Manager, Technical Services and Digital Technology – Annapolis, MD


The Manager, Technical Services and Digital Technology, under the general supervision of the Library Director, provides leadership, development, coordination, and direction for the following areas: cataloging, classification, processing material, authority file maintenance, digital technology, library systems and database administration, serials processing, and basic bindery and preservation activities. The incumbent will identify, formulate and assess goals, priorities, policies, and procedures for these areas of responsibility and work closely and collaboratively with library staff to ensure efficient workflow and high-quality user experience. The incumbent will also work in conjunction with Library Director to manage technical services vendor relations and will supervise and train student assistants assigned to work with this position.

The incumbent will be responsible for managing the digital technology work being done at the library. Responsibilities will include: following best practices in digital collection creation and management, managing digitization projects and creating workflows, planning and managing format conversions and migrations; creating innovative and flexible solutions that meet the needs of the St. John’s College community, and seeking grant funding for digital initiatives. The incumbent will work in conjunction with the Associate Library Director and the Library Director on digitization projects.

The Manager, Technical Services and Digital Technology is responsible for systems administration, including management of library technology by coordinating the development, implementation and maintenance of the library’s technology, and keeping the library current and staff informed. This involves: leading in the evaluation, implementation and innovative use of technologies, including the implementation and management of the integrated library system (ILS); serving as a liaison with ITS Office staff in maintaining the library’s ILS and other related systems; suggesting suitable applications to improve library services; providing expertise and developing strategies for systems administration of digital records and commercial electronic resources through the online catalog and other discovery interfaces; collaborating with staff to develop recommendations for policies, procedures, workflows and practices that make effective use of various systems’ capabilities; problem-solving and trouble-shooting for the ILS and other databases.

The incumbent will: perform original and copy cataloging in OCLC and the ILS for all types of library materials in accordance with accepted national standards using AACR2 and MARC codes and tags, LC classification and subject headings, RDA,  metadata, Dublin Core, and other relevant standards; import name and subject authority records into the ILS; evaluate, test, and load commercial bibliographic records into the online catalog; ensure accuracy and quality of bibliographic and item record information for all materials.

The Manager, Technical Services and Digital Technology is also responsible for: managing materials and processes for items sent out to commercial bindery; repair and basic preservation activities; working with Circulation Assistant to ensure that sufficient stock of technical services supplies are available when needed; creating, maintaining, and updating appropriate procedure manuals. The incumbent will serve as the emergency building coordinator.

In all areas of responsibility: works independently yet shows good judgment in keeping the Library Director informed of developments outside the regular routines; keeps abreast of current trends and practices; engages in professional development activities including listservs, meetings, training sessions, and conferences; respects the confidentiality of patron requests and records and follows the current ALA Code of Ethics; prepares and submits various monthly, quarterly, and annual reports, and gathers statistics on technical services activities for various reports and surveys; contributes to library decision-making; is good office citizen (i.e. keeps work and break areas clean, responds to email and requests promptly, has a positive attitude, and respects the feelings and needs of co-workers).

Other duties and responsibilities

The incumbent may be asked to: assist with Circulation Desk duties including some evening and weekend hours; participate in special projects as assigned; manage special projects of a set duration.  The incumbent may also perform additional responsibilities as staffing patterns and needs arise, at the discretion of the Library Director.


MLS from an ALA accredited institution; minimal 1-2 years professional experience; demonstrated knowledge of AACR2, MARC21, LC Subject Headings and Classification; knowledge of current trends in cataloging, metadata and information retrieval, RDA, information technology standards and protocols, proxy servers, remote patron authentication, relational databases using MS Access and/or SQL server, and advanced knowledge of MS Office products; experience managing digital collections; knowledge of digital asset management systems and relational databases, digitization best practices and emerging technology trends, and one or more scripting and/or programming languages (e.g. HTML, XHTML, CCS and ADA guidelines); understanding of the variety of metadata standards used in digital collections (e.g. EAD, MODS, METS, Dublin Core); familiarity with digital conversion technologies, digital object standards and workflows; experience creating/maintaining web sites using relevant standards and technologies, such as LibGuides; good judgment and maturity in support of the mission, policies and procedures of the library and the college; ability to work independently and cooperatively with colleagues, handle multiple assignments and changing priorities, and meet deadlines; 1-2 years’ experience working with integrated library systems, preferably SirsiDynix; ability to communicate clearly; ability to lift 40 pounds, and push and control wheeled carts with more than 100 pounds of weight; must be detail oriented.

Desirable qualifications:

Degree in liberal arts or humanities; experience working in an academic library; experience with digital repository systems, such as Omeka; experience with audio software, such as Audacity, and podcasting; experience managing student assistants; reading knowledge of foreign language, especially French or Ancient Greek; experience with repair and preservation of library materials; familiarity with the St. John’s College curriculum.

Compensation: Base Rate–$52,168.76, based on a 35 hr work week, excellent benefits.

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