Assistant Systems Librarian-University of Mary Washington, Fredricksburg, VA

The University of Mary Washington is seeking an energetic, innovative person to serve as the Assistant Systems Librarian. The person in this position is responsible for maintaining the UMW Libraries web site ( and associated web-based applications, including LibGuides and Chamo, the public interface with our Virtua ILS.


The Assistant Systems Librarian works collaboratively with other library staff and with the University’s Director of Digital Communications and the University Webmaster to maintain Library branding across its web presence and to support other marketing efforts, and to develop and deliver relevant web resources and services.


Under the supervision of the Systems Librarian, this librarian provides technical support for new library initiatives and to maintain existing library systems. Among the initiatives we anticipate undertaking in the coming years are the migration to a next-generation library system with a discovery layer and the full implementation of the University’s digital repository. With the assistance of at least one student assistant, the Systems Librarian and the Assistant Systems Librarian provide the initial desktop support on the Fredericksburg campus, and the two librarians work closely with the Information Technologies department to maintain all library equipment and services.


In addition, this librarian serves on the reference desk, including occasional Saturday duty. The librarian serves on library and campus committees and participates in the libraries’ planning and assessment processes.


Required qualifications:

Master’s degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited Master’s program (MLS/MLIS).

Working knowledge of the principles and practices of web design and development.

Experience with standard web programming languages such as XHTML, PHP, CSS, JavaScript or SQL. Excellent communication skills, including written communication.

Experience with various operating systems including Windows and Unix and their related web technologies.


Preferred qualifications:

Experience developing for both desktop and mobile web platforms and knowledge of responsive design practices.

Experience with digital repositories.


The University of Mary Washington is a public arts and sciences institution in Fredericksburg, Va., that attracts intellectually curious undergraduate and graduate students in search of rigorous academics. With a total enrollment of nearly 5,000 students, UMW offers a supportive campus community that values and instills honor and integrity. Moreover, the university located midway between Richmond, Va., and Washington, D.C. provides a rich array of research, internship, leadership, and recreational opportunities that not only train students for the real world but allow them to interact closely with faculty members.


In addition to its primary location in the heart of historic Fredericksburg, UMW has two other campuses, one in Stafford, which caters to working professionals, and another in Dahlgren, which offers graduate science and engineering programs. There are three colleges: arts and sciences, business, and education, all of which produce graduates who are critical thinkers prepared to succeed. UMW also recently developed a Center for Economic Development, which connects faculty and students with regional initiatives and businesses seeking their assistance.


In recent years, the University of Mary Washington has seen its academic reputation garner national recognition in numerous selective guidebooks, including Forbes, the Fiske Guide to Colleges and the Princeton Review’s edition of The Best 376 Colleges. The university also has been recognized in Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Peterson’s Competitive Colleges and Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges.


The University of Mary Washington accepts only completed online applications. Faxed, mailed, or emailed applications will not be considered. Please submit an application by going to Questions about the online application process should be directed to the Human Resources office at 540-654-1211. Employment offers are contingent upon the successful completion of criminal background checks. If accommodations are requested either before or at the time of the interview, contact the AA/EEO Officer in Human Resources at 540/654-1046.


Application deadline is July 25, 2013. Salary is commensurate with experience ($43,000-$46,000).


In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the University of Mary Washington actively encourages women, minorities, disabled individuals and veterans to apply.