Assistant Director for Library Technology

Atlanta, GA
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Created: May 30, 2017


Position Summary

Reporting to the Director, Library Technology and Digital Strategies (LTDS), the Assistant Director for Library Technology helps provide strategic direction for the enhancement, extension, and integration of Emory University Libraries’ technology and tools in support of faculty and student teaching, learning, research, and scholarship.
The Assistant Director for Library Technology oversees the Library Technology Department, which includes both the Library Core Systems Team and the Software Engineering Team. As a key member of the larger LTDS Division, the Assistant Director collaborates with staff within the division, as well as staff across Emory’s libraries to ensure the highest level of engagement and effectiveness for the university. Additionally, the Assistant Director contributes to the strategic and annual planning for the Division. This position ensures successful collaboration with external vendors and the larger IT organization to provide a portfolio of services that are well-integrated and maintained.

Specific duties include:


  • Manages the hiring, supervision, and evaluation process for the departmental staff.
  • Engages with the direct reports to ensure they receive the support needed to be successful in their career.

Project Management

  • Provides leadership and guidance for relevant projects; advocates and encourages consistent and transparent documentation of project priorities, resources, constraints, expectations, objectives, challenges, and results.
  • Leads, sponsors, and manages projects and work plans for Library Technology’s goals and assists in the coordination of advisory groups as appropriate.
  • Provides project management support for small scale projects and engages with the Project Management Office for large scale projects and initiatives.

Professional Responsibilities

  • Participates in professional and scholarly associations.
  • Maintains up-to-date professional knowledge and skills in areas related to primary job assignment as well as maintains general knowledge of current trends in higher education, academic libraries, and information and educational technology.
  • Adheres to guidelines outlined in the Handbook Governing the Librarian series for Faculty-Equivalent Librarians to ensure appointment, appointment renewal and promotion-in-rank.
  • Participates in library and campus committees as appropriate for service purposes.

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science OR equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and academic or library experience.
  • Evidence of at least 5 years of supervisory experience and demonstrated skill in supervising and managing librarians or staff in library systems, academic technology, and/or information technology roles.
  • Experience with developing operational processes and procedures in the support of software and systems, both vendor hosted and custom developed.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working knowledge and direct experience with integrated library systems and related search and discovery products (such as Alma, Primo, etc.).
  • Working knowledge of key trends in software development including experience with version control, test-driven development, continuous integration techniques and other best practices in software development.

Additional Job Details
Applications may be submitted as Word or PDF attachments and must include: 

  1. Cover letter of application describing qualifications and experience; 
  2. Current resume/vita detailing education and relevant experience; and 
  3. On a separate document list the names, email addresses, and telephone numbers of 3 professional references including a current or previous supervisor. 

Candidates applying by June 26, 2017 will receive priority consideration. Review of applications will continue until position is successfully filled. 

Emory is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer that welcomes and encourages diversity and seeks applications and nominations from women and minorities.

How to apply


Rosalyn Metz
Director, Library Technology and Digital Strategies
Emory University Libraries
(o) 404.727.4680
(c) 404.831.8448

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Published: Tuesday, May 30, 2017 14:00 UTC