Head, Digital Publishing (Assistant/Associate Librarian)

at University of Utah - Spencer S. Eccles Library (view profile)
Published August 19, 2022
Location 10 N 1900 E Bldg 589, Salt Lake City, Utah
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
Apply Here https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/137509
Education Requirements Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited library school or the equivalent combination of a relevant degree and experience working with digital publishing efforts
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency $56,000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency $67,000
Hourly or Salary? Salary


Head of Digital Publishing supplies the vision and leadership for Digital Publishing to support the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library’s education and research missions.


This position works across library departments to develop and deliver an online environment that advances end-user resource discovery and use. The Digital Publishing Head oversees the work of Digital Publishing including: digital collections, digital exhibitions, online publications, open educational repositories, metadata, digital preservation. This is a tenure-track position at the Assistant or Associate Librarian rank.


Reporting to the Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Eccles Health Sciences Library, the Head of Digital Publishing: Defines, executes, and assesses digital publishing partnerships, processes and platforms with the University of Utah Health community, including librarians, developers, project managers, faculty, staff and students; Leads and manages a staff of four; Develops and manages peer-review processes for digital publications; Supports design and development of digital exhibits to highlight notable aspects of digital collections; Maintains the physical and virtual digital collections environment to support the needs of students, faculty and staff; Works closely with the Assistant Director for the History of Health Sciences to highlight new aspects of the collection and prioritize digital exhibitions; Champions change and effectively manages the implementation of new ideas and technologies; Ensures that all programs and projects are designed to achieve the organizational goals and objectives of the Library and the Health Sciences Center.


We seek qualified applicants who also bring perspectives and experiences that will enrich and strengthen our organization. We invite applications from candidates who may not have followed a traditional educational or professional path. All candidates should be prepared to discuss how they see themselves contributing to the University’s equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts. The library serves an increasingly diverse constituency of users, and our employees, services, collections, and policies should honor and reflect this diversity. We are therefore interested in identifying and interviewing candidates who have experience with underserved or marginalized communities and communities of color and who are committed to advancing our mission to provide equitable access to information resources and providing a collection that authentically reflects the perspectives of diverse communities



Specific Responsibilities


  1. Provide strategic direction for Digital Publishing
    • Provide strategic vision, leadership, and supervision of day to day activities in Digital Publishing Group
    • Plan, design and implement high quality digital publications in health sciences
    • Collaborate with library and campus units, faculty, and students in order to foster and integrate new digital library solutions that will shape the future of the library and University of Utah Health’s information environment
    • Serve as Project Director for NOVEL (Neuro-ophthalmology Virtual Education Library), Moran CORE, and the Utah Dermatology Education Resources and Modules (Utah DERM)
    • Lead education and technology projects and services such as the Tree of Hippocrates Education Studio and other video and photography projects
    • Participate in the Eccles Library Communication Advisory Committee overseeing and implementing new procedures, technologies, and policies in regards to external and outward communication from the library as well as internal communication projects
    • Facilitate continued work on the History of the Health Sciences, and other UHealth related collections
    • Research, design, and supervise licensing policy, processing, pricing, and intellectual property involving Library digital assets, scholarly materials, and published products


  1. Research
  • Engage in scholarship or creative activities consistent with the mission of the University and specific position responsibilities to advance the knowledge and expertise and to contribute to the intellectual discourse and the knowledge base of the profession
  • Communicate the results of research activities in the form of publications, presentations, posters, etc., to advance the library’s ability to develop and deliver effective services
  1. Provide service to the library, university, and librarian profession
  • Volunteer for committee assignments within the Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library and the University of Utah
  • Participate in local, regional and national service in professional organizations and affiliations

Required Qualifications

  1. Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited library school or the equivalent combination of a relevant degree and experience working with digital publishing efforts
  2. Flexibility and adaptability for work in a fast-paced, changing environment
  3. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  4. Willingness to learn about budgetary and purchasing processes
  5. Experience working with digital asset management systems, ingestion tools, and preservation technology
  6. Commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace and community
  7. Appointment at the Associate Librarian rank will require advanced research and librarianship to qualify for tenure at time of appointment.
  8. Willingness to seek membership in the Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP)


Preferred Qualifications

  1. Previous work experience with digital collections in health sciences libraries
  2. Strong supervisory and personnel management skills coupled with a service-oriented leadership philosophy
  3. Experience developing digital curricula, in collaboration with faculty/departments
  4. Experience designing and developing exhibits representing individuals, programs, events, and specific topics
  5. Experience collaborating with discipline-specific societies
  6. Able to build and maintain inter-disciplinary teams and foster collaboration
  7. Awareness of current digital collections issues
  8. Demonstrated ability in project management and technology, including budgetary, licensing, and purchasing experience.
  9. Demonstrated organizational and problem-solving skills
  10. Experience providing instruction in an academic setting


The duties, qualifications, and preferences listed in this posting are intended to give applicants an understanding of the role we are seeking to fill and the types of skills, experience, and education that may have prepared someone to be effective in this role. We do not expect any candidate to be a perfect match for this list or to perform all of the duties with equal proficiency on day one.


Salary Range: $56,000 – $67,000, depending on qualifications.

The University of Utah uses an online application system.

Please complete the online application form and submit:


  • A cover letter highlighting the most relevant qualifications you would bring to this position based on the posting, and tell us how your background, perspective, and experience will help us fulfill our mission and meet our goals
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A one-paragraph diversity statement describing experiences, contributions, and/or commitments related to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) (submit as “Applicant Document – other”
  • Names and contact information of three references outside of the University of Utah and its affiliates

Application Instructions: To apply, please go to the University’s Careers page. Quick link for Posting is https://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/137509

Review of applications begins October 3, 2022, and continues until the position is filled.

Search Committee Chair: Brandon Patterson - b.patterson@utah.edu 801-585-3563

The University of Utah Health (U of U Health) is a patent focused center distinguished by collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. The U of U Health values candidates who are committed to fostering and furthering the culture of compassion, collaboration, innovation, accountability, diversity, integrity, quality, and trust that is integral to our mission.


The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students, staff, faculty, and patients from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education, employment opportunities, and quality healthcare for historically underrepresented groups.


Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.


The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement to not discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.


To request a reasonable accommodation for disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action: 135 Park Building/Salt Lake City/ Ut 84112 – 801-581-8365 oeo@utah.edu