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Head of Technical Services

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Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title Head of Technical Services
Location Moscow
Division/College College of Law
Department Law Library
Employee Category Faculty
Classification Group Title Prog Head/Dist Dir/Super
Tenure Tracking Non-Tenure Track
Rank Negotiable (must be justified)
Interim/Term Appointment No
Multi-Year Contract (Non-Tenure Track) Not Applicable
Position Type Permanent
Pay Range $55,000 to $65,000 per year
Type of Appointment Fiscal Year
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Funding
Internal Posting?
Position Summary

The Head of Technical Services is located at the University of Idaho’s Moscow, Idaho campus and works under the direct supervision and general direction of the Law Library Director. This position plans, implements, and evaluates operations, establishes policies and procedures, and sets priorities in all technical and collection services areas of the law library including: acquisitions (e.g., vendor relationships and communications), cataloging and metadata, serials, government documents, interlibrary loan, electronic resources, and data gathering and statistics.

The Head of Technical Services facilitates the creation, maintenance, and enhancement of metadata across multiple discovery platforms and library systems, including use of applicable tools for manipulating data (e.g., MARCEdit, XML, normalization rules); oversees staff working in metadata and is responsible for duties such as record loads, troubleshooting data problems, and efficient management and work processes of the Integrated Library System for Resource Management functions; ensures compliance with national and local standards such as MARC, RDA, AACR2r, LCSH, LCCS, OCLC, LC cataloging practices, and other appropriate cataloging and metadata standards.

The Head of Technical Services provides leadership in working collaboratively with the Orbis Cascade Alliance (the Alliance) and consults on collection development policies and decisions, as requested. As a unit head, the Head of Technical Services participates in discussions and decision-making regarding library programs, services, operations, facilities, and policies.

The Head of Technical Services is a full-time, non-tenure track, clinical faculty position with the rank of either assistant or associate, in the College of Law faculty. As a clinical member of the College of Law faculty, the Head of Technical Services is expected to engage in scholarly and outreach activities consistent with the tenure and promotion standards of the College of Law and the University of Idaho.

The College of Law and Law Library are located on the main campus of the University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho. The College also has a vibrant satellite campus in Boise, Idaho which houses the Idaho State Law Library, which the College of Law Library administers pursuant to a Memorandum of Understanding with the Idaho Supreme Court. The Law Library participates in the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a consortium of 37 academic libraries in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho, with access to over 28 million items.

Responsibilities

Job Duty Function Leadership and University Service
Job Duties/Responsibilities

• Oversight and supervision for Moscow Technical Services operations and personnel, including acquisitions, cataloguing, metadata and bibliographic standards, serials acquisition and processing, interlibrary loan, and collaboration and consultation with the Idaho State Law Library as appropriate.
• In consultation with the Director, prepares applicable documentation and sets priorities and goals in assigned areas of responsibility.
• Facilitates the creation, maintenance, and enhancement of metadata across multiple discovery platforms and library systems; provides leadership in working collaboratively with the Orbis Cascade Alliance (the Alliance); oversees staff working in metadata and is responsible for duties such as record loads, troubleshooting data problems, and efficient management and work processes of the Integrated Library System (currently Alma/Primo) for Resource Management functions
• Trains, evaluates and supervises technical services staff and ensures compliance with national and local standards such as MARC, RDA, AACR2r, LCSH, LCCS, OCLC, LC cataloging practices, and other appropriate cataloging and metadata standards.
• Configuration and operational oversight of the integrated library system to facilitate access to library materials, including electronic resources; coordinating with other UI library locations regarding operation of the ILS.
• Coordinates and manages integrated library system functions, including experience with Ex Libris’ Alma system; participates in resource management services planning; coordinates with library personnel from various units to ensure effective integration of e-resources with Ex Libris’ Alma system
• Performs personnel evaluations and reviews consistent with departmental and university policies and procedures. Assists with the hiring, scheduling, and training of appropriate Law Library faculty, Board-appointed staff, Temporary Help staff, and student personnel, as necessary.
• Assists in the collection and recording of all pertinent statistical data, and submits reports based on such data to the Director, other library staff, or requesting organizations. Undertakes special assignments, studies or surveys related to the technical services functions as requested or needed.

Job Duty Function Outreach and Extension
Job Duties/Responsibilities

Engages in intramural and non-university, professional service activities (via committees, etc.) consistent with the traditional service roles engaged in by clinical faculty and in keeping with departmental, college, and university expectations, including appropriate professional organizations at the state, regional, or national level.

Job Duty Function Teaching and Advising
Job Duties/Responsibilities

The successful candidate will support the College of Law and the Law Library by making information resources accessible, findable, and usable in the traditional technical services areas of metadata and bibliographic standards, acquisitions, cataloguing, and interlibrary loan.

Job Duty Function Scholarship and Creative Activities
Job Duties/Responsibilities

Continues intellectual and professional growth through involvement in professional associations, conferences, and workshops.

May engage in scholarly and creative activity in the areas of acquisitions, cataloguing, metadata standards and practices, serials management, integrated library systems and discovery resources, legal research, legal information, librarianship, or legal education consistent with the scholarly roles engaged in by clinical faculty and in keeping with departmental, college, and university expectations.

Qualifications

Minimum Qualifications

• Master’s degree in library or information science from ALA-accredited graduate school.
• Demonstrated supervisory, organizational, and leadership abilities.
• Ability to lead in an atmosphere of continuous change, to work within a collaborative environment with diverse groups, and to inspire and motivate.
• Strong collaboration and written and oral communication skills.
• Demonstrated knowledge of metadata standards, rules and tools.
• A strong record of professional activities, including research and engagement in professional organizations.
• Previous supervisory experience in a library environment.
• Solid understanding of the research university environment and scholarly communication issues. Thorough knowledge of a broad range of resources, both legal and non-legal, in a broad range of formats.
• Thorough knowledge of ongoing trends and challenges in bibliographic access to legal information.
• General knowledge of types and uses of legal materials.

Preferred Qualifications

• Two-three years of supervisory experience in an academic law library is strongly preferred (other experience may be substituted depending upon overall credentials and qualifications).

• Experience managing integrated library systems and resource discovery tools, link resolvers, and proxy authentication systems strongly preferred.

Physical Requirements & Working Conditions

Posting Information

Posting Number F000610P
Posting Date 08/18/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

This position is open until filled but priority will be given to applications received by September 18, 2017. Expected start date is January 2018. Required documents: CV/resume, letter of application, and at least 3 references.

Background Check Statement

Applicants who are selected as final possible candidates must be able to pass a criminal background check.

EEO Statement

The University of Idaho is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression or any other reason prohibited under Federal, State, or local laws. EOE AA/M/F/D/V

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. List of References
Optional Documents

Supplemental Questions

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