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Systems Librarian

The Biola Library seeks an innovative, creative, team-oriented Systems Librarian who is passionate about leading a team of colleagues to meet the challenges of the dynamic  21st-century information technology landscape. Biola University is a Protestant, theologically conservative, private Christian university located in Southern California. Biola is a community where all faculty, staff, and students are professing Christians, and Biola faculty are committed to the integration of faith and learning and endorse the university’s doctrine position ( Biola offers competitive salaries and benefits in a supportive and nurturing workplace.

Position Summary:

 Under the direct supervision of the Dean of the Library, the Systems Librarian is primarily responsible for the administration of all components and delivery of technical support for the library services platform / integrated library system. The successful candidate will collaborate with the Manager of Library Information Technology and will participate in departmental planning and projects, user education, staff training, and liaison programs.


      Hold primary responsibility for the web catalog

      Serve as primary liaison with ILS vendor--currently Sierra from Innovative Interfaces, Inc.

      Work with staff and vendors to monitor and troubleshoot performance issues with library systems

      Engage in professional activities, continuing scholarship, and committee service

      Pursue promotion in librarian rank at appropriate times

      Coordinate with department heads to plan, develop, and implement systems initiatives

      Stay current with new technology trends and best practices

      Administer and configure the library's integrated library system, including security, users, profiles, policies, circulation, acquisitions, cataloging, serials management, and statistical data reporting

      Participate in the Liaison Librarian Program, which includes working with faculty to select and weed library materials in assigned areas

      Maintain collaborative relationships with Biola faculty in assigned academic departments to promote library resources and support faculty research

      Perform other duties as assigned



       ALA-accredited MLS (completed or near completion at the time of application), or equivalent  (e.g. Master’s degree in a relevant field and/or relevant experience in lieu of MLS)

      Professional understanding of cataloging procedures and principles, including, but not limited to: AACR2, RDA, LCRI, LCPS, LC classification, LCSH, and MARC bibliographic and authority formats

      Demonstrated awareness of issues and developments related to cataloging and metadata standards, serials, archival and special collections, and working with print, digital, and evolving formats

      Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and contribute to campus-wide projects, task forces, and committees

      Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills

      Strong analytical and critical thinking skills

      Ability to work independently and effectively in a team setting

      Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks effectively


      Professional knowledge of and technical experience with Millennium/Sierra, including the ability to generate reports, create scripts, etc.

      Two or more years of relevant experience in an academic or research library

      Understanding of networking, including cloud-based server technology

      Demonstrated ability to visualize, plan, and deliver non-traditional and innovative library services that benefit the needs of the community, both inside and outside of the library

      Proficiency with one or more coding languages such as SQL or HTML/CSS

      Experience in a research environment either with a STEM background or supporting STEM fields

      Familiar with GIS systems

      Experience in leading a team in the migration from an ILS to a different system or platform

Compensation and Benefits

Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include paid leave, excellent insurance and health care coverage, retirement options, and educational privileges.

 Application Instructions

Apply online by submitting a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, a one-page testimony of your faith, and contact information for three professional references. After review by a search committee, promising candidates will be contacted. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Questions about this position may be addressed to Dr. Gregg Geary, Dean of the Library,

Hours Per Week: 40

Months Per Year: 

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