Associate Dean, Knowledge Access and Resource Management Services (KARMS), NYU Division of Libraries
This position leads, shapes, and oversees the work of 56 staff engaged in acquiring and making accessible research resources in all formats of the NYU Division of Libraries. The Associate Dean is a member of the Libraries’ senior management team, which shares responsibility for planning, budget allocation, and the development and leadership of major strategic initiatives. In collaboration with senior management colleagues (including the Assoc./Assist. Deans for Collections and Research Services, Public Services, Libraries IT Services, and Digital Library Technology Services), the Associate Dean has primary leadership responsibility for intellectual access to materials in a changing mix of user-oriented online environments.
The Associate Dean oversees the creation, acquisition, integration and lifecycle management of metadata and the supporting processes that enable knowledge access. The Associate Dean oversees the operations of the Libraries’ integrated library system (ILS), including its use by non-NYU libraries that participate in consortia and related services, and serves as liaison to those libraries. The scope of KARMS units comprises acquisitions, including licensing; serials and electronic resource management; cataloging and metadata production, integration and maintenance; and archival collections accessioning and processing. Services are performed for the central, institute, and global campus libraries, with selected services provided to consortium member libraries. The Associate Dean is also responsible for designing and overseeing a wide range of special projects, e.g., with affiliate libraries, digital library collections, specialized resources, and for NYU’s branch campuses in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai.
The Libraries’ strategic plan emphasizes the need for continual organizational learning and innovation to meet the challenge of integrating library resources and services with new, ever-changing, powerful networked teaching, learning and research environments. Critical objectives include powerful and effective resource discovery and user experience, and integration and innovation in acquiring and delivering access to all forms of research resources. The KARMS Associate Dean will have the continuing opportunity to manage significant new service development, to employ new technologies and approaches to resource management and discovery, and to redesign organizational structures and staff roles in this environment.
The Division of Libraries expends over $17 million on collections (65% on electronic resources) and adds, in addition to electronic resources, ca. 90,000 physical volumes and 3,000 linear feet of physical archival materials annually. KARMS staff comprises 16 librarians (who are faculty), 7 administrative staff (which includes supervisors, archivists and technologists) and 33 support staff, as well as 15 FTE of student casuals and adjunct assistants. The Libraries deploys the Ex Libris Aleph ILS, using PRIMO as its primary end-user access system, ArchivesSpace for archival collections management, and DSpace for its institutional and preservation repositories.
New York University Libraries:
Library facilities at New York University serve the school’s 40,000 students and faculty and contain more than 5 million volumes. New York University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the HathiTrust, the Research Libraries Group Partnership of OCLC, and the Digital Library Federation, as well as regional resource sharing consortia. The Libraries also serves as the administrative headquarters of the Research Library Association of South Manhattan, a consortium that includes New School and Cooper Union. The NY School of Interior Design, New-York Historical Society and the Brooklyn Historical Society also participate in use of the ILS. For the NYU Libraries Mission and Strategic Plan go to https://library.nyu.edu/strategicplan/
Evidence of vision and leadership in the fields of knowledge access and resource management; substantial successful experience in acquisitions, cataloging, processing, and/or metadata production processes in an academic/research library, including evidence of successful and creative management of staff and operations; operational knowledge of discovery and access methods and systems; substantial knowledge of trends, issues and methods of intellectual access to library resources coupled with a strong service orientation and knowledge of user needs for teaching, learning and research; excellent communications and interpersonal skills; excellent administrative, management, planning, and organizational skills; experience in coordination or management of integrated library system functions; working knowledge of metadata standards; evidence of creative problem-solving and innovative, results-oriented approaches to processes and organizational development; evidence of successful leadership in a complex organization, including demonstrated potential for leading transformational change. MLS from an ALA-accredited program and a second master’s degree required to be eligible for tenure.
Salary/Benefits: Faculty status, attractive benefits package including five weeks annual vacation. Salary commensurate with experience and background.
To Apply: To ensure consideration, send CV and letter of application, including the name, address, and telephone number of three references to: Enrique Yanez, Assistant Dean for Human Resources, New York University Libraries, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. CVs will be considered until the position is filled.
NYU’s Division of Libraries embraces diversity and is committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.
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