Chief Information Technologist for the Emory University Libraries
The Emory University Libraries are implementing an aggressive strategic plan to build a next generation library with an infrastructure that supports new forms of pedagogy and new systems for the creation and dissemination of knowledge. We seek a chief information technologist with vision, systems thinking, proven leadership and management abilities, a collaborative style and entrepreneurial spirit to lead the implementation of new digital technologies and systems for all of the university libraries. First among the projects for the new chief information technologist will be the development and implementation of next generation search, discovery and delivery tools. Emory is a charter implementation site for the Primo portal software application. The position reports to the Vice Provost and Director of Libraries and is accountable to the council of directors of all Emory Libraries (see Environment section below). For more information on the libraries strategic plan, please see http://web.library.emory.edu/about/publications/Five_Year_Strategy_2007.html
The Chief Information Technologist for the Emory University Libraries will:
• be the architect of libraries-wide systems;
• lead the strategic planning, development, implementation, and management of integrated search, discovery and delivery systems across all libraries;
• manage teams and other library/ IT staff from across the library system;
• assess the effectiveness of systems in meeting pedagogical and research needs across all libraries;
• research, recommend, and implement new technologies to enhance and transform the user experience with information resources;
• promote innovation and be responsive to stakeholders, communicating and collaborating with staff in all libraries, university technology services, and other partners; and,
• contribute to and be highly active in local, consortial, regional, and national meetings to stay abreast of technology developments/trends and to represent Emory Libraries.
• Advanced degree required in computer science, library/information science, or related discipline.
• Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in information technology in an academic or research environment.
• Experience with integrating library systems and services and developing digital library technologies.
• Demonstrated knowledge of emerging trends in digital library services, ability to assess marketplace trends, and the ability to translate knowledge into vision and strategy.
• Applied knowledge of network architectures and systems administration for large complex systems, software applications, web development, portals and content management systems.
• Project management experience, proven leadership abilities, systems thinking and effective management skills.
• Demonstrated knowledge of usability studies and assessment methods.
• Effective skills in facilitation, consensus building, creative problem solving and use of a team- based approach to achieving success.
• Ability to build effective and collaborative partnerships within Emory and with external partners.
Salary and Benefits: Salary at a senior leadership level; faculty-equivalent position with rank. Salary and rank based on qualifications and experience. Comprehensive benefits package, including tuition benefits. Several retirement plan options, including TIAA/CREF. Generous support for moving expenses.
Application: Interested candidates may apply by visiting www.emory.jobs and reference position # 2677BR. Please also submit a letter of interest and resume. Candidates may also email [log in to unmask]
Environment: One of the nation’s leading research universities, Emory excels in scholarly production of faculty, strength of new faculty and administrative appointments, volume of sponsored research, academic achievement of entering students, racial and gender diversity of the faculty and students, endowment support, and national reputation of both the university and healthcare. The Libraries of Emory University include the General Libraries and Libraries for health sciences, law, theology, business and Oxford College. Holdings of the Emory Libraries total more than 3.1 million print and electronic volumes, 40,000-plus electronic journals, and internationally renowned special collections including more than 15,000 linear feet of manuscripts and archives. The Woodruff Library's Center for Library and Information Resources provides an integrated service environment that brings together technology and media specialists with librarians in a facility that includes an information commons, electronic classrooms, a distance learning classroom, the Center for Interactive Teaching, a state-of-the-art language lab and classrooms, the high-tech Goizueta Business Library, the Heilbrun Music and Media Library, the Electronic Services Data Center, group study rooms, and comfortable study space with data connections as well as wireless access throughout the building. The Emory Libraries are members of the Association of Research Libraries, OCLC, the Research Libraries Group, the Center for Research Libraries, the Coalition for Networked Information, and the Digital Library Federation. For more information about the libraries, visit http://www.emory.edu/libraries.cfm.