Director of Digital Scholarship Commons

Santa Cruz
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Created: November 24, 2015


The University Library at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for the position of Director, Digital Scholarship Commons. The Digital Scholarship Commons at McHenry Library will play a key role in fostering the advancement of technologically driven interdisciplinary scholarship and asserting the University Library's commitment to supporting new modes of digital research across the campus. The Commons will build and sustain an intellectual community around Digital Scholarship that invites all members of the campus community to feel invested in the new Digital Commons and leverages the new infrastructure and services it represents. Employing our user driven approach, the Commons aligns with UCSC's cutting edge research and independent
spirit. We seek someone who will help to develop strategic goals as well as achieve them.

Reporting to the University Librarian and serving as a member of the Library Management Group (LMG), the Director will:

● Have primary responsibility for day-to-day operations of the center and will be instrumental in developing its vision and raising its national profile as well as ensuring its smooth and effective operation.
● Be responsible for hiring, supervising and evaluating the performance of 2-4 support staff and/or librarians contingent upon the availability of funding.

Program Development & Strategic Planning:

● Assume responsibility for the development and implementation of short term goals (growth, and everyday operations of the new Digital Scholarship Commons) and collaboratively develop long-range strategic plans and funding goals.
● Independently and in conjunction with University Librarian and University Relations, represent the Digital Scholarship Commons to donors, foundations, granting agencies, and community partners.
● As part of LMG, define and execute policy and strategic direction for the Commons aligned with the goals of the library.
● Identify and execute procurement plans for furniture, workstations, software, and space functionality
● Participate and represent the Digital Scholarship Commons systemwide in the University of California and in appropriate scholarly organizations.
● Research and submit proposals for grant funding to support the Digital Scholarship Commons. Provide periodic assessment and review of the impact of the Commons.


● Seek out and develop opportunities for partnerships with faculty and academic units on campus as well as partnerships with local, regional, and national organizations with an interest in digital scholarship activities, platforms, and projects.
● Maintain knowledge of developments in digital libraries and digital scholarship including both infrastructure and standards developments.
● Connect the University Library with IT Services, Faculty Instructional Technology Center (FITC), faculty, research centers, and academic initiatives to strengthen support for digital scholarship and methods, learning, and teaching across the campus.

Research & Project Management:

● Facilitate and support research projects led by faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students.
● Consult with campus researchers to develop new projects and integrate digital methods into their research practices.
● Coordinate with library departments to cooperatively align library expertise and resources with faculty projects.

Teaching and Instruction:

● Promote digital scholarship as a methodology for courses, including consulting with faculty and instructors to develop new digitally focused assignments based on available hardware and software in Digital Scholarship Commons.
● Coordinate with FITC and Academic Affairs to support new digital teaching methods.
● Teach or facilitate workshops in the Commons to support student skill development.

● MLIS degree from an ALA accredited institution or advanced graduate degree with an emphasis on digital scholarship
● Minimum 2 years full-time professional experience developing and managing projects related to digital scholarship in an academic research institution or similar environment
● Demonstrated expertise in the use of digital tools and methods in scholarship
● Experience working with current and emerging issues, trends, literature, and standards in digital scholarship
● Experience working creatively, independently and collegially in a culturally diverse and dynamic academic community
● Fundraising experience
● Experience working collaboratively and building partnerships across disciplines

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Refer to Position #JPF00328-16T in all correspondence.

CLOSING DATE: Review of applications will begin on December 18, 2015. To ensure full consideration, applications should be complete and letters of recommendation received by this date. The position will remain open until filled, but not later than June 30, 2016.


Published: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 19:32 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:41 UTC