|Date Posted||August 29, 2019|
The Director of Library Digital Technologies (LDT) provides energetic, creative, and forward-looking leadership for the Brown University Library’s digital infrastructure and applications. Reporting to the Deputy University Librarian, and a member of the Library’s leadership team, the Director coordinates and collaborates with partners in the Library, the University’s Computing and Information Services (CIS) department, and other campus units to ensure that the Library’s digital services are aligned with the teaching and research mission of the University.
The Director of LDT will be responsible for setting strategic goals, allocating resources, and overseeing the successful implementation, maintenance, refreshment, and integration of the Library’s information technology program, which includes on-premise, locally hosted, and vendor hosted enterprise level applications. The Director provides high level oversight for the continuous operation of the library’s website, digital repository, and other locally hosted web services, and works closely with other library and University stakeholders to manage hosted applications, such as the Integrated Library System Sierra, ILLIAD interlibrary loan software, and customized applications for resource discovery, course reserves, interlibrary loan and document lending, and researcher profiles. The Director ensures that the Library’s IT program is integrated with the University’s technology strategies and infrastructure; meets accepted and emerging security and access protocols; and is responsive to the needs of students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders. A leader in the academic library IT field, the Director will represent the Brown University Library in technology initiatives at the local and national level, including participation in the Ivy Plus Libraries’ Confederation.
A highly collaborative leader, the Director of LDT contributes to the development of a compelling vision for how digital technology can strengthen existing workflows for collections management; contribute to outstanding digital scholarship; support resource acquisition and discovery; expose scholarship through an outstanding repository platform; and promote the Brown University Library’s programs, services, and expert staff through a state-of-the-art, user-centered, and accessible website aligned with University web standards. The Director collaborates with all library units to ensure the unit is fully integrated into the Library’s operations as a whole, including a strong emphasis on diversity, equity, access, and inclusion.
The Director directly supervises a team of management and non-management professional staff members (software developers, systems administrator, web services, digital repository and desktop support technicians). In addition to the library website and the Brown Digital Repository, core applications supported include a Blacklight discovery interface for the Library’s online catalog; Researchers at Brown, a faculty profile system built on the open-source VIVO platform; a custom application for managing course reserves; and support for various library specific technologies, including but not limited to, the integrated library system (ILS), interlibrary loan, special collections, and research guides.