The University of California at Berkeley invites applications for the position of Associate University Librarian (AUL) and Director of Digital Initiatives & Collaborative Services. This position is central to Berkeley’s goal of enhanced access to library resources for users on campus and off campus. Drawing upon expertise from across the Berkeley Library, campus partners, and UC System, the AUL supports Berkeley’s dynamic, research-intensive environment. As the primary technology planner for the Library, the AUL sets policy and strategic directions to ensure the Library maintains a reliable, scalable, and sustainable technology infrastructure; robust computing services for library users and library staff; vibrant web services, and expanding digital initiatives. The AUL also provides leadership and direction for the policies and services related to other collaborations reaching beyond the Berkeley campus such as the UC Berkeley Library Interlibrary Services and the Northern Regional Library Facility shared by the five northern UC campuses. With the tools to shape access to both legacy collections and newly digitized ones, the AUL will be an architect of new models for networked information.
Along with other members of the Library’s senior management team, this AUL is responsible for enhancing the vision of the Library as an exemplar of research, scholarship, learning, teaching, and collaboration; establishing a clear direction for the future of the Library as an integrated system; directing operations of one or more divisions of the Library; serving as a fair, progressive leader to the Library’s staff; leading library-wide discussions and decision-making; creating and communicating Library policies; as well as gaining and leveraging resources for maximum impact on the Library. The Library seeks a person with proven experience as well as fresh ideas.
The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at one of the nation’s premiere public universities. In a highly-diverse and intellectually-rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 25,500 undergraduate students, 10,300 graduate students, and 2,000 faculty.
The Library comprises 20 campus libraries – including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, the Bancroft Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library and subject specialty libraries. With a collection of more than 11 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with those collections and build their related research skills. Through creative arrangements with other research libraries and foreign countries, the Library continues to explore new roles and approaches for academic research libraries. The Library has a current operations budget of approximately $39 million with approximately 380 FTE employees. The Library is a member of the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Online Computer Library Center (OCLC), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), and the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). Berkeley actively partners with the California Digital Library (CDL) and manages the system-wide Northern Regional Library Facility (NRLF) at the nearby Richmond Field Station.
Summary of Responsibilities
The AUL has the responsibility for developing library initiatives that enhance access to, discovery of, and usability of resources within and beyond our collections. To this end, the AUL works collaboratively with library staff (from areas such as public services, systems, and collection services), faculty, students, campus units, the California Digital Library, our sister UC campuses, and other partners in order to innovate, design, develop, and support tools, approaches, and processes to effectively meet the needs of novice users and advanced researchers.
Reporting to the University Librarian, the AUL and Director of Digital Initiatives & Collaborative Services:
- establishes criteria of excellence and effectiveness for all aspects of our Library’s digital library initiatives, web sites and services, virtual services, workstations and information technology infrastructure;
- mobilizes and supports Library staff to meet those criteria through shared processes and practices;
- provides campus-wide leadership and serves as primary spokesperson for the Library’s digital strategy and services to faculty, students, and other library patrons;
- contributes to the development of local, regional and national strategies in areas such as digitization, digital curation, digital preservation, data management, e-research, and discovery services;
- participates in fundraising and grant writing, and manages resources secured through these efforts;
- supervises and provides strategic direction for several departments including Digital Applications and Publishing, Workstation Support, Interlibrary Services, and the Northern Regional Library Facility (approximately four direct reports and 60 FTE personnel).
The AUL provides leadership in coordinating and defining system requirements and priorities for Library-wide projects and initiatives, and sets Library-wide policy and protocols related to web services, technology support, and infrastructure which help shape the work of subject liaisons, access and technology specialists, and library support personnel. The AUL also provides leadership for research services related to data, information systems, and related aspects of e-research across disciplines.
To ensure shared planning and problem solving, the AUL works collaboratively with library staff, faculty, and other campus partners from a wide range of departments, disciplines, and specializations. The AUL represents the Berkeley Library in projects with the California Digital Library and other partner institutions as we explore new ways to strengthen collaborative services, shared collections, and co-investments of resources to support research, teaching, and learning.
As a member of the Berkeley Library’s senior management team, the AUL shares decision-making authority for personnel actions, resource management for the Library’s budget, and development of policies for all library operations and services. In addition to representing the Library with University, regional, and national bodies, the AUL contributes to the library and information science profession through publications, formal presentations, and participation in professional organizations.
- MLS from an ALA-accredited library school, equivalent degree (such as in a field associated with information systems, information management, or computer science), and/or demonstrated experience managing digital services in a research library
- proven leadership experience successfully managing departments, teams, and projects in a complex, multi-functional library environment
- demonstrated experience designing and/or managing library systems (such as internal networks and staff/public workstations, integrated library system, library servers, digital rights management systems, repositories, digitization services, document delivery systems, data management, etc)
- demonstrated experience developing, implementing, and assessing services
- knowledge of policies, practices, tools, and trends related to the publication, preservation, and sharing of content in digital formats
- knowledge of issues and trends related to discoverability, accessibility, and usability of information resources, especially in a campus environment of shared services
- superior interpersonal skills evidenced in success as a team builder in an academic setting
- demonstrated strong commitment to user-centered services for all constituencies
- ability to work creatively and collaboratively in a complex environment
- experience participating in and/or managing grant-funded projects
- strong commitment to staff engagement and development, including the recruitment of a diverse workforce
- superior analytical, organizational, problem solving, and communication skills.
Librarians are entitled to appropriate professional leave, two days per month of vacation leave, one day per month of sick leave, and all other benefits granted to non-faculty academic personnel. The University has an excellent retirement system and sponsors a variety of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans in addition to other benefits.