Library Services Platform Specialist

University of Michigan - Ann Arbor, MI4.4


How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

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Job Summary

The Automation, Indexing, and Metadata department (AIM) of the Library Information Technology division (LIT) manages the Library’s current Integrated Library System (ILS), Aleph 500 from Ex Libris. Over the next several years, we expect to devote significant time and resources to the Library’s migration to a new ILS/LSP (Library Services Platform). We are seeking an experienced IT professional or Librarian who will work collaboratively with current staff as we continue to support (and enhance as needed) our current ILS and related services, while preparing for and implementing a new Library Services Platform. The candidate hired for this position is expected to become one of our lead experts in both the current and future library management systems, and will work closely with colleagues in AIM/LIT, a variety of other library stakeholders, and system vendors.

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world's largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university's world­changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.

In Library Information Technology, we champion diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. Our work engages a broad and diverse community with wide-ranging needs and concerns, and we empower all employees to actively participate in the ongoing process of learning about and responding to these needs. We value the synergy that results from sharing and leveraging our different experiences, backgrounds, skills, talents, and interests to build an environment in which all our community members can flourish.


  • Develop familiarity with current local metadata, configurations, processes, integrations, etc. relating to Aleph and ancillary systems/processes.
  • Participate in administering and maintaining the Library’s Aleph implementation, including system maintenance, ongoing operations, customer support, load and export processes, analytics/reporting, capacity planning and system tuning, etc..
  • Play a major role in preparing for system migration. This will include metadata analysis, normalization, and cleanup in the current Aleph ILS, as well as planning and execution of data export and transformation tasks needed to ensure a successful transition.
  • Research, design, and build integrations between the new system and other Library, University, and/or third party applications to achieve functional outcomes that are at least equivalent to what is available via our current integrations with our Aleph ILS.
  • Play a significant role in configuration and tuning of our new Library Services Platform. This may include configuration of system functions and services, performance tuning, data/system security analysis and implementation, and other tasks as needed to ensure an efficient and secure system that provides the Library staff with the tools needed to do their work.
  • Play a leading role in administration of our new ILS / LSP after cutover to production.

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline and three or more years relevant experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. (For appointment as a librarian, an ALA-accredited master's degree or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience is required.)
  • Strong analytical and problem solving skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively, both independently and as part of a team.
  • Experience with scripting, programming and relational database tools such as git, perl, ruby, sql (especially mysql and/or oracle), unix shell scripting, and solr.
  • Demonstrated ability to take initiative and responsibility in a complex, rapidly changing environment.
  • Ability to understand diverse perspectives and acknowledge the significance of differences and complexities in backgrounds, cultures, values, and viewpoints as the foundation for an inclusive environment.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience with administration, application support, maintenance, and/or system migration of complex systems (especially a Library Services Platform and/or an Integrated Library System).
  • Familiarity with library metadata standards and practices
  • Experience working with restful APIs and/or webhooks.
  • Experience with system performance tuning and capacity planning.

Additional Information


Librarian appointments carry with them increased expectations regarding professional development, professional engagement, research, and service, in keeping with the library'sprocess for librarian promotion and advancement. The actual salary offered may vary based on the qualifications and experience of the selected candidate.

The University of Michigan offersexcellent benefits and wellness opportunities.

This position receives 24 days of vacation a year, paid sick leave with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Job Type: Full-time