AUL for Digital Technologies

Providence, RI
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Created: March 20, 2017



Brown University Library seeks a dynamic, visionary leader for the role of Associate University Librarian for Digital Technologies. Contributing to the University’s iconoclastic and entrepreneurial environment, the AUL provides strong leadership and strategic direction in the development, delivery, and integration of both traditional and innovative digital services, systems, and initiatives across the libraries. S/he supervises department heads for the following groups: Integrated Technology Services, Repository Services, Web Services, Digital Preservation, and works closely with the Library’s Center for Digital Scholarship. The incumbent also identifies and oversees the implementation of new roles and technologies that improve, enhance, and extend library services based on emerging needs of the campus community.


- Articulates a vision for an evolving technology strategy for digital technologies, seeking ongoing input from key stakeholders at all levels of the organization and throughout the University.
- Serves as the Library’s chief liaison with the University’s Office of Computing and Information Services (CIS) to ensure appropriate planning and smooth operation of major server systems, mass storage solutions, and policies regarding data security and management.
- Seeks and leverages Library partnerships in collaborative technology initiatives across the University and in local, national and international efforts.
- Ensures that the Library maintains a reliable, scalable, and sustainable technology infrastructure and that the Library’s digital services support a wide array of evolving user needs within the teaching, learning and research missions of the University.
- Establishes criteria of excellence for, and strategies to assess, the effectiveness of the Library's digital services, operations, and initiatives.
- Stays abreast of emerging developments, issues, and trends in the use of digital technologies in higher education and contributes to and is active in local, consortial, regional and national projects and developments.

Reporting to the University Librarian, the AUL for Digital Technologies is a member of the senior administrative team and will play a lead role in Library-wide planning and evaluation and in setting the Library's strategic directions.


- Bachelor’s degree required. A graduate degree is preferred, such as an MLS or MIS from an ALA-accredited program, or an MS/MA or PhD in a relevant subject.
- At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in information technology in an academic library, including significant experience supervising, developing, and mentoring information technology professionals.
- Demonstrated experience with current issues and best practices in the assessment, development, and application of information technologies in libraries and higher education, including software development, systems administration, systems analysis.
- Advanced leadership and management skills with the demonstrated ability to bring innovative and complex projects to completion in a timely manner; demonstrated experience with project management processes and tools.
- Familiarity with traditional library enterprise systems and meaningful prior experience with emerging digital technologies -- including discovery/digital repository development (e.g., Blacklight/Solr/Hydra-Fedora), linked data (e.g., VIVO, LD4L/LD4P), and other open source developments.
- Substantial knowledge of data curation, digital preservation, and digital scholarship developments.
- Ability to build and maintain effective working relationships and foster productive collaborations with all levels of the organization, University community, and external partners.
- Ability to foresee and articulate the short- and long-term ramifications of technological decisions; successful experience in leading and implementing change.
- Record of robust professional involvement and strong commitment to staff engagement and development, including the recruitment of a diverse workforce.
- Demonstrated record of excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills, along with creative problem-solving and strong analytical and decision-making skills.
- Experience with obtaining grant funding and managing grant-funded projects is preferred.
All offers of employment are contingent upon a criminal background check and education verification satisfied to Brown.




Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally protected status.


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