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Discovery Librarian

West Virginia University Libraries is seeking applications for a Discovery Services Librarian, who will be responsible for coordinating and oversight of our two discovery systems, WMS Discovery and EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS), ensuring access to library resources across systems for faculty, staff, students, researchers, and library employees.  They will coordinate access and discovery of both print and electronic resources by collaborating with relevant departments to streamline access from a variety of systems, including the library management system, discovery platform, knowledge bases, content management systems, repositories, and archives information management systems. They will serve as the library’s primary contact to our discovery vendor.

The Discovery Services Librarian will stay up-to-date on system updates, enhancements, and road maps for discovery-related systems.  They will work with relevant departments within the library to recommend configuration options, as well as consulting with the Research Services Committee and Web Team.  They will work with the Libraries’ User Interface Designer on usability testing as needed to enhance usability, accessibility, and discoverability of library resources. They will explore options for using APIs to enhance discovery in collaboration with relevant departments.

Major Responsibilities

  • Serve as caretaker of our system-wide discovery tools working collaboratively with units who oversee systems including the library management system, knowledge bases, access tools, authentication services, and the user interface to provide reliable access.

  • Research and develop configuration recommendations for discovery and propose optimal discovery settings that will enhance the user experience.

  • Maintain primary contact with Libraries discovery vendor. This also involves understanding customization and backend services that are available through the vendor. They will work with the vendor in conjunction with other departments in the library as needed.

  • Stay up to date with discovery system changes, monitor the roadmaps and release schedules for EDS and WorldCat Discovery, appropriately communicate changes to library staff, including creating documentation and answering staff questions.

  • Explore new and emerging options for integrating discovery and fulfillment and to expand the sharing of resources within the WVU Libraries. In collaboration with other units, make use of API integrations in Libraries ILS and Discovery Layer to enhance user experience.

  • Work with departments to identify collections and materials to be added to discovery. Use collaborative project management approaches with departments and metadata to incorporate these collections into discovery.

  • Work collaboratively with Systems departments on library services, resources, and projects as needed.

  • Use web analytics and usability studies to make recommendations for data-driven development of discovery.

  • Leads the Libraries’ Discovery sub-committee, serving as advisor to the Web Team and Research Services Committees and providing recommendations on:

    • System-wide policies to enhance discovery across the WVU Libraries.

    • Areas for usability testing or other data-driven processes to continue development of discovery.

    • Best method with managing and displaying library resources. 

    • Discovery updates related to Access Services and Resource Sharing and inform those committees when there are issues needed to be addressed.

    • Training plans for library staff.

Conditions of Work & Benefits:
Twelve-month assignment, 37.5 hours weekly M-F with occasional weekend and evening work possible

Flexible Hybrid work schedule possible

Faculty rank and status

Non-tenure track

Health and retirement benefits

Generous paid vacation, holiday, and sick leave

Supportive work environment with funding support for research and professional activities

We will fill this position at the rank of Assistant University Librarian or Associate University Librarian. Rank and salary are dependent upon post-MLS experience and credentials.

Salary range $61,000.00 - $72,000.00 commensurate with experience and faculty rank.

Exemplary job performance, professional development/research, and service are required for reappointment and promotion in rank.

Application procedure

Application review process begins January 9, 2023. Applications received by this date will receive the highest consideration. A complete application must include a letter of interest, resume or curriculum vitae, and the names of three current, professional references (please include mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers). Please contact the search committee chair Jessica McMillen at Jessica.McMillen@mail.wvu.edu if you have questions.
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About WVU Libraries

The WVU Libraries encompasses seven libraries: the Downtown Library, Evansdale Library, Health Sciences Library (Morgantown), Law Library, Health Sciences Library (Charleston), Mary F. Shipper Library at Potomac State College, Beckley Library at WVU Institute of Technology, and West Virginia and Regional History Center. Our collections include more than 1.8 million books, 400,000 eBooks, and 117,000 eJournals. To learn more about our strategic goals read our 2021-2024 Strategic Roadmap https://library.wvu.edu/about/strategic-roadmap

About West Virginia University and Morgantown

Morgantown, WV is a growing university city. The area offers abundant outdoor recreation and the cultural opportunities of a college town. It is within easy driving distance of Pittsburgh, PA (70 mi) and is within a day's driving distance to Washington DC and Columbus, OH (200 mi).  

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley — the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position. To learn more about West Virginia University, visit go.wvu.edu.

Meeting the needs of today’s professional couples is a critical factor in WVU’s success in recruiting and retaining new faculty and senior staff. Our Dual Career Program assists couples in your employment search. WVU belongs to the OH/Western PA/WV Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC). Please visit dualcareer.wvu.edu and ohwpawvherc.org for more information and job postings.

West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity and has received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for 6 consecutive years. Read about our Inclusive Campus initiatives here:  https://www.wvu.edu/inclusive-campus

The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

Position: Discovery Librarian
Organization: West Virginia University Libraries
Location: Morgantown,  WV 
United States
Salary: Salary range $61,000.00 - $72,000.00 commensurate with experience and faculty rank.
Posting Start Date: 12/12/2022
Date Posted: 12/12/2022

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information sciences and/or Master’s degree in a related discipline
  • A minimum of three years’ experience related to academic library discovery systems, integrated library systems,  related technologies, or   user experience/usability.
  • A strong ability to collaborate with multiple units within the library as well as with vendors
  • Knowledge of emerging discovery technologies and trends in higher education
  • Strong attention to detail and understanding of how technology changes impact researchers, students, and library employees
  • Excellent communication skills, including ability to create clear documentation and training materials
  • Demonstrated commitment to user-focused discovery services

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience with EBSCO Discovery Services, WorldCat Discovery, and/or WorldShare Management Services
  • Experience with metadata, XML, SEO, WCAG, and/or APIs
  • Experience with usability testing and knowledge of current user trends

If you feel that you don’t meet these desired qualifications, we still encourage you to apply. Desired qualifications can sometimes miss the elements that would most strengthen our team; we value a diversity of skills.

Status: This listing expires on: 2/10/2023
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West Virginia University Libraries

Morgantown,  WV 26506
United States
Jessica McMillen