Director of Digital Initiatives and Technology

Edwardsville, IL
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Created: May 12, 2017


Faculty Position FY17-097
April 25, 2017

Position Title
Director of Digital Initiatives and Technology, Assistant or Associate Professor

Hiring Unit
Library and Information Services

Job Description/Responsibilities
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is seeking energetic and innovative applicants for the position of Director of Digital Initiatives and Technologies. The Director is a library faculty member who collaborates with and supports the work of the Library and Information Services faculty.  Reporting to the Dean of Library and Information Services (LIS), the Director of Digital Initiatives and Technologies is a member of the administrative team responsible for providing strategies and expertise for digital library services and collections including SIUE’s institutional repository services, web presence, and digital initiative projects in collaboration with other library departments. The position is a tenure-track faculty position. 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Leads the Library and the Department of Digital Initiatives and Technologies in current and future development of digital library services and collections; enhances the digital delivery of library services and collections through the adoption of new technologies, funded projects, and partnerships.
  • Collaborates with members of the administrative team to identify technology needs in the Library, and prioritizes and implements digital projects for the Library.
  • Manages SPARK (Scholarly Publications and Repository of Knowledge) the University’s institutional repository and delivers critical IR services for the University and the Library; collaborates with librarians and archivist to curate and publish the university community’s born-digital and digitized assets.
  • Works with the Dean and the administrative team to collect and analyze data for library services and resources.
  • Serves as the liaison to SIUE’s Information Technology Services department.
  • Supervises the Technology and Engineering Librarian and student assistants.
  • Creates and implements, policies, programs, and procedures related to digital initiatives and technologies.
  • Oversees the design and development, in collaboration with the LIS Web Committee, of the library’s websites; conducts user research to improve the Library’s web presence.
  • Teaches digital technology for library faculty and staff; encourages integration of technology into the library’s physical and virtual presence.
  • Participates in team-teaching sessions with various subject librarians to meet student needs.
  • Represents LIS in campus-wide initiatives on knowledge management and institutional repository systems. 

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s in Library Science or Information Science from an ALA accredited institution.
  • Two years of relevant information technology experience in an academic library environment.
  • Knowledge, experience, and demonstrated proficiency with discovery tools, open source programming and open access resources.
  • Evidence of success and innovation in library technology.
  • Strong commitment to service for user.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the trends and issues in academic libraries including emerging technologies and Informatics.
  • Demonstrated project management and problem solving skills and an established ability to handle multiple responsibilities and projects concurrently.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Supervisory experience with full-time staff. 

Preferred Qualifications

  • A well-articulated understanding of the role and possibilities of technology in the teaching, learning, and research pursuits of a medium sized university with a strong teaching and research agenda.
  • Professional commitment to librarianship and evidence of ability to meet LIS and university standards in  librarianship, research and professional service in fulfillment of tenure requirements. 

Terms of Appointment
Assistant or Associate Professor, 12-month continuing contract, tenure-track faculty position.

Source of Funds

Negotiable dependent upon credentials and experience, with a minimum salary of $60,000 annually.  Excellent fringe benefits.

Application Process
Submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae/resume, contact information for three professional references, and transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable when submitting the application but official documentation must be provided) to the address below or e-mail your information to 

Director, Digital Initiates and Technologies Search Committee Chair
Library and Information Services
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Campus Box 1063
Edwardsville, Illinois  62026-1063 

Application Deadline 
For optimal consideration in a first pool of applicants, department must receive all application materials by May 22, 2017.  Additional applicants may be reviewed after this date if the position is not filled from the first pool of applicants.  The position will remain open until filled. 

About the University
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is a student-centered educational community dedicated to communicating, expanding and integrating knowledge. It is a modern, comprehensive University with a growing national reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We prepare students to excel in the global market and our research opportunities attract the best and brightest students in the region.

Situated on 2,660 acres of beautiful woodland atop the bluffs overlooking the natural beauty of the Mississippi River’s rich bottom land and only 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, the SIUE campus is home to a diverse student body of more than 14,000.

Library and Information Services faculty and staff function as a team always striving to engage students and faculty in the use of information resources and technology. In partnerships with other academic units, Library and Information Services teaches information literacy skills and discernment needed for lifelong learning. Library faculty take the lead in collaboration in scholarly publication for open access.

Lovejoy Library maintains a collection of more than 808,100 volumes and subscribes to more than 29,200 print and digital serials and periodicals as well as materials in other formats, with remote access to a growing number of services and resources. Faculty librarians and staff in Lovejoy Library offer assistance to students, faculty, and staff, demonstrating and teaching procedures for locating and assessing information resources needed for research projects. In addition, faculty librarians provide expertise in scholarly communication and publishing for open access.

Additional information regarding Library and Information Services and the University can be found at the web site:

SIUE is a state university.  Benefits under state sponsored plans may not be available to holders of F1 or J1 visas. Applicants will be subject to a background check prior to an offer of employment. 

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to an inclusive and diverse workforce. We will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, national origin, religion, disability, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation or veteran’s status. We encourage applications from women, minorities, protected veterans and people with disabilities.

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