162 · Representative Documents: Position Descriptions
Head, Digital Collections and Scholarly Communications Services
Actively seeks opportunities to leverage the strengths of library staff in extending to the campus digital library services
for digital content creation and management, metadata analysis and application, and content licensing and data
curation. Fosters and promotes effective communication with all members of the University community concerning the
Library’s digital initiatives and services. Works closely with NUIT and the Library’s Technology Division to shape the
content and design of Northwestern’s digital library repository and other systems needed to support digital content and
collections. Works closely with other departments in the Library and university faculty to assure successful delivery of
services and digital collections. Participates in or leads library or university committees. Participates in and leads
development of grant and other funding requests. Manages the content, service, and collection policy aspects of
Northwestern’s digital repository, including the development of criteria for inclusion and relevant copyright and
intellectual property safeguards.
Represents Northwestern University Library in forums at the regional, national, and international level—especially
those that focus on the development of policy, services and initiatives in areas relating to the above responsibilities. In
particular, leads NUL participation in relevant programs of the CIC and the ARL.
QUALIFICATIONS: A Masters degree from an ALA accredited program in library or information science or the
equivalent combination of education and relevant library experience required. At least ten years progressively
responsible experience in an academic library setting required. Advanced leadership and management skills with
demonstrated ability to build partnerships and bring innovative and complex programs and projects to completion.
Significant expertise and knowledge of a wide range of standards and practices in intellectual property and copyright
law, metadata, digital content and media, and digital library development. Ability to maintain effective working
relationships with all levels of the University community and with outside vendors and partners. Excellent
communication and interpersonal skills required. Proven ability to promote cooperative efforts among library and other
campus units and to foster productive collaborations. Demonstrated flexibility and initiative in a changing environment
required. Experience working directly with faculty and students required. Evidence of continuing participation in
professional and scholarly activities required. Record of mentoring activities, especially as related to the development
of leadership and management skills in librarians and staff, preferred.
Submitted July 1, 2011
Updated February 21, 2013
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