Associate Librarian for Digital Strategies

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Position Title Associate Librarian for Digital Strategies
Department Library, Administration
Position Number 0008100
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Associate Librarian for Digital Strategies

Dartmouth College Library seeks an innovative, creative, and forward-thinking leader for the new role of Associate Librarian for Digital Strategies (“Associate Librarian”). The Associate Librarian will have the opportunity to lead the development and implementation of an overarching digital strategy for the Library in close collaboration with and ever-mindful of the students and faculty whom the Library serves. The Associate Librarian will seek to have impact beyond the Library and even beyond the campus by helping to enrich and deepen connections between researchers and innovators, and by embracing the role of the Library in making available and preserving digital knowledge for all. S/he will identify and prioritize the tools, partnerships, and approaches that will most powerfully advance the teaching, learning, and research mission of Dartmouth in the largest sense. S/he will also seek to ensure that these resources are readily accessible to and useable by those who wish to use them. Finally, the Associate Librarian will also play a critical external role by establishing effective networks regionally, nationally, and globally to explore new partnerships, resources, and initiatives that support the Library’s strategic mission.

In addition to being the expert on digital strategy, the Associate Librarian will also serve as a critical member of the Dean of Libraries’ collaborative senior leadership team. The new Dean joined Dartmouth in December 2016, and is currently building a team of strategic, innovative, and action-oriented library leaders. The Associate Librarian will have the opportunity to participate in wide-ranging strategic planning, policy development, and resource allocation decisions and to contribute to the overall advancement of library programs and services in keeping with the mission and vision of Dartmouth College.

Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world’s greatest academic institutions. The Dartmouth Library is dedicated to supporting teaching, learning, and research and works in partnership with the students and faculty of the School of Arts & Sciences, the Thayer School of Engineering, the Tuck School of Business, the Geisel School of Medicine, and the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. Dartmouth Library is supported by a highly committed professional and support staff of about 170. The Dartmouth College Library is a member of the Ivy Plus Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, CRL, NERL, HathiTrust, DPN, and the Library Publishing Coalition.

The Associate Librarian currently oversees experienced and talented personnel totaling approximately 15 FTE’s across two key areas within the Library: the Digital Libraries Technologies Group (DLTG) and the Jones Media Center.

Please send nominations, applications, and queries in confidence and electronically to:
Sue May, Partner
Matthew Bunting, Managing Associate
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP
DartmouthDigital@storbecksearch.com

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Position Purpose

Dartmouth College Library seeks an innovative and dynamic leader for the role of Associate Librarian for Digital Strategies. This new role will be critical in developing and implementing a vision for leveraging technology, underpinning the Library’s position as a valued partner in teaching, learning and research in the digital age. A collaborative leader, the Associate Librarian for Digital Strategies will provide long-range planning and direction for the Library’s digital strategies, which will encompass traditional systems and services as well as new and emerging digital initiatives. The role holder will be the primary contact responsible for liaising with Dartmouth’s Information Technology Services (ITS) as well as strategic external partners and professional bodies.

In collaboration with the Dean of Libraries and the senior leadership team, s/he will share responsibility for strategic planning, policy development, resource allocation, and decision making for advancing library programs and services that align with the mission and vision of Dartmouth.

Skills & Knowledge

• Demonstrated ability to provide strategic leadership, vision and direction in a complex organization.
• Deep knowledge and understanding of current and emerging trends of digital technologies in higher education and academic libraries.
• Track record of effective strategic planning and resource management.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Project management skills.
• Familiarity with library systems, digital scholarship developments (including data science: capturing data, data analysis, data management, data storage), institutional repositories, linked data, discovery developments.
• Commitment to continued professional development and training at all levels.
• Commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse community.

Minimum Experience

• 7 years of progressively responsible experience in information technology in higher education.
• Demonstrated experience in introducing innovative IT solutions, enterprise systems, systems admin, software development, outsourced environments, open source developments, web.
• Demonstrated experience in building effective partnerships and working collaboratively with key stakeholders internally and externally.
• Experience of obtaining grant funding and managing grant-funded projects.

Minimum Education

ALA accredited Master’s degree in library or information science or a Master’s degree in computer science or a relevant field.

SEIU Level Not an SEIU Position
FLSA Exempt
Employment Category Regular Full Time
Department Contact for Cover Letter Please send nominations, applications, and queries in confidence and electronically to: Sue May, Partner Matthew Bunting, Managing Associate Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP DartmouthDigital@storbecksearch.com
Equal Opportunity Employer

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Key Accountabilities

Key Accountabilities

Strategic Planning
• Provide vision and long-range planning for the Library’s digital programs and initiatives aligned to the mission and values of Dartmouth
• Develop implementation plans and roadmaps to realize vision, setting clear priorities and measurable outcomes
• Establish standards and criteria to enable assessment of impact / value of digital library services to the Dartmouth academic community
• Evaluate existing systems and services to ensure cost-effective balance of continuing and new/emerging systems and services.
• Contribute to the ongoing review of Library structures and services

Leadership
• Provide thought leadership on relevant digital developments to inform and guide the Library’s strategic direction
• Lead on changes in publishing and scholarly communication as it pertains to the digital environment, systems and services; in conjunction with the Associate Librarian for Research and Learning develops mechanisms to facilitate joined-up approaches to scholarly communication and IT infrastructure.
• Lead and manage a diverse and growing group of digital technologies professionals
• Foster a culture of innovation, collaboration and experimentation within the context of the Library’s strategic objectives and the larger Dartmouth mission.
• Develop high functioning teams responsible for delivering on key strategic initiatives
• Identify new key skills and implement training / recruitment opportunities

Innovation
• Collaborate with faculty, students and key partners across campus to advance the research and teaching mission of Dartmouth through innovative tools, systems and services
• Set out vision and roadmap for Digital Scholarship at Dartmouth in collaboration with key stakeholders
• Lead on understanding and adoption of user-centered design principles
• Create environment and mechanisms for innovation at all levels

Partnerships
• Leverage strategic partnerships and collaborative initiatives on campus and beyond to advance shared goals
• Represent the Library on relevant committees and working groups on campus as well as regional, national and international bodies
• Explore new partnership in support of Dartmouth’s mission and goals

Budget & Finance
• Provide long-range planning for resource needs and allocation in the context of the Library’s overall financial planning
• Provide oversight for the Library’s purchases of equipment, software, and related maintenance agreements and licenses
• Identify grant funding opportunities to advance stated goals
• Contribute to the Library’s fundraising and development agenda

-- Performs other duties as assigned

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Writing Portfolio
  3. Additional Document #1
  4. Additional Document #2

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