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Director, Consortial Library Application Support

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Category:       Librarian (Open Rank)

Department:   Digital Systems and 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.


With collections including 4 million volumes and more than 40,000 serials subscriptions, the University of Maryland Libraries allocate 75 percent of its materials budget to electronic resources. The University of Maryland ranks 39th among the 115 member libraries of the Association of Research Libraries and has an operating budget of $23.7 million.  The University of Maryland Libraries benefit from being situated geographically within minutes of the nation’s capital and its departments, agencies, and research centers.


The University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium includes sixteen member libraries at the public universities and colleges in the State of Maryland. It provides unified, cost effective and creative approaches to acquiring, managing, and sharing information and knowledge resources. It supports the shared mission of our member campuses to contribute to the intellectual and cultural growth of the students, faculty and staff.


The University of Maryland Libraries is seeking a Director for the Consortial Library Application Support (CLAS) department, to provide leadership and support to the USMAI Library Consortium in the integration, operation and maintenance efforts of the consortiums software and database applications. The CLAS Director serves as a senior member of the College Park Libraries Digital Systems and Stewardship Division (DSS), reporting to the Associate Dean for Digital Systems and Stewardship at the University of Maryland Libraries.  The CLAS Director will focus efforts to work closely and effectively with the Council of Library Directors (CLD) of USMAI and its Executive Director.  He/she provides leadership and direct supervision to a professional technical staff.  The CLAS director will be responsible for developing and managing budgets for approved projects and initiatives of the USMAI.  The director will also be responsible for developing annual budgets for the CLAS team, for presenting that budget to the CLD and for executing budgets, once they are approved by the CLD.


The CLAS Director will be responsible for the research, planning, procurement, development, deployment, support and management of USMAI library application software; and for the integration, implementation, and maintenance of software to provide access and discovery services to scholarly and administrative information.


The USMAI is at a crossroad in its evolution, at the edge of adopting new discovery tools and next generation systems.  This position is an excellent opportunity for someone who would like to be in the forefront of national leadership in the development of large consortial library information systems.



Demonstrated Abilities:

     Demonstrated initiative and ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously.

     Excellent organizational, analytical, time management and communication (oral and written) skills.

     Demonstrated ability to manage complex budgets that involve multiple organizations and institutions.

     Positive interpersonal skills; ability to work collaboratively in a team environment, with executive management bodies, with multiple stake holders, and with technical and library staff having widely varied skill sets and technical knowledge.

     Demonstrated knowledge of and ability to identify emerging trends in libraries and relevant technology.

     Flexibility in a changing technological and organizational environment. Ability to adapt to, implement, and manage change in business and in service models.


Education: Master’s Degree in Library Science 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.




     A minimum of four (4) years of professional experience in information technology services.

     A minimum of two (2) years of experience in a managerial role (e.g. project leader).

     Familiarity with library software applications as well as new trends/developments in this field.

     Strong technical background related to the responsibilities of the position.

     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: The University of Maryland Policy on Appointment, Promotion and Permanent Status of Library Faculty.



     Experience with commercial and/or open source library software solutions.

     Experience working with commercial vendors on procurement, contract development, and technical support.

     Knowledge of and experience with applying project management principles (PMP certification preferred).

     Experience with or working knowledge of consortial environments and requirements.

     Experience supporting applications running in Unix/Linux and Windows environment(s).

     Experience managing software application development lifecycle.

     Programming and/or database administration experience.

     Experience delivering presentations.

     Demonstrated ability to define a vision for a team and bring it to fruition.



For the full position description, please go to http://www.lib.umd.edu/hr/employment-opportunities/staff-faculty-positions .


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: http://www.president.umd.edu/policies/ii-100B.html  .


APPLICATIONS: Electronic applications required. Please apply online at https://ejobs.umd.edu/postings/28592 .  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 October 10, 2014.


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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