Integrated Library System Administrator (1 year term position)
What is SILS?
The Saskatchewan Information and Library Services Consortium (SILS) is comprised of all ten of Saskatchewan’s regional and municipal public library systems, plus the Provincial Library, which work together to provide seamless and consistent library services to over 300 branches. SILS maintains the core library technology infrastructure for its members. In addition to the ILS, this infrastructure includes patron-facing web and mobile applications through which our goal is to deliver a rich user experience through the dynamic integration of library collections and patron account functionality. Now is the time to join this forward-thinking organization and contribute to supporting world-class library services in Saskatchewan.
We are looking for a service-oriented individual who enjoys working in a diverse and customer-focused environment. You are organized, technically sound and a credible system administrator. You have demonstrated an ability to work within a fast-paced and collaborative team environment, and you have excellent skills in building relationships, communicating effectively, and serving the needs of others. Most importantly, you are a responsive, hands-on problem solver and have a propensity to get things done!
What you’ll be doing:
As one of two Integrated Library System Administrators, you will share responsibility for the support and administration of the Consortium’s integrated library system (ILS) that provides a variety of services including circulation, cataloguing, acquisitions, serials, reports, external interface functions, and public access. Work is performed with considerable independent judgment and initiative. The consortium uses Polaris as its ILS.
Key responsibilities include:
Manage the integrated library system (ILS) functionality and system access.
Determine best practices for ILS system upgrades and software implementation.
Develop and configure ILS features for effective system performance in a consortial environment.
Advise circulation and assessment managers in best practices of data management and extraction relating to the Consortium-wide database.
Configure and manage system data loads and third-party software connections.
Work with stakeholders to improve services through systems refinement, enhancement, and innovation.
Train agency and SILS staff in the management of statistical reporting and circulation functionality.
Develop and create recurring and on-demand reports for SILS agencies.
Collaborate with clients and colleagues to ensure timely completion of tasks, assists others when needed, and request assistance if necessary.
Monitor industry trends and best practices related to information access and discovery and recommend improvements to existing tools and workflows as appropriate.
Act as a resource to the Consortium’s committees and working groups when requested.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Skills:
An ALA-accredited MLIS degree is preferred.
3-5 years of relevant professional experience.
Ability to work in a creative and highly productive environment. Demonstrated ability to liaise effectively with clients. Excellent oral and written communication skills in English.
Self-directed, flexible, and results-driven with a demonstrated ability to take initiative, collaborate, and deliver results.
Demonstrated knowledge of SQL and relational database structure.
Familiarity with MARC and non-MARC metadata schemas, standards, and best practices.
The following would be an asset:
Additional degree or advanced diploma in computer science or equivalent experience.
Relevant and current Microsoft Certification(s).
Five years of public library experience.
Experience working in a consortium.
Position: This is a one-year term position with the possibility of extension. The successful candidate will be required to telecommute and will join an existing team of five employees already working remotely. Occasional travel within Saskatchewan may be required.
Remuneration: Commensurate with education and experience.
To Apply: Interested parties should submit a resume, including the names of three references, by e-mail to Rob Zylstra, Executive Director: [log in to unmask] The position will remain open until filled.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
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