The Discovery and Systems Librarian will learn our new Alma and Primo system, assume a leadership role in its configuration and ongoing development, and collaborate closely with staff in our libraries and in our consortium in order to make it the best library catalog possible.
They will work within a team environment to serve as the lead manager of the Alma library system and of three separate instances of the Primo discovery catalog: for William and Mary, for Richard Bland College’s Library, and for Colonial Williamsburg’s Rockefeller Library. They will convene colleagues across the libraries to discuss the creation of standards, the development of new workflows, and the implementation of enhancements to the behind-the-scenes system and the public-facing catalog.
Successful candidates will have an open mind about learning our new system and will be eager to play a primary role in shaping its development over the years to come.
The Discovery and Systems Librarian will be deeply interested in the user’s experience navigating our library resources and dedicated to improving access to our extensive and wonderful collections. They will put the user experience first in decision making, and approach the discovery system with a deep commitment to understanding the work of researchers. The successful candidate should have a great capacity for understanding complexity, diving into thorny issues, documenting decisions, organizing information, and keeping the big picture in mind while excelling at detail-oriented work.
Major responsibilities include:
> Developing a deep and broad working knowledge of Alma and Primo as well as new systems, products, technologies, and best practices related to systems and discovery work. The Discovery & Systems Librarian will be supported to participate in ELUNA, the Ex Libris Users Group of North America, and other relevant professional development opportunities.
> Problem solving and workflow assessment in close collaboration with library staff from William and Mary and our consortial partners. We seek someone with a desire to figure out solutions to problems, no matter how complex, and follow through until the issue is resolved.
> Analytics and assessment of collections, patron patterns, and library effectiveness and assisting others to create and use effective reports.
> Development and delivery of consulting and training services for staff at all libraries & branches in a strategic way.
> Study of library users’ experiences which translates into shared understandings and decision making about the design and functionality of our discovery system. This may include usability studies, use of tracking software, analysis of reports, and iterative design processes which inform the development of our discovery system.
> Support for clean up projects and major database edits such as batch loading of records and invoices to enhance our records and access to information.
> Liaison role with campus units regarding systems integration with Banner, Blackboard, or other systems; and with vendors regarding enhancements to our system and integration with external systems such as EDI invoicing, batch loading of data sets, e-resource accessibility, and connections with other external/3rd party products.
The Discovery & Systems Librarian reports to the Associate Dean of Collections and Content Services and is a part of the Content Services department of William and Mary Libraries which includes acquisitions and resource management of physical and e-resources in all formats, digital services, scholarly communication, and budget & finance.