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Professional Employment Opportunities

Title: Associate University Librarian for Collections and Discovery
Job Opening ID: 2015037
Area: Collections and Discovery
Rank: Management Exempt
Location: Storrs Campus

This senior management position, reporting to the Vice Provost for University Libraries, will provide strong leadership and oversight for a new programmatic area that supports the University of Connecticut community’s research, teaching, and scholarship. The Collections and Discovery Area supports acquisitions, metadata services, electronic resource management, document delivery-interlibrary loan resource sharing, and discovery services. As part of the Vice Provost’s Council, this position works collaboratively with the Vice Provost and senior administration, responsible for the overall success of the University Libraries in meeting the teaching, learning, and research needs of the University of Connecticut. Additionally, this position will be actively engaged in the development, implementation and evaluation of Library goals and objectives as well as assist in developing polices and strategic decisions.

This position will supervise, train, evaluate, guide, and inspire staff who are responsible for the efficient and effective management of Cataloging & Metadata Services, Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan and Electronic Resource Services. The incumbent will be responsible for taking the initiative to develop an area that is suitably flexible to meet the present and future collection and discovery needs of an academic community.

S/he will play a key role in helping UConn Libraries redefine its collections management, resource sharing, and technical service operations in the context of emerging trends in digital scholarship, open access, scholarly communications, and the development of next-generation resource discovery systems. The incumbent will also provide leadership in areas of copyright and fair use as it applies to collections and resource sharing.

The individual chosen for this position will have a clear understanding of both the opportunities and challenges inherent in the rapidly changing landscape of academic libraries and higher education, and will have vision and enthusiasm to boldly lead the area in evolving collection and discovery models. Using data-informed assessment and an understanding of user expectations, the incumbent will create optimal resource access and management strategies.

The incumbent will serve as a core member of the Collections Steering Committee and will work collaboratively with staff at the UConn Libraries, UConn Health Center, and UConn School of Law to develop policies and make strategic decisions. Additionally, the AUL for Collections and Discovery will take a leadership role in defining the Libraries’ participation in regional and national collaborations that preserve and provide access to shared collections of scholarly materials.

Minimum Qualifications:
1. Masters degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited graduate program.
2. Seven years of significant academic or research library experience with increasing responsibility in areas related to collection management, acquisitions, metadata services, licensing, copyright and resource sharing.
3. Experience managing people.
4. Experience with collection assessment.
5. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
6. Experience developing and managing budgets.

Preferred Qualifications:
1. A record of relevant professional publications and activities.
2. Experience with user experience evaluations and usability testing.
3. Demonstrated project management experience.
4. Demonstrated ability solving problems.
5. Ability to clearly communicate complex topics to a broad audience.
6. Current knowledge of pertinent issues and best practices related to the programmatic area such as: a. Scholarly communications, b. Resource sharing, c. Licensing resources, d. Copyright and fair use, e. Digital scholarship, f. Use and transformation of metadata, g. Discovery services and h. Integrated Library Systems.

This is a full time management exempt position with an anticipated start date of December 1, 2014. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn and a highly desirable work environment. Applications should be submitted online using Husky Hire at http://www.jobs.uconn.edu and include a cover letter, detailed resume providing evidence of a distinguished record of librarianship and scholarly achievement, and contact information for three references.

Nominations and inquiries should be sent in confidence to khara.leon@lib.uconn.edu. Position will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, inquiries and applications should be submitted by September 30, 2014. Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

The University of Connecticut system includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, where this position is located, five regional campuses throughout the state, a Law School, and Medical and Dental Schools at its Health Center. UConn’s 14 schools and colleges offer 8 undergraduate degrees in 102 majors, 17 graduate degrees in 88 fields of study, and 5 professional graduate programs. In 2011-2012, 5, 149 bachelor’s, 1,573 master’s, 341 Ph.D., 234 J.D. /LL.M., 94 Pharm.D., 87 M.D., and 47 D.D.S. degrees were awarded. The University is achieving new heights of academic success – doubling research grants, attracting top students, and offering programs that continue to grow in prestige. UConn’s faculty members comprise leaders in their field on the national and international levels. UConn Libraries participates in consortia collection development with the NorthEast Research Libraries (NERL) and the Boston Library Consortium (BLC).

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

 

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For information on employment opportunities at the University of Connecticut Libraries please contact:

University of Connecticut Libraries
Khara Leon, Head of Administrative Services
369 Fairfield Road, Unit 1005A
Storrs, CT 06269-1005
(860) 486-2219
khara.leon@lib.uconn.edu