Director, Digital Library Development

at UC Santa Barbara Library (view profile)
Location Santa Barbara, CA
Date Posted May 17, 2019
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Director, Digital Library Development (Associate or Full Librarian)

The University of California, Santa Barbara is one of ten campuses that comprise the University of California system and is a member of the Association of American Universities. The University Library at UC Santa Barbara is a member of the Association of Research Libraries.

UC Santa Barbara seeks a collaborative and creative director for its newly-created Digital Library Development (DLD) department. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian (AUL) for the Digital Library and IT, the director will be responsible for establishing a vision and designing an overall digital library strategy that brings new and enhanced services and digital content to UCSB and the broader research community. The expected effective date of the position is August 15, 2019 or later.

The UCSB Library undertakes new initiatives and collaborations stemming from UCSB researcher needs. The Digital Library Development department, together with the other departments in the division (i.e., Information Technology and Library Systems, Data Curation, and the Interdisciplinary Research Collaboratory), plays a leading role in the Library's engagement with campus priorities, such as the current data science initiative. The Library is actively involved in digital library collaborations with the California Digital Library and other UC campuses around designing, developing and deploying repository and other digital library infrastructure. The UCSB Library hosts renowned sound recording and geospatial data collections and their associated discovery and delivery platforms.

The director leads a team of eight librarians and technology professionals in setting strategic goals and overseeing and managing the full lifecycle of projects and products.

The Director of Digital Library Development:
Provides leadership for development of digital platforms, tools, and content in support of research, learning and outreach;
Leads evaluation of opportunities to develop new digital services; identifies appropriate established and emerging technologies;
Coordinates with other library departments and with UCSB schools and departments in support of DLD projects and services;
Builds campus and external partnerships to support production, discovery, access and use of digital collections and data;
Works closely with the Library's Chief Technology Strategist and Associate CIO and the IT Department to develop and support digital library infrastructure;
Assists the AUL for Digital Library and IT and the Library's Director of Development in fundraising activities for DLD projects, identifying grant opportunities and writing proposals;
Serves as chair of the Digital Content Development Council, a Library committee that guides the policies, practices, and priorities for digital content creation, access, use, and preservation;
Is responsible for annual cycles of budget management, goal-setting, and performance evaluations;
Participates in UC and national-level collaborations in the area of digital content initiatives; and
Maintains knowledge of developments in digital libraries and digital scholarship.

At time of application, ALA-accredited Master's Degree in Library or Information Science OR at least a Master's degree and 2 years' relevant professional experience (subject expertise combined with experience); and
At time of application, five years' experience in an academic or relevant work environment.

Demonstrated experience managing at least one project of significant scope and impact;
Relevant professional experience in solving problems; ability to explore, evaluate and effectively incorporate emerging technologies;
Knowledge of user-centered design processes demonstrated through undergraduate or advanced degree coursework, or work experience;
Familiarity with digital repositories and relevant metadata standards and issues in libraries and academic domains demonstrated through undergraduate or advanced degree coursework, or work experience; and
Demonstrated commitment to achieving equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the community.

Demonstrated ability to effectively lead teams of participants with a range of technical abilities;
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and effectively in a team-based environment;
Excellent written and oral communication skills;
Experience with post-completion project review and evaluation; and
Demonstrated record of ongoing professional development.

Salary and Benefits:
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Librarians at the University of California, Santa Barbara are professional academic appointees who accrue vacation at the rate of two days per month and sick leave at the rate of one day per month. The University has excellent retirement plans and a selection of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. Benefits information can be found at

To Apply:
Apply by May 27, 2019 for primary consideration, thereafter this position will remain open until filled. Only completed applications, including a CV, a cover letter, names and contact information for two references, and an optional but encouraged statement of contributions to diversity will be considered.
Applications will be accepted online through UC Recruit:
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For additional assistance, contact Ryan George in Library Human Resources at (805) 893-3841 or
Appointment and/or continued employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check.

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.