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Head of Digital Scholarship Services

University of California, Irvine Libraries
Irvine, CA Full-time
Posted on May 18, 2019

The University of California, Irvine Libraries seeks an energetic, creative, knowledgeable, and user-oriented librarian for the position of Head of Digital Scholarship Services. The successful candidate will play a key role in leading innovation and collaboration in the Libraries' digital scholarship program.

The Head of the Digital Scholarship Services (DSS) Department is responsible for planning, implementing, and managing an active, comprehensive digital scholarship program that meets the needs of a growing campus and the evolving environment of scholarly communication. Within the UCI Libraries, the Head of DSS and team members often partner with library managers, research librarians, and staff on initiatives and services. Externally, the Head and DSS team members collaborate with faculty, administrators, staff, and students in all disciplines across campus as well as with other campus organizations such as the Office of Information Technology, the Office of Research, and the Graduate Division. The Head of DSS leads a team of four librarians and a programmer analyst and works collaboratively with them to develop team projects and services. The Head of DSS, who reports to the AUL for Research Resources, is an active member of Leadership Council, the UCI Libraries' senior management team responsible for library-wide planning and policy making, and the Research Resources Leadership Team.

Qualified candidates from diverse backgrounds and life experiences are encouraged to apply. The UCI Libraries is committed to recruiting a diverse workforce and advancing UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence.

The UCI Libraries, comprising the Langson Library, the Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center, and the Grunigen Medical Library, are committed to innovation and inclusive excellence. The University of California, Irvine, is nestled in over 1,500 acres of coastal foothills, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, between San Diego and Los Angeles. Founded in 1965, UCI has more than 35,598 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,600 faculty and staff. Consistently ranked among the nation's best universities, UCI is noted for its top-rated research and graduate programs, extensive commitment to undergraduate education, and growing number of professional schools and programs of academic and social significance.

Appointment is anticipated to be at the Associate Librarian or Librarian rank with a salary of $56,364 - $109,883.

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

Qualifications Required:

  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library or digital scholarship experience.
  • Five years of progressively responsible professional experience in an academic setting.
  • Excellent technology skills, knowledge of current digital scholarship and scholarly communication trends, and ability to evaluate and apply new technologies.
  • Ability to successfully supervise, mentor, and train librarians and staff.
  • Ability to build relationships, foster collaboration, lead teams, and plan projects and new initiatives.
  • Experience planning, managing, and delivering complex digital scholarship projects in an academic setting.
  • Experience providing consultations as well as teaching or leading workshops on digital scholarship tools and/or methods to faculty and students.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and engage an active intellectual community, including working collaboratively and building partnerships across disciplines.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively and to promote teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness within UCI Libraries and the campus.
  • Leadership qualities to be an effective Department Head and Leadership Council member.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement in the Librarian series.


  • Successful experience managing a unit and supervising librarians and staff.
  • Experience applying for and managing grants.
  • Experience working with vendors in the digital scholarship arena.
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends in intellectual property, copyright, and fair use.
  • Evidence of continuing achievement in professional development, particularly at a national level, that will enhance the candidate's value to the Libraries, the University, the profession, or the scholarly community.