Job Announcement: Digital Library Services Department Head

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Created: February 4, 2008


Digital Library Services Department Head - Georgia State University Library Job Announcement:

Georgia State University Library seeks an enthusiastic, collegial, service-oriented and dynamic head of Digital Library Services who will provide leadership and management for information technologies, digital initiatives, and web services. The Digital Library Services Department Head, reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Learning and Technology Initiatives, leads a department consisting of two library faculty and three staff members and serves on the library administrative team that provides overall direction for the library in fulfilling the research, teaching, and service mission of the University.

The department works collaboratively with campus computing to install and maintain networking, network security, and computer workstations in the library including the new learning commons. The department fulfills a support role by building and implementing various web applications and tools library-wide. Additionally, the department is active in the development of the campus portal and maintains a presence on the campus I.T. committees and consortial (GALILEO) committees for I.T. and web services.

The department head sets direction for the Library*s information technology environment and services through strategic planning, resource allocation and management, assessment, and policy development. Encourages creativity in digital and information technology initiatives that respond to and anticipate user needs and ensures that the library*s technology programs, services, and infrastructure are responsive to the academic needs of the Georgia State community.

Responsibilities Oversees the Libraries* technology infrastructure, I.T. support, web services, and other information access and production technologies. Provides leadership in the development of the library*s digital infrastructure, and digital and information technology initiatives. Works with Library faculty and staff to research and develop new and innovative technologies and services. Identifies and reports on success measures for library systems and web services. Manages effective implementation of change. Maintains current awareness of digital library technologies, developments, and effective practices. Supervises a department currently consisting of two librarians and three staff. Serves as liaison to the University*s Information Systems and Technology organization, and identifies opportunities to maintain, improve, and strengthen collaborations with campus computing and consortial projects. Represents the library through participation in local, regional, and national cooperative, outreach, and professional activities; serves on University Committees and University System of Georgia initiatives.

Requirements ALA-accredited master*s degree. Minimum of three years of increasingly responsible experience in management of information technology in an academic library or university setting. Supervisory experience. Knowledge of information technology trends and applications. Familiarity with best practices, standards, and trends in the application of technology in libraries. Demonstrated commitment to user-centered service and knowledge of usability studies and assessment methods. Strong written and verbal communication skills. PREFERRED: Degree in computer science or other relevant field. Systems analysis and design experience, including experience implementing digital library initiatives. Successful project management experience. Applied knowledge of network architectures and systems administration for large complex systems, software applications, web development, and content management systems.

Library and University Environment The University Library houses over 1,440,000 volumes, subscribes to more than 7,600 serials, and is a Federal Document Depository with more than 770,000 government documents. Its growing Media Center has holdings of approximately 21,000 audio, video, and multimedia materials. The carefully selected collections are designed to serve varied research and instructional needs at the undergraduate and graduate levels of the university community. Library services are supported by the Endeavor Voyager integrated library system. The University System of Georgia has a statewide system known as GALILEO, providing equal access to electronic resources and other materials for libraries throughout the state. The University Library is a member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries; the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET), and the Atlanta Regional Consortium for Higher Education, consisting of fourteen academic and research libraries serving nineteen institutions in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area.

Georgia State University (GSU) is a dynamic urban institution located in downtown Atlanta with an enrollment of approximately 27,000 students. The close relationship that exists between the university and its surrounding business, government and cultural communities makes GSU unique in the University System of Georgia and distinctive among universities in the South.

Condition of Work and Benefits Forty-hour workweek Twenty-one days vacation Twelve paid holidays Twelve days sick leave Faculty rank and status Non-Tenure track Retirement plans include: State Teachers Retirement Plan, TIAA-CREF and VALIC Group health and life insurance Social Security Optional pre-tax benefits Support for research and professional activities

Salary and Rank $50,000-$70,000 for 12 months commensurate with the candidate*s education and experience. Appointment at a faculty rank, on a contract renewal basis.

Submit a cover letter addressing the above qualifications; resume; name, address and phone number of three references, including immediate supervisor. Review of materials will begin March 7, 2008 and continue until the position is filled.

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Human Resources Coordinator University Library Georgia State University 100 Decatur Street, SE, Atlanta, GA 30303-3202 (404) 413-2700 For more information please visit our web site at: Georgia State University is an equal opportunity educational institution/affirmative action employer strongly committed to cultural diversity.



Doug Goans Web Development Librarian Georgia State University Library 100 Decatur St. Atlanta. GA 30303 Tel: (404) 413 2772 Fax: (404) 651-4315

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