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Associate Director, Library Technology & Digital Strategies

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Work type: Faculty- Librarian
Location: UMBC Campus
Categories: Library, Library


The Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery promotes intellectual growth and creativity by developing high quality collections, facilitating access to information resources, and furthering innovative teaching and learning. In support of the University's mission, our Library is dedicated to diversity, social responsibility, and lifelong learning.

For more information visit: https://library.umbc.edu/


The Associate Director and Head of Library Technology & Digital Strategies will envision a new library technology and digital strategies model for the UMBC faculty, staff, and students.  As a member of the Library Executive Team, the Associate Director and Head of Library Technology & Digital Strategies is expected to have knowledge of trends in research and learning in the academic library setting.  The Associate Director and Head of Library Technology & Digital Strategies collaborates with university colleagues to determine how the library can best support emerging research initiatives.  The position does not include budgetary responsibility. While working with the UMBC Division of Information Technology (DoIT), the Associate Director advises library leadership on current, new and emerging library applications and knowledge systems that will advance the library’s vision, mission and strategic plan (https://library.umbc.edu/admin/StrategicPlan2018.pdf).

The Associate Director and Head of Library Technology & Digital Strategies is expected to be strategic and innovative to move the Albin O. Kuhn Library and its technology and digital strategies forward in a rapidly changing environment of research and education. Specific duties include:

  • Leads the library’s investigation and implementation of emerging technology to better serve the library’s clientele.

  • Develops a technology plan that builds on the University and Library strategic plans to address new opportunities and pursue possibilities of adapting and applying technology solutions.

  • Develops a plan for scheduled updating of hardware and software.

  • In collaboration with the Director and Associate Directors, participates in library planning; serves on library-wide, university and university system committees and task forces including the Library Executive Council.

  • Represents the UMBC Library on appropriate state, regional and national committees.

  • Represents the UMBC Library in the adoption and technical integration of new University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) technology projects.

  • Works in partnership with the campus DoIT for discovery, planning and implementation of new technology and insures that library systems and computing are robust and operational.

  • Keeps current with trends and issues in the IT industry, including current technologies and costs.

  • Provides leadership in coordinating and defining technology requirements for library-wide projects and initiatives.

  • Oversees Library Information Technology Services composed of library faculty and staff and student employees and works with other areas of the library and university that are affiliated with technology.

  • Manage a full time staff of five and student workers.

Required Minimum Qualifications:
  • ALA accredited MLS/MLIS or equivalent advanced degree.

  • Minimum 3 years of progressively responsible professional experience in IT-related project management in an academic library setting.

  • Demonstrated experience and scholarship to be eligible for appointment at the rank of Librarian II and to meet the university requirements for reappointment, promotion, and permanent status as outlined in part 6.6 of the Faculty Handbook https://provost.umbc.edu/faculty-handbook

  • Experience with library technologies and technology planning and demonstrated knowledge of current technology trends.

  • Demonstrated experience in implementing new technologies or services, e.g. virtual servers, immersive technologies, and maker spaces.

  • Strong analytical and decision making skills.

  • Minimum 3 years of experience managing and developing staff.

  • Proven leadership and management skills.

  • Proven experience working in a collaborative team environment.

  • Ability to work collaboratively across the University to advance the technology needs of the library and library users.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills including ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably and personably both verbally and in writing.

Preferred Qualifications: 
  • Knowledge and understanding of significant trends and issues in the application of information technology to libraries and higher education, including research support and information management services and solutions.

  • Experience working with Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems, client side computing and cloud technology.

  • Experience developing IT policies for workflows and software support.

  • Experience working with assistive technology for accommodation and accessibility.

  • Demonstrated record of participation in relevant professional associations and ongoing professional development.

  • Experience working with a larger campus information and computing group.

  • Experience working in a consortia of libraries.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application materials must include a CV/resume; a cover letter which addresses your 5 year vision of the University Library of the Future; statement on diversity and inclusion; three references including names, addresses and phone numbers.


For questions about submitting application materials, contact Teresa Reese at reeset@umbc.edu

For questions about the position, contact Lynda Aldana at laldana@umbc.edu

Screening of Applications Begins: Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but full consideration will be given to complete applications received by March 1, 2023.  
Salary & Benefits:

This position is a full time (40 hours/week), 12-month library faculty appointment at anticipated rank of Librarian II. Salary commensurate with experience—minimum salary $85,000. Comprehensive benefits.

The successful candidate will be expected to meet library and university requirements for reappointment, promotion, and permanent status, as outlined in part 6.6 of the Faculty Handbook - http://provost.umbc.edu/faculty-handbook/.

Hours: Full-time 
About UMBC:

UMBC, an honors university serving more than 11,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students, is one of two public universities in Maryland to achieve the “doctoral/research university-extensive” Carnegie classification. Located just outside Baltimore and 45 minutes from Washington, DC, the campus is growing rapidly under dynamic leadership.

Our UMBC community redefines excellence in higher education through an inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. We will advance knowledge, economic prosperity, and social justice by welcoming and inspiring inquisitive minds from all backgrounds. The successful candidate will join a department with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, and will be expected to contribute actively to these efforts (https://diversity.umbc.edu/).

 Equal Opportunity Statement: UMBC is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications from women, minority group members, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Title IX: As an institution that receives federal financial assistance, UMBC adheres to Title IX and does not discriminate on the basis of sex. For more information about Title IX and contact information for Title IX Coordinator click here.   
Accommodation: If you require a reasonable accommodation for a disability for any part of the employment process, please contact the Human Resources Department at 410-455-2337 or MD TTY Relay Service 1-800-735-2258 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
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Applications close: Open Until Filled

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