Associate University Librarian, Division of Digital Strategies

at UC Santa Barbara Library (view profile)
Location Santa Barbara, CA
Date Posted September 20, 2019
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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University of California, Santa Barbara

Search for the Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies

Santa Barbara, California

The University of California, Santa Barbara (UC Santa Barbara), one of the nation’s top public research universities, seeks a dynamic and creative Associate University Librarian (AUL) for its newly created Digital Strategies division.

In this founding role, the AUL will bring formative leadership across four areas: Data Curation; Digital Library Development; Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory; and Information Technology Operations and Library Systems. As part of the Library’s senior administrative team, the AUL will work closely with the University Librarian (UL), Deputy UL, and AULs for Research Resources and Scholarly Communication and Learning and Engagement. This dynamic position will bring vision and management to the Library’s expanding leadership role on campus in critical conversations around data and digital asset management and policy, data science training and education, and open science research practices. Through relationship building, collaboration, and strategic visioning, the AUL will be an advocate and champion for the division, the Library, and UC Santa Barbara.

The UC Santa Barbara Library is the geographic and academic heart of the campus and holds a collection of approximately 3.2 million volumes; over 4,000 manuscript and archival collections; and more than 350,000 audio recordings. The Library is particularly well-renowned for the Discography of American Historical Recordings early sound recording collection, the California Ethnic & Multicultural Archives, the American Religions Collection, and historic California aerial photos. The Library serves over 2.5 million visitors per year, and the website has over 1 million sessions annually. The Library’s annual expenditures are approximately $20 million, with approximately 170 staff.

UC Santa Barbara is a member of the 10-campus University of California (UC) system and is a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Over the last decade, UC Santa Barbara has made great strides in its regional, national, and international profile and impact, and is ranked #30 among “Best national universities” and ranked #5 among all public universities according to U.S. News and World Report. As the first AAU institution to be designated a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), the campus takes pride in its student diversity, which includes the largest percentage of Latinx students in the AAU. The University serves approximately 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students, and employs more than 1,000 faculty members, and over 4,600 full-time non-academic staff members. Known for its highly dynamic intellectual community and beautiful natural setting, the University is an institution committed to excellence in both undergraduate and graduate education and research.

To be successful, the ideal candidate will address a set of key opportunities and challenges. The Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies will:

  • Provide thought leadership and build a coherent vision for the new division;
  • Work with faculty to expand the Library’s leadership and services in support of data-intensive scholarship, teaching and learning;
  • Build a strong and cohesive set of services, tools and digital library infrastructure;
  • Identify, leverage, and build resources to support the division and Library’s mission.

UC Santa Barbara has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Apply by October 15, 2019 for primary consideration, thereafter this position will remain open until filled. Only completed applications, including a CV, a cover letter, and an optional but encouraged statement of contributions to diversity, will be considered. Statements of contribution to diversity, if submitted, will be reviewed for evidence of teaching, research, professional and/or public service contributions that promote diversity and equal opportunity, such as effective strategies used for the educational advancement of students in various under-represented groups; demonstrated contributions to the advancement of equitable access and diversity in education; and contributions furthering diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through participation in such activities as recruitment, retention, and mentoring of scholars and students.

For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, and referrals, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: Applications will be accepted online through UC Recruit: Electronic submission of materials is required. The expected effective date of this position is January 1, 2020 or later.

Deborah Hodson, Joe Kralick, and Carley Davenport

Isaacson, Miller

1000 Sansome Street, Suite 300

San Francisco, CA  94111

Phone: 415.655.4900

The Library is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.