Director of Connected Scholarship, University of Michigan Library

The University of Michigan Library is seeking a director to create and enable community-driven learning environments, promote interdisciplinarity, extend knowledge creation, apply learning technologies, and connect learning throughout the residential experience.  The realization of this vision enables the Library to be a significant partner in transforming our community’s ability to find and create, and in doing so enrich the practice of learning and scholarship.  This position has primary responsibility for enabling pathways and leading a team focused on programmatic engagement with learning technologies and application in curriculum transformation and content creation.

Connected scholarship is part of the Learning and Teaching team of the University of Michigan Library which 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 world-changing 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.

The Library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of the library’s mission.


The Director will inspire commitment and action, lead as a problem solver, build broad based involvement, and accelerate library connections and capacities with the expanding definition of scholarship, whether promoting best practices for content creation, adopting technology-enabled pedagogies, enabling instructors and learners as knowledge creators, linking technology-enabled and collaborative library spaces to learning, or enabling partnerships to leverage scholarship with digital capabilities. This position reports to the Associate University Librarian for Learning and Teaching. The Director will:

-Design, create, assess, and manage high-quality programs and services to enable innovative, engaging, and learner-focused learning experiences

-Lead a library team of seven staff members and students, focused on the application of learning technologies at the intersection of discovery, content, learning, and curricular transformation; collaborate with other library services to deliver high quality service

-Articulate vision and guide program development to transform ways the library partners with faculty and students in leveraging and applying learning technologies to advance their scholarship, curricular, and co-curricular needs

-Promote innovative use of learning spaces (e.g. Faculty Exploratory, Knowledge Navigation Center, Design Labs, etc)

-Deepen, connect, and expand consultation capacity to enrich campus teaching and learning activities through the purposeful use of technology

-Make visible (e.g. consultation, pilots, clear pathways to discovery, invite campus into conversation) the possibilities by highlighting the capabilities and range of expertise available

Required Qualifications

-Bachelor’s degree in related field (e.g. information, instructional technology or education) and significant experience enabling learning/knowledge environments or equivalent combination of education and experience.

-For appointment as a librarian, an ALA-accredited master’s degree, or a relevant advanced degree is required.

-Demonstrated ability to lead and mentor a team of professionals and student consultants.

-Demonstrated ability to envision, lead, and transform the way we partner with faculty and students in leveraging learning technologies to advance their scholarship.

-Demonstrated knowledge of effective teaching and learning strategies and in the integration of information technology with curriculum.

-Excellent ability to communicate in speaking and writing.

-Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.

Desired Qualifications

-Advanced degree preferred

Additional Information

Benefits, rank, salary:

Appointment is anticipated as a program manager, senior associate librarian or librarian. Salary and rank dependent on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. Librarian appointments carry with them increased expectations regarding professional development, professional engagement, research, and service, in keeping with the library’s process for librarian promotion and advancement.

The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities.

This position receives 24 days of vacation a year, and 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.

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, include your salary requirements, and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

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.

Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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

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