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Director of Scholarly Technology
Library Assignment: The George Washington University Libraries
Primary Location: Gelman Library, Washington, DC
Salary and Rank: Commensurate with education and experience.
The George Washington University Libraries is responsible for The
George Washington Universityís collection of print and electronic
resources, consisting of more than two million books and serial
publications. It serves as a vital and dynamic resource for The
George Washington Universityís campus community. As a member of the
Association of Research Libraries, The George Washington University
Libraries is among the nation's top-tier academic libraries. By
developing and managing first-rate print and electronic collections,
implementing forward-looking digitization initiatives, and making
major discovery interface improvements, we are leading the way in
addressing the changing information needs of a world-class university.
As one of the primary academic resources in the Nationís capital, The
George Washington University Libraries serves an additional role that
is unique among university libraries. The State Department, the White
House, and the World Bank are among the institutions located within
blocks of Gelman Library. Numerous agencies and organizations rely on
The George Washington University Libraries for ready access to both
historical and contemporary documents.
The George Washington University Libraries is a member of the
Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), a group of nine
academic libraries in the greater Washington DC area. The Libraries
play a major role in the activities of the consortium. The Libraries
are a member of CLIR/Digital Library Federation, and the Coalition for
The George Washington University Librariesí newest initiative is the
Cyberinfrastructure Center (CIC). As conceived, the CIC will provide
digital support and data management service for the University
research and teacher community and the greater DC area. It will
specialize in digital library development, digital reformatting,
digital curation and preservation, user interface development, data
repositories and storage, digital publishing and metrics.
The George Washington University Libraries is looking for a dynamic
individual with a strong digital library background to fill the
Director of Scholarly Technology position.
The Director envisions plans, and implements collaborative strategies
for current and future digital library applications to achieve
organizational goals within budgets and timescales.
The director plans, manages, administers, and is accountable for CIC
areas and digital library operations, specifically: user interface
development, virtual exhibits, digital repositories, digital library
development, and digitization systems.
Direct the development of library systems, web presence and usability,
library automated operations, online services, and discovery systems.
The director will work closely with the Director of Library
Information Technology and with the Director, Content Management who
is in charge of CIC outreach and business development.
He or she will be expected to liaise heavily with all library entities
including Library Public Services, Special Collections, Content
Management, the Library Information Technology team, and other library
The director collaborates with the University Division of IT and
Academic Technologies. The Director also fosters and sustains
operational and strategic relationships with peer institutions,
consortia, and information system vendors.
The director participates in Library planning, serves on Library,
University-wide and Washington Research Library Consortium committees.
The Director is a member of the advisory group, which shares
responsibility for Libraries planning, budget allocation, and
The director is expected to be active in the national digital library
environment, and contribute to developments in the field.
Reporting to the Director of Scholarly Technology are: The digital
library programmer analyst, the web developer, the library systems
coordinator and the digitization operations manager.
The Director of Scholarly Technology will report to the Associate
University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Content Management.
Masterís degree in library science from an ALA-accredited library
program, or a Masterís degree in a related information technology
field, such as Computer Science (CS), Management of Information
Systems (MIS), or Master of Information Management (MIM), or relevant
post-Bachelors degree coursework and demonstrated experience.
Seven years of libraries/Archives/Museums experience beyond the
Bachelorsí degree to include three to five years experience managing
IT operations or large projects
Demonstrated success in architecture design, planning, and
implementation of enterprise systems set in complex, large-scale web
Demonstrated implementation of technological innovation and IT best practices.
Extensive knowledge of data standards and information exchange
protocols prevalent in library and knowledge management environments.
Demonstrated work experience and ability in Java web application
development, database design, XML, requirements analysis, and software
project management; experience in leading software development
projects using both traditional and agile methodologies.
Knowledge of current trends in library management systems and
IT experience in an academic or cultural heritage institution
Experience with open source repository systems and/or any Kuali
Foundation software and library systems including integrated library
Demonstrated ability to work successfully within a collaborative
environment with diverse groups and to inspire and motivate.
Demonstrated skills in critical thinking and decision-making
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Strong problem solving and organizational skills
Flexibility and eagerness to work in a changing environment
Experience in grant development
Project management experience
Willingness to represent the Library in national, regional and campus
organizations and initiatives
Review of applications will begin on April 20, 2011 and will continue
until the position is filled.
Only complete applications will be considered. Please send a letter
containing a brief statement of interest and an assessment of skills
related to the basic qualifications, a curriculum vita, and complete
contact information for at least 3 references to:
Director, George Washington University Libraries Administrative Services
Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library, Room 201
The George Washington University
2130 H Street, NW, Room 201
Washington, DC 20052
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The University and its departments have a strong commitment to
achieving diversity among librarians and staff. We are particularly
interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented
groups and strongly encourage women and persons of color to apply for
The George Washington University is an equal opportunity/affirmative
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