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Library Applications Specialist

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:


Responsible for the day-to-day activities of the Library Applications including the Integrated Library System (ILS), routine and non-routine events, reports and maintenance.

  • Assists in the administration, development, testing & maintenance of the organization’s ILS.
  • Performs access control functions, such as creating and modifying new user groups and assigning permissions.
  • Prepares schedule and work plans for installation & upgrades.
  • Works with Information Technology Development (ITD) staff, ILS vendor & third parties to ensure reliable operation of the ILS and other library applications.
  • Initiates change control for all required work on ILS and other library applications.
  • Schedules changes and informs all stakeholders of upcoming changes.
  • Informs library staff of changes that impact their operations before they are implemented.
  • Trains selected IT staff to assist with system administration functions and provides ILS-related training to non-IT staff.
  • Works with ITD and Community Library Services (CLS) to ensure ILS upgrades and maintenance work is fully tested in a satisfactory manner using scripts and regression testing methods.
  • Provides support for third-party applications that interface with the ILS software.
  • Ensures the software is always properly functioning in production.
  • Serves as technical support contact for emergency issues, where customer service is impaired.
  • Troubleshoots technical issues or escalate problems and work with the appropriate technology teams to provide solutions.
  • Ensures internal technical problems are resolved in a reasonable timeframe.
  • Reports problems that require vendor support immediately and ensures a resolution is established.
  • Provides management reports for senior staff and outside organizations as needed and provides backup support for preparation of statistical reports.
  • Evaluates requests for custom programming and coordinate implementation with vendor and staff.
  • Responsible for program specifications including work plans.  Develops and monitors all timetables for all approved custom programming requests. 
  • Ensures third party systems are fully tested prior to rollout.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:

  • ALA accredited MLS/MLIS degree required and 2-5 years of experience in public library service in reference, cataloging, serials, or acquisitions required.
  • New York State Public Librarian’s Certificate required.
  • A working knowledge of one or more ILS products, Virtua preferred. 
  • Familiar with electronic resources, such as licensed databases (Ebsco, Gale, Wilson); Bibliographic Utilities such as OCLC; Internet Resources; e-Books; Library related standards and protocols such as Marc, Z39.50, XML and Metadata Schemes such as Dublin Core and EAD.
  • Active in professional associations such as ALA, PLA, or LITA preferred.

ABOUT QUEENS LIBRARY:
Queens Library is a national and international leader in the delivery of public library service. Innovation and leadership are the hall marks of Queens Library. Our mission is to meet the needs of the community by offering lifelong learning opportunities and ensuring there is a positive impact in the community. Queens Library fulfills its goals by embracing innovation and change. With a history of offering pioneering programs that meet the diverse needs of the most diverse county in the US, Queens Library is a place where innovation and leaders are welcomed.   Queens Library a private, non-profit corporation located in Queens, New York and includes 65 service locations with 1,700 employees.

Queens Library is the proud recipient of the following awards: 2009 Library Journal, Library of the Year, 2014 ALA/Information Today, Library of the Future, 2013 ULC Top Innovators, 2013 American-Architect’s Building of the Year (Queens Library at Glen Oaks).


TO APPLY:   Please send your resume and cover letter to Employment@queenslibrary.org and reference “Library Applications Specialist – QLWEB” “in the subject line. Resumes will only be accepted by email. 


The Queens Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.