Core Services Librarian - Washington State University in Pullman Washington

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Washington State University

Pullman, Washington

United States

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Detailed Job Description

This librarian will provide leadership in the planning, management, and support of the WSU Libraries’ Discovery and Unified Resource Management [ILS] services. The WSU Libraries currently use the ExLibris products Primo and Alma to deliver these core services to the Washington State University community. This tenure-track position is based in the Systems Department of the WSU Libraries on the Pullman campus.

The WSU Libraries are a part of the Orbis Cascade Alliance( and are deeply invested, along with our partner libraries in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho, in the activities of the shared Unified Resource Management and shared Discovery environment. As an active partner in the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the WSU Libraries both inform and reflect the guiding tenets of the alliance, which are: work smart, design for engagement, and innovate to transform.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Core Services:
Under the direction of the head of Systems and Technical Operations and in concert with the Alma Administrators Group and other personnel as appropriate, set goals, policies, and priorities for the WSU Libraries core services.

Serve as a local expert resource for Alma, Primo, and other ExLibris products.

Provide technical support to WSU Libraries constituents for the Primo/Alma environment.

Serve as primary contact for general Primo and Alma configurations and lead post-upgrade testing across the environment.

Create and lead cross-training programs for Libraries’ staff and faculty in Alma and Primo processes and tools.

Facilitate communication about Alma/Primo issues and developments system wide to the WSU community.

Facilitate and chair the Alma Administrators Group.

Monitor and communicate Alliance policies, decisions, and recommendations to local stakeholders.

Serve as an official WSU Libraries’ representative to institutional, regional, and national organizations at the request of library administrators.

Create and maintain batch processes or other types of interfaces for the continued updating of library operations core services (currently Alma and Primo) and other third-party systems (library vendors and local campus technologies).

Work with systems colleagues to automate and extend library core services using APIs and other programmatic or service-based utilities.

Scholarship, Service, and Professional Development:
Participate in appropriate scholarship, faculty governance, and service as a library faculty member.

Engage in library-wide initiatives as appropriate.

Maintain current awareness of web and digital content technologies and actively participate in appropriate meetings and organizations.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited Library and Information Studies program.

Excellent interpersonal, verbal, written, organizational, problem-solving, and planning skills.

Project management experience.

Coursework or experience with a programming or glue-scripting language used for the web or networked services (e.g., Perl, Ruby, PHP, Powershell).

Working knowledge of modern web design, frameworks, and standards.

Experience with an Integrated Library System or Library Discovery Service.

Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues.

Preferred Qualifications

Significant experience with a programming or glue-scripting language used for the web or networked services (e.g., Perl, Ruby, PHP, Powershell).

Knowledge of and experience with OpenURL systems.

Experience working at a research library or large academic library.

Experience with Alma and Primo.

Familiarity with modern cataloging standards and metadata formats, standards, and schema (e.g., Dublin Core).

Monthly Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veterans, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU is committed to excellence through diversity and faculty-friendly policy action, including partner accommodation and NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation programs (

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521(v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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