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Library Systems & Discovery Associate (part-time)

Apply now Job no: 522097
Position type: Staff Part Time
Benefit Status: Non-Benefited – Non-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Library
Salary: $24/hr
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General Summary of Position:

The UMass Lowell University Library seeks a collaborative and service-oriented part-time associate to join the Systems & Discovery team at the University Library. We welcome applications from people who embrace lifelong learning and are passionate about providing meaningful and equitable access to information, resources, and services to a diverse and engaged community.  

Reporting to the Digital Services & Technology Librarian, the Library Systems & Discovery Associate will be responsible for documenting and troubleshooting e-resource issues, supporting data collection and analysis, supporting software and platform administration, as well as creating and maintaining documentation. Example duties include:  

1. Manage and authorize database accounts for faculty, staff, and students 

2. Perform regular maintenance and inventory of EZproxy 

3. Investigate and resolve content discovery issues; may include technical intervention, vendor communication, etc.   

4. EBSCOadmin maintenance and troubleshooting 

5. Create and maintain documentation for day-to-day workflows 

6. Assist staff with LibApps administration; troubleshoot and triage requests 

7. Contribute to the further development and maintenance of troubleshooting documentation for library staff 

Minimum Qualifications (Required):

Education and Experience:  

  • Master’s degree in library science, information science, or related field, and at least 1 year of experience working with library systems in a library setting; we will consider people who are currently in an LIS master’s program or those with a bachelor’s degree in a highly relevant field that supports the job functions and responsibilities of the position, if accompanied by 3 or more years of library experience, at least 1 of which involved working with library systems.   


  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both orally and in writing 
  • Ability to work independently and exercise good judgment 
  • Working knowledge of a range of library systems, platforms, and applications such as ILS, ERM, discovery, and SpringShare’s LibApps suite 
  • Working knowledge of the electronic resource lifecycle 
  • Ability to troubleshoot and document complex discovery issues across, and involving, several platforms, access points, and vendors; ability to communicate effectively with users, vendors, and colleagues 
  • Facility and comfort working with a variety software and hardware 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of working effectively with students, faculty, staff, and the community; commitment to providing equitable service to a diverse population 
  • Familiarity or willingness to learn HTML, CSS, JavaScript 
  • Experience working with digital repositories and content 

Schedule: Opportunities for remote work may be available; schedule to be determined in consultation with the Digital Services & Technology Librarian 

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; however, the posting may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.

This is a part-time, non-benefited, non-unit position (18 hrs./wk.; $24/hr.).

Please include a resume and cover letter with your application. Names and contact information of three references will be required during the application process. 

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