Head of Systems, University Libraries

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Created: August 20, 2013


 Head of Systems, University Libraries, Kent State University (Search Re-opened)

Kent State University Libraries seeks an innovative Systems Librarian to lead its Systems Department. The Head of Systems will continue to advance a vision for technology operations in a changing environment, advancing library computing capabilities throughout the University, the OhioLINK consortium, and the profession. The Head will work with all library departments to ensure the effective deployment and use of technology, and cooperate with the University's computer center on university-wide services and issues that affect the Libraries' systems and services. The Head will foster professional development, collegial relationships, and continuing education among the department's faculty and staff.

This is a 12-month, full-time, tenure-track faculty position; the incumbent will be required to meet reappointment, promotion and tenure standards. Anticipated appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. Anticipated hiring salary range: $65,000 - $85,000. 
Contract Length  12 month 
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities  Reporting to the Assistant Dean for Systems and Technical Services, the Head of Systems will:

Coordinate configuration and management of the Libraries' integrated library system,

Contribute to library-wide planning, development and assessment of automation services,

Help evaluate and select hardware and software systems for the library,

Support the Libraries' web sites by coordinating the management of local servers and applications and coordinating interconnections with the University's content management system, the Springshare LibGuides system, and the library intranet,

Develop annual objectives for the department and monitor progress towards meeting them,

Evaluate department faculty and staff,

Coordinate all automation inventory, budget, specifications, deployment, and maintenance for all library areas including the library classrooms, public spaces, and staff desktops,

Maintain current knowledge of trends and issues affecting library and university computing systems,

Engage with professional organizations that track developing issues affecting the technologies employed by academic libraries. 
Leadership and Supervision  
Minimum Qualifications
  Education and Experience
  Other Knowledge, Skills, and
  Abilities  Required Qualifications:

ALA-accredited Master's degree,

Significant post-degree experience in a complex library setting,

Library supervisory experience,

Familiarity with digital library applications and standards,

Management and/or configuration experience with library technologies,

Effective communication skills and the ability to foster partnerships and work collaboratively,

Ability to meet faculty reappointment, tenure and promotion standards.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience managing a complex library information technology department or team,

ILS administration experience, especially with Innovative Interfaces,

Experience supervising technical staff employing various open source development technologies,

Familiarity with cataloging and metadata standards,

Familiarity with open source options for academic libraries. 
Additional Information
(Unique characteristics or needs of the position)  Must pass a security check.

For all official job descriptions, visit www.kent.edu/hr.

The position will remain open until filled. Anticipated appointment date is January 2014. Applications received by September 20, 2013 will receive first consideration.

Kent State University, a public research university located in Kent, Ohio, is one of the largest universities in Ohio with an enrollment of 42,185 students in the nine-campus system. Kent State offers over 300 degree programs (250 baccalaureate, 40 associates, 50 masters, and 23 doctoral programs) including notable programs in nursing, liquid crystals, business, history, library science, aeronautics, journalism and fashion design. Kent State is ranked by the Carnegie Foundation as one of the top 77 public research universities in the US and one of the top 76 in community engagement.

Applications must be submitted online and should include a letter of application, vita, and contact information for at least three professional references.

Kent State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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Published: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 19:03 UTC

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