Digital Scholarship Librarian (Systems) in Southern Cross University

Digital Scholarship Librarian (Systems)

Southern Cross University
Vacancy ID: 17052
Position: Digital Scholarship Librarian (Systems)
Work Unit: Library Services
Executive Portfolio: Vice President (Operations)
Campus: Lismore, Gold Coast or Coffs Harbour
Appointment Type: Full-time, fixed-term (up to 18 months)
Availability: Public
Salary: Base salary $86,372 – $93,903 per annum, plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and leave loading.
Closing Date: Monday, 03 July 2017 at 9:00 (AEST)
Open to: Job applicants must have Australian work rights
*Indigenous Australians are encouraged to apply
Library Services is seeking to appoint a Digital Scholarship Librarian (Systems) to be based at the Lismore, Gold Coast or Coffs Harbour campus. Library Services provides resources and services that facilitate and advance the teaching, learning and research activities of the University. Libraries are located at three campus locations – Lismore, Coffs Harbour and Gold Coast – each with distinct and unique characteristics.  Services are also provided to students in our Sydney, Melbourne and off-shore locations, and for distance education students both within Australia and overseas. The University Art Collection and University Corporate Records Unit are also managed by the University Library.
The position is responsible for the design, development, implementation and evaluation of digital and computational tools used to advance scholarship.  This includes the planning, implementation and ongoing development of the library management and discovery systems (Alma and Primo).
In keeping with the University’s values of collegiality and integrity, the role provides access and discovery services for all stakeholders of the university community, and works with all library teams on projects and activities that promote Library collections and services.
Ideally, the appointee should possess the following qualifications, skills, abilities and experience:
  1. Relevant tertiary qualification accredited for eligibility for professional membership of Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and a minimum of five years’ experience in a university or research library environment, or an equivalent alternative combination of relevant knowledge, training and/or experience, as well as completed Alma Administration Certification.
  2. Demonstrated extensive experience in configuring library content services, and resource and discovery systems to facilitate learning, teaching and research.
  3. Demonstrated knowledge of relevant library metadata standards and principles, and their application to information systems.
  4. Demonstrated ability to negotiate, consult, and liaise with a broad range of internal and external stakeholders.
  5. Demonstrated knowledge of existing and emerging issues in the provision of content services and resource and discovery systems pertinent to a higher education environment.
  6. A capacity for adaptability and flexibility in a rapidly changing environment.
  7. Demonstrated commitment to cultural diversity and a working knowledge of equity and WHS principles in the workplace.
  • Manage and administer digital library content services and resource discovery systems. Provide specialised expertise to library staff who use these systems for their day-to-day duties. Manage interoperability with internal and external resource and discovery systems ensuring uninterrupted delivery of information services to clients.
  • Manage and maintain current library products concerned with the delivery of and access to library resources. Lead and coordinate the configuration of content services, resource management, discovery, and fulfilment systems to meet client needs in learning, teaching and research. Lead the identification, testing and evaluation of emerging technologies for usability and effective discovery and delivery of library information resources, services and workflows.
  • Lead and coordinate process improvement initiatives aimed at utilising capabilities of content services and resource discovery systems to enhance client satisfaction. Collaborate with Library staff on innovative applications of resource and discovery systems that facilitate learning, teaching and research. Investigate and trial emerging library systems that provide new models of service delivery, and report and make recommendations on possible benefits for Southern Cross University. Communicate to library clients on system changes that impact on services and develop processes to mitigate risks of disruption to services.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures in relation to effective operation of library systems and ensure staff are communicated about procedural updates resulting from system upgrades/enhancements. Manage and analyse statistical reports reflecting performance and usage of a variety of library systems and services to identify user trends, assess user behavioural patterns and inform evidence-based decision-making.
  • Provide training for library staff in use of library systems and leadership in managing changing workflows and procedures resulting from system enhancements or additions. Provide input into content developed by Liaison Librarians in training clients in using library systems.
  • Liaise and negotiate with systems vendors on support and upgrades to systems and communicate to Library staff on planned service maintenance. Liaise with other University work units to enable integration of library systems with other internal services. Liaise with the National Library of Australia on uploads of Southern Cross University holdings to the Trove database and on system specifications for Libraries Australia Document Delivery service. Negotiate terms of trade for licence renewal of library systems.
  • Collaborate with librarians, learning developers, learning advisors and others to build students’ digital and information literacy skills through developing innovative approaches to utilising resource and discovery systems. In collaboration with library staff develop linked data to facilitate digital research and to enhance discoverability of the Library’s collections and external information sources. Provide expert advice to clients on matters pertaining to library systems.
  • Represent the library on appropriate external bodies, e.g. QULOC, ANZREG, subject-specific user groups. Maintain an awareness of developments in Library systems and emerging issues in scholarly technology. Contribute to the Library Information Services profession through research and evidence-based practice, presenting at conferences, forums, and submitting for publication.
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications and eligibility for professional membership of the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA)
  • Completion of Alma Administration Certification
  • Current drivers licence
  • The occupant may be required to travel between all University campuses in order to undertake their duties.


All University employees must comply with the requirements of:
  • The University’s Code of Conduct;
  • University laws, rules and policies; and
  • All relevant federal and state legislation, rules and regulations.
In addition to these general requirements, the following specific compliance and legislative knowledge requirements are essential to this position:
  • Knowledge and understanding of the Copyright Act and University Copyright Policy.
  • Comply with the University’s workplace health and safety policies, procedures and instructions to ensure the health and safety of yourself and others at the University.
  • Take corrective action to eliminate hazards at the workplace, or report those beyond their control to their immediate supervisor.
  • Cooperate with the University to enable compliance with the relevant WHS legislation and regulations.
Name: Ms Kate Kelly, Director, Library Services
Phone:  +61 7 5589 3092
To apply for this position, please click the relevant vacancy Apply button, which will redirect you to the online SCU job application form.
Your application must include a completed online application form, quote the Vacancy ID, systematically address the selection criteria, and include a CV, list of publications, and the names, email and phone number of two confidential referees. For further assistance go to Applying for a Position.
Do not include copies of your degrees, diplomas, certificates, academic transcripts etc, with your application.  If your application is successful you will be required to provide the originals of your qualifications when you commence.
Useful Links:
  • Library Services
  • Information for Applicants
  • SCU at a glance
  • Why work at SCU?
Please note that applications close at 9:00 am AEST on the closing date. Applications submitted after this time will not be accepted.
The University is committed to equal opportunity, workplace health and safety and cultural diversity.
Job region: NSW
Employer: Southern Cross University
Type: Full time
Salary: Base salary $86,372 – $93,903 per annum, plus employer’s contribution to superannuation and leave loading
Contact: Ms Kate Kelly, Director, Library Services, +61 7 5589 3092
Closing date: Monday 03 July 2017

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