2.25.16 – Systems Librarian
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM), St. Kitts, Caribbean
Sarah P’s comments: If you search my blog with the keyword ‘veterinary’ you will see that Ross advertised for a new Library Director six times. It seems like that has now been filled and they are adding this position (maybe replacing, not sure). Of the Caribbean medical schools, Ross is one of the oldest (1982) and, though student reviews are mixed, seems to enjoy a fairly good reputation. Note: in 2014 there were seven medical library positions advertised in the Caribbean. Here is some more info if you are interested:
High Debt and Falling Demand Traps New Vets – 2013 article which includes information about Ross.
Ross Student Life YouTube Video
Glassdoor Reviews – (unclear whether these were for positions at HQ in NJ or on St. Kitts)
Ross Receives US Accreditation – 2011 article
Reporting to the Director of Library Services, the Systems Librarian position provides technical expertise, day-to-day administration, and broad support for traditional and emerging library software solutions and standards. The incumbent will use a variety of technologies, along with excellent communication and interpersonal skills, to provide the best possible experience for library patrons and staff as they seek, access, and maintain the information in our library systems. This will include first-line support as well as maintenance and implementation in a broad range of systems with primary, sustained focus on the integrated library system (EOS International).
The Systems Librarian will work with the IT department and Instructional Technologists on campus-wide initiatives, and will be responsible for maintaining the library page on the portal. In addition, the Systems Librarian will be the point of contact for vendor technical support to manage other platforms and retrieval system, the Library’s web pages and file servers, staff applications, and selection, installation, and maintenance of hardware and software.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
- Administer, maintain, and support all modules of the Libraries’ Integrated System, EOS International.
- Serve as the primary liaison to EOS for problem resolution and will be the Library’s representative to the users’ group meetings.
- Oversee training and instruction of staff on computer services and evaluate performance.
- Compile and interpret statistics and prepare reports.
- Maintain documentation and conduct evaluation of policies and procedures for use of computers and computer systems related to the library.
- Contribute to the library customer service mission by assisting customers and staff as needed.
- Coordinate library staff and vendors to investigate, troubleshoot and resolve automation system’s hardware and software problems.
- Work with the cataloging colleagues to develop and maintain database quality and authority control.
- Collaborate with the IT department and Academic technology team to implement campus-wide information science solutions.
- Liaise with the Circulation Supervisor to identify and proactively resolve potential systems issues to ensure a seamless user experience.
Completes other duties as assigned.
- Preferably a Master of Library and Information Degree / MLS from a ALA-accredited school or a Bachelor Degree in Library and Information studies or a related information science field with extensive professional experience.
- Excellent written and oral communication skills.
- Knowledge of emerging library technologies and awareness of emerging trends in library and information fields.
- Familiarity with library technology standards and protocols such as Resource Description and Access (RDA).
- Familiarity with EZProxy
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About Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine:
Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine (RUSVM) offers a unique program of training on the island of St. Kitts in the Caribbean. A cutting-edge curriculum, with innovative use of technologies and simulations, provides the best possible training for tomorrow’s veterinarians. Students benefit from seven semesters of integrated preclinical and clinical studies at our St Kitts campus, and one year of clinical training at our affiliate veterinary teaching hospitals in the United States, Canada, Europe and Australia.
Our ongoing research focuses on key issues strategically relevant to One Health in tropical and developing countries and includes zoonotic diseases, food safety and security, environmental health, and conservation medicine. We prioritize recruitment of talented faculty and are now seeking a key new member of our team to join us as we develop new programs to best prepare our graduates to face the global opportunities and challenges of veterinary medicine in the 21st century.