Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Assistant Technical Librarian for Digital Infrastructure, The American Philosophical Society Library (Philadelphia, PA)


Assistant Technical Librarian for Digital Infrastructure,
The American Philosophical Society Library.

The Society's Library, located near Independence Hall in Philadelphia, is a leading international center for research in the history of American science and technology and its European roots, as well as early American history and culture. Founded in 1743, the Society’s Library houses over 11 million manuscripts, 300,000 volumes and bound periodicals, and thousands of maps and prints. Outstanding historical collections and subject areas include the papers of Benjamin Franklin; the American Revolution; 18th and 19th-century natural history; western scientific expeditions and travel including the Journals of Lewis and Clark; polar exploration; the papers of Charles Willson Peale, his family and descendants; American Indian languages; anthropology including the papers of Franz Boas; the papers of Charles Darwin and his forerunners, colleagues, critics, and successors; history of genetics, eugenics, and evolution; history of biochemistry, physiology, and biophysics; 20th-century medical research; and history of physics. The Library does not hold materials on philosophy in the modern sense. More information about the Society and the APS Library can be found at

The Assistant Technical Librarian for Digital Infrastructure is a fulltime, newly created position in the Library that reports to the Assistant Librarian for Technology.

Training/experience: MLS [ALA] or MIS. Knowledge of Windows and Linux (Debian) Server environments, LAN administration and performance monitoring, MySQL, MS SQL, XML, PHP or similar scripting language, ILS (Koha) administration and other library software management systems, CMS (especially Drupal), and CRM. Archival certification (ACA) or ability and willingness to become certified within three years of hire, required. Knowledge of electronic records management, digitization strategies, and digital preservation issues a plus.

Working in collaboration with the IT Support Specialist, the successful candidate will have excellent communication skills in addition to technological abilities as he or she will be providing service and advice to a diverse constituency.

Duties will include:

· Install, maintain, and troubleshoot all server hardware and software

· Deploy and monitor all local and remote backup solutions

· Manage and troubleshoot all databases (backend and frontend)

· Eliminate system redundancies

· Assist in planning for future technology developments

· Other duties as assigned by the Assistant Librarian for Technology or Library Director

The Society offers a competitive benefits package, including generous health insurance options, and twenty-one vacation days. Salary: low 50’s, depending on qualifications. The American Philosophical Society is an EOE, and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

Due to limited travel resources, the search committee is primarily seeking candidates from the Boston-Washington corridor region.

Applications review will begin on 1 October, 2011. To apply, send letter of application, CV, and three references to:

Sandy Duffy, Assistant to the Librarian

American Philosophical Society Library

105 S. 5th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106-3386