POSITION: Deputy University Librarian and Director of Library Technology
PURPOSE AND SCOPE:
The University of Georgia Libraries seeks a forward-thinking, results-oriented leader for the position of Deputy University Librarian and Director of Library Technology to help refine and implement the information technology vision of the UGA Libraries and the statewide GALILEO virtual library. The Deputy University Librarian and Director of Library Technology is responsible to the University Librarian and Associate Provost for assisting in the development and implementation of the mission, goals and broad policy directions for the University of Georgia Libraries, and for the overall administration and coordination of IT support services for the UGA Libraries, GALILEO (Georgia’s statewide virtual library) and GIL (the University System of Georgia’s [USG]) library management system. As Deputy University Librarian, this position works closely with the University Librarian and the Director of Administrative Services in providing leadership in strategic planning, administration and resource allocation; represents the University Librarian in meetings; assumes overall responsibility for the Libraries in the absence of the University Librarian; and coordinates the activities and personnel at UGA research facility libraries located throughout Georgia.
As the Director of Library Technology, this position represents the UGA Libraries with campus Enterprise Information Technology Services (EITS), Board of Regents Library Services, technology vendors, and at state and national library arenas focused on technology. This position is responsible for the leadership, management and planning of the UGA Libraries’ Systems Department, which includes 19 FTE IT professionals and one librarian faculty member in three units: 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; the UGA Libraries web environment (www.libs.uga.edu); the UGA Libraries online catalog (https://gil.uga.edu); the EBSCO Discovery Service for UGA (www.libs.uga.edu/multisearch); UGA scholarly repository (http://athenaeum.libs.uga.edu); the Digital Library of Georgia collaborative digitization program (http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu); GALILEO (www.galileo.usg.edu); GIL (http://gil.usg.edu/gilhome) and other resources. Additionally, this position coordinates the activities of the Systems Librarian and GALILEO/GIL Technical Support Services Unit with the Executive Director for Library Services of the Board of Regents (BOR), USG.
The UGA Libraries is located on the university's main campus in Athens, Georgia, and its facilities include the Main Library, Science Library, Zell B. Miller Learning Center, Map and Government Information Library, Repository and Special Collections Libraries. 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/.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Deputy University Librarian
Serves in a senior administrative capacity for the UGA Libraries, working under the University Librarian and with the 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.
Assumes overall responsibility for the Libraries in the absence of the University Librarian.
Assists the University Librarian in library-wide planning, policy making, and development and evaluation of services.
Participates in the Libraries’ strategic planning process.
Assists in the decision-making process for developing the Libraries operating budget.
Represents the University Librarian at meetings both on and off campus.
Participates in general library administration by serving on appropriate committees as assigned and by contributing to the planning and developing of library-wide policies.
Coordinates the activities and personnel at UGA research facility libraries: UGA Griffin Campus Library, UGA Tifton Campus Library, Skidaway Institute of Oceanography Library, and UGA Marine Institute Library (Sapelo Island).
Expected to assume line responsibility for specific departments as determined by the University Librarian.
Director, Library Technology
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.
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.
ALA-accredited MLS; Minimum of 5 years’ significant and progressively responsible management experience in an academic library and 8 years of experience working in a technical setting. Experience supervising high-level technical personnel and library staff; Commitment to mentoring and support for staff professional development; 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.
Experience at the assistant or associate UL/dean level preferred; Experience in several areas of library operations preferred; Experience with discovery systems, 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: Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by August 28, 2014; 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, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.