Advertised Employing Department: University Library
Summary of Duties and Responsibilities:
The Iowa State University Library is seeking a dynamic and forward thinking visionary who can design and launch a new digital scholarship services unit for the ISU campus and lead the Digital Scholarship and Initiatives (DSI) department. This position will be hired as either a Librarian level III or IV.
ISU students, staff, and faculty strive to overcome historical and divisive biases in our society. Library staff must embrace an environment of inclusion that moves beyond simple tolerance to recognizing the richness in individual identities of people, and diverse perspectives.
Candidates for this newly created position must have a strong desire to collaborate with faculty to develop digital scholarship projects and support services, and introduce digital scholarship to students by integrating concepts into the curriculum and instructing students. The successful candidate has the opportunity to build a program from the ground up starting with environmental scans of the campus, needs assessment, cultivating partnerships, providing vision and direction, promoting the new program, and hiring and empowering staff.
In addition to developing and managing a new digital scholarship program, the Head of Digital Scholarship and Initiatives oversees the functions and services of the already established institutional repository and digital collections. Evaluates and coaches staff to achieve excellence in their professional responsibilities, and mentors for promotion and career development. The Head provides direction and vision for DSI, develops strategic planning, and provides the support for staff and programs to flourish. Establishes connections between the library and faculty, students, and staff engaging in digital scholarship, and works with relevant units across the library and campus to grow digital scholarship capacity and expertise. Continuously assesses and evaluates programs, services, policies, and processes of the department. Works collaboratively with other library units and administration to meet the goals of the library, and on grants, development efforts, and public engagement. Participates in the divisional management team, and library-wide planning and discussions; serves on library and university committees.
Important attributes will include ability to plan, organize, and set and achieve goals. Having the ability to effectively communicate and collaborate will be essential to success, as the candidate will be working within and across library departments and divisions to effectively lead this department and program. The successful candidate will also need to embrace the Library's core values, demonstrate collegiality, and have a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion and equity, public service, and the land grant mission.
A Librarian III will demonstrate continued effectiveness in job performance through evidence of substantial knowledge, understanding, and skills in performing the duties of their position; demonstrate effective leadership in institutional service; perform effective supervisory duties as assigned; and continue to build body of scholarship in area(s) of interest or exhibit leadership in external professional activities.
A Librarian IV in addition to the above, will demonstrate excellence in job performance through evidence of substantial knowledge, understanding, and skills in performing the duties of their position; demonstrate excellent leadership in institutional service; perform excellent supervisory duties as assigned; and establish a positive national and/or international reputation through scholarship or leadership in external professional activities.
Required Education and Experience:
Master’s degree and 5 years of related experience.
Preferred Education and Experience:
Full-time experience developing and managing projects related to digital scholarship in an academic research institution or similar environment.
Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of best practices, current issues and trends in digital scholarship.
Demonstrated experience in the use and application of digital scholarship or digital humanities methodologies, tools, and technologies such as textual analysis, data visualization, multimodal publishing, GIS, digital storytelling, virtual reality, or digital exhibits.
Demonstrated program management and leadership skills, with evidence of effective strategic planning, prioritization, program development, environmental scanning and assessment.
Demonstrated successful supervisory experience.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education.
Experience working collaboratively and building partnerships across disciplines.
Experience collaborating with faculty in developing digital scholarship projects and/or developing student knowledge and experience in research practices.
Experience with grant writing and managing grants.
Demonstrated effective and promising record of external professional practice services activities and/or research and scholarship.
Demonstrated satisfactory institutional service.
The Head of Digital Scholarship and Initiatives reports to the Associate Dean for Curation Services.
Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 36,000 students are enrolled and served by over 6,200 faculty and staff (see www.iastate.edu). Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted the best college town in the nation (see www.visitames.com).
Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.
Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.