Associate Head, Digital Library Initiatives

Position number: 00062564

The NC State University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Head, Digital Library Initiatives. The Digital Library Initiatives (DLI) department applies systems analysis, design, and service and software development skills to the creation of a broad range of new library products and services. DLI has produced a number of unique, and widely used, open source systems to improve service to library users, including the Suma space assessment toolkit, the QuickSearch bento-box style single-search system, and the Circa request management system for archives. The department is currently developing new initiatives in areas including the discovery of library services and resources, research infrastructure support, digital collections, researcher profiles and identifiers, machine learning, assessment and analytics, and research data management. DLI maintains a culture of collaboration, with a focus on supporting everyone’s professional growth, providing opportunities for mentorship, and welcoming diverse perspectives. The Associate Head leads teams that advance library services through applied research and application development and oversees and manages the entire lifecycle of projects, from requirements gathering to deployment. This position reports to the Department Head, Digital Library Initiatives.

  • Shares management responsibility for the department; supervises librarians, staff, and student workers; represents the department in the absence of the Head.
  • Leads the evaluation of opportunities to develop new digital services.
  • Leads teams in the planning, development, and implementation of technical solutions.
  • Oversees the professional development of technical staff.
  • Participates in library planning, serves on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams.
  • NC State University librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field.
Required Qualifications
  • ALA-accredited MLS, MIS, or equivalent advanced degree.
  • Supervisory experience; history of successful technical mentorship.
  • Relevant professional experience applying systems analysis techniques to solving novel problems; ability to explore, evaluate, and incorporate emerging technologies.
  • Server-side application development experience with one or more programming languages such as PHP, Python, or Ruby.
  • Database development skills with systems such as MySQL and Solr.
  • Experience using client-side web technologies including HTML5, JavaScript, CSS, and related technologies.
  • Familiarity with version control systems such as Git.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably, and personably with both technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering an environment of equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively both as a team member and independently and to promote teamwork among colleagues.
  • Demonstrated record of ongoing professional development.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience developing and contributing to open-source software projects.
  • Experience working in an academic library or archive.
  • The Libraries, the University, and the Area

    The NC State University Libraries has been recognized with numerous national and international awards, including the first Association of College and Research Libraries Excellence in Academic Libraries Award, the ACRL Librarian of the Year Award; the Stanford Prize for Innovation in Research Libraries and the American Institute of Architects/American Library Association Building Award for the Hunt Library; two John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards; and Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year, Paraprofessional of the Year, and 12 Movers and Shakers awards. The library system consists of the D. H. Hill Jr. Library, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, and branch libraries for design, natural resources, and veterinary medicine. With a staff of more than 250 FTE, the Libraries has over 3.2 million titles in its collection and has a total annual budget of $30 million. The Libraries is the host site for NC LIVE, a multi-type library initiative making digital resources accessible to North Carolina residents. The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, the Coalition for Networked Information, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, the Council for Library and Information Resources, the Center for Research Libraries, and the Triangle Research Libraries Network.

    The NC State University Libraries has a longstanding commitment to diversity and to the creation of a welcoming and inclusive service ethic and environment. Recent efforts include securing grant funding for outreach to diverse populations through programming and workshops. The Libraries collections also reflect this commitment, from focused collection efforts to locating, capturing, and preserving voices of underrepresented communities through archival research and practice. The Libraries has taken affirmative steps aimed at increasing diversity in the profession through the NC State University Libraries Fellows program; participation in ARL’s diversity initiatives, including hosting five cohorts of Career Enhancement Fellows; and membership in the ACRL Diversity Alliance. The Libraries’ Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Committee sponsors many programs and fosters dialogue to promote understanding across racial and cultural lines in an atmosphere where all students, staff, and faculty are welcomed, valued, and respected.

    North Carolina State University was founded with a purpose: to create economic, societal, and intellectual prosperity for the people of North Carolina and the country. From its beginnings as a land-grant institution to its current position as a pre-eminent research enterprise that excels in science, technology, engineering, math, design, the humanities and social sciences, textiles, and veterinary medicine, NC State students, faculty, and staff take problems in hand and work with industry, government, and nonprofit partners to solve them. As the largest academic institution in the state, NC State enrolls almost 34,000 students, offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 120 fields of study and doctoral degrees in 67 disciplines. The university is ranked third among all public universities (without medical schools) in industry-sponsored research expenditures and has more than 660 active patents.

    North Carolina's Research Triangle of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill lies between the mountains of the Blue Ridge and the shores of the Outer Banks. The Triangle consistently ranks high on lists of desirable American communities. In 2018, citing its “relatively young, diverse, and educated population,” Money magazine rated Raleigh as the number-two best big city to live in. In 2020, Forbes ranked NC State University as the number-9 best employer in North Carolina and included Raleigh in its top-ten best cities for jobs. And for 2021-22, the Raleigh and Durham metro area has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as the second best place to live among 150 United States cities.

Salary and Benefits

The Libraries offers a highly competitive salary in recognition of applicable education and experience for this position. Librarians have non-tenure track faculty status (without levels of rank). Benefits include:  24 days vacation, 12 days sick leave; State of NC preferred provider medical insurance, and state, TIAA/CREF, or other retirement options. Additional and optional dental, life, disability, deferred compensation, and legal plans are offered. Tuition waiver program for all campuses of The University of North Carolina is available. More benefits information is available at In addition, the Libraries offers generous support for ongoing professional development and training.

Application Process

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt; applications will be accepted until finalist candidates are selected. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration. The Libraries will be flexible during this time and will conduct most or all of this search remotely. Appointment requires successful completion of background check. This position is available immediately; start date is negotiable. Applicants must apply through the NC State University online employment website at Search in the keyword box by position number 00062564. Complete application, attach cover letter and résumé, and provide contact information for four current, professional references. For assistance with this process, please contact Libraries Human Resources at (919) 515-3522.

Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. NC State welcomes all persons without regard to sexual orientation or genetic information. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (919) 515-3148.

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