Job Opening – Library Automation Systems Analyst

As announced on our employment opportunities site. This is a great opportunity for someone with library automation experience. Our IT department is great, and Charlotte is a wonderful place to live!

POSITION TITLE: Library Automation Systems Analyst


LOCATION: Main Library

STARTING SALARY: $59,784-$74,730


DESCRIPTION OF WORK: Serves as the lead administrator for the Library’s library automation systems (LAS), and is responsible for all aspects thereof, including development and maintenance of interfaces between the LAS and other systems, integration of locally developed and third party applications with the LAS, functional support for all LAS modules, and creation of custom SQL reports. The LAS includes modules for cataloging, acquisitions, serials, circulation, an online catalog, and interacts with telephony notification, Self-checkout, patron authentication, e-payment, and computer reservation and timing systems. Administers, configures and optimizes the LAS and its partner products (OPAC, Reporting, Telephony, etc.), manages user accounts and security, assures system and database security and integrity; and manages all database maintenance, including upgrades, indexing, and data clean-up and purges. Assures secure connectivity and data transmission between LAS and ancillary library applications and databases. Oversees the writing and programming of custom reports and scripts for undertaking routine and non-routine maintenance database tasks using SQL or a similar reporting and database modification language. Develops and configures user displays, search and index options in collaboration with Cataloging and Reference librarians for optimum access to library resources, primarily for the LAS staff client, the public online catalog, and ancillary products. Creates and maintains procedures and documentation, including software configurations, for LAS and related 3rd-party applications. Serves as “final” internal tier for support of LAS and ancillary products: analyze, resolve and respond to trouble tickets, service requests and information queries from library staff and public. Serves as the primary technical contact with LAS vendor and related user communities, and third-party technology vendors and internal technology staff.

JOB REQUIREMENTS: Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science or other related field from an accredited college or university required. Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA accredited program, or alternative analytical/research M..A. preferred. 5-7 years progressively responsible experience with library automation systems (LAS) or other major database systems (system administration, database maintenance, custom reports). Familiarity with professionally accepted library standards of classification, cataloging and data transmission (USMARC format, metadata standards, authority control, Dewey Decimal Classification System, Library of Congress Subject Headings, SIP, X12, etc.); and experience/understanding of their application and implications in library automated systems. Demonstrated solid understanding of typical library functions that are automated (circulation, reference, online catalogs, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, interlibrary loan, etc.) and the knowledge of data, management, and service interdependencies among these integrated components. Extensive scripting experience in a Windows or *NIX environment, or other programming or SQL/report languages experience, or with RDBMS (Sybase, MS SQL, Oracle) administration. Demonstrated understanding of client/server environment, and experience with software applications needed to administer Library Automation Systems.

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday-Friday, 8-5.


About Lori Reed

Lori Reed, coauthor of Workplace Learning & Leadership: A Handbook for Library and Non-Profit Trainers, is a learning and communication strategist with more than twenty years experience in learning and development. A 2009 Library Journal Mover & Shaker and a 2010 "One to Watch" for paralibrarians, Lori graduated cum laude from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Science in Communication. Lori is a certified Synchronous Learning Expert and a North Carolina Master Trainer and has traveled across North America speaking about libraries and training.

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