Systems & Applications Librarian

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


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) .


Penrose Library invites applications from creative, collaborative librarians to join our small college library team. As Systems & Applications Librarian you will help to foster the intellectual engagement and scholarly practice of the Whitman community by supporting and optimizing the library’s systems and technologies. In this full-time, 12-month position you report to the Library Director and collaborate closely with colleagues in technical services, digital services, user services, and reference/instruction, as well as College IT. The central responsibilities for this job include supporting the integrated library system and discovery platform (ExLibris Alma/PrimoVE) and other library web presences. This librarian will further impact the library’s services by expanding and developing their skills in areas such as digital repository support and digital preservation planning and practice. Participation in Orbis Cascade Alliance teams and working groups provides a community of practice for systems work and professional development. The position is on-site; regular but limited work-from-home opportunities are possible.  Early career librarians are encouraged to apply.




Technical Knowledge – Supports and manages library systems, applications, and websites so that they function reliably, optimizing accessibility and user experience. Assists in the implementation and support of library-specific equipment and technologies, such as scanners, people counters, and library desktop applications. Acquires new technical knowledge as needed in support of library services and initiatives.


Planning, Development, and Assessment - Evaluates new and existing systems, technologies, and workflows for effectiveness. Assesses services for usability and ADA compliance. Provides strategic guidance to library stakeholders based on understanding of available and emerging technical solutions within the larger library ecosystem. Relevant areas include institutional repository development, digital preservation planning, open-source applications, among others.


Documentation - Develops and maintains documentation for workflows and procedures related to systems and applications. Documents own evaluation and assessment activity. Collects and reports on website and repository usage statistics.


Collaboration - Collaborates with library stakeholders, campus IT (WCTS), and Orbis Cascade Alliance members to meet principal accountabilities in applicable areas and teams. Provides training when appropriate. Practices effective listening to understand issues raised by stakeholders; suggests solutions and describes their implications; checks in with stakeholders to ensure success of shared projects.


Professional Service - Serves as the Library’s representative to technology-related Orbis Cascade Alliance teams and initiatives. Participates in professional associations and communities of practice relevant to the position purpose/accountabilities and the library's mission.


Other - Supervises student assistants as needed. 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. Coursework or professional experience in operating, maintaining, supporting, and evaluating library systems such as the Alma/Primo environments; coursework or professional experience relating to national standards for library systems (e.g. MARC 21, Dublin Core, etc.)
  2. Demonstrated ability to learn specialized library software and hardware applications and related protocols for search and retrieval, messaging and networking.
  3. Experience with standard practices, platforms, and languages in web development (e.g. HTML and CSS, Javascript/JQuery)
  4. Familiarity with usability and accessibility assessment and design practices.
  5. Demonstrated ability to manage time effectively, set appropriate priorities, and meet deadlines
  6. Current knowledge of issues and trends in library and general technology, and ability to harness those technologies to further the library’s mission.
  7. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  8. Ability to work effectively both independently and in collaboration with Library, College, and professional colleagues.
  9. Effective oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.


 Preferred knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  1. Knowledge of Linux, coding and scripting languages, GitHub
  2. Experience with usability studies and assessment.
  3. Understanding of the open-source software ecosystem and experience with open-source platforms and tools (especially Drupal).
  4. Experience with institutional repositories (especially Islandora) and digital preservation practices; knowledge of digital preservation principles.
  5. Understanding of “software as a service” model and ability to use appropriate tools for implementation.


Other job-related abilities:

Capacity to sit for extended periods of time; ability to perform intensive keyboarding.



    EITHER: ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS or equivalent

     OR: a bachelor’s degree plus relevant experience working with technologies in an academic library setting, preferably one incorporating 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


    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 August 22, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.


    November 1, 2022

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