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Technical Services Librarian

Apply now Job no: 492934
Work type: Full-time
Location: Delaware
Categories: Administrators

Widener University invites applications for an engaged and experienced librarian to be our Technical Services Librarian in for Widener University Delaware Law School. Reporting to the Director of the Library, this role provides support to the Delaware Legal Information Center.

The Technical Services Librarian is responsible for all aspects of Technical Services administration, including acquisitions, cataloging, e-resource management, and serials check-in. The Technical Services Librarian maintains the accuracy and integrity of bibliographic and authority records in the online catalog, performs original and copy cataloging when needed. The ideal Technical Services librarian will also have some knowledge of library systems.

The Delaware Law School Library is the major law library in the state of Delaware and is recognized as one of the major law libraries in the region. The Library's staff is committed to offering personalized attention, delivering outstanding service, and providing ongoing education through legal and related library training programs.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES (including, but not limited to):

Essential duties:

  • Perform all cataloging functions for all formats, including serials, non-print materials, and electronic resources, in compliance with national and local standards such as RDA, MARC, and LC Cataloging and classification practices.
  • Serve as the primary cataloging contact for the library and assist in maintaining an accurate and relevant bibliographic database.
  • Coordinate with Wolfgram & Commonwealth Libraries to perform authority control work for the shared online catalog.
  • Formulate cataloging policy and procedure.
  • Supervise one technical services assistant.
  • Formulate electronic resources cataloging policy and procedure.
  • Perform and monitor batch loading of vendor sourced records.
  • Coordinate with vendors, relevant Law Library and information technology personnel, and University Library personnel to ensure access to electronic databases through IP recognition and/or OpenAthens and the catalog (metadata record loading).
  • Participate in professional development activities, library committees, and law school and university activities.

Secondary responsibilities:

  • Perform additional duties essential to the achievement of effective library operations.
  • Work at the Library’s Reference Desk offering legal reference services to students, faculty, and other library patrons.
  • Assist library patrons in using typical online legal research databases.
  • Participate in professional associations and attend institutes, workshops, classes, training and meetings particularly those that will build knowledge of and competency with respect to legal resources.
  • Other duties as required and specified.

As the only law school in Delaware, Widener University Delaware Law School offers its faculty, students, and staff unique opportunities to engage with and have an impact on the legal, political, and social culture of the State. Delaware attracts students from all over the nation and the world with its unparalleled legal community, its beautiful natural setting, and its ideal location between New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. Delaware Law students also benefit from the support of a dedicated and collegial faculty and support staff who are fully committed to student success and achievement. In addition to the JD program, we offer LLM and SJD degrees in a variety of areas. For more information, please visit our website at https://delawarelaw.widener.edu/.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS (education/training and experience required):

Required:

  • Master of Library & Information Science (or equivalent) degree from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Prior experience and/or training in library technical services function and library systems.
  • Familiarity with library technical services procedures.
  • General knowledge of the Sierra Integrated Library System.
  • Overall library policies and procedures.
  • Principles and practices of bibliographic control including RDA, MARC, AACR2, LCSH, and LC classification.
  • Able to produce original cataloging in an automated library system.
  • Expertise with computer technology, including integrated library automation systems.
  • Effective organization and problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to work independently or as part of a team to analyze a situation and determine what is the best method to accomplish a given goal, including the ability to articulate goals and methods of accomplishing them.
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and participate in multiple projects, sometimes deadline-driven, in order to complete responsibilities in a timely fashion.
  • Good time and project management skills. 
  • Flexibility and the willingness to adapt.
  • Strong communication skills, including the ability to effectively communicate with both technical and non-technical personnel regarding information technology issues and services.

Preferred:

  • Prior law library experience and/or training a plus.
  • Knowledge of legal materials, especially legal serials, a plus.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND/OR UNUSUAL HOURS: 

  • Position requires one evening reference shift per week when school is in session.
  • Ability to work an occasional weekend shift, as needed.
  • Physical stamina to bend, stoop, carry books, and stand for periods of time. 
  • Vision and capability to clearly read call numbers on books.
  • Ability to lift 20 lbs. 

Qualified candidates must submit resume and cover letter for consideration.  Incomplete applications will not be considered. Only those selected to interview will be contacted. 

As the only law school in Delaware, Widener University Delaware Law School offers its faculty, students, and staff unique opportunities to engage with and have an impact on the legal, political, and social culture of the State. Delaware attracts students from all over the nation and the world with its unparalleled legal community, its beautiful natural setting, and its ideal location between New York, Philadelphia, and Washington D.C. Delaware Law students also benefit from the support of a dedicated and collegial faculty and support staff who are fully committed to student success and achievement. In addition to the JD program, we offer LLM and SJD degrees in a variety of areas. For more information, please visit our website at https://delawarelaw.widener.edu/.

Widener University is committed to fostering an inclusive community in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive.  We are an equal opportunity employer and are committed to providing equal educational and employment opportunities for all persons without regard to age, color, national origin, race, religion, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, or status as a protected veteran.

Widener University requires all prospective employees to provide proof of being fully vaccinated (including booster) against COVID-19 prior to employment or apply and be approved for a medical/religious exemption.  Offers may be rescinded if new employee does not provide proof of being fully vaccinated in a timely manner.

Some positions may be eligible for a hybrid or remote work arrangement that may include a partially or fully remote work location, consistent with Widener’s Flexible Work policy. 

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive university, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with Law Schools located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the university, please visit our website at www.widener.edu.

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