Assistant / Associate Director for Information Technology
Ohio State University
The Ohio State University Libraries is accelerating knowledge creation and
augmenting ground breaking research at one of the world's most prominent
research universities. We seek a knowledgeable, dynamic,
results-oriented leader to direct, develop, enhance, and implement an evolving
portfolio of information technology services that support the University's
efforts to transform scholarship and solve problems of worldwide
The Assistant / Associate Director for Information Technology (AD for IT) will
craft a shared vision for and advance the strategic development and
implementation of applications, systems, and technology services that enhance
digital initiatives and library operations. Reporting to the Vice Provost &
Director of University Libraries, the AD for IT sets and advances technology
priorities for the Libraries that align with the educational and research
missions and strategic directions of the University. In a highly collaborative
environment, the AD for IT works with a wide variety of campus partners to
ensure robust library support for new and established technology services that
meet the teaching, research, and service needs of the university community.
The AD for IT is a member of the Libraries' Executive Committee.
**The Assistant / Associate Director for Information Technology:**
• Directs the Libraries' IT division, comprised of approximately 17 faculty
and professional staff in the Digital Initiatives, Applications Development &
Support, and Infrastructure Support departments.
• Oversees the development and management of a suite of:
open source applications comprising the digital library, digital repository
and publishing platforms; the integrated library management system; deployment
of search and discovery services; web development and content management;
staff desktop computing support; Research Commons technical support; the
Libraries' storage, server, and network infrastructure; and IT security.
• Coordinates support for public computing services in the Libraries in
partnership with the Office of Distance Education & eLearning (ODEE).
• Collaborates with the Associate Director for Collections, Technical
Services, and Scholarly Communications and the Associate Director for Special
Collections and Area Studies in leading the creation, curation, preservation,
and deployment of digital content.
• Serves as the Libraries' IT representative to the University, OhioLINK, and
the Committee on Institutional Cooperation's (CIC) Center for Library
Initiatives, among other collaborative initiatives.
• Leads the division in developing strategic directions, implementing
efficient and effective operations, and assessing service quality.
• Provides leadership for library-wide planning, policy making, and the
development and evaluation of services.
• Fosters a collaborative work environment, encouraging personnel to partner
across departments within the Libraries to support strategic goals and
As a senior leader within the University Libraries, the AD for IT demonstrates
in-depth knowledge of trends and emerging solutions in areas relevant to
library technology and digital initiatives. The AD for IT effectively engages
in appropriate national and consortial dialogs, seeks mutually beneficial
collaborations with peer institutions, and contributes to the fields of
library technology and digital initiatives through active professional
• Masters degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited program
or equivalent combination of advanced degree and experience in a field
relevant to the position.
• Minimum of five years of progressively responsible professional experience
in a research library or another large scale, integrated information
• Demonstrated success in planning, oversight, and administration in
academic/research libraries or another large scale, integrated information
technology environment, including effective leadership, supervisory, and
• Ability to inspire, build trust, lead organizational change, empower
professional growth, and engage faculty and staff in delivering user-centered
• Collaborative management style that emphasizes partnership in service
• Strong analytical and decision making skills.
• Excellent interpersonal, oral, written, and collaboration skills for
communicating complex issues and perspectives to a wide range of
• Knowledge and understanding of significant trends and issues in the
application of information technology to libraries and/or higher education,
including research support and information management services and solutions.
• National or international reputation in the field of information technology
in libraries and/or higher education.
• Significant record of participation in relevant collaborative initiatives
and professional associations.
**About OSU Libraries: A Driving Force for Change**
The Ohio State University Libraries is a highly valued partner and campus
leader in advancing discovery and learning for OSU, for the state of Ohio, and
for an ever expanding community of world scholars. Aligned with the
University's drive to eminence in teaching, research, and service, the
Libraries advance student and faculty success by delivering distinctive
content and fostering intellectual connections.
A world-class public research and comprehensive teaching university such as
OSU demands a top research library, and OSU Libraries is rising to eminence
along with the rest of the University. The Libraries, a leader among peers, is
currently ranked in the top 10 among the public university members of the
Association of Research Libraries, a reflection of the investment of the
University. This ranking also places OSU Libraries within the top 20 of 126
ARL member libraries. The OSU Libraries is an essential charter member of
OhioLINK, a consortium of 93 Ohio academic libraries and the State Library of
Ohio, and shares resources through that organization. The Libraries also
enhances collections and services by participation in the CIC, the academic
consortium of Big Ten institutions, the HathiTrust, DuraSpace, and DPN.
With these resources and partnerships, the University Libraries has turned its
attention to rapid innovation to address the challenges of the evolving
academic environment. Recent major renovation projects,
including a world-class research commons, have enhanced our spaces for
collaborative and dynamic teaching, learning, and research. An ambitious
talent management plan is bringing new skills and reframing long-held
strengths. Increased investment in a wide variety of
digital initiatives aims to revolutionize discovery and access to our vast and
distinctive resources. Our impact reaches beyond our campus
and extends the land-grant mission internationally. To learn more about the
current strategic plan, visit:
https://go.osu.edu/libraries_strategic_plan. For a snapshot
of our ambitions for long-term growth and innovation, visit our fundraising
Campaign statement: http://library.osu.edu/news/giving-to-the-
This is a full-time, permanent, 12-month appointment. For
appointment as a tenure-track faculty member, the candidate will be required
to meet university and Libraries requirements for promotion and
tenure. This position may also be appointed as an
Administrative/Professional (non-faculty) staff
member. Salary, position type, and
faculty rank, if applicable, are dependent on qualifications and experience.
The University offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days vacation, 15
days sick leave, 10 holidays, hospitalization, major medical, surgical-
medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at
2.5 times one's annual salary. State and alternative
retirement choices are also available. For a summary of benefits,
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be
given to applications received by May 8, 2016. Please send cover letter, CV,
references, and salary history and requirements to Randall McKenzie at
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**Contact Information:** Randall McKenzie, Human Resources, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus, OH 43210, 614-292-5917.
**The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.**
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