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Assistant Director, Digital Scholarship Initiatives, Library Systems and Collections, Salve Regina University Library, Newport, RI

About Salve Regina University:  Salve Regina University, ranked among the best institutions of higher education in the United States by U.S. News & World Report, is a comprehensive Catholic University located in scenic Newport, Rhode Island. Salve Regina offers challenging academic programs in a highly supportive environment and an innovative core curriculum that provides students with a solid foundation and broader perspective. The historic, 75-acre campus enrolls approximately 2,500 men and women and offers Associate, Baccalaureate, and Master's degrees, the Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study, and two doctoral programs.

 

 

Job Description:

BASIC FUNCTION 

The Assistant Director, Digital Scholarship Initiatives, Library Systems and Collections will share responsibility for strategic planning and resource allocation to develop digital services and steward library collections to support teaching and learning at Salve Regina University. Working with other librarians, staff, and campus partners, the incumbent will envision and implement services for the role of technology and digital scholarship to support the library's role as a partner in teaching, learning and research. The incumbent will lead a team to continuously enhance the library's online search interfaces and print and digital collections. This position reports to the library director.

 

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Drive innovation and encourage interdisciplinary inquiry by providing support in the digital humanities and digital social sciences, and to technologies that enable this work;
  • Enhance the creation and dissemination of research and scholarship at Salve Regina University by monitoring emerging trends and supporting the creation and discovery of open access scholarship and new forms of scholarly digital media and publishing;
  • Advise Salve Regina University researchers on using digital tools and techniques to enrich their research and provide access to their scholarship;
  • Coordinate and provide instruction and training on digital scholarship tools, techniques, and methodologies;
  • Develop opportunities for collaboration and other outreach related to digital scholarship in collaboration with faculty members, librarians, students, and the wider community;
  • Refine and build on existing modes of access for local and external audiences to access Salve Regina's research and scholarship;
  • Serve as manager of library systems, including Worldshare Management Services integrated library system and discovery tool, webservers, and digital repositories.
  • Lead and manage the collections team to steward the content and quality of library print and digital collections, including allocations and collection management, ensuring that they serve the curriculum and needs of the Salve Regina community;
  • Manage the yearly spending of collections budget;
  • Lead staff in charge of ordering, receiving, invoicing, cataloging;
  • Lead staff coordinating electronic resource management and access;
  • Develop statistical reports of use of library materials using the library's ILS (OCLC's Worldshare Management Systems);
  • Coordinate with staff in the installation and maintenance of library hardware and software with service providers, the Office of Information Technology, faculty, staff and students of the university;
  • Serve as the library webmaster, coordinating the web presence of the library with staff in redesigns, maintenance, improvement, and continuous usability testing;
  • Collaborate with the University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian on digital initiatives and to develop and apply metadata schema for digital curation and preservation tasks.

 

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve the community and collect front-line information about library interfaces by the serving at the library's information desk, providing assistance via live and remote reference services;
  • Serve as library liaison to some of the following areas, depending on previous training or educational background: sciences, business studies, administration of justice, cybersecurity;
  • Provide individual and group information literacy instruction to members of the Salve Regina community;
  • Develop assessment tools to evaluate effectiveness of library services.
  • Evening and weekend work may be required.

 

 

Preferred qualifications: 

  • Experience with library management systems, computer networks, Internet protocols and web servers.
  • Experience with and an interest to learn more about programming languages such as Java, Python, and PHP.
  • Demonstrable experience with budget management, capacity planning, and resource allocation.
  • Professional knowledge of collection management theory and practice and working knowledge of issues related to library, archives, and/or museum collections;
  • Familiarity with library systems, digital scholarship developments (including data science: data analysis, data management, data storage), institutional repositories, linked data, discovery developments.
  • Experience in introducing innovative IT solutions, enterprise systems, systems admin, software development, outsourced environments, open source developments.
  • Knowledge of usability/UX design;
  • Knowledge of information architecture best practices;
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and balance multiple projects and priorities.
  • Effective instructional, presentation, organizational, and communication skills.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated excellence working in a highly service-oriented environment.
  • Demonstrated experience in building effective partnerships;
  • Commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse community;
  • Commitment to continued professional development and training at all levels;
  • At least five years' experience in an academic library desired, including supervisory experience;
  • ALA-accredited MLS degree.

 

 

Additional Information:

Salve Regina University offers generous benefits to eligible employees including: 

  • health and dental coverage
  • life insurance
  • long-term disability
  • 403B plan
  • tuition benefits and more

 

Salve Regina University strives to provide equal opportunity in employment and education to all employees, students and applicants. No employee, student or applicant shall be discriminated against or harassed on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, disability, age, marital or parental status, military or veteran status, genetic information or any other basis protected by applicable federal or state law, in the administration of Salve Regina's employment policies, education policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic and other University administered programs. In accordance with Title IX, it does not discriminate on the basis of sex in any of its educational programs or activities. Salve Regina is also committed to making its programs and campus accessible to its visitors and compliant will all applicable non-discrimination laws.

 

Application Instructions:

Applicants must apply online (https://salve.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=91865) for any open staff and faculty positions by providing a cover-letter and resume. Pre-employment background checks and reference checks are required of successful candidates. Salve Regina University participates in E-verify. 

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