learning and usability and accessibility standards.

  • Experience developing and/or teaching online materials or courses.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Two years of academic library instruction experience.
  • Experience with Camtasia or other screen capture/video editing software.
  • Working knowledge of the Association of College and Research Libraries' Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.
  • Knowledge of evaluation, assessment, and planning methods and strategies.


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