Head of Systems, University Libraries, Kent State
University (Search Re-opened)
Kent State University Libraries seeks an innovative Systems Librarian to lead
its Systems Department. The Head of Systems will continue to advance a vision
for technology operations in a changing environment, advancing library
computing capabilities throughout the University, the OhioLINK consortium, and
the profession. The Head will work with all library departments to ensure the
effective deployment and use of technology, and cooperate with the
University's computer center on university-wide services and issues that
affect the Libraries' systems and services. The Head will foster professional
development, collegial relationships, and continuing education among the
department's faculty and staff.
This is a 12-month, full-time, tenure-track faculty position; the incumbent
will be required to meet reappointment, promotion and tenure standards.
Anticipated appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. Anticipated hiring
salary range: $65,000 - $85,000.
Contract Length 12 month
Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities Reporting to the
Assistant Dean for Systems and Technical Services, the Head of Systems will:
Coordinate configuration and management of the Libraries' integrated library
Contribute to library-wide planning, development and assessment of automation
Help evaluate and select hardware and software systems for the library,
Support the Libraries' web sites by coordinating the management of local
servers and applications and coordinating interconnections with the
University's content management system, the Springshare LibGuides system, and
the library intranet,
Develop annual objectives for the department and monitor progress towards
Evaluate department faculty and staff,
Coordinate all automation inventory, budget, specifications, deployment, and
maintenance for all library areas including the library classrooms, public
spaces, and staff desktops,
Maintain current knowledge of trends and issues affecting library and
university computing systems,
Engage with professional organizations that track developing issues affecting
the technologies employed by academic libraries.
Leadership and Supervision
Education and Experience
Other Knowledge, Skills, and
Abilities Required Qualifications:
ALA-accredited Master's degree,
Significant post-degree experience in a complex library setting,
Library supervisory experience,
Familiarity with digital library applications and standards,
Management and/or configuration experience with library technologies,
Effective communication skills and the ability to foster partnerships and work
Ability to meet faculty reappointment, tenure and promotion standards.
Experience managing a complex library information technology department or
ILS administration experience, especially with Innovative Interfaces,
Experience supervising technical staff employing various open source
Familiarity with cataloging and metadata standards,
Familiarity with open source options for academic
(Unique characteristics or needs of the position) Must pass
a security check.
For all official job descriptions, visit www.kent.edu/hr.
The position will remain open until filled. Anticipated appointment date is
January 2014. Applications received by September 20, 2013 will receive first
Kent State University, a public research university located in Kent, Ohio, is
one of the largest universities in Ohio with an enrollment of 42,185 students
in the nine-campus system. Kent State offers over 300 degree programs (250
baccalaureate, 40 associates, 50 masters, and 23 doctoral programs) including
notable programs in nursing, liquid crystals, business, history, library
science, aeronautics, journalism and fashion design. Kent State is ranked by
the Carnegie Foundation as one of the top 77 public research universities in
the US and one of the top 76 in community engagement.
Applications must be submitted online and should include a letter of
application, vita, and contact information for at least three professional
Kent State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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