Apologies for duplication in cross-posting this, but I'd like to bring this
very important position opening to your attention.  Michigan is hiring a new
Head of the Digital Library Production Service.  The position description,
as it now stands, is pasted below, and at the following URL you'll find a
live description hosted by our Human Resources office:  This is an extremely
important position for Michigan, managing a large digital library staff and
a significant budget, but also playing a very important role in the larger
digital library community.  Please forward as you see appropriate, and
please get in touch with me if you have any questions.


Head, Digital Library Production Service 

The Digital Library Production Service (DLPS), a part of the University of
Michigan University Library, is one of the nation's premier organizations
for the creation and support of digital library resources and
infrastructure, with production level support for electronic library
collections. Comprised of more than 20 staff members, including librarians,
programmers, and skilled technical staff, DLPS is funded primarily with a
base budget for both staff and equipment, and relies on significant grant
and revenue funding for a variety of new and incremental initiatives. Staff
members within the DLPS have responsibility for creating online access
mechanisms, data loading, security, and significant conversion activities.
DLPS provides these services to the University of Michigan as well as to
other institutions. Online collection resources include several million
pages of book and journal collections (full-text and page images), several
hundred thousand rich images in visual resource collections, large
collections of finding aids, and emerging work with many other formats. DLPS
is also the primary development organization for DLXS
(, a leading-edge initiative for the development of a
digital library access system.

DLPS is a department within the Library Information Technology (LIT)
division, one of three major divisions of the University Library. LIT is
focused on the development and maintenance of digital resources and provides
principal technology management services and support for the University
Library system. LIT focuses on: developing and managing digital collections
and access tools; providing and sustaining a comprehensive computing
environment for University Library patrons and staff; providing frameworks
and systems to federate distributed information resources; and serving as a
catalyst for addressing electronic information issues on campus. LIT employs
approximately 45 FTE staff and is organized into 3 units, including DLPS
(responsible for digital library resources and infrastructure), Library
Systems (responsible for managing the Library's online catalog and related
tools) and Desktop Support Services (responsible for managing the computing
infrastructure of the Library). The 2002-2005 LIT planning document is
available online at 

Reporting to the Associate Director for Library Information Technology, the
Head of DLPS manages all operational aspects of DLPS, including:

Management of more than 20 FTE staff in several functional areas; 
DLXS development, planning, and outreach; 
Budget management across DLPS ($1.5m of combined annual base budget, grant,
and revenue funds), including DLXS-related budget management; 
General strategic planning for DLPS; 
A role on the University of Michigan campus and beyond (i.e., nationally and
internationally) representing the University Library's digital library
efforts and capabilities and promoting appropriate adoption in those venues.

The Head of DLPS is expected to provide vision and leadership for digital
libraries (particularly digital library access systems and their
architecture, and large-scale digital conversion) within the University of
Michigan, but also to play a role nationally with partners in organizations
such as the Digital Library Federation. The Head of DLPS also operates as a
Senior Manager within the University Library and, within the Library
Information Technology (LIT) division, works with other LIT management staff
to provide strategic vision and planning for Library-wide technology.


Responsible for hiring, performance evaluation, mentoring and training, and
general supervision of several key DLPS staff, most of whom also have
supervisory responsibilities.

Planning, including budget management--30%
Responsible for digital library development/capability planning for the
University Library, in cooperation with appropriate departments across
Library divisions. Directly responsible for DLPS budget management,
including budgets for staffing, coordination of needs with Core Services in
order to meet server/storage needs, and disposition of most revenue related
to DLXS and other contract work.

System development--20%
Takes part in system design and development along with other DLPS staff. The
actual shape of this role will depend on the incumbent's skills and DLPS's
departmental needs, and may take the form of actual programming, collection
processing, system design, or related roles.

Research, teaching, and publication--20%
Participates actively in larger digital library community by actively
exploring questions related to working digital libraries, and works to share
that knowledge through regular presentations, publications, and teaching
(e.g., possibly in the School of Information). 


An ALA-accredited Master's degree in Library or Information Science; or an
equivalent combination of an advanced degree and relevant experience. 
Demonstrated skills in one or more digital library areas, including the
following:  programming (Perl, C/C++ or other formal programming languages);
XML processing including XSLT-based transformations; relational database
applications in digital libraries; system architecture design and
Demonstrated skills in project management, consensus building and problem
Excellent organizational and communication (oral and written) skills. 
Familiarity with CGI, SQL, Perl, XML, and emerging Web technologies. 
Solid understanding of the role and potential of technology for the design
and delivery of information resources and services. 
Demonstrated ability to work effectively with culturally diverse faculty,
students, and staff. 
Experience in academic and/or research library environment is also desired. 

Rank will be Senior Associate or Librarian. Final rank and salary will be
commensurate with the candidate's experience and professional achievement.
As a professional appointment in the University of Michigan, University
Library, this position offers full benefits and opportunities for
professional development and travel, and participates fully in faculty
governance. (Professional positions receive 24 working days of vacation a
year; 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits, as
well as TIAA/CREF or Fidelity Retirement options.)

TO APPLY: Send a cover letter and copy of curriculum vitae to:

Dianne Wyatt
Library Human Resources
404 Hatcher Graduate Library North
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1205

Contact 734 764-2546 between 8am-5pm (Monday-Friday) for further

Application Deadline: Applications received by 9/15/03 will be given first

John Price Wilkin                         Phone:  734.764.8016
Associate University Librarian            Fax:    734.763.5080
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University Library              
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University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1205