Agnes Scott College
  • Library
  • Decatur, GA, USA
  • Full Time

Office: Library

Reports to: Director of Library Services

Work Period: 12 month

Hours: Full-time

Overtime: Exempt

Job Grade: 9

GENERAL SUMMARY: Manages the operations of the technical services (acquisitions and cataloging) unit and serves as the system administrator for the Innovative Interfaces Sierra library system software and electronic resources within the guidelines of federal, state and local laws and office, division and college policies and procedures. Reports to the director of library services, and works with staff, faculty, students, library visitors, other libraries, and off-campus constituencies.


  1. Recommends, negotiates contracts for, manages and troubleshoots electronic databases and e-resource acquisitions.
  2. Plans and coordinates e-resource life cycle management efforts (subscription and renewals) for databases, e-journals, e-books, and streaming video, including license review and record maintenance, invoicing and activation, access and authentication, MARC batch record loading and other metadata activities, discovery system and e-resource management system configuration and maintenance, and analysis and report creation for collection assessment purposes.
  3. Identifies best practices and designs effective workflows involving library systems and metadata across the library.
  4. Manages the OpenAthens and EBSCO Discover system (in conjunction with GALILEO programmers) to provide e-resource access for library users.
  5. Troubleshoots and resolves e-resource access problems.
  6. Works cooperatively with other library and college departments, as well as vendors, to resolve issues.
  7. Manages the acquisition, cataloging, and processing of physical library materials. Collaborates with other librarians to ensure collection needs are met.
  8. Monitors acquisitions expenditures and collection development.
  9. Manages invoicing and payment procedures and practices to maintain accurate budgets.
  10. Assists the director of library services with budget analysis and planning.
  11. Coordinates the collection and reporting of usage statistics and any other measures contributing to service assessment and for national surveys.
  12. Serves as system administrator for predominantly cloud-based Innovative Interfaces Sierra software; monitors its performance to assure that its features are fully utilized and functioning properly.
  13. Responsible for the integrity of the bibliographic database/library catalog (SOPHIA) and the exchange of records with OCLC.
  14. Manages the SOPHIA OPAC system in conjunction with the Access Services Librarian. Suggests and co-implements new features.
  15. Trains, supervises, develops, and evaluates staff members (shared with Access Services) and student assistants.
  16. Recommends policies and procedures and participates in library planning, assessment, and special projects.
  17. Maintains up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas related to primary job assignments, as well as maintains general knowledge of current trends in higher education, academic libraries, and information and educational technology.
  18. Provides reference and circulation assistance to students and faculty, visiting scholars, and the public as assigned in a rotation that will include some night and Saturday hours, and occasional library events.


Education: ALA-accredited master's degree in Library and Information Science.
Experience: Minimum of 3 years of relevant ILS administration, cataloging, and acquisitions experience preferred, ideally including academic library experience.

  • Experience with e-resource and serials management, including strong familiarity with subscription agents, serials vendor products and services, and electronic resource providers. Experience reviewing and negotiating license agreements for electronic resources in a library.
  • Considerable knowledge of library collections, literature, reference sources, OCLC, computer and Web applications in libraries, SFX, and maintenance of a library automation system, Innovative's Sierra preferred.
  • Knowledge of serials cataloging and metadata standards and practices for print and electronic resources. Experience updating and managing IP access for vendors.
  • Evidence of analytical, organizational, communication, project, and time management skills and demonstrated ability to set priorities, meet deadlines, and complete tasks and projects on time and within budget and in accordance with task/project parameters.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with personal computers and software, the Web, and library-relevant information technology applications. Working knowledge of standard computer office applications such as Gmail and linked apps, Word, Excel, ftp, and other productivity software.
  • Excellent attention to detail, communication, and research assistance skills, both verbal and written.
  • Maintaining confidentiality of records.
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population.
  • Capacity to thrive independently in an ambiguous, future-oriented environment of a small women's liberal arts and sciences college and to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends and issues in academic libraries, higher education, and relevant subject disciplines.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Project management experience.
  • Evidence of competence in strategic planning and in introducing and managing change in complex environments along with budget planning and administration, and space planning.
  • Evidence of active participation, involvement, and leadership in local, state, regional, or national professional associations.

Intermittent sitting, standing, stooping, crouching, walking, and occasional moving of light and heavy objects. Work is performed in a library.

The preceding job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees to this job.  The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position.

Please apply online. Cover letter is required. Position is posted until filled. Due to the overwhelming response to the college's staff openings we are unable to respond personally to individual telephone inquiries. No faxed submissions please.

Agnes Scott College does not discriminate on the basis of, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, veteran status, disability or genetic information, gender identity and gender expression or any other characteristic protected by law in its employment. Agnes Scott College has a strong commitment to diversity and urges members of underrepresented groups to apply.


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