Technical Services Librarian


The Waidner-Spahr Library of Dickinson College seeks a Technical Services Librarian who is user-focused, creative, collaborative, flexible, tech-savvy and has strong bibliographic/metadata management skills.  This is an exciting time to join our team of dedicated, service-oriented individuals as we implement the Alma-Primo VE integrated library management system (with launch scheduled for June 18).

Dickinson College
Carlisle, PA
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The Technical Services Librarian will provide leadership, vision, and expertise for cataloging operations and initiatives that enable effective discovery of library resources.  The position is responsible for managing cataloging operations, maintaining quality control, developing unit documentation, and problem solving in collaboration with library and IT staff and vendors.  The Technical Services Librarian will work with other librarians and library staff to manage and shape our operations, including refinement of workflows and third-party integrations. As collection development, acquisitions, cataloging, e-resource management, discovery and fulfillment overlap and converge, this position of necessity requires the ability to see connections and collaborate across traditional library units and participate in shared problem-solving and decision making.

The Technical Services Librarian reports to the Associate Director of Library Resources & Administration and directly supervises 2-3 library technicians.  The librarian will work especially closely with the E-Resources & Web Services Librarian and other technical services staff.  Close collaboration with staff in other library units is frequent, essential, and enjoyed, as is contact with faculty, students, and other College staff. 

Recognizing that technology and standards development is continual, we provide strong support for ongoing learning and professional development.  This position also serves as liaison to a small number of academic departments, teaches information literacy in first year seminars and other classes, and assists with on-call reference consultation service including occasional evening and weekend shifts. 

This is a 12 month, full-time position.  Position start date is negotiable, with anticipated start in July or early August.  Review of applications will begin May 1, 2019.  The College is committed to building a representative and diverse faculty, administrative staff, and student body. We encourage applications from all qualified persons.

Online applications only.  To apply please go to:

For full consideration, candidates must complete the online application and provide the following:

  • Cover letter of application explaining how your experience matches the qualifications of this position
  • CV or resume
  • Contact information for 3 references
  • An essay addressing the following in no more than 2 pages: The Waidner-Spahr Library is going live on the Alma-Primo VE integrated library management/discovery system on June 18, 2019. Please tell us how your skills and experience will help us achieve a successful transition in the first year post-migration and beyond

The following are the required and preferred attributes and experience


  • ALA accredited master’s degree in library/information science
  • 3 or more years post-master’s library experience
  • Experience in technical services, with demonstrated knowledge of current cataloging standards and tools for bibliographic access and control
  • Experience with an integrated library system and discovery tools
  • Within 6 months of hire, achieve Alma certification


While no candidate would be expected to meet all of these preferred qualifications, the successful candidate will meet many of them.

  • Professional experience in an academic library
  • Original and complex copy cataloging experience
  • Experience with OCLC procedures and tools (including OCLC Connexion and WorldShare Collection Manager)
  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience with Alma integrated library management system
  • Experience with LC subject headings and LC classification
  • Experience with batch editing of catalog records
  • Experience developing templates and normalization rules
  • Experience with authority control work
  • Experience cataloging non-English titles, including non-Roman scripts
  • Experience cataloging various formats and publication types, including special collections
  • Experience working with vendors that supply order records, catalog records, shelf-ready books
  • Familiarity with current and emerging issues and trends in bibliographic standards
  • Experience with print and e-book acquisitions
  • Project management skills
  • Assessment experience
  • Teaching experience
  • Reference services experience
  • Commitment to user-centered service and inclusivity, including building collections that reflect and support the diversity of the Dickinson curriculum
  • Strong analytical skills with attention to detail
  • Strong oral and written communication
  • Creativity, flexibility and ability to adapt to new and evolving procedures
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently