Head of Digital Library Services, University of Utah

Position/Rank: Associate Librarian/Librarian
Department: 00790 – Marriott Library – Operations
Track: Tenure Track

The J. Willard Marriott Library seeks an energetic, visionary, innovative, and accomplished professional for the position of Head, Digital Library Services (DLS). This is an excellent opportunity to work with collaborative, energetic, and enthusiastic colleagues in developing and delivering an information environment that significantly advances end-user resource discovery and use of digital library services. Overseeing digital operations, metadata work related to digital projects, and digital preservation services and reporting to the Associate Dean for IT and Digital Library Services, the successful candidate will:

  • Provide strategic vision, leadership, and supervision of day-to-day activities in DLS.
  • Collaborate with library and campus units, faculty, and students in order to foster and integrate new digital library solutions that will shape the future of the university’s information environment.
  • Work closely with the Library’s Information Technology Departments to develop and maintain supporting infrastructure.
  • Develop policies and procedures for efficiently managing digital assets from digitization and metadata creation through ingestion into Marriott Library’s digital repository and other systems.
  • Develop long-term preservation strategies and procedures.
  • Shape new directions for services that integrate digital tools and techniques in support of student learning and faculty research and scholarship
  • Identifies appropriate established and emerging technologies to meet the needs of digital projects
  • Manage the department, including planning, policy, and personnel matters.

While this position focuses primarily on Digital Library Services, all faculty librarians serve the needs of University faculty, staff, and students along with members of the local community. Work across organizational lines is encouraged to support and strengthen all services in the Marriott Library. The Head of DLS will assist with implementing the Marriott Library’s Strategic Directions (http://bit.ly/1KBroYK) and will be expected to be professionally active through participation in appropriate professional societies and through research and publication.

Required qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS, MIS OR the equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience working in an academic library.
  • At least six months of supervisory experience.
  • Proven proficiency in developing digital projects, digital project management, and communication and outreach activities
  • Working knowledge of key trends in digital libraries technologies, metadata, and digital preservation.
  • Evidence of innovation using emerging technologies and ability to articulate their relevance to library systems.
  • Demonstrated experience with digital library systems such as Hydra/Fedora, Dspace, CONTENTdm.
  • Understanding of and ability to collaborate with various library units and operations in an environment focused on user services.
  • Ability to respond to changing needs and set priorities effectively in the fast-paced, future-oriented environment of a research institution
  • Excellent written and verbal skills and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Evidence of active participation and involvement in professional and scholarly associations and a record of scholarly engagement, typically demonstrated through publications and presentations, and commitment to professional issues and involvement.
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check, as required by Utah state law (http://www.regulations.utah.edu/humanResources/5-130.html).

Desired qualifications:

  • Demonstrated record as a leader in the digital library field
  • Reading, writing, or speaking skills in a second language.
  • Two years of supervisory experience of full time employees.
  • One year of supervisory experience of tenure-track faculty.
  • Experience with grant writing and managing grant-funded projects.
  • Experience with semantic web technologies, SEO strategies and other relevant emerging technologies.

Compensation: $68,000-79,000 dependent on qualifications, plus excellent benefits including a 14.2% retirement contribution to TIAA-CREF/Fidelity, medical and dental coverage, and generous paid sick and vacation time.

Preferred consideration will be given to all applications received by December 10, 2015.


The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

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