Systems & Applications Librarian

Penrose Library · WALLA WALLA, Washington
Department Penrose Library
Employment Type Full-Time
Minimum Experience Mid-level


Located in the historic community of Walla Walla, Whitman’s vibrant and beautiful tree-lined campus is home to an intellectually diverse, dynamic, welcoming and supportive community of some 500 staff and faculty serving approximately 1,500 students from the local region and across the globe.  With exceptional students, accomplished faculty and staff, and a fiercely loyal and growing number of engaged alumni, Whitman College continues to build on its national reputation for academic excellence as one of the top liberal arts colleges in the country.  


Whitman College is cultivating a community built on inclusion and belonging. We recognize the value of those who can offer historically underrepresented perspectives and encourage applications from those whose background, knowledge, and insights from lived experience can add to the college’s working and learning environment. Whitman College is an Equal Employment Opportunity employer (EEO) .

Reporting to the Library Director, the Systems and Applications Librarian provides leadership and technical expertise, day-to-day-administration, and broad support for traditional and emerging library software solutions and standards to ensure reliability, relevant functionality, and excellent user experience.  These systems currently include the shared integrated library system (Alma), discovery layer (Primo VE), off-campus authentication services (EZProxy), interlibrary lending (ILLiad), and the institutional repository (Islandora).


In collaboration with librarians and staff, this person designs and implements new and expanded programs and applications and provides expertise for the development of cloud-hosted solutions to storage, electronic resource management, online collections, and digital scholarship platforms.  This position works closely with campus IT (WCTS) to manage library technology services effectively. The Library is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, and this position serves as our representative for various consortium initiatives. The individual also participates in library-wide planning and policy making in a shared decision-making environment. 



  1. LEADERSHIP: Using strong analytical and communication skills, provides strategic leadership in planning, implementation and support of library technology focusing on technologies that improve the efficiency, agility and capacity of the library as a sustainable service provider in support of the College’s mission; participates in Library strategic planning and assessment activities; serves as a member of the Digital Services, Users Services, and other library teams as appropriate. 
  2. TECHNOLOGY: Uses deep knowledge of library systems and standards, collaborates with library and college-wide staff to enhance access and discovery of library resources, borrowing, lending, and research practices.  Responsible for the configuration, maintenance, support and troubleshooting of library technologies, services and repositories including but not limited to the ILS, consortia and OCLC-related platforms.  Leads in the identification and evaluation of new information technologies, and works with WCTS to select, develop and implement those which support library services.  Supports instructional technologies that advance the curricular and teaching mission of the library.  Manages the library website platform built on the Hugo Static Web generator.  Provides statistical reports as needed for planning purposes.
  3. INTEGRATED SYSTEM COORDINATION:  Serves as a main contact for library systems vendors.  Coordinates all bibliographic development projects involving Ex Libris, OCLC, the Orbis Cascade Alliance and others, and the local systems. 
  4. DIGITAL COLLECTIONS: In consultation with other library stakeholders, supports further development of the institutional repository.  Manages, coordinates and evaluates Islandora and other digital platforms; collaborates on developing digital preservation strategies.  Has an understanding of the open source software ecosystem and advises on implementations appropriate for Penrose Library.
  5. DOCUMENTATION: Evaluates and documents the integrated library system, ILLiad, and other library systems requirements and evaluates technology replacement schedules; develops and maintains documentation to support applications and document decisions regarding the implementation of Ex Libris and other internal library software/hardware.
  6. INSTRUCTIONAL AND RESEARCH SUPPORT: Collaborates with faculty and Instructional and Research Librarians to link technology to the curriculum and core mission of the college.
  7. USER-CENTERED SERVICES: Designs and improves library services through user-centric design. Improve the accessibility of the library website and ensures ADA compliance.
  8. PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Participates in professional associations and development activities directly relevant to furthering the core mission of the college library; serves as the Library’s representative to technology-related Orbis Cascade Alliance teams and initiatives.
  9. GENERAL SUPPORT: Assists in the implementation and support of library-specific equipment and technologies, such as scanners, people counters, and library desktop applications.
  10. SUPERVISION: Supervise student assistants as needed.
  11. OTHER: Performs other duties as assigned.



Individuals must be able to explain and/or demonstrate that they possess the knowledge, skills and abilities to safely perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.


  1. Knowledge of current issues and trends in library and general technology facing academic libraries and the ability to exploit those technologies to further the library’s mission.
  2. Ability to operate, maintain, support, and evaluate Library systems, specifically Ex Libris in the Alma/Primo environments; deep understanding of Ex Libris systems and other library infrastructure; familiarity with national standards for library systems (e.g. MARC 21, Dublin Core, etc.)
  3. Ability to use Javascript/JQuery, PHP, Linux services, and apply user-experience design principles; ability to use common contemporary web design and development tools, including HTML and CSS.
  4. Familiarity with national standards for library systems, authentication, and protocols for search and retrieval, messaging and networking; ability to learn specialized library software and hardware applications.
  5. Understanding of institutional repositories and the principles of digital preservation; understanding of the open-source software ecosystem.
  6. Understanding of “software as a service” model and ability to use appropriate tools for implementation.
  7. Demonstrated ability to plan, coordinate, implement, and carry out complex projects, with excellent time management skills in order to set appropriate priorities and meet deadlines.
  8. Demonstrated experience in addressing usability issues and ADA compliance using the principles of user-centered design as applicable to libraries.
  9. Ability to work independently as well as closely, effectively, and collegially with faculty, students, and staff.
  10. Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills necessary to relate to other campus departments, individuals, and constituencies. 
  11. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and antiracism (DEIA), and experience applying this commitment to work in libraries or archives.


Other job-related abilities (reasonable accommodations may be made available):

  1. Capacity to sit for extended periods of time; ability to perform intensive keyboarding.
  2. Ability to lift and move boxes, books, and supplies weighing up to 20 (twenty) pounds; ability to operate book and hand trucks loaded with more than 30 (thirty) pounds.



ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS or equivalent degree and two years’ experience working with technologies in an academic library that participates in consortial borrowing, lending, and shared work.  


Whitman offers competitive employee benefits, including medical, dental, vision and life insurances, a generous 10% matching contribution to the Whitman College 403(b) Defined Contribution Retirement Plan, and paid time off including 13 paid holidays for full-time staff vacation and sick leave.  Learn more about benefits eligibility here


While the majority of work responsibilities will be completed on campus, this position is eligible to work one to two days per week remotely in the state of Washington.


At Whitman College, we take seriously the safety of our community. Whitman is a fully vaccinated campus, requiring all employees and students to be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations or have an approved exemption. More information can be found here.


Contact Human Resources regarding requests for disability accommodation in the employment application process.


Application review will begin on June 7, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.


 August 2022 or earlier

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  • Location
    WALLA WALLA, Washington
  • Department
    Penrose Library
  • Employment Type
  • Minimum Experience