Associate University Librarian

Athens, GA
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Created: September 3, 2021


 The Associate University Librarian (AUL) is a member of the senior leadership team at the University of Georgia Libraries. The position is responsible to the University Librarian and Associate Provost for leading and advising on matters relating to the development and implementation of the mission, goals, and broad policy directions for the University of Georgia Libraries. The AUL advances high priority initiatives with an initial emphasis on digital/data strategy and has direct oversight of several library units and departments, including cataloging, collaborative digitization (Digital Library of Georgia), maps and government information, digital humanities, research data management, and digital preservation. As Associate University Librarian, this position works closely with the University Librarian, the administrative team (including heads of Finance, Human Resources, and IT), and department heads in providing leadership in strategic planning, administration and resource allocation. The AUL represents the University Librarian in meetings and may assume overall responsibility for the Libraries in the absence of the University Librarian. 

The UGA Libraries advance the University of Georgia’s mission by providing the best possible access to recorded knowledge, actively contributing to the success of students and faculty through teaching and research services provided in physical and virtual environments, exemplifying the University’s strategic priority to serve the people of Georgia and beyond, and upholding the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. A member of the Association of Research Libraries with 75 faculty librarians and archivists, 150 staff and nearly 200 student workers, the UGA Libraries receive more than three million visits per year on average and provide services at nine locations across the Athens campus, among them the Main Library, Miller Learning Center, Science Library, Special Collections Libraries, and Health Sciences Carnegie Library. The UGA Libraries offer nationally distinctive special collections related to Georgia’s history, politics, and public policy, and preserves one of the foremost media collections in public broadcasting. The UGA Libraries provide IT support for GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online (GALILEO), Georgia’s statewide virtual library initiative, and is home to the UGA Press and Georgia Review literary journal. Please visit for more information.  


The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 39,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 9,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens. 



  • Serves in a senior administrative capacity for the UGA Libraries, working under the University Librarian and with the administrative team (Finance, HR, IT) and department heads to lead library-wide planning, policy making, and the development and evaluation of services. 

  • Provides leadership with regard to strategic planning, budget development, policy development, communication strategy, and assessment in support of the UGA Libraries’ mission.  

  • May assume overall responsibility for the Libraries in the absence of the University Librarian.  

  • Liaises, collaborates, and coordinates with various stakeholders on and off campus on behalf of the University Librarian to develop and grow services, address issues, and support the Libraries as the heart of UGA’s scholarly community.  

  • Advances strategic priorities, including digital scholarship and research data management.  

  • Promotes and sustains a positive, equitable, diverse, and ethical workplace culture where the contributions and development of all people are valued.  

  • Has direct oversight of specific Libraries’ departments and units, with direct supervision of approximately 6 department heads and other leaders and indirect supervision of 40-50 faculty and staff. These areas include Cataloging, the Digital Library of Georgia, the Map and Government Information Library, Digital Humanities, Research Data Management, and Digital Stewardship.   

SALARY AND BENEFITS:  Salary will be commensurate with experience.  UGA librarians are non-tenured faculty members.  UGA offers an attractive benefits program including a choice of health and retirement plans, dental plan, vision plan, tuition remission, paid relocation, 21 days annual leave, 12 days sick leave, and 12 paid holidays.  

APPLICATION PROCEDURE:  Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position must apply at:

 Applicants should attach a 1-2 page letter of interest, complete CV, and the names, titles, and contact information of three professional references. Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by October 1, 2021, however, the position will remain open until filled.  
The University of Georgia Libraries wish to emphasize that preferred qualifications are not required and we are committed to helping our future colleagues develop preferred knowledge, skills and abilities. Applicants are encouraged to communicate the ways in which their work meets required or preferred qualifications in ways that may not be obvious. 



Additional Requirements: 

  • Candidates must have 10 years of professional experience and sustained professional engagement after completion of their master’s degree as outlined in the Librarian/Archivist Faculty Rank and Promotion guidelines: 

  • Five or more years of significant and progressively responsible management and leadership experience in an academic library. 


Relevant/preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification: 

  • Three or more years of experience leading digital/data initiatives. 


Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:  

  • Understanding of the value of diversity, inclusion and accessibility in an academic setting, with particular regard for the management and delivery of information resources  

  • Knowledge of a wide range of library and information technology resources, services, and operations. 

  • Effective project management skills. 

  • Ability to supervise and coordinate with department heads, high-level faculty and technical personnel to establish goals, set priorities, and yield results. 

  • Considerable knowledge of trends and issues that relate to digital scholarship and data initiatives. 

  • Knowledge of trends and issues that relate to metadata and technical services. 

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships and coordinate efforts across library departments, and to collaborate with campus partners and external stakeholders. 

  • Effective verbal and written communication skills. 

  • Ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. 

  • Commitment to mentoring and support for employee professional development. 

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.  Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR ( Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests.  


Published: Friday, September 3, 2021 16:06 UTC

Last updated: Friday, September 3, 2021 16:06 UTC