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Oct262015

Job Posting: Director, University Library System, University of Pittsburgh

Hillman University Librarian and Director, University Library System

More information: https://www.pittsource.com/postings/105994

The University of Pittsburgh invites nominations and applications for the position of the Hillman University Librarian and Director, University Library System (ULS). This is an exceptional opportunity for an accomplished and innovative leader to continue to advance one of the nation’s leading academic research libraries and serve as a strong advocate for the essential role of the library in learning, teaching, and research at Pitt.

One of the top research universities in the country, Pitt is a state-related research university and part of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education in Pennsylvania. A member of the Association of American Universities, current enrollment in Pitt’s 16 undergraduate and graduate schools and 4 regional campuses is 34,934 (25,074 undergraduate and 9,860 graduate students). In 2014, the University’s federally funded research summed to almost $650 million. Pitt is ranked 9th overall and 5th among public institutions in the most recent U.S. National Science Foundation’s rankings of federally funded research at universities and colleges. Pitt is currently ranked 66th in their National Universities Ranking and 24th among public research universities by the US News & World Report.

The ULS has long been an integral part of Pitt’s academic life and consistently ranks in the top 40 research libraries in the world as indicated by the Association of Research Libraries’ (ARL) Library Investment Index. The ULS has embraced new technologies, such as digital scholarship support services, enhanced library resources for students and faculty, and has been at the global forefront of the open access publishing initiative for scholarly publishing. Pitt’s libraries’ global reach also includes an extensive international document delivery service with more than two dozen libraries in China, Taiwan, and South Korea and a staff exchange program with libraries in China.

The ULS is comprised of 12 libraries and holdings of nearly 7.1 million volumes and employs a total FTE count of 182. The director oversees the ULS budget, which in 2014 was approximately $32 million. The ULS is a member of the ARL, Center for Research Libraries, Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium Inc, HathiTrust, NorthEast Research Libraries, and the Coalition for Networked Information.

The director is responsible for the leadership and administration of the ULS, overseeing the innovation and development of the libraries in the areas of user services, collections and resources, management and infrastructure, cooperative initiatives and outreach, and support and funding. The new director will provide visionary leadership for the ULS and implement the libraries’ strategic plan in support of the University’s academic priorities, curricula, and research; keep the ULS collections vital and accessible for the University community; support and continue to develop open access initiative; increase awareness on campus of what the ULS has to offer; leverage and augment the resources of the ULS wisely; and lead and further develop a strong, service-oriented staff. The director reports to the provost of the University of Pittsburgh and sits on the Council of Deans. Among the required qualifications for the position are demonstrated leadership experience in academic scholarly communities and proven managerial ability in a complex organizational setting; an understanding of the major challenges facing academic research libraries today; a proven ability to develop and sustain relationships both on campus and in the external community; and demonstrated clear evidence of success in creating and working well within a diverse and inclusive environment. Review of submitted credentials will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Application Process

Applicants should include a current vita and cover letter reviewing his or her experience, strengths, and accomplishments, as well as names and contact information for three professional references. Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted electronically to: Beverly Brady, Isaacson, Miller, 263 Summer Street, Boston, MA 02210 http://www.imsearch.com/5572 For more information about the University of Pittsburgh Libraries, please visit: www.library.pitt.edu The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity.