Associate Head, Academic Technology

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Created: May 6, 2014



Associate Head, Academic Technology (New Position)

The NCSU Libraries has a well-earned reputation for creating adventurous library spaces and innovative services that delight today’s students and researchers. The new James B. Hunt Jr. Library, located on NC State’s Centennial Campus, is an iconic building, a place where people gather to explore new ways to research, learn, experiment, and collaborate. The Hunt Library provides a platform to support research, teaching, and learning, and offers faculty and students access to advanced technologies, such as large-scale display, ultra-HD imagery, and multi-touch computing. The D. H. Hill Library combines the best of tradition and innovation, housing special collections and a beautiful gallery alongside vibrant, experiential spaces such as the Learning Commons, Technology Sandbox, and Visualization Studio. Plans for the future include continued development of technology-rich spaces to bring advanced capabilities to users of the Hill Library. If you are a person who would like to provide a new generation of library users with everything they can imagine and more, consider applying for this position.

The NCSU Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Head of IT, Academic Technology. In the year since the Hunt Library opened, it has garnered numerous awards and international interest, particularly for its far-reaching vision to chart a new path for research libraries in support of research and learning. Hunt has already had a dramatic impact at NC State as well, through the diverse uses of its spaces, including the Teaching and Visualization Lab, Creativity Studio, Immersion Theater, and Media Production Studios, and development of new research tied to the building’s capabilities. The Information Technology Department includes 22 staff across four units: Academic Technology; Enterprise Operations; Discovery Systems and Applications; and Technology Services. As one of two Associate Heads in the department, this position manages Academic Technology (3 FTE dedicated to the software systems, automation, and design that support the Libraries’ advanced technology spaces) and Enterprise Services (3 FTE dedicated to the library’s compute and storage infrastructure). The Associate Head, Academic Technology is actively committed to guiding the NCSU Libraries’ program of advanced technology spaces, visualization infrastructure, and enterprise services to support research, teaching, and learning at the university


●      Leads the Academic Technology and Enterprise Services units; supervises assigned staff members

●      Consults with faculty on matching the library’s research infrastructure to their research needs. Facilitates library collaboration in the development of research projects that make use of the library’s high-tech spaces

●      Acts as technical liaison to public services teams and subject specialists within the library on outreach, programmatic activities, and support. Provides technology workshops and training for faculty and researchers, and works with public services staff to design peer-to-peer student workshops and training programs

●      Works with Hunt Library “Powered By” technology partners to integrate emerging technologies into the Libraries

●      Provides leadership for the department in the absence of the Head

●      Serves on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams.

●      Represents the library in the university IT and academic technologies communities

The Associate Head, Academic Technology reports to the Head, Information Technology.

NCSU librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field.

Required qualifications:

ALA-accredited MLS, or equivalent advanced degree. Significant and relevant professional experience. Supervisory experience. Experience with library technologies; demonstrated knowledge of current technology trends. Demonstrated project management experience. Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably, and personably, orally and in writing. Ability to work independently and in a team environment. Ability to set priorities effectively and resolve competing demands in an atmosphere of fast-paced change. Evidence of leadership and management potential. Demonstrated record of ongoing professional development.

Preferred qualifications:

Relevant experience in an academic research library.

The Libraries, the University, and the Area

The NCSU Libraries and its staff have won numerous awards, including the first Association of College and Research Libraries’ Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year, Paraprofessional of the Year, and six Movers and Shakers awards. The library system currently consists of the D. H. Hill Library, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, and branch libraries for design, natural resources, and veterinary medicine. With a staff of 260+ FTE, the Libraries has more than 4.6 million volumes in its collection and has a total annual budget of over $30 million. The Libraries is the host site for NC LIVE, a multi-type library initiative making digital resources accessible to North Carolina residents.

The NCSU Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, the Council for Library and Information Resources, and the Center for Research Libraries. Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University form the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), with combined resources exceeding 17 million volumes and collections budgets totaling more than $40 million.

Recognized as one of the nation’s leading universities in science and technology, with strong programs in the humanities and social sciences, NC State offers degrees through the Colleges of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Design, Education, Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Management, Natural Resources, Sciences, Textiles, and Veterinary Medicine. As the largest academic institution in the state, NC State enrolls more than 34,000 students, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 110 fields of study and doctoral degrees in 61 disciplines. The university is ranked third among all public universities (without medical schools) in industry-sponsored research expenditures and has more than 660 active patents. NC State is a national leader in networking technologies and a charter member of the North Carolina Networking Initiative (NCNI), an Internet2 initiative with the most advanced operational networking system infrastructure in the nation.

North Carolina's Research Triangle of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill lies between the mountains of the Blue Ridge and the shores of the Outer Banks. One of the nation's premier concentrations of academic, corporate, and public research, the area combines moderate year-round temperatures, rolling hills, championship college athletics, and a rich diversity of cultural events. The Triangle consistently ranks high on lists of desirable American communities. Businessweek rated Raleigh as “the best American city” in 2011, and recent rankings by Forbes name the Triangle as the number-one place for business and careers and as the number-two spot for young professionals.

Salary and Benefits

The Libraries offers a highly competitive salary in recognition of applicable education and experience for this position. Librarians have non-tenure track faculty status (without levels of rank). Benefits include:  24 days vacation, 12 days sick leave; State of NC preferred provider medical insurance, and state, TIAA/CREF, or other retirement options. Additional and optional dental, life, disability, deferred compensation, and legal plans are offered. Tuition waiver program for all campuses of The University of North Carolina is available. More benefits information is available at

Application process and schedule

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt; applications will be accepted until finalist candidates are selected. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration. The nomination committee may invite candidates for confidential, pre-interview screenings. Appointment requires successful completion of background check. This position is available immediately; start date is negotiable.

Applicants must apply through the NC State University online employment website at Search in the keyword box by position number 00062564. Complete application, attach cover letter and résumé, and provide contact information for four current, professional references. For assistance with this process contact NCSU Libraries Office of Personnel Services (919) 515-3522.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information.

Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148.

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