Head of Digital Library Development

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Created: December 19, 2014


Head of Digital Library Development

About Caltech and Caltech Library

The California Institute of Technology (Caltech) is a world-renowned science and engineering research and education institution, where extraordinary faculty and students seek answers to complex questions, discover new knowledge, lead innovation, and transform our future. Founded by Caltech faculty, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is a division of Caltech and is the leading U.S. center for the robotic exploration of the solar system. For the fourth year in a row, Caltech was named the top university in the world in 2014-15 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Caltech was awarded "Great College to Work For" by the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2013.

Caltech's 124-acre campus is located in Pasadena, California. Home to the Rose Bowl Parade, Pasadena is located in the foothills of the Angeles National Forest, 10 miles from downtown Los Angeles.

The Caltech Library system comprises five libraries and Archives and Special Collections. The Library's 42 staff is divided across four units that reflect the Library's core areas of service to Caltech: Digital Library Development, Access and Fulfillment Services, Archives and Special Collections, and Research Services.

The Caltech Library helps enable the Institute fulfill its mission to expand human knowledge through research integrated with education. The Library is most effective when it mirrors how Caltech itself works--its ambition to take on challenging and fundamental problems through creative, collaborative and multidisciplinary inquiry. The Head of Digital Library Development will support a well-established repository program and develop strategies to expand the reach of the Library as a robust and adaptable platform for innovation and new services to Caltech and beyond.

In 2014 Caltech faculty adopted an Open Access policy, which grants nonexclusive rights to the Institute to disseminate faculty papers. The Caltech Library supports this policy through CaltechAUTHORS as well as outreach and consultation on a range of scholarly communication issues. The Library is also active in scholarly communication collaborative initiatives such as SPARC, arXiv, and ORCID. The Library participates in a variety of Library and standards bodies, including the Digital Preservation Network, the Coalition for Networked Information, NISO, OCLC Research, the Western Regional Storage Trust (WEST), and the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC).

Job Summary

The Caltech Library is recruiting a Head of Digital Library Development to design and implement an overall digital library strategy that responds to current and emerging needs and that leverages the strengths of an institution of Caltech's size and prominence. This newly created position will be a key member of the Library's executive leadership team.

The Digital Library Development department is composed of 3 librarians and 6 IT professionals. The department supports CaltechAUTHORS and other repositories on the EPrints platform; digitized Archives collections on the Islandora digital Library platform; the III ILS and SFX discovery tools; the Library's website; public and staff desktop computing; and core infrastructure.

In addition to supporting applications development and core infrastructure, the Digital Library Development department serves as an R&D engine within the organization. It maintains capacity to undertake pilot projects; is opportunistic in undertaking new initiatives stemming from Caltech faculty interests; and participate in national-level groups working at the intersection of scholarly communication and digital libraries. The Library partners closely with other research and service units on campus, including the six academic divisions, Information Management Systems and Services (IMSS), Offices of Legal Affairs and Research Compliance.

The Head will provide leadership to expand the digital library as a platform for digital content, preservation, and online services; and will lead implementation of new services that support emerging needs, such as funders' requirements around data management and open access. The Head will provide leadership on technology-rich learning and collaborative spaces in support of learning and research. S/he will be a leader in increasing the Library's capacity to manage technically and organizationally complex projects.

The Head will be professionally engaged, represent the Caltech Library in relevant professional organizations, and promote the professional development and engagement of department staff and other duties as assigned.

Basic Qualifications

Masters degree in a pertinent accredited program
Five years of related work experience, including 3 years in a management or supervisory role
Demonstrated ability to manage professional technology staff
Excellent communication, writing skills and data analysis skills
Demonstrated record of innovation and project management
Demonstrated understanding of changes in digital Library technologies and trends
Record of sustained scholarly and professional achievement in the field
Preferred Qualifications

ALA-accredited Masters of Library Science (MLS)
Progressively responsible managerial experience of a technology unit in an academic library
Experience with programmatic support for research data management
Experience with needs analysis or assessment and alignment of programs with needs analysis findings
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Caltech is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor. For more information about “EEO is the Law” click here: EEO is the Law.

To apply to this job please visit https://jobs.caltech.edu/postings/2606

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Published: Friday, December 19, 2014 20:43 UTC

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