The James B. Duke Library at Furman University, a top-ranked liberal arts university, seeks an energetic and innovative individual to lead its newly created Discovery Services division. This division works to enhance patron resource discovery and create, enrich and curate digital collections used for instruction and research. The successful candidate will demonstrate both collaborative leadership and technical skills to provide direction for the library’s web presence, discovery tools and management of digital assets.

The newly created Discovery Services Division consists of Web Services and Emerging Technology, The DigiCenter, Cataloging/Metadata, and Systems.

Job Summary:

The Assistant Director for Discovery Services guides the division through planning and implementation of new technology and discovery-related services and through management and support of legacy technologies. The AD ensures the quality and reliable delivery of library technology systems and services to the university community. This position works with librarians, faculty and staff in the creation and implementation of discovery strategies that support the university’s teaching and learning mission and its commitment to academic excellence. The AD reports to the Director of Libraries and serves as a member of the Library Leadership Council with the Assistant Directors for Collection Services and Outreach Services.

Duties and Responsibilities:


The successful candidate will demonstrate:

Application Deadline

Review of applications begins immediately and will conclude on July 16, 2012.

Planned Starting Date

January 2, 2013


The Furman University Libraries consist of the James B. Duke Library, the Sanders Science Library and the Robert J. Maxwell Music Library. Library personnel include 13 library faculty and 17 support staff.

Current Discovery Services

The Libraries use Innovative Interfaces’ Millennium, Summon, LibGuides, and LUNA Insight and is in the process of migrating its website to Sharepoint.


Furman University is a highly selective, independent liberal arts college. It is distinguished by its commitment to engaged learning, a problem solving approach to education. Furman’s 750-acre campus in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is considered one of the most beautiful in the nation. The campus is located fifteen minutes from downtown Greenville, one of the South’s most prosperous cities with a metropolitan population of over 630,000 and an excellent array of cultural events, restaurants and shopping. Additional information is available on the university’s homepage at


Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Librarians have faculty status (without tenure), 10 paid holidays, 20 days vacation and an excellent benefits package, including tuition assistance and domestic partner benefits.


Review of applications begins immediately and will conclude on July 16, 2012. Please submit a cover letter, a resume/cv and the names, addresses (including e-mail) and phone numbers of three references to [log in to unmask]. For additional information contact Janis Bandelin, Director of Libraries, [log in to unmask], 864-294-2191. Furman University is an equal-opportunity employer.

Required: ALA-accredited MLS degree or relevant graduate degree. At least five years of experience working in an academic library and three years of supervisory experience. Significant recent operational experience in one or more areas of the division. Significant hands-on experience in applying Web best practices. Demonstrated ability to plan, manage, and oversee complex projects, meet deadlines, and prioritize work in alignment with the service goals of the division, library and university. Demonstrated knowledge of relevant standards for digital practices.

Jenny Colvin
Assistant Director for Outreach
Music Librarian
Furman University
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC 29617
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