Job: Associate Dean for Digital Strategies

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Associate Dean for Digital Strategies

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Position REQUIRES a Master's degree from an ALA accredited program.


The University of Miami Libraries (UML) seeks an innovative and experienced leader to join an exceptional administrative leadership team. Reporting to the Dean and University Librarian, the Associate Dean for Digital Strategies will provide strategic leadership and direction for UML digital infrastructure, scholarship services and technology planning. The Associate Dean (AD) will also provide University-wide leadership and serve as the primary spokesperson for the Libraries’ digital strategy and services to the UM community, will oversee the Libraries digital production and infrastructure development for all of the Libraries content management systems and repositories, provide leadership within the Libraries on the creation and curation of digital objects for research and learning, and grow and expand UML’s new digital scholarship services program supporting a wide range of digital scholarship and scholarly publishing. The incumbent will also provide leadership on promoting openness in scholarly communication and promoting Libraries’ services and infrastructure that expand access to learning resources and research outputs. The AD for Digital Strategies will be joining the UM Libraries at an opportune moment in its development. The Libraries are implementing a range of initiatives associated with its new strategic plan: Transforming Lives; Opening Worlds <>. As a critical leader within an organization united by this shared vision, the AD will manage the Digital Strategies division and participate in continued planning and strategy development for the Libraries. The AD for Digital Strategies will participate in maintaining and further developing a strong, collaborative and high-functioning administrative leadership team that communicates effectively with each other and the Dean of Libraries. Specific challenges and opportunities for the AD include: Provide strategic leadership and direction for UML’s Digital Strategies The Associate Dean for Digital Strategies will lead digital efforts across the UML, taking a “big picture” view across the Libraries, unifying and aligning existing initiatives and developing a strategy and framework for new endeavors. The AD will be the primary spokesperson for the Libraries’ digital strategy and services to the UM community. The AD will also be the link to the University’s IT services on campus on all digital endeavors and will ensure alignment of UM Libraries digital infrastructure with the University’s IT services. The AD will also develop grant and fund-raising opportunities as appropriate for the Libraries. This individual will also actively participate in related national and international organizations to keep abreast of current activities, identify best practices, and to promote and represent the Libraries. Promote and provide leadership for the digital scholarship services group The Associate Dean for Digital Strategies will be working with a core digital scholarship services team including a GIS Services Librarian, Data Services Librarian, Data Scientist, Digital Humanities & Scholarship Librarian, GIS/Data Services Specialist, and Digital Publishing Services Specialist. The incumbent will lead and manage the team, developing individuals as professionals and ensuring that their activities are well-coordinated. The AD will work closely with the Associate Dean for Learning & Research Services to create an optimal distribution of scholarship services that leverages the existing roles of liaison librarians and growing the Libraries’ capacity to support innovative digital scholarship. The incumbent will work with the AD for Learning and Research Services, the AD for Collection Strategies, and the heads of the distinctive collections units (Cuban Heritage Collection, Special Collections, University Archives) to promote the use of digital collections to advance teaching and learning in undergraduate and graduate education. The AD will provide leadership for the Libraries’ engagement with the Office of Research in developing a research information systems architecture that bridges the Libraries’ expertise in bibliometrics, digital publishing and digital content stewardship with the needs of UM’s research enterprise. Oversee the Libraries’ web presence, digital infrastructure and digital production The Associate Dean for Digital Strategies will ensure integration of the program and projects across the Libraries and oversee infrastructure development for all of the Libraries’ content management systems. The AD will also provide leadership within the Libraries on the creation and curation of digital objects for research in all formats. The AD will work with asset owners (including Special Collections, University Archives, and the Cuban Heritage Collection) as well as the Digital Collections Committee to ensure nderstanding of curation requirements and digitization prioritization processes. The AD will oversee the team of web developers and programmers that support the Library’s virtual services including the UML website, digital collections and collaborative digital content and preservation partnerships such as HathiTrust, APTrust, and the Sunshine State Digital Network. The individual will work closely with the Associate Dean for Information Systems & Access to develop and manage a rational and flexible distribution of programming skills and support across the Libraries’ array of technologybased programs. The AD will supervise the managers of Digital Production, Web and Application Development, and Digital Infrastructure. The individual will develop a broad array of domain expertise within the Libraries’ staff supporting the application of new technologies and approaches to digital library content. Promote openness in scholarly communication The Associate Dean for Digital Strategies will serve as the UM Libraries’ lead for promoting openness in scholarly communication at the University. The incumbent will advocate for open education resources, open access to research outputs, author’s rights and fair use. The AD will work closely with the AD for Learning and Research Services to assess the scholarly communication awareness and needs of UM faculty and students and identify ways to meet them. The AD will work closely with the AD Collection Strategies to ensure that the Libraries’ collection development program maximizes support for open content. The AD will also serve as the Libraries’ chief openness officer, identifying ways to ensure open access to Libraries administrative and academic resources. Leadership and personnel development An important role for every Associate Dean is to foster professional and career growth opportunities within their division. Accordingly, the AD for Digital Strategies supports the advancement and development of librarian faculty and staff under their jurisdiction in a number of ways including coaching, mentoring, and providing strategic budgetary support for continuing education, training and professional development. The AD will work with all members of the administrative leadership team to identify new ways in which to achieve the strategic plan goal of enabling the evolving workforce.


Master’s degree in library and information science, computer science, or a closely related field. • Minimum of five years’ experience working in academic research libraries. • Demonstrated knowledge of current trends and issues in the application of technology to libraries and higher education. • Demonstrated knowledge of policies, best practices, and strategies for opening access and use to digital assets and scholarly content. • Substantive knowledge of digital assets and the technical infrastructure required for their lifecycle management, including metadata requirements, migration strategies, best practices in digital preservation, and relevant national and internationalstandards. • Substantive knowledge of library systems, digital libraries, and digital repositories. • Demonstrated knowledge of copyright issues in an academic library. • Familiarity with modern software development methodologies and technologies. • Strong knowledge of community-based and commercial data curation strategies. • Experience in planning for the delivery of information resources in a diverse computing environment • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills, including flexibility in meeting objectives, and implementing creative solutions. • Ability to effectively supervise, evaluate motivate, and mentorstaff. • Demonstrated effective fiscal management. Associate Dean for Digital Strategies University of Miami Libraries Page 5 of 8 • A strong commitment to diversity and inclusion in supporting a


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  • Academic Libraries
  • Institutional Libraries

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Otto G. Richter Library

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Central Florida

1300 Memorial Drive

Coral Gables



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Otto G. Richter Library

1300 Memorial Drive

Coral Gables



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Lourdes Garvey

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