Integrated Library System (ILS) Administrator, Whatcom County Library System, Bellingham WA

The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) is seeking an Integrated Library System (ILS) Administrator who is passionate about learning and applying new and enhanced technological developments to support the delivery of innovative and responsive library services.  This position administers the WCLS Integrated Library System (ILS) and peripherals, supporting a variety of services including circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reports, external interface functions, and public access for our 10-branch and 1-bookmobile library system. Requires a Bachelor's degree and three or more years' relevant library experience working with integrated library systems or related products; Master's in Library Science and State of Washington Librarian certification preferred. Full time position with beginning compensation of $3,987 per month, plus excellent benefits. Apply by Tuesday, April 15th. Click on the "read more" link for full posting and application instructions.

POSITION:  Integrated Library System (ILS) Administrator

DEPARTMENT:  Collection Support

RESPONSIBILITIES:  The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) is seeking an Integrated Library System (ILS) Administrator who is passionate about learning and applying new and enhanced technological developments to support the delivery of innovative and responsive library services.  This position administers the WCLS Integrated Library System (ILS) and peripherals, supporting a variety of services including circulation, cataloging, acquisitions, serials, reports, external interface functions, and public access for our 10-branch and 1-bookmobile library system.

The ILS Administrator is responsible for:

Selection, configuration and implementation: Partner with Bellingham Public Library (BPL) to select, configure and implement a new shared ILS.

Ongoing administration: Manage the efficient operation of the ILS, including application performance, administration, maintenance, upgrades and reporting to meet library requirements. Maintain interfaces between the library's ILS and 3rd-party products.

Enhanced technologies:  Work with IT Services to ensure ongoing research and development for effective implementation and maintenance of the ILS and related technology applications. Research, evaluate and recommend new applications and resources in line with the Library's strategic plan.

Inform Library collection decisions: Collect and evaluate statistical data related to the ILS; prepare relevant reports.

Enhance staff and patron experience: Develop and maintain first-hand knowledge of a staff user's experience of the ILS.  Oversee development of system-wide and department ILS procedures and training in collaboration with Public Services staff and the Learning Coordinator.

QUALIFICATIONS:  You are organized, technically sound and a credible system administrator with interest, talent and training in the management of integrated library systems. You have demonstrated an ability to work within a fast-paced and collaborative team environment, and have excellent skills in building relationships, communicating effectively, and serving the needs of others. Most importantly, you are a responsive, hands-on problem-solver and have a propensity to get things done! Requires the ability to speak, understand, and write English clearly and concisely.  Requires a Bachelor's degree and three or more years' relevant library experience working with integrated library systems or related products; Master's in Library Science and State of Washington Librarian certification preferred. New employees are subject to a CRC (criminal records check) per RCW 43.43.832.

LOCATION:  Whatcom County Library System, 5205 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, WA.   Perennially recognized by the national media as one of the best places to live in America, Whatcom County is a place that truly has something for everyone.  With magnificent natural scenery, skiing and snowboarding at Mt. Baker, hiking, arts and theatre, and charming communities, Whatcom County is a unique area of Washington State.  Located 90 minutes from Seattle and within an hour of Vancouver, British Columbia, the County's northern border with Canada gives it a unique flavor geared to cross-border shopping and recreation.

UNION:  Membership in AFSCME, AFL-CIO Local 1581 required commencing not more than 30 days after employment, according to the terms and conditions described in the current bargaining agreement.

SCHEDULE:  40 regular scheduled weekly hours; some evening and weekend hours may be necessary on an occasional basis.  Successful candidates may be required to adapt to future schedule changes depending on library needs.

COMPENSATION:  $3,987 per month with excellent benefits including Social Security, retirement, medical, dental and optical insurance; paid vacation and sick leave, EAP, and a fun and innovative work environment that values the contributions of our employees.

POSTING DATES:  Tuesday, 3/4/14 to Tuesday, 4/15/14

APPLICATION:  Submit a completed WCLS Application Packet* by 5:00 pm on Tuesday, 4/15/14 to:

Christina Read, Human Resources Manager
Whatcom County Library System
5205 Northwest Drive
Bellingham, WA  98226
Phone: (360) 305-3600, ext. 216
Email: ilsadministrator@wcls.org

* Application packets must include:

  • Completed WCLS Employment Application (also available at the address above, or any branch library)
  • Résumé and cover letter that illustrates your past experience and/or training working with integrated library systems or related products and how it would help you meet the demands of this position

JOB BEGINS:  As soon after hiring as possible.

SELECTION:  Selection criteria may include the contents of the application, an oral interview, and a skills test.  Selection of applicants for further consideration and/or possible testing will be determined by the information supplied by the applicants on their applications and accompanying documents. It will be the responsibility of the applicant to supply sufficient information and detail on the application to permit WCLS to properly determine the applicant's qualifications, abilities and attributes as they relate to the listed position.  Interviews will be scheduled ONLY with best qualified applicants, based upon applications, résumés and other documents received, and test results.  Applicants who need accommodation during the application, testing or interview process should contact Human Resources.

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