Digital Programs and Initiatives Manager (Librarian), University of Maryland Libraries

Title: Digital Programs and Initiatives Manager (Librarian)
Category: Faculty
Department: Digital Systems & Stewardship
Benefits: 22 Days Annual Leave, 15 Days of Sick Leave, 3 Days Personal Leave, 15 Paid Holidays, Tuition Remission, Health, Dental, Vision, and Prescription

As the largest university library system in the Washington D.C.-Baltimore area, the University of Maryland Libraries serve more than 37,500 students and 4,200 faculty of the flagship College Park campus. The University of Maryland Libraries share the teaching, learning and research goals of the university. Its role as a key academic resource is evident in its service to the academic community and its actionable strategic plan. Recent membership in the Committee on Institutional Cooperation, a robust organization of Big Ten member institutions, is particularly meaningful to the University Libraries and will further propel the university’s ascendancy in academic excellence.

The Digital Programs and Initiatives (DPI) Manager is responsible for providing visionary leadership and oversight for the Digital Programs and Initiatives department. The DPI Manager initiates and is the first point of contact for all new digital projects and digital initiatives, and works with both internal and external project stakeholders to develop an achievable project plan guided by a clear project charter. Subsequently, the Manager monitors progress toward project milestones and coordinates with managers of participating departments to ensure timely progress toward completion, making necessary adjustments in keeping with the priorities of the UMD Libraries as a whole. This position serves as an essential communication channel between the Digital Systems and Stewardship division’s staff and stakeholders in the rest of the Libraries and beyond.

It is the role of the DPI Manager to keep current on technology trends, to identify possibilities for collaboration and partnership on digital initiatives within the UMD Libraries and externally, and to be proactive in ensuring that the UMD Libraries remain current and relevant with their digital collections and digital repositories and systems. The Manager will seek out new opportunities for UMD Libraries with emphasis on innovation, entrepreneurship, and new roles for academic libraries. In addition, the incumbent will serve as a public face for digital initiatives by representing the UMD Libraries on external committees, working groups, and other professional organizations as needed.


Demonstrated abilities:

  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple complex projects involving many stakeholders simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated planning and leadership skills, with the ability to function independently, take initiative, and set goals and priorities in a dynamic changing environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to design, evaluate, and optimize business models and revenue strategies for digital library programs and emerging practice areas.
  • Demonstrated ability to perform qualitative and quantitative cost-benefit analyses of a wide variety of programs.
  • Familiarity with data-intensive, computation-driven research practices in either the sciences, social sciences, or humanities.
  • Ability to meet promotion and permanent status requirements of the University of Maryland at College Park Libraries as described in APPSC Policy BOR II-1.00(B): The University of Maryland Policy on Appointment, Promotion and Permanent Status of Library Faculty [].

Education: Master’s degree required. Master’s Degree in Library Sciences from a program accredited by the American Library Association OR an advanced degree in either information sciences or information management with experience in library management preferred.


  • A minimum of 5 years of experience working in the library and information field.
  • A minimum of 3 years of experience in a managerial role (e.g. project leader, supervisor, etc.).
  • Familiarity with digital preservation standards and practices.
  • Familiarity with scholarly communications practices and trends.
  • Experience with current digital library technologies, standards, and best practices, such as repository systems and technologies.
  • Experience planning, initiating, and implementing effective programs, projects, and services.

For the full position description, please go to

Position is appointed to Librarian Faculty Ranks as established by the University System of Maryland Board of Regents. Rank at appointment is based on the successful applicant’s experience and relevant credentials. For additional information, consult the following website: .

APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online at . No relocation assistance will be provided. You must be legally able to work in the United States; the University of Maryland Libraries will not sponsor individuals for employment. An application consists of a cover letter which includes the source of advertisement, a resume, and names/e-mail addresses of three references.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and accepted until November 30, 2015.

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, or gender identity and expression.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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