Associate Head, Digital Library Initiatives

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Created: June 10, 2016


The NCSU Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Head, Digital Library Initiatives. The Digital Library Initiatives department develops and delivers an information environment that significantly advances end-user resource discovery and use of library services. Digital Library Initiatives has produced a number of unique and widely used systems to improve service to library users, including the Suma space assessment toolkit, the Lentil photographic social media archival collecting system, and the Quick Search bento-box style single search system. The department is currently developing new projects in areas including library service and resource discovery, assessment and analytics, data visualization, social media archives, research services, application virtualization, visualization services, digital collections, and support for digital research and scholarship. The Digital Library Initiatives department maintains a culture of collaboration, with a focus on supporting each other's professional growth and providing opportunities for mentorship. The Associate Head leads teams that advance library services through applied research and application development and oversees and manages the entire lifecycle of projects, from requirements gathering to deployment. This position reports to the Head of Digital Library Initiatives.

  • Shares management responsibility for the department; supervises librarians, staff, and student workers; represents the department in the absence of the Head.
  • Leads the evaluation of opportunities to develop new digital services.
  • Leads teams in the planning, development, and Implementation of technical solutions.
  • Oversees the professional development of technical staff.
  • Participates in library planning, serves on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams.
  • NCSU librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field.

Required qualifications:
  • ALA-accredited MLS, MIS, or equivalent advanced degree in library or information science.
  • Supervisory experience; history of successful technical mentorship.
  • Relevant professional experience applying systems analysis techniques to solving novel problems; ability to explore, evaluate, and incorporate emerging technologies.
  • Server-side application development experience with one or more open source programming languages such as PHP, Python, or Ruby.
  • Database development skills with systems such as MySQL and Solr.
  • Experience using client-side web technologies including HTML5, JavaScript, CSS, and related technologies.
  • Familiarity with version control systems such as Git.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably, and personably, orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues.
  • Demonstrated record of ongoing professional development.

Preferred qualifications:
  • Experience developing and contributing to open-source software projects.
  • Experience working In an academic library

More Information:

NC State is an 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.


Published: Friday, June 10, 2016 17:16 UTC

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