Head of Libraries Systems & Technologies - Search
Georgia Southern University Libraries
Georgia Southern University Libraries invites applications and
nominations for the position of Head of Libraries Systems &
Technologies and tenure-track Associate Professor. The home campus
for this position will be the Statesboro campus.
Georgia Southern University is a distinctive combination of
Southern charm and uncompromising academics. We are a Carnegie
Doctoral/R2 institution serving about 26,500 students through ten
colleges on three beautiful oak-lined campuses in Statesboro,
Savannah, Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Throughout
its degree offerings at the associate's, bachelor's, master's, and
doctoral levels, Georgia Southern cultivates community
collaboration, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning
Georgia Southern University was founded in 1906 as a school for
teaching modern agricultural production techniques and homemaking
skills to rural school children. Its Savannah campus was
established in 1935 as Armstrong Junior College for local youth who
could not afford to attend college away from home. The Liberty
Center in Hinesville was established in 1998 to serve the military
and their families at nearby Fort Stewart, the largest military
base east of the Mississippi. All three locations came together in
2018 when Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern
University consolidated. The "new" Georgia Southern University
preserves a passion for serving its neighbors while preparing
students for lifelong service as scholars, leaders, and responsible
stewards of their communities.
Believing that diversity, equity, and inclusion contribute to
excellence in the workplace and to the quality of the University's
academic environment, Georgia Southern University is committed to
recruiting and retaining diverse faculty and staff to support,
promote, and serve a diverse student body and promote Inclusive
Excellence. Candidates from historically underrepresented groups,
whose work furthers the institution's Inclusive Excellence goals
and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and
backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.
Reporting to the Dean of University Libraries, the Head of Systems
and Technologies will assist the Dean with establishing strategic
directions for the Libraries' use of technologies to support
operations and to provide students with access to new technologies.
The department head supervises a staff of four who provide direct
help to students with technology questions and desktop support for
library faculty and staff. Overseeing the Libraries' web presence
and making changes as needed, managing the Libraries' Alma &
Primo Systems, and working closely with collection and access
services are also among the primary responsibilities for this
position. The department head is a member of the dean's senior
leadership team that includes the associate deans and seven
department heads at the Armstrong and Statesboro campuses.
- Sets strategic directions for the department and provides
training and supervision to four staff members and a group of
- Serves as a member of the Dean's Advisory Council and
Leadership Team. Advises the dean and library leaders on
technological and library systems issues.
- Collaborates with the University Information Technology Unit on
technological issues that are applicable to the University
- Oversees the desktop and laptop management of public and staff
computers, systems software and hardware, operating systems,
enterprise applications, printers and scanners, and requests for
equipment selection and purchasing.
- Creates and maintains a University Libraries' Technology Plan
to increase innovative technologies for library users and
employees. Identifies potential funding opportunities.
- Assists the Libraries' departments with the selection,
acquisition, and implementation of hardware and software in support
of operational effectiveness and innovation.
- Collaborates with University System of Georgia GIL/GALILEO in
developing and implementing projects pertaining to the integrated
library system and other applications as needed.
- Administers integrated library system and other specialized
library systems and software. Manages daily system operations,
makes changes and updates to system configurations, troubleshoots
problems, and creates requested reports.
- Gathers statistical data from Alma and other sources to support
program accreditation, annual reports, gate counts, etc.
- Oversees operation and maintenance of the University Libraries'
automated retrieval system, which stores 800,000 plus print
- Oversees the content and design of the University Libraries'
website ensuring accuracy, currency, and web usability according to
national and university standards. Leads the University Libraries'
- Performs other duties as assigned.
This is a full-time, 12-month, tenure-track position at the rank of
Associate Professor, and the salary is competitive and commensurate
with qualifications and experience.
- MLS from an ALA-accredited program or close equivalent via
education and work experience by August 1, 2021.
- Significant experience managing an ILS in an academic library
setting and consulting with colleagues across the libraries to meet
their technological and systems' needs.
- Three years minimum experience supervising staff.
- Excellent communications skills. Ability to communicate
concisely and clearly across all levels and to external
stakeholders in both written and verbal communications.
- Experience with project management, including budget management
skills; the ability to quickly adapt to changing needs and
priorities; and effective problem-solving and decision-making
- Professional experience creating and maintaining usable and
accessible web pages within a content management system.
- Evidence of ability to establish and maintain effective working
relationships in a diverse work environment.
- Demonstrated ability to manage and lead multiple concurrent
- Evidence of commitment to providing user-centered service to
student, faculty, staff, and community members in an academic
- A record of scholarship and service appropriate for the
Associate Professor rank. Ability to meet the University's
requirements for promotion and review, which include
professional/scholarly contributions and service.
- Willingness to engage with institutional student success
- Must be authorized to work in the United States for the
duration of employment without
assistance from the institution.
- Experience configuring and managing Alma and Primo systems.
Advanced knowledge of Alma Analytics.
- Programming experience using one or more of the following:
Perl, Python, Ruby, PHP, or Java.
- Demonstrated experience using APIs and web services for
integration and data retrieval.
- Experience with Springshare products
- Experience constructing SQL queries, exporting data from
systems, and processing data in Excel to create reports
- Familiarity with metadata standards, including but not limited
- Knowledge of authentication processes using Shibboleth and
- Familiarity with maintaining SSL web certificates.
- Demonstrated ability to provide individual and group
instruction on technical topics.
Screening of applications begins August 9, 2021 and continues until
the position is filled. The starting date is negotiable. To
equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and
to fulfill the University's commitment to promoting diversity,
equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a
demonstrated commitment to Pillar 3 of our University Strategic
Plan: Inclusive Excellence. A complete application consists of a
letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum
vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email
addresses of at least three professional references. Other
documentation may be requested. Only complete applications
submitted electronically will be considered. Please include the
search number #67848 in the email subject. Finalists will be
required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and
nominations should be sent to:
Doug Frazier, Search Chair, Search #67848
Georgia Southern University
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