Systems & Applications Librarian
Job Details
Full Time
$61,000.00 - $63,000.00 Salary/year
Systems & Applications Librarian

For priority consideration, please submit application materials (cover letter and CV) by May 7, 2021. Please ensure all required qualifications are clearly addressed in either the cover letter or CV in order  to receive full consideration.



The Systems & Applications Librarian provides strategic and functional leadership in planning, implementing, and supporting library technologies with the goal of empowering library employees and patrons alike in their use of necessary systems and technology. This position provides primary technical and application support for the systems, platforms, and technologies that support all library services, including circulation, physical and electronic collection management, resource sharing, research services & instruction, digital collections, and publishing. In addition, the Systems & Applications Librarian works collaboratively with the Libraries’ Center for Educational Technology & Curricular Innovation (CETCI), providing secondary support for educational technology platforms hosted by CETCI. This position also coordinates with university IT (University Information Systems) to manage library technology services effectively. Pacific University is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, which maintains a shared integrated library system (Ex Libris ALMA/Primo); in this shared environment, this position works closely with Alliance staff and library staff at member institutions, and serves as the Libraries’ representative to various consortium initiatives and groups. This position requires strong analytical, communication, and project management skills to develop and implement successful technology strategies for library operations and functions.  The Systems & Applications Librarian reports to the Dean of University Libraries, is a member of the Library Faculty, and works as a library team member in a rapidly changing environment. Library faculty members are expected to engage in university and professional service, as well as relevant scholarly activities that advance personal and institutional practice. This is an 11-month annual contract on an extended-term track appointment.




  • Provide leadership in planning, implementing, and supporting library technology, collaborating with all Libraries departments to understand technology needs and empower Libraries faculty and staff to use and guide development of systems relevant to their work.
  • Primary technical and systems responsibilities for library systems and platforms, including, but not limited to: the integrated library system (Ex Libris ALMA) and discovery platform (Ex Libris Primo); libraries’ website. (WordPress); subject guides and database A-Z (Springshare LibGuides); digital collections platforms (Omeka, Hyku); and electronic resource authentication (EZProxy).
  • Primary responsibility for Libraries system and application upgrades, including configuration, maintenance, integration, troubleshooting, monitoring, quality assurance and testing, and training and support of library staff.
  • Secondary technical support responsibilities for additional vendor-hosted platforms and for CETCI educational technology applications (e.g. Wordpress).
  • Work with technologies, standards, and scripting languages such as HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, MySQL, PHP, and mobile technologies to build/implement applications that enhance the user experience or improve staff workflow.
  • Design and execute analytics and reporting queries in library and educational technology systems to support assessment of workflows, collections/resources, services, platforms, and user experience/outcomes across the Libraries.
  • Develop and maintain documentation to support applications and document decisions regarding library software/hardware.
  • Participate in relevant Orbis Cascade Alliance groups and teams, and contribute to the shared work of the Alliance.
  • Provide support for library staff concerning computing-malfunctions and troubleshooting in collaboration with University Information Services.
  • Evaluate and document library systems hardware and software requirements and evaluate computer replacement schedules.
  • Contribute to internal Libraries and University committees and cross-functional project groups.
  • Fulfil the responsibilities of a library faculty member by participating in shared governance, in university and professional service, and in scholarly/creative activities that inform the duties of this position.




  • Provide training to library faculty and staff on core Libraries systems and applications.
  • Perform other, relevant duties as needed/required.




This position is responsible for planning, implementing, and supporting library systems and applications in a multi-campus environment, including support for systems and applications used by students in online/distance education programs. This position does not have primary responsibility for systems and applications delivered by CETCI, but works collaboratively with CETCI staff to provide support for these systems as needed.




This position has no staff supervisory responsibility; this position may supervise student employees.


  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited program and experience working in a library technology position, preferably in an academic library OR an equivalent combination of education and experience that results in the same level of knowledge, skill, and ability.



The successful candidate will demonstrate the following (all elements should be clearly addressed in either the cover letter or resume in order for candidates to receive full consideration):

  • Experience supporting systems and applications in one or more areas of library systems: library automation/integrated library systems, digital library services, search and discovery, Web services, Web-based content management, etc.
  • Knowledge of client/server environment, and experience with software applications needed to administer application environments. This may include UNIX/Linux, Oracle/SQL Server, XML, PNX, AWS, etc.
  • Proficiency in standard web browser display and application technologies (HTML, XML, CSS, JavaScript, CGI, XSLT, PHP), including usability, accessibility, and cross-browser compatibility issues.
  • Experience developing, implementing, and assessing project plans related to information technology projects.
  • Effective communication, interpersonal, organization, analytical, and problem solving skills.
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse library, faculty, staff, and student population.
  • Commitment to continuous improvement in the equitable usability and accessibility of systems and applications for library patrons.
  • Ability to work effectively both in a team setting and independently.      



Academic library environment, working in a normal office environment. Primarily sedentary work that requires sitting (and/or standing) and using a computer. This job is not exposed to adverse environmental conditions. Faculty, exempt, non-tenure track, full-time, year-round (11 month contract, extended-term-track).



Feeling; Fingering; Grasping; Hearing; Lifting; Pulling; Pushing; Reaching; Repetitive motion; Standing; Stooping; Talking; Walking.



Sedentary work. Light work. Visual acuity.



We are dedicated to providing services that are authentic, holistic, equity minded, and responsive. Pacific University continues to develop our equity practices with a particular focus on racial equity.


Studies have shown that candidates that are female and/or BIPOC are less likely to apply for jobs unless they meet all of the qualifications they find in the job description. We are seeking the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be a person who comes from a less traditional background. We encourage you to apply even if you don’t meet every minimum qualification described or are unsure if your experience could be considered related experience.




Pacific University is a small, but diverse learning community, where students thrive in a personal academic environment. Tracing its roots to 1849, when it was chartered as a school for orphans of the Oregon Trail, Pacific has long been devoted to making a difference in the world. Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, health professions and optometry. Located in Oregon, Pacific serves a diverse population of more than 3,900 students, with campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn. At Pacific University, students and faculty develop close, nurturing relationships that provide an extraordinary educational experience.


Today, students study in a unique combination of undergraduate, graduate and professional programs in the liberal arts and sciences, optometry, education, health professions and business.  Pacific University has campuses in Forest Grove, Hillsboro, Eugene and Woodburn, Ore., as well as an office in Honolulu.  In addition, a variety of Pacific University health and eye clinics throughout the Portland area serve patients and provide students with practical experience.


At Pacific University, students and faculty engage in discovery through close, nurturing relationships that provide extraordinary learning experiences.  International study, service learning, internships and co-curricular activities have been integral parts of the education of nearly 28,000 alumni worldwide who share in the Boxer spirit.



It is the policy of Pacific University not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, religion or religious creed, disability, sex or gender, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, military, veteran or Vietnam Era status, or any other protected classification recognized by applicable law, in admission, access to, or treatment in employment, educational programs or activities as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, or any other applicable state or federal law, or city ordinance. Questions or complaints may be directed to the Vice President for Academic Affairs, 2043 College Way, Forest Grove, OR 97116,