Director, iSpace (Makerspace) and Research Center

at University of Arizona Libraries (view profile)
Location Tucson, Arizona
Date Posted December 21, 2018
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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The University of Arizona Libraries seek a dynamic and forward-thinking Director to provide leadership for our makerspace and digital research center slated to open in the Fall of 2019. This space will be an expansion of our current makerspace, the iSpace (, and includes, in addition to the traditional makerspace, a dedicated virtual/augmented reality and media lab, a research center with a data visualization wall, adjacent classrooms, and a co-lab space existing between these spaces and services. This is a new position and is an exciting opportunity to build on the success of the iSpace’s services, events, and community. This position will report to the Vice Dean of the Libraries.

We expect that the first year of the position will be focused on the move of the current space and the establishment of new and expanded services, technologies, and events. This will include maintaining an appropriate balance between open hours for informal learning, and curricular integrations that enable the space and its services to play important roles in more formal learning within UA courses. A critical factor in the success of the current iSpace has been the intentional focus on fostering an inclusive community in order to ensure that those who have not traditionally used such spaces find a welcoming and supportive environment in which to explore, learn, play, and research. The Director will ensure that this focus remains as we transition to a larger space.

The Director will work closely with library and campus stakeholders to set vision and direction for the space and associated services. Approximately 3-4 library faculty and staff will be affiliated with the space and will have a percentage of time dedicated to  specific work within the space such as with the virtual/augmented reality and media lab. Faculty and others from across campus use the current space to support curricular work and research. We expect that interest from campus will grow with the new space, and that much of the work of the Director will be developing a strategy for the programmatic and curricular activities, as well as the selection and deployment of technologies in the spaces. The Director will be responsible for coordinating outreach activities with affiliated faculty and staff to the broader campus and with external groups. The Director will supervise an Operations Manager who is responsible for the day to day management of the makerspace and a Technology Manager who is responsible for coordination with Technology Group in Access and Information Services, developing training and documentation, and managing the certification process. The Director also has supervision and coordination responsibilities for graduate assistants who will provide support for the programmatic and curricular work of the spaces. The Director will participate in campus efforts to build a network of maker and innovation spaces on campus, and will take part of consortial, regional, and national meetings to stay abreast of trends and to represent the positions and interests of the University and the Libraries.

This is a continuing status track (equivalent to tenure track), academic professional position. Depending on experience, candidates may be hired at either the Assistant or Associate rank, and as continuing-eligible or with continuing status. Incumbents are members of the General Faculty of the University of Arizona and are entitled to all accompanying rights and privileges granted by the University and the Arizona Board of Regents. Retention and promotion are earned through achievement of a record of excellence in position effectiveness, scholarship, and service.

iSpace and Digital Research Center in the Student Success District

The new iSpace and Digital Research Center will be part of the Student Success District, a groundbreaking collaboration between UA Libraries and UA Student Affairs. Encompassing two libraries, a historic gymnasium, and a new student services building, the Student Success District strategically co-locates a broad spectrum of library and student support services across the four buildings with specially designed outdoor spaces that connect them into a seamless experience. The iSpace and Digital Research Center will form a hub of collaborative, hands-on learning through deep engagement with technology that enables UA student to achieve academic success as well as preparation for the modern workplace.

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Diversity Commitment:

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, or disability. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness. 


  • Leads the iSpace and Research Center with attention to expanding its impact within the Libraries and across the University of Arizona community.
  • Provides a welcoming and inclusive environment for students, faculty, and others to innovate and experiment with technologies and tools.
  • Leads an advisory board made up of faculty and staff affiliates and campus stakeholders to set priorities and to do strategic planning for the iSpace and Research Center.
  • Works collaboratively with library faculty and staff affiliates and other stakeholders to build relationships and pursue opportunities across campus, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.
  • Works closely with affiliates, liaison librarians, and others to expand the curricular use of the iSpace and research center.
  • Coordinates with affiliates and others on outreach to campus and to the community.
  • Supervises 2 FTE of staff and 1-2 FTE of graduate assistants.
  • Works collaboratively with affiliated library faculty and staff to coordinate their activities in light of priorities and strategic plan.
  • Works with the Operations Manager, Technology Manager, faculty and staff affiliates, student staff, and others to identify emerging technologies and tools.
  • Manages budget to support programming, technology, and staffing.
  • Works to engage with the campus network of maker and innovation spaces on campus.
  • Design and teach workshops or integrated course sessions on digital/maker tools, resources, and best practices.
  • Works with the Analytics and Assessment Librarian to assess and communicate the impact and contributions of the iSpace and Research Center to the Libraries, University, and beyond.
  • The University Libraries supports the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students.  The candidate is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department and college.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge of current trends with makerspaces.
  • Knowledge of current trends with data visualization technologies.
  • Knowledge of virtual and augmented reality development and applications.
  • Knowledge of current trends in digital scholarship.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to coach and mentor direct reports.
  • Ability to work in and manage a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives.
  • Ability to anticipate, initiate, and respond to changes in the environment.
  • Ability to keep abreast of trends that impact higher education and the library profession to ensure that the Libraries and the University achieve their goals.
  • Commitment to continual professional development, improvement, and learning.
  • Positive attitude and strong demonstration of Our Values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity, Innovation, and Integrity.


  • Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution; or other relevant advanced degree.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate and build partnerships with faculty and staff in a culturally diverse community.
  • Experience with makerspaces and interacting with maker communities.
  • Experience with developing effective outreach activities.
  • Evidence of the ability to achieve continuing status (equivalent to tenure), including contributing to the information/library profession and to fulfilling the responsibilities of a library faculty member through service and scholarship.


  • Substantial knowledge of current and emerging digital and maker technologies (including, but not limited to: virtual and augmented reality, fabrication, data visualization, etc.) as they contribute to the needs of students and researchers.
  • Experience coordinating groups of stakeholders towards common goals.
  • Experience with event planning for academic and community audiences.
  • Experience managing programmatic elements, including workshops and lecture series or curricular outreach.
  • Experience managing student staff
  • Teaching experience in a classroom or workshop environment.
  • Experience in project management and project review and evaluation.