Duties & Responsibilities
Harvard University seeks a renaissance man or woman to join an energized team in the Harvard Library. We are transforming an extraordinary library with 4 centuries of tradition and excellence into a coordinated, nimble, innovative, and dynamic organization which delivers outstanding services for users. The position of Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Scholarly Resources is a newly created role which provides leadership in the Harvard Library for the development of library collections and content strategies and policy throughout the university. Harvard’s total allocation for library materials exceeded $44 m in 2014. The AUL for Scholarly Resources will be responsible for advancing strategies for meeting Harvard’s information needs, including purchase, licensing, collaborative agreements, and open access. The AUL for Scholarly Resources also oversees the Harvard College Library Collections unit comprised of over 30 librarians and staff and which expen ds over $20 million annually on materials; Information and Technical Services, a department of the Harvard Library with a budget of $16.5 m and 140 FTE which supports the acquisition, licensing and intellectual access to tangible and online collections in all formats; and the Office of Scholarly Communication, a leader in the development of Open Access policies and Harvard’s institutional repository, DASH, with a budget of $1.2 m and 9 FTE. The AUL for Scholarly Resources has an exciting opportunity to reconceive the collective staff expertise associated with collections, technical services, and scholarly communication.
The successful candidate will incorporate a user-centered and evidence-based approach that will ensure that Harvard faculty, students and researchers have unparalleled and timely access to the world’s knowledge in all formats. Part of this role will be to lead in the reinvigoration and expanded use of existing collections through increased access and promotion of resources to researchers, students, and others .The incumbent will lead a team that works with faculty, students, and other research services librarians in intellectual partnership in the inclusion of library materials in learning and teaching and in the support of the full life cycle of knowledge resources and scholarly communication to advance the mission and academic programs of the University.
The ability to collaborate effectively in Harvard’s strong tradition of decentralized services is an essential skill involving diplomacy, ingenuity, and patience. The AUL for Scholarly Resources will also represent the Harvard Library in consortial, regional, national, and international initiatives. Harvard Library’s partners include Ivy Plus Libraries and HathiTrust. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, and the Council on Library and Information Resources. Partnerships and collaboration with other libraries and entities will be important relationships in the knowledge ecosystem necessary to fulfil the information needs of scholars, and the AUL will evaluate and recommend options for Harvard in this area.
Ten or more years’ experience in a large research library, university, or academic enterprise with 5 or more years in a senior leadership role
Deep experience with traditional collection building coupled with a sensitive understanding of the future of collecting in libraries
Knowledge of global scholarly communications issues and emerging trends in publishing
Proven track record of introducing innovation and managing change in a complex research library
Demonstrated experience in introducing and sustaining successful collaborative initiatives
Knowledge of innovative developments in technical services, bibliographic access, and discovery
Demonstrated ability to manage complex and large budgets
Evidence of national-level professional standing and regard as demonstrated through presentations and publications
Master of Science in Library Science or equivalent degree
Second Master’s degree or Ph.D.
Outstanding communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to work effectively in a decentralized and matrix environment
Demonstrated ability to engage intellectually with faculty and students and to ensure information resources necessary for their academic endeavors
Experience in fundraising and/or success in obtaining grants
Experience in assessment and evidence-based decision making
We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.
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