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Assistant Head of Digital Resources and Discovery Services-- Oklahoma State University Library

posted Apr 19, 2017, 12:11 PM by Lars Hagelin
The Oklahoma State University Library seeks a highly motivated and innovative professional with a strong commitment to preservation and access to serve as Assistant Head of Digital Resources and Discovery Services. The Department facilitates access to electronic information, print materials, and library services to ensure that the information needs of OSU students, faculty, and staff are met, regardless of location.

The successful candidate will provide leadership and work collaboratively with library and campus departments to plan, develop, and support access to electronic reference resources and to develop digital solutions for creating and managing resources that provide content for research, teaching, and outreach efforts for OSU Library users. In addition, the successful candidate will be conversant in linked data and provide assistance with developing strategies for the implementation of linked data for the Library’s special collections and catalog. Ideally, the library is seeking a candidate who understands the use of APIs for a variety of third party services like DSpace, Ex Libris, Altmetric and ORCID. This is atenure track position with anticipated initial appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

The Library is undergoing significant reorganizational changes to meet the evolving research and learning needs of its students and faculty. Information regarding the OSU Library’s current direction can be found at:

Required Qualifications: (Please address these qualifications in your application materials.)
  • MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution, or equivalent.
  • A minimum of five years of relevant professional experience in a large research, university, or large public library.
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt and thrive in a dynamic environment.
  • Excellent knowledge and/or proven skills with a wide variety of technology.
  • Excellent analytical skills; creative and innovative problem-solving skills; and the ability to work successfully within a team environment.
  • Exceptional core competencies including leadership, professionalism, communication, and organization.
  • Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends in public and information services, information technology, academic libraries, and public higher education.
  • Commitment to the professional development and training of staff at all levels; and a record of research, publications, presentations, and/or service to the profession.
Desired Qualifications
  • A second advanced degree.
  • Experience in a land-grant institution, and experience in an ARL Library.
  • Certified instructor in Software or Data Carpentry
Leadership Expectations: Each organization has a unique culture and to help candidates determine whether the culture at the Oklahoma State University Library may be a good fit, Dean Sheila Johnson has posted her expectations for OSU Library leaders on her website:

Salary/Benefits: This 12-month, tenure track position reports to the Head of Digital Resources and Discovery Services. $65,000 minimum for 12 months. Oklahoma State University offers faculty a full health and retirement package, and support and opportunities for scholarly/professional development.

Deadline: Application review begins on June 16, 2017, and continues until position is filled. Candidates should make application through the University’s online application process at: You may contact Jackie German, Senior Manager of Business Operations, Edmon Low Library, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK 74078-1071. (405) 744-6324. Candidates will be asked to make a presentation to library faculty and staff.

“Oklahoma State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/E-verify employer committed to diversity and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against based on age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or other protected category. OSU is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans for its openings. OSU will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.”