Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Los Angeles - UCLA - University Library - Head of the Digital Library Program - Full Time

Job #JPF02733


Open date: December 2nd, 2016
Application deadline for first consideration: December 30, 2016
Final date: January 27th, 2017

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Department: UCLA Digital Library Program

Rank and Salary: Associate Librarian – Librarian ($76,227 – $117,964)

Position Availability: Immediately


The UCLA Library seeks an innovative and collaborative information professional to serve as Head of the Digital Library Program (DLP). This is a forward-looking, transformative leadership role for an individual with a passion for a wide range of cutting-edge activities within digital scholarship. These activities include building new digital collections; developing services in support of research, teaching and learning; and managing digital projects and project teams. The UCLA Digital Library Program places an emphasis on collaborations with faculty, national and international partners, and with Library staff responsible for metadata creation, data curation, collection development, and digital library software and service development. The Head of the DLP also leads the Program’s outreach, and participates with colleagues in ongoing collaboration with campus partners such as the Center for Digital Humanities, Institute for Digital Research and Education, Social Sciences Computing, and the Department of Information Studies.

Position Duties
  • Reporting to the Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Research and Development, the Head of the Digital Library Program works with the Digital Library Architect and other senior departmental managers to establish the vision, set strategic goals and identify projects and priorities for the Digital Library Program.
  • The Head of the Digital Library Program manages day-to-day activities, collaborates closely with library and campus partners on DLP, establishes and adheres to policies and procedures, and ensures overall coherence within the organization.
  • The Head of the DLP advocates and promotes the DLP within the library and across the UCLA campus.
    The Head of the DLP assists the AUL for Research and Development and Library Development and leads the DLP in fund-raising activities; assists in identifying grant opportunities and writing proposals; defines procedures for effectively managing grant and gift funded projects; develops appropriate reporting procedures on funded projects; and creates templates for writing case statements and creating budgets.

  • The Head is knowledgeable about campus policies and procedures for contract and grant administration and effective stewardship of gifts.
  • The Head of the DLP manages the department and serves as the Review Initiator for the three academic staff. As such, the Head mentors academic staff to maintain the excellence in job responsibilities and service to the profession expected of academic appointees at UCLA.
  • The Head manages the operational budget of the department, ensuring that funds are expended appropriately, monitoring and projecting expenses to avoid over-expenditure, managing gift and grant funds according to campus guidelines, and developing budget plans and requests.
  • In addition to the three academic staff, this position supervises two staff employees.

The position responsibilities are in the following major areas:

Outreach Project Development and Promotion
  • Leads digital content teams to create engaging content and deliver on strategic objectives.
  • Builds partnerships to support the effective production, distribution and promotion of digital content.
  • Coordinates with other library divisions, OVCR, IDRE, IDRE-HASIS and academic schools and departments in the development, implementation, and support of DLP projects and services.
  • Seeks out and develops opportunities for partnerships with faculty and academic units on campus.
  • Provides orientation and instruction to project participants and others as needed to support Digital Library and partner projects.
  • Participates in national and international meetings, symposia and projects in support of the Library’s and the University’s research and instructional mission.
  • Maintains knowledge of developments in digital libraries and digital scholarship including both infrastructure and standards developments.

Staff and Project Management
  • Devises and manages projects and project ingest process. This includes assigning project managers and allocating resources to projects; detecting resource over-allocation across projects; managing impact of schedule changes across project; and communicating with key stakeholders to secure continuous organizational commitment.
  • Administers the DLP budget and grant-funded project budgets effectively and according to Library and campus policies.
  • Assesses and oversees portfolio of activities and proactively works with resource managers and solutions managers to identify and resolve constraints and competing priorities, resource contention, timelines or budgets.
  • Recruits, trains, mentors, and manages DLP professional staff, assigning work and developing staff specializations as appropriate.
  • Manages three librarians and two professional staff members.

Infrastructure, Standards and Workflow Development
  • Participates with information technology and academic colleagues in the development of infrastructure and standards to support digital collections and scholarship.
  • Develops new workflows to support innovative scholarship around a variety of digital content, including traditional library content, born-digital material, research data and other digital products of scholarship, and other digital materials utilized by faculty in their research.
  • Authors functional requirements for technical systems to support DLP projects and activities, in collaboration with the AUL for Research and Development.
  • Develops new workflows to accommodate emerging data discovery and exchange standards, such as the Resource Description Framework and Linked Open Data.

Required Qualifications
  • ALA-accredited Master's Degree in Library or Information Science OR significant graduate-level coursework toward such a degree OR equivalent education and experience (subject expertise combined with professional library education and/or experience).
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Knowledge of national digital library standards for digitization and metadata creation across all standard formats (images, moving images, audio, video, text) and metadata domains (descriptive, technical, administrative).
  • Knowledge of and demonstrated experience working with library XML standards such as MODS, EAD, TEI.
  • Experience managing digital library or digital humanities projects in an academic setting.
  • Ability to effectively lead teams with participants with a range of technical abilities.
  • Experience with one or more digital library management systems (e.g. ContentDM, Islandora, Hydra).
  • Ability to initiate and maintain cooperative working relationships with co-workers, supervisors, and managers. Ability to work harmoniously and as a team player, thrive in a team-based environment, and skill in fostering teamwork among others.

Desired Qualifications
  • Experience developing user interfaces for digital library content or digital humanities projects.
  • Experience with post-completion project review and evaluation.

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