Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Department Head, Digital Library Servces

Position and Responsibilities:
Georgia State University Library seeks an enthusiastic, collegial, service-oriented and dynamic head of Digital Library Services who will provide leadership and management for information technologies, digital initiatives, and web services. The Digital Library Services Department Head, reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Learning and Technology Initiatives, leads a department consisting of two library faculty and four staff members with an increase in staff anticipated in the near future, and serves on the library administrative team that provides overall direction for the library in fulfilling the research, teaching, and service mission of the University.
The department head sets direction for the Library’s information technology environment and services through strategic planning, resource allocation and management, assessment, and policy development. Encourages creativity in digital and information technology initiatives that respond to and anticipate user needs and ensures that the library’s technology programs, services, and infrastructure are responsive to the academic needs of the Georgia State community. Oversees the management and operations of the Digital Library Services department; plans, organizes, prioritizes, and reports on the work of the department; prepares or reviews annual budget and identifies resource requirements for short-term and long-term projects to ensure adequate IT support is available; provides leadership in development of digital and information technology initiatives and web-based services; leads in the development of a content digitization, storage, and access strategy; leads cross-functional projects to ensure goals and projects are completed according to scope, timeline and budget; creates and articulates an evolving technology strategy, with ongoing input from key stakeholders at all levels of the organization and throughout the University; maintains current awareness of digital library technologies; and contributes and actively participates in local, national, and international meetings and organizations to stay abreast of library IT developments and trends and to promote Georgia State University Libraries.

Department & Campus Environment:
The Digital Library Services department uses open source and standard web development practices to create and provide a library web presence, including content management, blogging, and wiki applications. The department is responsible for developing, customizing, and integrating various web applications from vendors and open source platforms used by both internal and external customers. The department works with campus computing to install and maintain computer hardware and software, networking capabilities, network and PC security, and computer workstations in the library. Leadership in the area of content digitization, storage, and presentation will be a growing component of this position. The library uses CONTENTdm to create and present our digital collections on the web, and LibGuides to present librarian created web content to our customers, and Ex Libris products including SFX, MetaLib, and Voyager as a member of the GALILEO state library consortium.

Since its 2007 renovation, the Georgia State University Library provides one of the most attractive, open and inviting educational facilities in the Southeast. With over 1.5 million visitors this past year, the library is an integral part of the university community. It supports both teaching and research with an expansive collection and outstanding assistance. The library also exudes a new, modern image, providing the campus with an attractive, centralized location. Its signature bridge, a glass link that overlooks downtown Atlanta, connects the library’s two prominent buildings. Many appreciate the comfort of the library’s new interior design, often enjoying a coffee from the cafe located on the first floor.

Library services are supported by the Ex Libris Voyager integrated library system. The University System of Georgia statewide system, GALILEO, provides access to electronic resources and other materials for libraries throughout Georgia. The University Library is a member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, LYRASIS, and the Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education.

Located in the heart of downtown Atlanta, Georgia State University is one of the country’s top urban research universities. Over 28,000 graduate and undergraduate students enroll each semester in six different colleges. This diverse community offers a unique cultural and intellectual atmosphere, with many opportunities to engage in stimulating activities and events. Between college sports, the performing arts and a variety of local restaurants, the campus location has it all.

For additional information about the Georgia State University Library:

REQUIRED: ALA-accredited Master’s degree, or a terminal degree in other relevant area such as Information Systems or Computer Science. Five years of increasingly responsible experience in management of information technology with at least 3 years in an academic library or college or university setting. Ability to think critically and analytically. Strong written and verbal communication skills and ability to work in a collegial and collaborative environment. Commitment to user-oriented service. Evidence of professional activity and scholarship appropriate for faculty appointment at assistant professor level or above.

PREFERRED: Demonstrated experience as an effective project manager. Knowledge of and experience with network and storage architectures, systems administration, web services and integration of IT systems and services. Familiarity with best practices, standards, and trends in the application of technology in libraries. Supervisory experience.

Condition of Work and Benefits
Forty-hour workweek Retirement plans include: State Teachers
Twenty-one days vacation Retirement Plan, TIAA–CREF and VALIC
Twelve paid holidays Group health and life insurance
Twelve days sick leave Social Security
Faculty rank and status Optional pre-tax benefits
Non-Tenure track Support for research and professional activities

Salary and Rank
$60,000-$75,000 for 12 months commensurate with the candidate’s education and experience. Appointment at a faculty rank, on a contract renewal basis.

Submit a cover letter addressing the above qualifications; resume; name, address and phone number of three references, including immediate supervisor. Review of materials will begin July 31, 2009 and continue until the position is filled. Send materials to:

Human Resources Coordinator
0BUniversity Library
Georgia State University
100 Decatur Street, SE, Atlanta, GA 30303-3202
(404) 413-2700

Georgia State University is an equal opportunity educational institution/affirmative action employer strongly committed to cultural diversity.

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