Head of Library Web & Digital Services – Yeshiva University – New York, NY

Position Summary

The Head of Library Web & Digital Services is responsible for the creation, implementation, management and evaluation of web-based interactive content, discovery strategies, scholarly communication, and library technology services for the Wilf and Beren campuses. The three major areas of responsibility are technology support for library patrons (students and faculty), alumni, staff and library systems; web design and maintenance; and digitization of collections. This member of the Libraries’ management team participates in setting library policy, identifying and adopting emerging technologies, and launching a scholarly communication program.

List of Responsibilities

  • Monitor and manage library servers in cooperation with ITS office, recommending and participating in implementation of upgrades and purchases.
  • Serve as the library’s liaison with the Information Technology Services office.
  • Oversee implementation and sustainable growth of an institutional repository.
  • Analyze cost effectiveness of technology options and solutions.
  • Manage technology for the library’s Integrated Library System (ILS).
  • Articulate criteria for an effective library website to support both instruction and research. Working with public services librarians, recommend design and format improvements to the website and implement them to enhance the user experience.
  • Maintain integrity and consistency of website, check links, refine content and update web pages.
  • Manage the Libraries’ alumni portal.
  • Coordinate digitization projects.
  • Collaborate with Metadata Services and Processing to ensure access to and discovery of resources.
  • Supports digital literacies and digital scholarship in collaboration with research, instruction and public service librarians.
  • Advise and assist library staff in development of digital content and on preservation of library digital assets.
    Participate in preparation of grant applications.
  • Supervise staff.
  • Oversee support and management of library workstations.
  • Help patrons and library staff solve PC or application-specific, wireless, and off-campus access problems.
  • Participate in professional meetings and workshops.

Experience and Educational Background

  • ALA-accredited MLS and background in information technology.
  • Five years’ experience in an academic library setting or in a comparable environment with increasing levels of responsibility.
  • Experience with institutional repositories and library publishing programs helpful.
  • Demonstrated organizational and communication skills.
  • Knowledge of usability testing, analytics analysis and assessment of virtual spaces.
  • Knowledge of HTML, SGML, XML, EAD, DRUPAL, content management and metadata systems.

Skills and Competencies

Characteristics of the successful applicant will include strong information technology background and aptitude, especially in relation to university libraries, an understanding of the current and newly developing issues related to library digitization and web design, excellent communication and organization skills.
Understanding and experience with leading scholarly communication efforts.
Knowledge of trends and developments in digital scholarship and open access publishing.

Scope of Responsibility

The successful candidate is the liaison to all work related to the libraries’ hardware, software and network; coordinates efforts with department heads to support patrons, alumni and staff; and leads and inspires a unified technology/library team.

To Apply

Please include a letter of interest and submit it with your online application.

About John Pell

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

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