Director of Digital Scholarship and Public Services

at Union College (view profile)
Published August 23, 2022
Location 807 Union Street, Schenectady, New York
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Education Requirements ● Master’s degree in library or information science required from an ALA-accredited program. ● Minimum of seven yrs experience in academic library management with a focus on digital scholarship or public services. ● An equivalent combination of degree and experience will be considered.
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $90,000
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The Director of Digital Scholarship and Public Services will provide vision and leadership for programs and services including digital scholarship, research services, instruction, outreach, and access services to support expanding modes of research, teaching, and scholarly communication. The Director leads a cross-functional team to develop and lead an effective digital scholarship program including curricular based projects, independent research, internships and external grants. The Director will partner with the College community to provide support for digital scholarship including grant writing and project management. The Director will serve on the Library Leadership Team and work collaboratively to advise the College Librarian on strategy, budgets, and program development.

  • Lead, manage and assess all digital scholarship and public services functions of the library. Develop and implement goals and objectives for the public services department and assess results.
  • Responsible for coordinating public services staff and units to develop policies and procedures and to provide users with cohesive services.
  • Lead cross-functional team to identify, develop, manage and assess digital scholarship projects.
  • In partnership with faculty, student affairs, information technology services, and other campus partners, expand and strengthen the teaching role and educational impact of the library as an academic partner on campus.
  • Develop an assessment program for digital scholarship and public services that continually informs services and workflows to improve and measure the effectiveness of programs and services.
  • Collaborate with the College Librarian, Director of Content and Digital Library Services and Director of Special Collections and Archives to set strategic direction for the library, develop policies and budgets, coordinate programs, services and effective workflows.
  • Lead the adoption of innovative services and emerging technologies to develop effective and sophisticated public services programs and services.
  • Hire, develop, evaluate and mentor a diverse group of library employees.
  • Contribute to campus committees and attend campus events to cultivate relationships supporting the Library’s mission to enrich the academic experience.
  • Pursue grant opportunities and assist with College Relations to help develop library events, exhibitions, and foster donor relations.
  • Represent the College regionally and nationally in consortia and associations and plan for continued professional development through active engagement in related professional organizations.
  • Stay current with library trends through literature, social media, attending conferences, networking and professional development.