Head Librarian, Strategic Technology
Pennsylvania State University Job Location: Pennsylvania Date Created: 08-06-2019
Head Librarian, Strategic Technology
The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for the position of Head of Library Strategic Technologies. This 12-month tenure-track position reports to the Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies, and provides creative leadership for proactive innovation, maintenance, enhancement and support of library-specific technologies, including the library discovery platforms and website, institutional repository and scholarship deposit, faculty activities reporting, and library-specific hardware and software to support library operations and services. The successful candidate is expected to work in a highly collaborative organization to provide leadership and coordination of library technology services, ultimately supporting the Libraries` and University priorities related to teaching and learning, research, and service. The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We encourage candidates who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment to apply. More information on Penn State's commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence, can be found by visiting http://equity.psu.edu/psu-diversity-statement. For additional information about the Libraries' diversity efforts, please visit https://libraries.psu.edu/about/diversity. Responsibilities and Duties: The Head of Library Strategic Technologies will provide leadership and management of the Libraries Strategic Technologies Department. You will be a user-focused leader who fosters awareness of social responsibility, inherent and historical institutional biases and access limitations, and ethics within library technologies, and you will advocate for services that support diversity and inclusion. You will actively engage with faculty, staff, and units in the Libraries to identify needs and priorities and will work with the Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies to establish a cohesive strategy for library technology. You will also collaborate across the Libraries, Commonwealth Campuses and with campus-wide stakeholder groups, such as the Vice President for Research Office, Office of Information Security, and Penn State IT in aligning the Libraries' technology strategy with these units. You will oversee the design, implementation, and management of policies and workflows for departmental activities; foster professional development of staff to meet the challenge of a rapidly changing environment; stay current on developing technologies, standards, and best practices in library technologies; and represent the Libraries in matters concerning library technologies at the local, national, and international level. This position will serve on the Dean's Library Council. This position requires a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution or an advanced degree in a relevant subject area combined with appropriate experience in a research library setting; knowledge of issues, strategies, and best practices in the areas of access, discovery, and preservation of information; demonstrated understanding of ethical and social issues in information technology and libraries; experience mentoring information technology professionals and developing a supportive and rewarding team culture; demonstrated leadership experience; demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively to plan, coordinate, and implement effective projects; strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion; creative, energetic, and collaborative work style; excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation and teamwork skills; and ability to meet the requirements of promotion. Desired qualifications include experience writing and managing grants; research and professional activity with library technologies; and experience supervising library faculty or staff. Environment: The Pennsylvania State University Libraries are a strategic asset to Penn State, advancing intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning, all in support of the University's strategic goals in teaching, research, service, and outreach. The University Libraries is ranked among the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other campus locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. We serve more than 6,400 faculty and 46,800 students at University Park, and approximately 97,500 students university wide. More than 120 faculty librarians in the University Libraries benefit from extensive technological resources and research support services. Penn State, a land-grant institution, is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Association of American Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the international Center for Research Libraries. Compensation and Benefits: Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, state or TIAA retirement options, and educational privileges. In addition, faculty in the University Libraries are afforded funds for professional development travel annually. Faculty may be asked to travel as official representatives of the Libraries to certain events and those trips are reimbursed at full cost within limits established by the University. Application Instructions: Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online. To be considered for the position, interested candidates should upload a letter of application, resume or C.V., and the names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses). Review of applications will begin September 3, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Questions may be addressed to Robert Harris Faculty Search Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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