Director, Digital Scholarship Services — Ithaca, NY

The Cornell University Library stands at the center of intellectual life at the university, fostering connections and knowledge that help faculty, students, staff, and researchers from around the world excel in research, scholarship, and creative expression. It supports and enhances faculty and student productivity through its extensive collections, cutting-edge services and facilities, and a deep network of digital resources.

The Library seeks a forward-looking Director of Digital Scholarship Services. Reporting to the Associate University Librarian, Public Services, the Director of Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) leads planning, delivering, and assessing a wide array of innovative research and instruction services for digital scholarship and data discovery programs. Collaborating with other public services directors, the DSS director works with faculty and staff colleagues throughout the university to understand DSS needs in the various colleges, schools, programs, and departments, and promotes the services provided by the unit. The director is responsible for ensuring strategic development of the unit as well as the services provided by the unit.

The DSS unit includes 2 full-time RTE faculty librarians; the Director also coordinates the efforts of several librarians providing data discovery services who work in unit libraries and whose commitment to DSS ranges from 15%-35%. Services include the Digital CoLab; GIS support; providing data discovery services, including working with undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty who require access to existing data sets; creating data sets via scraping and other techniques; cleaning, coding, and data visualization; and collaborating on grant-funded work. The unit staff work closely with colleagues in other public services units as well as with those in the newly-formed Research Data and Open Scholarship unit.

Required Qualifications:
• A master’s degree or higher in library or information science or another relevant discipline.
• At least 5 years of experience in the field of digital scholarship and/or related data services, including a deep understanding of the research process and knowledge of the ways that new technologies are affecting the production of scholarship in the humanities and social sciences.
• Experience envisioning innovative programs and services and leading teams.
• A demonstrated commitment to public service and teaching in the research environment.
• Excellent communication skills, both written and oral; good problem-solving skills.
• Demonstrated commitment to supporting diversity and inclusion in the work environment and in services provided.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience writing grant proposals and/or experience collaborating on grant-funded projects.
• A commitment to continuous professional development through participation in local, regional, and national forums.
This position is based in Ithaca, New York.

Relocation assistance is available.
Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Background: Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League university and a great place to work. Its inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff imparts an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contributes creative ideas to further the University’s mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement. In addition to the main campus in Ithaca, NY, Cornell’s expansive global presence includes the medical college’s campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, as well as the new Cornell Tech campus being built on Roosevelt Island in New York City. The Ithaca campus sits on 2,300 acres in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Ithaca, located roughly halfway between Manhattan and Toronto, offers a wealth of arts, culture, and activity while maintaining an eclectic college-town feel. Outdoor enthusiasts can take advantage of the multitude of rolling hills, breathtaking gorges, hiking trails, and lakes offering countless outdoor activities. The city has been named one of the top 100 places to live, a top 10 recreation city, a best green place to live, and one of the “foodiest” towns in America.

One of the leading academic research libraries in the United States, Cornell University Library is a highly valued partner in teaching, research, and learning at the university. With an operating budget of approximately $65 million and a staff of more than 350 FTE, the Library supports 2,700 faculty, 22,000 students and 94 PhD fields. Its world class collections, expert librarians, responsive services in physical and virtual library spaces inspire and nourish scholarship and learning. Cornell University Press, the first University Press in the US, has a staff of approximately 40 FTE, reports directly to the University Librarian.

Benefits: Our comprehensive Endowed benefits package includes 22 vacation days, 13 paid holidays, health insurance, life insurance, and university retirement contributions (TIAA-CREF and other options). Professional travel funding is available. More information regarding Cornell’s generous benefits can be found at this link. The anticipated salary range for this position is $85,000 – $110,000, dependent on skills and experience.

Please include a diversity statement in your application: A description of your past, present, and/or future aspirations to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in your career and/or to convey how you see these commitments continuing at Cornell. Such articulation may be a separate statement or examples may be shared in your cover letter.

Application Procedure: Candidates should apply online via the Cornell Careers site. (See: WDR-00036707)

Please submit one document that contains a cover letter, resume, diversity statement, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references (pdf preferred). We will inform you if we plan to contact your references. Incoming applications will be reviewed until a viable pool of applicants is identified. We will begin reviewing applications on May 5, 2023; early submission is strongly encouraged.

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