Position number: 00003602
The NCSU Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Director, William Rand Kenan, Jr. Library of Veterinary Medicine. The Library provides high-quality health information resources, expert consultation, time-saving services, and flexible, technology-rich learning spaces for faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, house officers, and staff of the college and the university, and for collaborating scholars from around the world who are involved with animal and human health and life sciences. Library staff support the full lifecycle of learning and research with an exciting range of services including data visualization, 3D modeling, and the creation of digital media and virtual environments. Library staff work closely with faculty and other university partners to create meaningful connections, partnerships, and projects within the College of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences, and research entities such as the Comparative Medicine Institute. Support encompasses development of online learning content and interactive learning experiences within the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine curriculum, chat and face-to-face consultation, and engagement with research and other programs at the university. The Library team comprises two librarians, two library technicians, and several student assistants.
The Director is responsible for leadership and management of the Library of Veterinary Medicine including planning, budget, personnel, and facilities management. They develop and manage collections and services in support of the university’s veterinary medical programs and related disciplines and work closely with College of Veterinary Medicine administrators, faculty, staff, and students to promote strategic initiatives. They provide expert services across the research lifecycle, including information discovery, data management, visualization, application of research tools, and scholarly communication. They design and teach specialized workshops and seminars that incorporate complex, rapidly evolving research and collaboration tools, data science and analysis, and the use of technology-rich spaces for interactive teaching and visualization. In partnership with university research administration, they advise researchers in evaluation of grant opportunities and in meeting funder and university requirements for providing public access to research publications and data. They participate in library planning and serve on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams. NCSU librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. The position reports to the Deputy Director of Libraries.
- ALA-accredited MLS, MIS, or equivalent advanced degree in library or information science
- Academic preparation or relevant work experience in animal or human health or life sciences
- Ability to support faculty and researchers across the lifecycle of research, teaching, and learning, including areas such as data analysis and management, visualization, and impact metrics
- Knowledge of evidence-based practice and scholarly communication trends
- Experience with teaching, training, or instruction
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate clearly and knowledgeably, orally and in writing
- Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and workplace and ability to work with a diverse student and faculty population
- Record of ongoing professional development and contribution
- Record of successful administrative and supervisory experience
The Libraries, the University, and the Area
Join the NCSU Libraries and help us create adventurous library spaces and innovative services that delight today’s students and researchers. The award-winning James B. Hunt Jr. Library, opened in 2013 on NC State’s Centennial Campus, offers faculty and students access to advanced technologies such as large-scale visualization, simulated environments, 3D imagery, and interactive computing that are enabling revolutionary ways to see and use information. An iconic building that captures NC State’s spirit of innovation in education and research, the Hunt Library is recognized as one of the world’s most creative learning and collaborative spaces and a model for “the library of the future”. The D. H. Hill Library, serving the main campus, combines the best of tradition and innovation, housing special collections and a beautiful gallery alongside vibrant, experiential spaces such as the Learning Commons, Visualization Studio, and Makerspace. For the NCSU Libraries, shaping the future of librarianship includes a sustained commitment to creating a welcoming atmosphere for diverse populations and increasing diversity in the profession. If you are a person who would like to provide a new generation of library users with everything they can imagine and more, consider applying for this position.
The NCSU 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 nine Movers and Shakers awards. The library system consists of the D. H. Hill Library, the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, and branch libraries for design, natural resources, and veterinary medicine. With a staff of almost 300 FTE, the Libraries has more than 4.6 million volumes in its collection and has a total annual budget of over $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 NCSU 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 NCSU 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 NCSU 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 Diversity Committee is an active group that sponsors 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 more than 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. Time rated Raleigh as “the best big city in the Southeast” in 2016, and recent rankings by Forbes name the Triangle as the number-two hot spot for tech jobs and as the number-three best city for young professionals.
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. See the Benefits and Leave Administration page for more information.
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 nomination committee may invite candidates for confidential, pre-interview screenings. 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. For assistance with this process contact NCSU Libraries Personnel Services Office (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.
- Carolyn Argentati Deputy Director of Libraries
- Josh Boyer Department Head, User Experience
- Danica Lewis Collections & Research Librarian for Life Sciences
- Dave Provost University Library Technician
- Mia Partlow NCSU Libraries Fellow
- Wendy Scott Associate Director for Organizational Design and Learning