Director of Technical Services

The Director of Technical Services leads the acquisitions, bibliographic access and control processes that support the collections and services of the Library. The Director coordinates the work of the Technical Services Department with other technical services units in Law, East Asia, and Special Collections. The Director plays a leadership role in setting standards and policies for metadata and cataloging activities and in the ongoing development of our library management and discovery systems, and plays a critical role in collaborating with staff across the library on our digital collections program, collection management, institutional repository, and discovery interfaces. The Director plays an active role in the Library's strategic planning and management, serves on Library committees, and ensures the professional development of departmental staff. The Director has a critical role in planning and leading the transition to new library systems in the next 2-3 years.

The Director oversees Original and Copy Cataloging, Database Management, ordering and receiving units for monographs, and a serials maintenance group. Department staff includes 8 Librarians, 7 exempt staff, 23 clerical staff, and student positions. The Director will assess the current organizational structure for electronic resource management and metadata provision which currently span several departments.


  • Provides leadership for the library’s technical services operations, ensuring traditional and innovative techniques are employed to facilitate efficient and complex acquisitions and cataloging workflows and database management, including record loads, authority record processing, vendor services, and local maintenance in order to meet the Library’s short- and long-term goals in managing and providing materials for patrons. 
  • Manages and motivates departmental staff to achieve department goals and operate within an environment of changing tools, standards, and practices.
  • Develops and sustains inter-institutional initiatives, e.g., cooperative cataloging, and participates in national discussions on information environment development and standards articulation.


The successful candidate must have a graduate library degree from an accredited library school, a minimum of 4 years experience in managing a technical services unit in a large and complex information environment at a major academic research library, demonstrated experience leading inter-institutional collaborative programs, along with a commitment to ongoing professional development.

The Search Committee will evaluate candidates’ record and academic accomplishments in the intersection of print and electronic resource acquisition, licensing and user support, in the emerging digital information environment, and knowledge of relevant standards development. The Committee will also evaluate the candidate’s ability to manage projects, work effectively and collegially with all levels of library staff, patrons, and external associates; the ability to manage time, budget, and staff and to meet deadlines in a complex, environment; and excellent communication and collaboration skills, and experience in managing and supporting electronic resources.


Submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, and reference contact information. Applications must be submitted to Req. # 03441 or via Quicklink:

Contact Shauna Babcock, Library HR,, with questions. Review of applications will begin September 14, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. 


Appointment salary based on qualifications and experience. Benefits include retirement plan, insurance, and paid time off.

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