Web Services Librarian

The Arizona State University Library seeks a knowledgeable, creative, and user-oriented colleague for the position of Web Services Librarian.

The Web Services Librarian is charged with leadership, project management, and technological work related to the planning, development, coordination, maintenance, and evaluation of the Library’s web site and other major online user interfaces. In addition to monitoring and promoting new features and services related to the Library’s web presence, the Web Services Librarian will manage web projects within the Discovery Services Team. The Web Services Librarian will participate in regular committee meetings throughout the year to facilitate communication, content creation, and coordination of web-related needs and functions. This position may also be assigned to direct the work of temporary or part-time employees, student assistants, and interns, when the work is related to special projects or tasks falling primarily in the Discovery Services functional area. Reports to the Director of Discovery Services.

Within Research and Development, the Discovery Services Team is responsible for analysis, design, development, implementation, maintenance, content coordination, and evaluation of the Library’s main website, user interfaces, the library systems platform (LSP) and integrated web applications. Where appropriate, this includes management of user-interface customizations and integrations of proprietary library products affecting discovery/searching of information resources, interlibrary loan, room reservations, library research guides, and other functional areas. The team works with all colleagues and departments in the Library to find creative ways to meet user needs by integrating instructional design theory and usability into the Library’s web sites, tutorials, and other applications.

In addition to the Web Services Librarian, the team includes two web developers, a digital library software engineer, a systems administrator, and a user interface designer.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Serves as the primary point of contact, project manager, and coordinator for the Library’s web presence, and is responsible for resolving issues as well as identifying, developing, and implementing enhancements; provides leadership and expertise to help the Library manage its web-based applications and tools that enhance access to services, collections, and instructional content for ASU students, faculty, and staff; provides leadership in implementing effective communication in a digital environment; participates in processes related to web design and development, information architecture, and content creation and maintenance; works with Discovery Services Team to engage in web site and web applications development and systems management work with Drupal and other systems, as appropriate; leads and/or participates in processes that will assess user requirements, needs, and satisfaction levels, in order to assure that the Library’s web site and applications are understandable, usable, and effective for the Library’s primary constituents; maintains currency with web technologies, software, tools, and solutions and participates in evaluation, assessment, and training efforts; and leads and/or participates on the Web Services Advisory Committee, which serves as a cross-unit advisory group to the Discovery Services Team on matters related to strategic goals, initiatives, design, content, and usability.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Master’s degree in Library Information Science/Studies from an ALA-accredited institution
  • General web design and development experience
  • Knowledge of usability design and assessment
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills
  • Broad knowledge of a wide range of IT issues (e.g., accessibility, security), Web development methods, requirements, and procedures
  • Strong interest in emerging technologies, library technology trends, general trends in librarianship and higher education that affect library technology

Preferred:

  • Knowledge of responsive web design
  • Knowledge of current web accessibility standards and how these standards affect web design and user experience
  • Working knowledge of Drupal
  • Strong project management experience
  • Knowledge of at least one object-oriented programming language
  • Experience working with multiple library applications and content management systems
  • Demonstrable experience with APIs and mobile technologies
  • Experience in information architecture, taxonomy/ontology creation, and writing of content for the web
  • Knowledge of SQL and database-driven web sites and applications
  • Initiative, flexibility, organization, precision, and excellent problem solving skills
  • Ability to support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Experience working within Unix/Linux variant server environments with basic system administration utilities

Salary and Rank:

This is a Year to Year academic professional position, Assistant/Associate rank and salary, dependent upon experience.

The Arizona State University Libraries is a leader in innovative customer service and in the strength of its collections and ranks in the top 40 research libraries in North America.  The ASU Library include eight physical locations: Fletcher Library at the West campus, the Library at the Downtown Phoenix campus, the Library at the Polytechnic campus, International Business Information Centre at Thunderbird and four libraries on the Tempe campus: Hayden Library, Noble Science and Engineering Library, Music Library, and Arts+Design Library.  In addition, the Ross-Blakley Law Library serves the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.  The ASU Library supports over 95,000 full-time and part-time students and over 3,000 faculty.  More information about the Arizona State University Library can be found at:  https://lib.asu.edu .

Application Procedures: Application packet consists of a cover letter, comprehensive vita or resume, and names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of 3 recent professional references.  The application should be sent as a single (one) complete electronic file to Lillie Johnson, Lillie.Johnson@asu.edu.  A more complete position is posted at: https://lib.asu.edu/employment/acadprof . Questions about the position and search should be directed to Tammy Wolf, tammy.allgood@asu.edu.

Application Deadline: Application deadline is April 7, 2017; applications will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the search is closed.

Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.  A background check is required for employment.  For more information regarding ASU visit our web site:  www.asu.edu.  For the Tempe and/or Phoenix area, visit:  www.visitarizona.com. 

Arizona State University’s Charter animates an institution “measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes, and how they succeed.” Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  Women and minorities are welcomed and encouraged to apply.