An opportunity to work in one of Canada's sunniest Cities!

Shortgrass Library System is looking for a Manager of
Library Technology Services to join our innovative, collaborative and
highly motivated team.

This position reports to the CEO and is responsible for the provision of
high quality technology services in the demanding environment of a regional
library system.

Some of the main projects the Manager, Library Technology Services will
manage include: developing an online payment/membership renewal system, the
province-wide Me-Card, and an ongoing review of all technology related
services offered by the regional library system.

Shortgrass Library System is one of Alberta’s seven regional library
systems. Covering the south-eastern corner of Alberta, and headquartered in
Medicine Hat, Alberta, Shortgrass serves a population of over 100,000
through a network of twelve autonomous public libraries. We also provide
contractual services to a total of thirty-three school libraries in the
Prairie Rose School Division Number 8 and Medicine Hat School District
Number 76.

Shortgrass works in partnership with Medicine Hat College Library Services
on ongoing projects such as the regional One Community One Card system and
the Shared Intern Librarian initiative.

*The City of Medicine Hat*

Located in the scenic South Saskatchewan River Valley, Medicine Hat gets
2,512 hours of sunshine per year! This makes it one of "Canada’s Sunniest
Cities", and an attractive year-round playground for a wide variety of

The city is rich in local history and unique attractions, from the Medicine
Hat Clay Industries National Historic District, the gaslight-themed
downtown with over 200 shops and services, to the state-of-the-art
Esplanade Arts & Heritage Centre. Low property taxes, natural gas and
electricity rates in Medicine Hat are well below the North American
average. The City also offers reasonable housing costs, no provincial sales
tax and the lowest income taxes in the county! For more information on
relocating to Medicine Hat, please visit

World-famous tourist attractions, such as Dinosaur Provincial Park, Cypress
Hills Interprovincial Park, Writing-On-Stone Provincial Park & the Royal
Tyrrell Museum of Paleontology are just a short drive away.

*Major Responsibilities*

   - Coordination of system wide technology based projects and programs
   - Representation on regional and provincial work teams and committees
   such as the One Community One Card project, SAILS (Southern Alberta
   Integrated Library System) consortium, and TAL (The Alberta Library).
   - Recommendation of appropriate emerging technologies applicable to
   public libraries
   - Management of publicly accessible online services, including the ILS,
   the System website, online catalogues, electronic resources, etc.
   - Technology development and support services to members and contracted
   partners including the optimization of the ILS for staff use; creation of
   reports within the ILS
   - Technology training of System and member library employees as well as
   contracted partners
   - Troubleshooting of ILS-related problems
   - This position is one of the first points of contact during after-hours
   for any technology related issues and occasionally requires work to be
   completed outside regular office hours
   - Negotiations with SLS partners and vendors on issues related to the
   provision of library technology services
   - Monitoring and evaluating the usage of SLS electronic resources
   - Advising member libraries on technology related services, including
   digital library resources


   - Master of Library Science/ Master of Library and Information Science
   degree or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program
   - Demonstrated interest in and knowledge of emerging technologies in
   public libraries
   - Experience providing technology services in a library environment
   - Experience managing an ILS system, experience managing SirsiDynix
   Symphony in particular, is an asset, with API experience being a great
   - Experience with working in Unix/Linux command line environment or with
   Shell and/or Perl scripting would be a great asset
   - Experience dealing with vendors
   - Strong leadership and management skills
   - Excellent verbal and written communication skills
   - Ability to function well both independently and as a member of a team
   - Strong service ethic

*Salary and Benefits*

$67,434 to $84,913 plus generous benefits package including: extended
health & dental benefits, Short & Long Term Disability, Life Insurance &
Pension Plan.

A moving allowance may be available as per Shortgrass Library System policy.

*To apply*

Please submit a cover letter and resume via email to:

Petra Mauerhoff, CEO

Shortgrass Library System

E-mail: [log in to unmask]

Review of applications will begin January 10th, 2014. The posting will
remain open until the position has been filled.

*Shortgrass Library System thanks all applicants for their interest in the
position, but only those under consideration will be contacted.*

Petra Mauerhoff, CEO
Shortgrass Library System

2375 10th Ave SW
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8G2

Tel. (403) 529-0550 ext 101    Toll Free Number 1-866-529-0550 ext 101
Fax (403) 528-2473

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