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CODE4LIB  March 2013

CODE4LIB March 2013


Job: ]Emerging Technologies Librarian at University of Memphis


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This position is responsible for monitoring the latest technological
developments and considering therelevance and usefulness
for delivering the services and resources of the University
Libraries. He/she willalso provide
advice and consultation to departments and/or individuals on maximizing the
use of new andemerging technologies to accomplish the work
of the library. His/her efforts focus on identifying
andimplementing strategies to maximize the effective use of
available technology to meet the needs of libraryusers and
library personnel. The Emerging Technologies Librarian is a member of the
Library InformationSystems (LIS) Department and
participates fully in the programs and services of that department.
He/sheparticipates in the maintenance and support of
appropriate hardware and/or software. As
a member of thefaculty, he/she participates in the
University Libraries' Collection Development Program, serves as
subjectliaison to assigned department(s), participates in
the User Instruction Program, and provides user
assistanceat the RIS (Reference and Information Services)
Desk on a scheduled basis.


A. Assumes responsibilities as a librarian in one of the departments of the
University Libraries.

1. Provides leadership and expertise in
identifying, evaluating, and making recommendations

concerning the use of new and emerging technologies available to support the
delivery ofservices and resources of the University

2. Coordinates the work of the New Technologies work group that will provide
advice andguidance on the appropriateness of adopting
and/or implementing new technologies withinthe University

3. Provides leadership and coordination for planning, implementing, and
training for theadoption and integration of new

4. Assumes responsibility for the development and maintenance of mobile and
discoveryinterfaces of the Millennium, Encore, and Sierra
platforms including the AirPACapplication, in cooperation
with the ILS librarian

5. Represents the libraries with local, regional and national groups
addressing matters relatedto new and emerging technologies
in academic libraries.

6. Performs user analyses measuring resource delivery and use of system
interfaces includingusability testing to guide and
influence design considerations. Monitors applicability
ofuser-side applications and their significance in systems
design and resource delivery.

7. Prepares appropriate reports and or test results related to new and
emerging technologiesand the appropriateness or usefulness
for the University Libraries.

8. Maintains good working relationships with appropriate personnel and/or
agencies on and/oroff campus and coordinates investigation
of applications appropriate for use in the

9. Works with other library faculty, staff, and departments to assure
effective delivery of locally provided e-resources
including, but not limited to, Interlibrary Loan (using
ILLiad),off-campus document delivery, e-reserves, distance
education and instructional technologysuch as podcasts,
screencasts, animation, social media and blogs.

10. Participates in the continuing development of digital asset management in
support of theUniversity Libraries' Digital Repository
including relevant technology applications andmetadata

11. Participates in the continuing development of systems and services to
provide storage,access and delivery of locally held

12. Participates in troubleshooting users' technical problems as part of the
Library InformationSystems Department including user
devices, equipment and applications.

13. Participates in planning, development, and implementation of the projects,
services andactivities of the Library information Systems

B. Participates in faculty governance and provides input into library

1. Participates in faculty meetings and works with colleagues to implement the
agreementsreached through collective decision-making.

2. Participates in the Libraries' User Instruction Program which focuses on
teaching libraryskills to students and faculty with
specific emphasis on the effective use of the
librarycatalog and other library resources. .

3. Stays abreast of current trends and best practices in areas of
responsibility and takes stepsnecessary to integrate these
into the University Libraries as appropriate.

4. Serves as collection developer and library liaison for assigned

5. Serves on committees and task forces in the libraries, on campus,
throughout the state andthe region, as well as on the
national level.

6. Participates in the faculty senate and other campus-wide faculty activities
as opportunitiespresent themselves.

C. Maintains and documents a program of research and continual learning that
promotes his/her own

professional growth and development and contributes toward the achievement of
the libraries'

organizational mission.

1. Conducts qualitative and/or quantitative research in subjects and
disciplines related toone or more aspects of librarianship,
the broader field of information sciences, , or
otherrelevant disciplines.

2. Seeks grant funding to support research or experimentation in his/her
field(s) of interest.

3. Seeks opportunities to publish research findings in professional
publications and to makeformal presentations at
professional meetings.

4. Participates in formal and informal programs of continual learning that
will enhancehis/her professional expertise and contribute
to his/her overall effectiveness as a facultymember.

5. Maintains membership and actively participates in appropriate professional

D. Performs other duties as assigned.

1. Participates in library-wide projects and activities as needed or assigned.

2. Undertakes other tasks assigned by the Department Head and/or the Dean of


Reports to Department Head for Library Information Systems


Might supervise staff involved with exploring, planning for, and/or
implementing new and/or emergingtechnologies.niversity of


This is a 12 month, tenure track, faculty position that requires an ALA
accredited M.L.S and

appropriate, relevant library work experience. Faculty members are expected to
conduct research,provide professional service, and publish
their work in appropriate professional publications. A
secondgraduate degree is required to be eligible for tenure
or promotion.


This position requires a varying work schedule and may include some scheduled
evening and weekend The specific
work schedule may change from week to week depending on the demands
and/orresponsibilities of the position.


A. Knowledge of current and emerging technologies in use in libraries,
preferably academic libraries.

B. Experience using a variety of technological devices and/or programs to
support organizationaloperations.

C. Good technical knowledge and expertise with large scale, networked,
integrated, library-specificinformation systems.

D. Familiarity and/or experience with web design and/or development.

E. Ability to supervise the work of others.

F. Demonstrably good oral and written communication skills.

G. Must have good interpersonal skills and demonstrate a commitment to public

H. Must be a forward thinking self-starter, able to work independently as well
as part of a team in a

I. Must be able to assume responsibility and accomplish goals with little or
no supervision.

J. Evidence of potential to maintain an ongoing program of professional
involvement anddevelopment at a level that would merit
tenure and promotion.

K. Ability to work effectively with a highly diverse group of University
faculty, staff, students, public,and coworkers in a
courteous and professional manner.

L. Must have good problem solving skills and exercise sound judgment in
dealing with a variety ofissues.



Technologically oriented academic research library with some similarity to an

environment. Position requires extensive technical
expertise but also has a significant public

service component requiring regular interaction with students, faculty, and
the general public in

person, by telephone, and/or electronically. Position requires some standing,
walking, stooping,

bending, crawling and reaching in order to solve technical issue. Must be able
to lift heavy

reference books and other library resources that might weight up to 30 pounds.
May be requiredto push or pull wheeled book carts filled
with books that could weigh up to 300
pounds.Responsibilities require handling and manipulation
of heavy, yet sensitive, electronic equipment andcareful
connection of delicate component parts. The position may require travel to
other locations tomeet the needs of users at remote sites
of the University and/or to participate in meetings
orprofessional activities.


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