Chair, Libraries Information Technology

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Created: May 6, 2016


Chair, Libraries Information Technology

  RANK:                         Chair and Associate University Librarian or Chair and University Librarian

  REPORTS TO:            Associate Dean, Discovery and Access and Fackler Director of the Health Science Center Libraries

  SALARY:                     Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials

Minimum Salary at the Chair and Associate University Librarian rank is $99,375 (inclusive of administrative stipend)

Minimum Salary at the Chair and University Librarian rank is

$111,187 (inclusive of administrative stipend)

Job No #:                    492971

                    DEADLINE DATE:     Position is open until filled.

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The Chair of the Libraries Information Technology (IT Chair) department is a tenure track library faculty position responsible for leading a service oriented department of approximately 20 staff members that research, develop, optimize and support advanced information systems and technology for the Smathers Libraries. The IT Chair leads the Libraries’ internal IT department, a service hub providing an array of services and support, including technical expertise for evaluating external service providers, application development, project management, risk management, and administration supporting collaborative and collegial ways of working across the Libraries to optimally deliver on program and project needs with minimal overhead. The IT Chair clearly establishes and communicates the vision and strategic directions of the department and partners with campus organizations to ensure library goals and objectives are met.

This position is a member of the administrative leadership team, providing vision and strategic planning to the Smathers Libraries as a whole, ensuring that resources, both human and capital, are appropriately managed to achieve stated goals and objectives.

To support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the IT Chair will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in work activities. The IT Chair will pursue professional development opportunities, stay abreast of advances in the field of information technology, perform scholarly research, and provide service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment, and in accordance with the Libraries’ tenure and promotion criteria.


Through superior customer service, accountability and cost effectiveness, ensures that the IT department realizes its critical role in supporting the achievement of the Libraries’ strategic goals. Helps define the vision, strategic directions, and priorities of information technology in the Libraries, including partnerships with campus organizations that are critical to the success of the Smathers Libraries’ future innovation and direction.

Provides leadership and vision for the overall planning, development, coordination and operational support and maintenance of the Libraries’ information technology infrastructure. In consultation with the Libraries’ leadership and campus and statewide organizations, makes and recommends strategic information technology choices in support of the Libraries’ goals.

Initiates, develops, and facilitates the implementation and maintenance of advanced information systems for the Libraries. Plans for equipment upgrade and replacement life cycles, manages a hardware and software budget, and works with vendors to purchase and support networked computers used in a physically dispersed environment.

Leads a team of approximately 20 staff in a dynamic environment that values customer service, collaboration, problem solving, teamwork and innovation. Mentors and motivates staff. Creates learning opportunities and expectations for continuous improvement of all aspects of the IT department. Measures performance and makes continuous improvements to effectively work in an environment defined by interdependent projects requiring cross-functional teams.

Designs efficient and productive workflows; tracks progress of deliverables; ensures timeliness and quality of customer service to both library staff and the broader constituencies served by the Libraries. Monitors and maintains accurate information and data regarding end user issues, projects and other activities, including actions taken and time required to resolve those issues. Provides statistical data and reports, particularly capacity and business-model documentation, with an emphasis on productivity and operational efficiencies. Assists in the creation of performance metrics, as well as the application and reporting of those metrics. Conducts studies, surveys, and evaluation of services in support of user experience.

Provides leadership and oversight for:

the team that develops, implements and maintains systems including server-based systems hosted by the University and other affiliates, such as the UF Digital Collections,

the team that develops, implements and maintains desktop computing infrastructure, networking and computer security, and web programming support for the Libraries’ online services, effectively meeting the needs within the Libraries, UF, and beyond.

Contributes to the Libraries use of and interaction with the statewide consortial Integrated Library System, and related components (the library website, interlibrary loans and reserve systems, and digital content platforms).

Works closely with the University’s central IT (UFIT) and other relevant groups to coordinate library projects and services with campus-wide systems and goals. Represents Libraries’ leadership and constituents in working with UFIT and other university units that deliver services within the physical library spaces to ensure the IT and overall needs of Libraries' constituents are met.  Ensures service delivery in the most cost-effective manner possible by reducing redundancy of infrastructure and leveraging shared services when possible. Investigates and advances innovative approaches for providing and maintaining departmental initiatives and services in collaboration with UFIT. Represents the Libraries on the CIO’s campus IT Directors Advisory Group.

Partners and consults with various library departments and grant project teams on IT initiatives ensuring that expectations are clearly articulated and objectives met.

Supports the development of training and resources on the most effective utilization of current and emerging technologies to increase relevant competencies.

To support all students, faculty and staff and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the IT Chair will be expected to consider the perspectives of individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, in work activities.

Pursues professional development opportunities, stays abreast of advances in the field of information technology, performs scholarly research, and provides service at the institutional and professional levels as related to assignment, and in accordance with the Libraries’ tenure an



Master of Library and Information Science or other relevant advanced degree

Appointment at the Associate University Librarian rank requires a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience; and appointment at the University Librarian rank requires 12 or more years of relevant experience at an advanced level

Demonstrated success in managing people including supervision, evaluation, goal setting, and mentoring of staff at various levels in order to deliver proactive and risk managed excellent customer service

Demonstrated knowledge and experience with technologies for research or higher education, including but not limited to software development, systems analysis, systems architecture and platforms, risk management procedures and documentation practices, and network configuration

Experience in managing information security in a networked enterprise environment

Demonstrated success in managing and directing the work of teams that require initiative, flexibility, and the ability to adapt and work creatively in a complex, rapidly changing academic environment

Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging technologies and understanding of the needs of the academic research library, and know how to apply current technologies and available resources of the Libraries to the resolution of problems and identify and deliver new and improved services

Proven ability to analyze complex problems, identify critical elements and alternatives, organize existing resources and new information to implement the most appropriate solution

Superior verbal and written communication, interpersonal, collaboration and presentation skills with the ability to explain complex issues in concise terms to a broad range of constituents

Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion (outlined at


Experience evaluating, recommending, and implementing emerging technologies and appropriate tools to improve operations and services

Experience collaborating with interest groups, such as campus IT, consortia, and relevant local or national organizations

Knowledge of trends in digital libraries and library networks, systems and web applications

Experience managing large purchases and supporting networked computers used in a physically dispersed environment

Record of working collaboratively with, and including the perspectives of individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in work product

Established research portfolio

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