University of Georgia Libraries

 

POSITION: Assistant University Librarian for Technology Services

DEPARTMENT: Systems

PURPOSE AND SCOPE:

The University of Georgia Libraries seeks a forward-thinking, results-oriented leader for the position of Assistant University Librarian (AUL) for Technology Services to help refine and implement the information technology vision of the UGA Libraries and the statewide GALILEO virtual library. The AUL serves as a part of the senior library management team. Reporting to the University Librarian and Associate Provost, the AUL administers and coordinates IT support services for the University of Georgia Libraries. The AUL also supervises the staff at the UGA Libraries who support GALILEO (Georgia’s statewide virtual library) and GIL (the University System of Georgia’s (USG) library management system) and coordinates their activities with the Executive Director for Library Services of the Board of Regents (BOR), USG. The AUL represents the UGA Libraries with campus Enterprise Information Technology Services (EITS), BOR Library Services, technology vendors, and at state and national library arenas focused on technology.

The AUL provides leadership to a staff of 19 IT professionals and one technical librarian who work in the Systems Department’s three units: The Library Technology Support Group, GIL Liaison and Systems Librarian, and GALILEO/GIL Technical Support Services. These units support the UGA Libraries’ network infrastructure, staff and public computer equipment and software, databases and applications, web site, online catalog, EBSCO Discovery Service and UGA scholarly repository, as well as the Digital Library of Georgia collaborative digitization program, GALILEO, GIL and other resources. Staff are focused on planning, developing, installing, supporting, and enhancing computer-based application systems as well as equipment and software that provide information to support teaching, learning, and research at the UGA Libraries (and in some cases across the University System and state).

The UGA Libraries is located on the University of Georgia’s main campus in Athens, Georgia. Its facilities include the Main Library, Science Library, Zell B. Miller Learning Center, Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries, and Repository. The University of Georgia, established by the Georgia General Assembly on January 27, 1785, is America's first state-chartered university and the birthplace of the American system of public higher education. UGA has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 25 public universities in America for last 10 years. The university's main campus in Athens, Georgia, covers 605 acres and includes 313 buildings.

Perennially rated as one of the nation's top college towns, Athens offers a vibrant place to work and live. With Atlanta 70 miles to the west, Athens offers good proximity to the city while maintaining a small-town culture and feel. The favorable climate supports an eco-friendly campus, and UGA is currently undergoing a major multi-step plan to convert much of the campus into pedestrian friendly green space.

Information about Athens: http://www.libs.uga.edu/athens/
Information about the Digital Library of Georgia: http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/?Welcome

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

Serves in a senior administrative capacity for the UGA Libraries, working under the University Librarian and with the Deputy University Librarian, Director of Library Administrative Services, department heads, and others on strategic planning, budget, policy development, communication, and assessment in support of the UGA Libraries’ mission.

Crafts the overall direction and resulting priorities, goals, and objectives for technology services in consultation with senior library leadership, UGA campus IT personnel, Board of Regents personnel, and other stakeholders.

Participates in the development of the UGA Libraries online presence and the electronic services that the UGA Libraries provide in concert with library faculty.

Establishes and maintains effective partnerships, particularly within the UGA community, Board of Regents, and the GALILEO community.

Participates in Board of Regents (BOR) planning, change review, and priority setting processes for the GALILEO statewide initiatives. Coordinates planning as needed with the Executive Director for Library Services of the Board of Regents, the Head of GALILEO/GIL Technical Support Services, and the Director of the Digital Library of Georgia.

Coordinates and oversees the efforts of the UGA Libraries’ three technology support units (Library Technology Support Group, GIL Liaison and Systems Librarian, and GALILEO/GIL Technical Support Services). Assists with planning / organization/ priority definition, provides consultation, and monitors outcomes for these areas.

Develops and maintains a competent and productive staff by overseeing and mentoring the supervision and training in the Department, providing oversight for all personnel actions in the Department, and providing opportunities for educational and experiential growth of Departmental staff.

Supports staff use of critical campus central computing resources (UGAmail, Campus Calendar, Kronos, etc.) by monitoring functionality, assisting with staff problem reports, and providing feedback to EITS and other campus resource support groups as needed; monitors and coordinates data security issues.

Maintains professional knowledge of technology trends and cultivates an understanding of the strategic role of information technology within academic libraries.

Promotes communication within the Department and the UGA Libraries by encouraging and actively engaging in the exchange of needed information. Promotes effective communication between the UGA Libraries, BOR Library Services, and the GALILEO/GIL community.

Provides needed information by managing and encouraging the maintenance of documentation, relevant records, inventories, and support contracts.

Represents the UGA Libraries' IT activities and interests to UGA EITS, to the university community, and to the library profession.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Required Qualifications:
ALA-accredited MLS; Minimum of 5 years’ significant and progressively responsible management experience in an academic library in a technical setting; Experience supervising high-level technical personnel and library staff; Experience establishing unit priorities and directing technical projects and support services; Knowledge of a wide range of library and information technology resources and services; Substantial knowledge and experience with at least one integrated library system (ILS); Considerable knowledge of trends, issues, and technology services in academic libraries; Ability to establish and maintain effective working and collaborative relationships; Effective oral and written communication skills; Ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience in several areas of library operations preferred; Experience with Open URL resolver systems, Institutional Repositories (IR), and/or digital library systems preferred; Technology experience in a large research library preferred; Experience with web development preferred

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary will be competitive and commensurate with the successful candidate’s experience and professional achievements. UGA librarians are non-tenured faculty members. UGA offers an attractive benefits program including a choice of health and retirement plans, dental plan, tuition remission and paid relocation, 21 days annual leave, 12 days sick leave, and 12 paid holidays.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: The search committee will begin screening applications on May 24, 2013; however, screening will continue until the position is filled. Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should send via email their letters of application, complete resumes, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references to: Jan D. Hudson, Human Resources Manager, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia 30602-1641 at libjobs@uga.edu

The University of Georgia and the UGA Libraries have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among its faculty and staff. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups and strongly encourage persons of color to apply for these positions. The University of Georgia is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.