Head, Information Resources Management, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Head, Information Resources Management
Librarian III, IV or V
Preferred applications by July 18, 2014. Accepting applications after that date.

UMass Amherst, the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system, sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.

As a gateway to knowledge, the UMass Amherst Libraries are key partners in teaching, learning, and research at UMass Amherst and in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Supporting freedom of inquiry, the Libraries foster a diverse and inclusive environment in which to engage with ideas and acquire the critical skills necessary for lifelong learning.

The UMass Amherst Libraries is seeking a highly experienced, enthusiastic and engaged individual to lead the Department of Information Resources Management. The ideal candidate will provide leadership and vision for acquiring, processing, providing intellectual access, organizing, managing, and preserving print and digital collections. The Head, Information Resources Management will prioritize and administer departmental workflows and services in response to user needs, new opportunities, evolving technologies and trends in academic libraries and higher education. A key position objective is to balance knowledge of collection management activities to integrate this function into the broader, user-oriented perspective and foster a culture of communication and collaboration. The successful candidate will join a team of librarians seeking state-of-the-art approaches to engage and work with campus researchers.

Required Qualifications:
1. Master’s degree in library science – or equivalent degree – from a program accredited by the American Library Association, or its appropriate equivalent in librarianship from another country, or have appropriate equivalent experience.
2. Minimum of five years recent supervisory experience in this or a comparable research, academic or special library.
3. Demonstrated ability to establish work priorities, set performance expectations, achieve goals, and direct work in a high-production, rapidly evolving setting.
4. Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral skills, including presentation skills.
5. Proven ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment, including remaining calm under pressure.
6. Demonstrated ability to manage competing priorities in a positive, constructive, flexible, and cooperative manner.
7. Ability to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities showing initiative and flexibility.
8. Strong service ethic and the ability to interact effectively and work productively and collaboratively with a variety of colleagues and levels of staff.
9. Current knowledge of trends, developments, and best practices in technical services in the field (i.e., ERMs, discovery services, linked open data, RDA, integrated library systems, etc.).
10. Record of developing and implementing new ideas in a complex, knowledge-creating organization.
11. Budget management experience.
12. Ability to use technology in creative ways to solve problems and/or facilitate workflow.
13. Demonstrated ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively and to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within the UMass Amherst Libraries and the campus.
14. Experience with collection assessment activities, including data analysis.
15. Understanding, appreciation of and experience with the goals of higher education.
16. Familiarity with usability testing preferred.
17. Experience working in a unionized environment preferred.
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SALARY COMMENSURATE WITH ADVERTISED QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

Application Instructions:
Please apply on line at www.http://umass.interviewexchange.com and submit a letter of application, resume, and contact information (phone and email) for three professional references by July 18, 2014 for priority consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is strongly committed to excellence and actively supports cultural diversity. As part of a commitment to its own multicultural community, the Library seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace University initiatives and aspirations. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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