Senior Information Resources Officer -- University of Arizona

Post date: Mar 13, 2019

Position Summary

The University of Arizona Libraries seek an innovative and collaborative Senior Information Resources Officer (SIRO) to provide leadership in the active management of the Libraries’ information resources in all formats with a strong emphasis on digital access. This position, reporting to the Dean of University Libraries, serves as the campus and Libraries’ lead strategist for information resources and collections in a fluid scholarly communications environment, managing our consortial memberships and vendor relations, and representing the UA Libraries nationally in shared collections efforts.

The SIRO leads the Content & Collections (C&C) unit, a newly formed group of three library faculty members and one staff member that is responsible for active management of our information resources and the $14 million Information Access budget that supports this essential component of the UA Libraries’ enterprise. C&C utilizes various forms of usage data, consortial collaborations, knowledge of campus priorities, input from internal library stakeholders, including liaison librarians, and input from UA academic units, to strategically manage the discovery and delivery of a broad array of information resources and services. C&C is also home to initiatives related to open and affordable educational resources.

In addition to leading C&C, this position supervises the head of UA Libraries’ Delivery, Description, and Acquisitions (DDA) department, which encompasses acquisitions, discovery, and delivery of information to support the UA’s teaching, learning, and research needs.

Leading the C&C unit, the SIRO collaboratively establishes and communicates priorities and procedures, seeks ways to improve services and achieve efficiencies, and manages workflows in accordance with the Libraries’ strategic priorities. The SIRO also actively works across departmental lines in an environment where collaboration, creative problem solving, user focus, and a sense of humor are all highly valued.

In addition, the SIRO serves on the Libraries’ two administrative groups, Deans Working Group and Cabinet. This is a continuing status track (equivalent to tenure track), academic professional position. Candidates should have sufficient professional experience, scholarship, and service to be hired at the Associate or Full Librarian rank, with continuing status. Library faculty members are members of the General Faculty of the University of Arizona and are entitled to all accompanying rights and privileges granted by the University and the Arizona Board of Regents. Retention and promotion are earned through achievement of a record of excellence in position effectiveness, scholarship, and service.

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Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Serves as the campus and Libraries’ lead strategist for information resources management in an evolving scholarly communications environment.
  • Supervises, supports, mentors, and evaluates four employees in C&C and the department head of DDA. Fosters the professional development of faculty and staff to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing environment.
  • Recruits, hires, and onboards new employees as needed.
  • Manages major memberships (e.g., Greater Western Library Alliance, HathiTrust, Western Regional Storage Trust) and vendor relations related to information resources.
  • Responsible for oversight of the $14 million Information Access Budget within a Responsibility Center Management (RCM) campus budget environment, including allocation, planning, and communication, as well as exercising signature authority for invoices and other financial documents.
  • Responsible for oversight of the Libraries’ negotiation of licensing and contracts for information resources. Supports other areas of the Libraries with licensing and contracts expertise as needed.
  • Leads the Libraries’ Information Resources Stakeholders Group and facilitates its members’ input into information resources strategies and decisions.
  • Collaborates with stakeholders to ensure information resources’ content and discoverability reflect diverse perspectives as well as campus strategic priorities.
  • Assesses the organizational effectiveness and impacts of C&C and makes recommendations for workflow improvements to improve services and achieve efficiencies.
  • Participates as a member of the Libraries’ administrative groups, Deans Working Group and Cabinet, representing the needs and perspectives of C&C as well as contributing to organization-wide decision making.
  • Embraces ambiguity in a changing environment and is committed to continual professional development, improvement, and learning.
  • Supports diversity and inclusiveness efforts in support of the Libraries’ fundamental organizational commitment to diversity and inclusiveness for all faculty, staff, and students.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Ability to manage a large portfolio of information resources in an evolving scholarly communications environment.
  • Experience and ability to manage complex budgets.
  • Strong management and leadership skills, including the ability to effectively mentor and evaluate direct reports.
  • Ability to assess emerging trends in scholarly publishing and implement programmatic changes in an environment that encourages calculated risk taking.
  • Ability to engage with publishers, vendors, subscription agents, and consortia to maximize access and return on investment for information resources.
  • Extensive knowledge of emerging trends and best practices in information resources management, including the roles of open access and open educational resources.
  • Ability to plan, document, and complete projects and complex assignments.
  • Ability to evaluate and modify workflows and work assignments, in order to increase efficiencies and maximize access for library users.
  • Excellent analytical, time management, organizational, and creative problem-solving skills.
  • Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to identify opportunities and capitalize upon them.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Embraces ambiguity in a changing environment and is committed to continual professional development, improvement, and learning.
  • Positive attitude and strong demonstration of Our Values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity, Innovation, and Integrity.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • At least five years of management experience in an academic library.
  • Demonstrated experience in information resources management, including engagement with faculty on collection development.
  • Demonstrated experience managing information resources budgets.
  • Demonstrated experience engaging with publishers, vendors, subscription agents, and consortia.
  • Evidence of the ability to be appointed with continuing status (equivalent to tenure) at the rank of Associate or Full Librarian, including contributing to the information/library profession and to fulfilling the responsibilities of a library faculty member through service and scholarship.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with developing open access and/or open educational resource strategies.
  • Experience with the Alma library services platform and the Primo discovery system.

Posted Rate of Pay : $100,000 - $125,000

Type of criminal background check required: Fingerprint criminal background check (security sensitive due to title or department)

Posting Number : A23421

Contact Information for Candidates: Krissandra McNeill,

Review Begins On : 04/01/2019

Special Instructions to Applicant

In your letter of interest, please describe how your qualifications and experience are fitting for this position.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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