Technical Services Librarian

SAILS Headquarters

Full Time Technical Services Librarian


Position Overview:
Working in a team environment, the SAILS Technical Services Librarian assists with the ongoing support of the bibliographic database and digital services managed by the SAILS library network. This position works closely with the Network Cataloger and Executive Director to coordinate centralized cataloging and record maintenance for the network; perform database management; and provide support in the areas of cataloging, acquisitions, and serials for member libraries. This position also oversees and supports SAILS digital history and electronic collections. The Technical Services Librarian reports to the Executive Director.


  • Responsible for establishing and reviewing metadata procedures and practices for the SAILS Digital History Collection.
  • Serves as liaison with member libraries to promote participation in the SAILS Digital History Collection.
  • Provides support for SAILS electronic resource collections.
  • Provides support to member libraries, troubleshoots ILS issues, and runs reports in the areas of cataloging, acquisitions and serials.
  • Responsible for batch loading and global editing of database records.
  • Works on special cataloging and database cleanup projects for the SAILS member libraries.
  • Keeps abreast of cataloging rules, local/national standards and trends, as well as emerging technologies through reading, webinars, trainings, conference attendance, etc.
  • In conjunction with the Network Cataloger, develops the format and content of appropriate cataloging workshops for SAILS libraries.
  • Assists with the creation of documentation for member libraries.
  • Assists with meetings and presentations, under the direction of the Executive Director.

  • Qualifications: 

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent.
  • Extensive knowledge of current cataloging practices and rules. Experience should include original cataloging, using AACR2 and RDA, Dublin Core, and LCSH; knowledge of cataloging standards for digital formats; and familiarity with established and emerging metadata standards.
  • Experience working on digitization projects is preferred.
  • Knowledge of Digital Asset Management software is preferred.
    Strong technology skills are required.
  • Experience working with an automated library management system, preferably Symphony Workflows.
  • Knowledge of trends in electronic resource licensing and purchase models is desirable.
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and initiative.
  • Ability to work with large groups with varying cataloging experience.
  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Valid Driver’s License and vehicle with current insurance coverage. Work-related mileage will be reimbursed at the current IRS rate.

  • Education Required: MLS

    Salary: $49,031 – $66,443

    Closing Date: October 31, 2019

    Contact Information: 

    Open until filled. Preference given to applications submitted by October 18, 2019

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