Library Systems Analyst
Brown University Library seeks highly collaborative and innovative candidates
for the position of Library Systems Analyst. Working within a large team of
technical experts, the Systems Analyst will be charged to creatively improve
the efficiency of the overall workflows in Library Access Services and to
allow effective systems' interoperability while dealing with traditional and
unconventional metadata and its wide range of uses in acquisitions, electronic
resources, cataloging, circulation, resource sharing, and off-site storage. In
addition, the Systems Analyst will assist in developing effective, user-
friendly training modules and documentation for staff in the use of such
The candidate will lead system analyses of current staff workflows, design,
and create dynamic routines and ubiquitous interfaces for triggering
customized automation routines. As the library continues to enhance its
collaborative efforts on campus and with other peer libraries, s/he will be
expected to work with colleagues in the library's Digital Technologies and
Brown's Computing and Information Services (CIS) to help imagine new system
architectures and facilitate such interactions by thinking of scalable,
creative solutions which may also be applicable to other peer libraries.
Another aspect of this position's work is the exploration of new system needs,
and to occasionally assist in developing Requests for Proposals (RFPs),
interview technical representatives of library automation vendors, and
maintain awareness of library automation marketplace trends and
developments. Finally, the Systems Analyst will work with
e-resource management systems, access tools, and authentication protocols to
ensure unprecedented and improved discovery to critical library networked
* Bachelor's degree in Computer Science, Information Science, or a related field or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
* Significant, demonstrable experience with systems, workflow analysis, and UX methods, and collaborative approaches to continuous improvement.
* 5 years of demonstrable experience with common programming languages (e.g., Ruby, Python, Perl).
* Creativity and strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
* Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills.
* Ability to learn new technical skills quickly; ability to meet deadlines; strong service-orientation.
* Evidence of ability to grow professionally.
* Preferred - 3-5 years' experience with common library software and automation tools (e.g., MARCEdit, AutoIt, Archivists' Toolkit, OpenRefine, EZProxy).
* Preferred - previous experience with library automation software in use at Brown (Innovative Millennium, GFA inventory control).
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