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Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian & Vice Provost for Lib Affairs

Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian & Vice Provost for Lib Affairs

Duke University Job Location: North Carolina Date Created: 12-10-2021

Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian &

Vice Provost for Library Affairs

Duke University seeks a creative, innovative, and strategic leader to serve as the next Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian and Vice Provost for Library Affairs (University Librarian and Vice Provost). The search is being launched as University Librarian Deborah Jakubs will retire in the summer of 2022 following nearly four decades of service at Duke, and 16-plus years in this role.

Reporting to the Provost, the University Librarian and Vice Provost is a critical partner in, and facilitator of, intensive student and faculty intellectual engagement. The University is known for its superior liberal arts undergraduate education, as well as graduate, and professional education, and the new University Librarian and Vice Provost will have a tremendous opportunity to work across the entire institution, building upon the Libraries’ exceptional future-forward and service-oriented culture in order to further the academic goals of the University. Collaborating with a team of approximately 265 talented and dedicated library staff, the new University Librarian and Vice Provost will lead the process of developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic vision for the future of the Duke University Libraries, in terms of both its role within the University ecosystem and its relationship to the fast-changing world of information management. Championing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its forms, the new University Librarian and Vice Provost will bring a thoughtful and innovative spirit to the challenge of enabling a beloved and admired library to become even more central to Duke’s mission. Over the past 50 years, Duke has experienced a remarkable rise to prominence in the top echelon of research universities, fueled by the recruitment and support of outstanding faculty and students, by an innovative undergraduate curriculum and experiential opportunities, by dynamic graduate and professional schools, and through the increasing diversity of students, faculty and staff that creates a vibrant intellectual community. In addition to the main campus in Durham, NC, the world-class Duke University Health System, and the Duke University Marine Lab in Beaufort, NC, the university is a partner in Duke Kunshan University (with Wuhan University and the city of Kunshan), and the Duke-NUS Medical School (with National University of Singapore).

The Duke University Libraries (DUL), one of the nation’s top 10 private research library systems, includes the Perkins, Bostock, and Rubenstein Libraries on West Campus, the Lilly and Music Libraries on East Campus, the Pearse Memorial Library at the Duke Marine Lab, and the separately administered libraries serving the schools of business, divinity, law, and medicine.

The new University Librarian and Vice Provost will be a strong, effective advocate for the Libraries, as well as a collaborative, communicative, and inclusive community builder, responsible for the leadership and overall management of DUL services and collections. The University Librarian and Vice Provost will oversee planning, budget, and staffing of the Libraries in support of the academic, instructional, and information needs of faculty, students, and staff across the University.

The University Librarian and Vice Provost is a contributor to a number of university-wide academic and governance committees, and a valued participant in academic planning across the university. The University Librarian and Vice Provost is a key member of the Provost’s leadership team, along with five other Vice Provosts, ten school deans, and five other direct leadership reports to the Provost.

The Libraries’ total annual operating budget for 2021–2022 stands at approximately $37.3 million, including salaries.

The Duke University Libraries seek a bold, inspired leader whose professional experiences and personal values align with the Libraries’ community-oriented ethos. Candidates for the University Librarian and Vice Provost role must be prepared to lead and manage the DUL’s services and collections. The ideal candidate will hold an ALA-accredited degree (or international equivalent) or an advanced degree in a relevant field.

To view the full position profile, please visit Storbeck Search’s website. Please send nominations, applications, and queries in confidence and electronically to:

Sue May, Managing Director

Matthew Bunting, Managing Associate

Storbeck Search


Duke is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. Read more about Duke’s commitment to affirmative action and nondiscrimination at www.hr.duke.edu/eeo.

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