Head, Technical Services

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Created: November 5, 2015


he Duke University Libraries (DUL) seek an experienced, forward-thinking, and creative professional to develop an integrated approach to technical services operations as Duke transitions to the Open Library Environment (OLE) open-source, community-based library management system.  This position represents a key opportunity to provide leadership in rethinking and realigning workflows for acquiring and managing electronic resources and other formats of library materials to enhance their accessibility for the Duke University community.

Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Collections and User Services, the position will oversee the operational management of DUL staff engaged in technical services activities, including acquisitions, receiving, cataloging, e-resource management, and metadata creation.  This position is responsible for the overall administration and coordination of work and for establishing and implementing technical services policies, standards and procedures.

For full position description and application information, please visit our website at http://library.duke.edu/about/jobs/headts.



Required: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


Required: At least five years of professional experience as a supervisor or manager of technical services operations in a research library.  Knowledge of recent developments and emerging trends in technical services and academic research libraries in North America, including familiarity with current generation library management systems and with the use of linked data by libraries.

Salary and Benefits

Salary and rank dependent on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package.


Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the William R. Perkins Library and its branches: Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly, Music, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort.  Duke’s library holdings of 6.1 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.

Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.

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