Deputy University Librarian

Reporting to the University Librarian and Dean of the Library, the Deputy University Librarian oversees the day-to-day operation of core aspects of the library system and leads the programmatic and service portfolios in collections and research services. They deputize for the Dean as required and ensure alignment of services with strategic goals.

This is a new role, subsuming the current portfolios of the Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Access & Collection Management with that of the AUL for Research & Learning, to create a division aligned with the emerging Library vision and strategy. With a focus on services and access to information, this vision situates the Library in a connected and open global knowledge environment. We are looking for a transformative leader to work in close partnership with the Dean of the Library to ensure we meet the needs of a world-leading university in a changing environment.

As a member of the Library’s Strategic Leadership Board (SLB), the Deputy leads core Library services, and deputizes for the Dean. The portfolio for this position includes (in alphabetical order) the following teams: Access Services, Area Studies, Collection Management, East Asia, Humanities, Instruction & Outreach, Preservation, Science, Social Science, Special Collections, and Technical Services, with a total of 150 staff and additional student workers.



  • Work closely with the Dean and other leaders to develop and execute Library strategy.
  • Oversee core elements of the Library operation and lead the Library in the absence of the Dean.
  • Create a robust network of campus partnerships to advance and inform Library strategies.
  • Represent the Library within and beyond the campus, internally on relevant committees and projects, externally in key partnerships such as the Big Ten Academic Alliance and IvyPlus Libraries Confederation.
  • Oversee budgets for the division, making equitable and strategic decisions on resource allocation and investments.
  • Set strategic division goals and form an effective and coordinated division with a welcoming, inclusive, collaborative, and innovative working culture aligned with Library goals.
  • Oversee the campus libraries, with exception of the D’Angelo Law Library.

Collection Services:

  • Develop and implement a content strategy that emphasizes meeting user needs and that firmly embeds the Library in consortial approaches.
  • Develop a long-term approach to collection storage for print material, taking into account changing user needs and that the Library’s storage facilities are already beyond capacity.
  • Oversee the development of an engagement strategy to foster use of special, distinctive, and archival collections on and beyond the campus.
  • Oversee the Library’s acquisitions budget with a focus on value for money for our users and a consideration to shifting resources to open content/infrastructures.
  • Oversee preservation and digitization services to assure long-term access to our collections.
  • Oversee the management of physical and digital access to library resources, ensuring a seamless and user-friendly experience for all patrons.
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures related to circulation, interlibrary loan, reserves, and other access services.
  • Ensure library services are inclusive and accessible to all users.

Research Services:

  • Develop a systematic approach to engagement with the University community to raise the profile of the Library, inform strategies, and improve academic services.
  • In partnership with the Dean and working through direct reports, cultivate partnerships with academic units to maximize the impact of library services.
  • Lead efforts to provide high-quality research support services, including reference assistance, information literacy instruction, and research consultation services.
  • Oversee the design and delivery of innovative and engaging library programs that foster information literacy and collaborate with academic departments to integrate information literacy skills into the curriculum.
  • Partner with the Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategy & Services to develop the service portfolio for research data, open access, and other aspects of digital scholarship.



  • Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution (or combination of a university degree and equivalent experience).
  • Minimum of seven years of progressively responsible experience in an academic or research library setting.
  • Experience with collection development and research services.
  • Demonstrated leadership ability, analytical skills, creative and innovative problem-solving skills.
  • Strong knowledge of emerging trends and best practices in library services.
  • Demonstrated experience with successfully developing, managing, and completing projects and programs in a library or similar environment, combined with strong management, planning and organizational skills.
  • Budget management, including planning and allocation, experience, ideally related to acquisitions.
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to maintain and build effective working relationships with diverse stakeholders, colleagues, faculty, and staff, promote teamwork and represent the Library within and outside the University.
  • Commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in library services and programming.


  • Experience working with special and distinctive collections.
  • Record of professional contributions in library and information science.
  • Demonstrated ability to view issues from a campus and library-wide perspectives and to lead organizational development to achieve high-level goals.
  • Experience with continuous improvement.

Application Instructions

To Apply: Submit cover letter, curriculum vitae, and reference contact information online through the University of Chicago's Academic Recruiting website: . Review of applications will begin after November 18, 2023. Screening of applications will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

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

Questions: Contact Library Human Resources,

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