Discovery and Delivery Director

at California Digital Library (view profile)
Location Oakland, California
Date Posted April 20, 2018
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Twitter Handle @caldiglib



At the California Digital Library (CDL), we believe passionately that the library, in all its forms, is critically important to the vital work of students, scholars and the public. As a University of California systemwide library, CDL provides services to and on behalf of the UC system as a partner and collaborator to the UC campus libraries. As a globally-connected digital library, CDL occupies a unique position between the local UC campuses and the global digital library infrastructure. The user base for CDL services and programs includes UC faculty, students and library staff; the patrons of the consortia in which the UC Libraries participate; and the many people worldwide who benefit from UC’s open access offerings.

The CDL Discovery & Delivery (D2D) Director is responsible for working collaboratively across CDL and with stakeholders at UC and beyond to develop a forward-thinking strategic vision for the essential services and technologies that connect faculty, students and staff to UC collections and open access materials. The director provides oversight, encourages collaboration and innovation, and ensures the successful operation of D2D systems, services and initiatives.

Reporting to the CDL’s Associate Vice Provost/Executive Director (AVP/ED), and consulting within the UC Libraries’ ten-campus advisory structure, the D2D director is a member of the CDL senior leadership team tasked with planning and implementing a comprehensive and coordinated suite of digital library services. The D2D service portfolio includes:

  • Melvyl – UC Libraries’ union catalog/discovery service run on OCLC’s WorldCat Local
  • Request – ILL and document delivery services built atop of OCLC’s VDX
  • UC-eLinks – UC Libraries’ link resolver run on Ex Libris’ SFX
  • Zephir – a metadata management system for the 15 million+ volume HathiTrust Digital Library
  • Agua – a shared print management system that supports the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST) and UC Libraries Shared Print programs

In addition, the UC Libraries and CDL are currently pursuing a plan to investigate, select and implement a consortial Intergrated Library System for the UC Libraries; the D2D program will assume a primary role in the success of the project. We expect this consortial ILS, once implemented, to significantly reconfigure the D2D service portfolio and create opportunities to rethink the contemporary infrastructure required to fulfill the ongoing key requirements of discovery, link resolution and interlibrary loan across the system.


Master's degree in information science, library science, computer science or related area and/or equivalent experience and training.5+ years experience in program development and management, including strategic planning and implementation, relationship building, project management, innovation and budget management, and/or equivalent activities.

Proven experience building motivated, well-trained, innovative teams of information professionals. These teams should have a record of producing user friendly, efficient and technologically sophisticated services on time and on budget.

Familiarity with technology issues and best practices in libraries and/or higher education, including some combination of experience with integrated library systems, authentication, collections analysis systems, open source development, digital scholarship, machine learning, accessibility and/or user experience design.

Knowledge of both print and digital library services, e.g., library catalogs, interlibrary loan, reference linking, electronic resource management, cataloging of digital materials, shared print and document delivery.

Excellent collaboration, networking and community engagement skills. Ability to work within a group setting, facilitate discussion and build consensus.

Excellent written and oral communication skills, including engaging presentation skills and the ability to connect dynamically with an audience.

Experience with initiating grant opportunities and managing grant-funded projects.

Senior-level managerial experience within a large academic library or similar memory institution.

About us
We are the California Digital Library’s Discovery & Delivery Team. We're planning and building the next generation of library services even as we make our existing systems better. We need you to help us make it happen. Read more about what we do and our strategic goals on the CDL website

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