Position Announceme​nt: Informatio​n Analyst for Technical Services

by | Jun 10, 2011 | 0 comments

The George Mason University Libraries seek a dynamic, service-oriented and flexible professional for the position of Information Analyst for Technical Services.This is a newly created position that will report to the Director, Technical Services and work closely and collaboratively with several departments that cross organizational divisions – the Technical Services Group, Collection Development and Preservation, and the Systems Group – to ensure the efficient use of information systems for technical processing and related collection management. This position is meant to help staff think through what they need from the various library information systems; determine functional requirements; and then to work with the dedicated Systems Group team, in the Libraries’ Digital Programs and Systems division, to fulfill those needs. While we are looking for someone interested in data, data structures and library systems, this is not an information technology-track position. The incumbent will have full, read-only access to library systems, but will work with the Systems Group to extract data or request changes to systems. This is an excellent position for an enthusiastic librarian who is looking to expand his/her skill set, gain experience across a range of library departments, and be part of a forward-looking team committed to change.

This position will: construct reports and work with the Systems Group to run reports to support the needs of collections and technical services; monitor changes to MARC and work with the Systems Group to ensure the ILS (integrated library system) is kept current; with the Head of Cataloging and Metadata Services, work on bibliographic and authority projects and record loading; act as the coordinator for TSG stakeholders when implementing new functionality; apply knowledge of the ILS and bibliographic control standards to improve the efficiency and quality of technical processing workflows; work with vendors and George Mason
finance departments to streamline financial functions; participate in discussions of new procedures and policies within technical services; communicate regularly with collections and technical services staff to gather input about the ILS and other systems; keep up-to-date with professional and technical developments; and participate in relevant professional networks.

We are looking for a smart, motivated, tech-savvy person who is ready to learn and has an appetite for new ideas and thinking. The ideal candidate works well with uncertainty and flourishes in a changing environment; is flexible, proactive and has excellent problem-solving, communication and relationship management skills; has a customer service orientation; and is interested in teaching and learning.

Qualifications – Required: An MLS degree from an ALA-accredited academic institution; experience with technical services work (acquisitions, serials and/or cataloging); knowledge of database concepts and metadata standards; good organizational and interpersonal skills; successful experience with collaboration and teamwork; and strong analytical skills. Preferred: Experience with systems currently in use is highly desired: Voyager ILS, Serials Solutions e-resource management system, DSpace, SunGard Banner accounting system; knowledge of MARC; experience using SQL; and experience with training and creating reports is a plus.

Appointment/Benefits/To Apply: 12-month professional faculty appointment with rank and salary dependent on qualifications and experience. Salary, benefits information and application instructions are available at the George Mason employment site. All applications for this position (FA144z) MUST be submitted online at <http://jobs.gmu.edu/>. Questions should be directed to Debra Hogan, Assistant to the University Librarian, at <dhogan1@gmu.edu>. Review of applications will begin on July 1, and will continue until the position is filled.

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution–located in the greater metropolitan Washington, D.C. area–with national distinction in a range of academic fields. Enrollment is over 32,000, with students studying in over 185 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William. The university is a member of the Washington Research Library Consortium, the Virtual Library of Virginia, the Center for Research Libraries and the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries. For more information please visit <http://library.gmu.edu> or <http://www.gmu.edu/>.

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