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Posted Job Title
Assistant University Librarian for Research Data and Digital Scholarship
Job Profile Title
Associate Director, University Library A
Job Description Summary
The University of Pennsylvania Libraries seeks an energetic and accomplished professional to join library leadership as the Assistant University Librarian (AUL) for Research Data and Digital Scholarship. Directing an ambitious program in support of data and digital methods, the AUL will help plan and implement a unified vision and strategy for technology-driven services dedicated to research and learning in the 21st century.
Reporting to the Associate Vice Provost of Technology and Digital Initiatives, the AULâ™s remit will encompass Pennâ™s fourteen Libraries and its campus partnerships. The AUL will lead the Libraries in applying digital methods to the creation of knowledge; in realizing collaborative opportunities that advance digital scholarship; and in forging future services that support research data and the use of digital technologies to further a transformation in learning.
This position will inaugurate and direct the Librariesâ™ new Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship. Professionals in the digital humanities now distributed through the Libraries will find an integrated home in the new Center. It will be the intellectual locus for textual and data analysis, virtual and augmented realities, data curation, data visualization, geographic information systems (GIS), software creation and management, web platform design, and digital start-ups across disciplines.
As the Centerâ™s head, the AUL will supervise approximately twelve staff with responsibilities across the spectrum of digital scholarship and research data projects. This cross-disciplinary team has earned a strong reputation for high quality service, technical competence, and advanced academic training.Â The AUL will ensure the teamâ™s success, and identify opportunities for relevant and strategic alliances that capitalize on its talents and culminate in new services.Â The latter include the formation of new types of collections, the design of new and evermore effective research workflows, new media of scholarly communication, and new channels for the dissemination of research and creative production.Â Through deep engagement with Pennâ™s many research communities, the Center will advance the integration of knowledge, promote inclusiveness and diversity among students and faculty, and magnify Pennâ™s impact on society.Â
The AUL will be the service owner for technical platforms and infrastructure that support the Center for Research Data and Digital Scholarship.Â They will work closely with Library Technology Services to ensure that infrastructureâ™s scalability and sustainability. Â The AUL will manage systems for disseminating, discovering and preserving scholarly outputs, particularly emerging forms ofÂ scholarship. To ensure the ongoing success of the Librariesâ™ digital programs and research support, the AUL will work closely with the Librariesâ™ Advancement Office to raise awareness of and funding for the Center.
Candidates for this newly created position must have a strong desire to collaborate closely with all library departments and faculty in the development ofÂ digitalÂ projects, services and infrastructure that benefit research andÂ scholarshipÂ and support the Librariesâ™ and Universityâ™s strategic goals.
In collaboration with the AVP for Technology and Digital Initiatives, responsible for the overall vision, planning, development, implementation, advancement, and assessment of research data andÂ digitalÂ scholarshipÂ services and associated projects of the Center for Research Data andÂ DigitalÂ Scholarship.
In addition to intensive outreach activities, the AUL will manage key internal relationships with IT, Collections and affiliated library services to ensure effective coordination or planning, resource allocation and service continuity.
Coordinates and works collaboratively with University departments to design and provide services and productive environments for faculty, students, and researchers whose work makes sophisticated use of data, digital tools and methods of the digital humanities.
Recruits, develops, supervises, mentors, and supports Centerâ™s staff; ensures effective integration of the Centerâ™s team with collaborating staff.
Provides effective project management for Center initiatives.
Develops policies and participates in overall Library IT and service governance for effective orchestration of and long range planning for infrastructure, staffing, and related resources. Â Â
Works with the AUL for Impact and Assessment to ensure the Centerâ™s services satisfy library strategic priorities and align successfully with University priorities for academic excellence, and that the Centerâ™s successes are effectively-documented and communicated throughout the library organization, campus and beyond.
Works with the Librariesâ™ Advancement team to communicate the vision, strategy, and needs of the Center to raise funds that advance the Penn Librariesâ™ mission.
Maintains current awareness in the field and actively engages in local, national, and international initiatives and other professional activities promoting the development of research data,Â digitalÂ scholarshipÂ andÂ digitalÂ humanities services and technologies.
ALA accredited MLS/MLIS or equivalent advance degree plus 7- 10 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Minimum 5 years of relevant experience collaborating to enable innovative research methods.
Experience leading and inspiring teams to effectively collaborate in the development of innovative research methods and projects.
Previous supervisory experience.
Exceptional technology skills, including demonstrated experience with programming languages, frameworks, and advanced applications used in research and digital scholarship; ability to evaluate and apply new technologies; demonstrated expertise in existing and emergent information management standards and technologies.
Knowledge of current research data andÂ digitalÂ scholarshipÂ trends and methods including quantitative, qualitative, or geospatial methods, and a proven commitment to facilitating new modes of research in diverse disciplines.
A record of progressively greater responsibility in planning, managing, and delivering complexÂ digitalÂ projects in an academic setting and in complex cross-organizational initiatives; demonstrated experience with project management including the supervision of developers.
Experience providing consultation as well as teaching or leading workshops onÂ digitalÂ scholarshipÂ tools and research data management to faculty and students.
Demonstrated ability to build and engage an active intellectual community, including working collaboratively and building partnerships across disciplines.
Ability to communicate effectively and tactfully with a wide variety of stakeholders, including faculty, students, and staff; excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
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Internal Number: JR00012295
About University of Pennsylvania
Penn has a long and proud tradition of intellectual rigor and pursuit of innovative knowledge, begun by Benjamin Franklin in 1740. That tradition lives today through the creativity, entrepreneurship, and engagement of our faculty, students, and staff. Academic life at Penn is unparalleled, with an undergraduate student body of 10,000 from every U.S. state and around the world. The entering class of 2015 is the most talented and diverse in Penn's history. Consistently ranked among the top 10 universities in the country, Penn welcomes an additional 10,000 students to our top-ranked graduate and professional schools.