Friday, December 30, 2011

Head of Library Systems: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill: Chapel Hill, NC

UNC Chapel Hill University Library

POSITION: Head of Library Systems
AVAILABLE: March 1, 2012

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented individual for the position of Head of Library Systems. The individual in this position provides leadership in the Library Systems Department and the University Library, and helps to define and articulate the vision, strategic directions, and priorities for information technology in a dynamic environment that values creativity, teamwork, and innovation.

The Head of Library Systems is responsible for the management of the Library Systems Department, which includes planning, budgeting, and setting policy for information resources in the University Library and for some operations of the Health Sciences Library. The Head of Library Systems directly supervises unit managers responsible for desktop support, application development, and infrastructure architecture and administration and supports staff in the performance of their duties. The individual in this position leads a service-oriented program that researches, develops, and supports advanced information systems for the Library, and ensures excellent operational management of information systems and support of end users. The Head of Library Systems provides leadership in coordinating and defining system requirements and tasks for library-wide projects and initiatives.

The Head of Library Systems seeks professional engagement and collaboration; works in active partnership with other Library departments, particularly the Carolina Digital Library and Archives and the Health Sciences Library; and leads collaborations with the University's Information Technology Services (ITS) Department (, other technology units on campus, and the Triangle Research Libraries Network ( Additionally, the individual in this position maintains an awareness of developments in the library and information technology fields and demonstrates a successful record of professional activity.

The Library Systems Department has 24 fulltime staff and additional undergraduate and graduate student support. The Department manages the Library’s Millennium ILS with an Endeca-based discovery interface integrating services well beyond the scope of traditional library catalogs. The Library Systems Department also manages a virtualized server farm, a large (400TB) and growing storage network, over 1,200 desktop devices for staff and patron use, and deployment of third-party applications (e.g. CONTENTdm, ILLiad, and Docutek). The Department’s programming staff support application development for library business functions, public access and discovery systems, the Carolina Digital Repository (, and collaborative projects with University faculty.

The University Library is a national leader in developing digital collections and services. The Library Systems Department is focused on open development platforms and is committed to scalable architectures for digital object preservation and delivery. It supports strong programs in the design and implementation of innovative discovery services, mass digitization, and digital preservation. Members of the Library Systems Department actively engage with faculty, peer institutions, and vendors in the research and development of interoperable services and storage.


Required: ALA accredited master’s degree in library or information science, or an advanced degree in a related field. Minimum of five years of progressively responsible management and supervisory experience in a technical setting, including planning and allocating of resources to support information technology. Work experience in higher education. Professional experience in a technical environment focused on system administration and management or application development. Evidence of effective interpersonal competence and excellent oral and written communication skills. Collaborative work ethic and the ability to build effective partnerships, articulate goals, and negotiate priorities. Demonstrated knowledge of current information technology developments in libraries and higher education.

Preferred: Experience developing and managing budgets. Experience in an academic research library. Active professional involvement in the library or information technology fields.

The University and The Libraries

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is the country's oldest state university. UNC Chapel Hill has an enrollment of approximately 29,000 students, employs more than 3,500 members of the faculty, and offers 69 doctoral degrees as well as professional degrees in dentistry, medicine, pharmacy and law. Library collections include over 6.5 million volumes. The Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and the Center for Research Libraries. Together with the libraries at Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and North Carolina State University, the members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) provide services and collections to their students, faculty, and staff in support of the education, research, and service missions of the universities

The University Library invests proudly in its employees, strives to create a diverse environment of respect and collaboration, and encourages vision and innovation

The Region

The Triangle region is one of the most desirable places to live and work in North America and offers its residents a wide array of recreational, cultural, and intellectual activities. The mountains or the seashore are less than half day's drive from Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.

Salary and Benefits

This is a twelve-month academic librarian appointment; salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Standard state benefits of annual leave, sick leave, and State or optional retirement plan. At the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, librarians enjoy the benefit of academic status and are members of the faculty council.

Deadline for Application

Review of applications will begin on January 20, 2012. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but preference will be given to applications received by the begin review date.

To Apply

Please visit and complete the online application. Please include a letter of application, a resume and the name, mailing address, email address, and telephone number of three professional references. Additionally, please indicate in your cover letter where you first learned of this position.