Associate University Librarian for Resources and Digital Services

Santa Clara
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Created: June 10, 2013


Santa Clara University is a comprehensive Jesuit, Catholic university located in California's Silicon Valley, offering its 8,800 students rigorous undergraduate curricula in arts and sciences, business, and engineering, plus master's, Ph.D., and law degrees.
Distinguished by the highest retention rate and ranked second among all master's universities in the West by U.S. News and World Report, Santa Clara University is California's oldest operating institution of higher-education. The University is focused on creating an academic community that educates citizens and leaders who will build a more just, humane, and sustainable world.

The Santa Clara University Library is a vibrant and vital center for learning, inspiring both intellectual pursuits and community engagement. The SCU Library seeks an engaged, active, forward-thinking leader to join a dynamic leadership team including a new University Librarian and the Associate University Librarian for Public Services. Reporting to the University Librarian, the Associate University Librarian for Resources and Digital Services connects our community to a vast array of resources and works to advance the library?s strategic plan and foster a culture of collaboration and communication. The Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Resources and Digital Services actively combines the responsibilities for collection development, managing a collections budget of $3.8 million, archives and special collections, digital initiatives, and technical services. One of the immediate responsibilities of the AUL will be implementing changes and recommendations in technical services based on a consultant's report. Recommendations are already being implemented to streamline workflows and processes. One of the final steps will be the reorganization of technical services which will be based on input from the University Librarian, AUL and the consultant's recommendations. The vision for technical services includes defining units for electronic resources, metadata, cataloging, and resource acquisition. The AUL, working in conjunction with the library's Scholarly Communication Working Group, takes a leadership role in the university's scholarly communication initiatives including the ongoing development and growth of a new institutional repository ScholarCommons ( As a member of the Library's senior administrative team, the AUL participates in general administrative decision-making, library management, assessment, strategic planning, and priority setting.

I. Specific Responsibilities
90% Administration
Provides leadership, motivation, and vision for staff in the departments that report to the AUL
Sets goals and priorities for staff
Describes and redefines positions as necessary
Supervises, coordinates, evaluates, and motivates the heads of the departments that report to the AUL  
Develops collaborative relationships on campus that further the library's strategic plan 
Provides leadership and counsel on the future and value of academic libraries 
Collaborates with department heads and other librarians as a spokesperson for collections and scholarly communication to our communities
Coordinates planning, operations and implementation of new initiatives with library administration
Plays a key role in policy decision, organization and strategic planning, project oversight, and resource allocation
Devises and organizes processes for the evaluation and assessment of library collections
Evaluates library participation in resource sharing, collaborative collection development and other consortial programs
Provides leadership in planning related to the management of legacy print collections 
Represents the library to publishers and vendors
Manages a $3.8 million collections budget, including additional gift funds, and provides leadership in collections activities
Collaborates with staff from the Law Library on areas of responsibility
Supervises 5 librarians/staff; indirectly supervises 10 librarians/staff
10% Service and Scholarship
Serves on committees and task forces both at the department, library and university level
Participates in local, state, and national/international professional and scholarly societies and organizations 
Participates in activities related to inquiry and research

II. Qualifications
Required Qualifications
MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program 
Minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience in an academic library setting  
Minimum of three years of supervisory experience  
Experience in managing a large library materials budget(s) or other complex budgets  
A strong background in both collection development and technical services 
Knowledge and understanding of the importance of unique collections (archives and special collections) to the mission of the Library and the University   
Strong analytical and decision making skills
Effective oral and written communication skills
Applied knowledge of the principles of library management and organization
Excellent interpersonal and critical, problem solving skills  
Demonstrated commitment to working collaboratively; ability to lead in a shared decision-making environment  
Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse staff and user community
Keeps current with trends and emerging technologies impacting areas of responsibility, libraries and higher education
Preferred Qualifications
Demonstrated success in achieving innovative change/reorganization  
Demonstrated skill in personnel and financial resource management
Evidence of excellent leadership skills
Experience with devising and organizing processes for the evaluation and assessment of library collections
Experience in promoting and engaging faculty, students, and administrators in issues related to scholarly communication and open access
Experience in implementing and growing an institutional repository
Experience with digital initiatives, digitization, and digital scholarship services
Knowledge and understanding of data management/curation
Significant record of participation in relevant professional organizations   
Record of scholarly publication and research

Library Profile:
The Library advances the University's mission to educate engaged and accomplished citizens through our dynamic services and unique, extensive collections. Our community-focused staff are integral partners in creating and cultivating physical and virtual learning environments for open inquiry and academic excellence.
The University Library has a staff of 37, including 13 librarians. For more information about the Santa Clara University Library, please visit

Salary: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Deadline for Applications: Applications received by July 12, 2013 will receive first consideration. Interested candidates should submit an application electronically through the SCU HR jobs site (below). Application materials submitted should include: cover letter, complete resume, and the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three references, with a statement of each reference's professional relationship to the applicant. In addition, application packets may be emailed to Deborah Whiteman at

Nominations are welcomed.


Published: Monday, June 10, 2013 20:56 UTC

Last updated: Tuesday, February 28, 2017 23:45 UTC