New York University Libraries
Head, Knowledge Access Design and Development
The head of this newly conceived department will lead a service-focused team in designing, implementing, and assessing an array of metadata-reliant processes and other strategies for enabling intellectual access to the research resources in all formats of the NYU Division of Libraries. The Head of Knowledge Access Design and Development is a member of the Knowledge Access and Resource Management Services (KARMS) management team, which facilitates the teaching, learning and research endeavors of the Libraries’ user communities through processes and services in program areas that include library acquisitions, licensing, serials and electronic resource management, and cataloging and metadata production, integration, and maintenance. In collaboration with our colleagues in Collections and Research Services, Public Services, Libraries IT Services, and Digital Library Technology Services, KARMS has primary leadership responsibility for knowledge access via the Libraries’ dynamic, integrated discovery and access systems.
In addition to serving NYU’s central and institute libraries, KARMS provides selected services to consortial member libraries. The Knowledge Access Design and Development unit comprises primarily six full-time librarians and three librarians who have complementary assignments in KARMS and Collections and Research Services.
While leading the design and development of knowledge access strategies for the NYU Libraries, the successful candidate will also:
- work with members of the Knowledge Access Design and Development unit to enact a culture of experimentation, innovation, assessment, and best-practice definition in designing and developing metadata-reliant processes and other knowledge access strategies
- bring out the best in Knowledge Access Design and Development unit members through the daily practice of leading by example, coaching, open and honest dialog, and prompt feedback
- collaborate with other members of the KARMS management team in the ongoing improvement of KARMS automated and manual processes to meet institutional goals and improve service to end users and library colleagues
- contribute knowledge access expertise to library and NYU campus partner initiatives; lead library initiatives and projects that have a knowledge access emphasis
- engage in professional activities, especially those related to library data, user-centered service design, etc.
Collections curated, managed, interpreted, and preserved by the NYU Libraries include in round numbers 5 million book volumes, 100,000 serial subscriptions including 90,000 electronic journals, a half million electronic books, 30,000 linear feet of archival materials, 1,700,000 photographs or photo negatives, well over 100,000 audio and video recordings in a variety of physical formats, and 250,000 digital resources (occupying over 100 terabytes) in about 30 collections. As NYU Libraries devote more resources to acquiring specialized and unique resources while maintaining core collection strengths, the Head, Knowledge Access Design and Development, will play a key role in nurturing an integrated discovery and access environment that encompasses all types of resources, collections, and metadata. To that end, the Libraries currently deploy the Ex Libris Aleph integrated library system using PRIMO as its primary end-user access system in conjunction with an array of related tools to enhance users’ knowledge discovery and access capabilities.
New York University Libraries: Library facilities at New York University serve the school’s 40,000 students and faculty and contain more than 4 million volumes. New York University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Research Libraries Group Partnership of OCLC, and the Digital Library Federation. The Libraries also serve as the administrative headquarters of the Research Library Association of South Manhattan, a consortium that includes New School and Cooper Union. The NY School of Interior Design, New-York Historical Society and the Brooklyn Historical Society also participate in the use of the ILS. For the NYU Libraries Mission and Strategic Plan go to http://library.nyu.edu/strategicplan
Qualifications: Evidence of leadership in the provision of knowledge access to scholarly resources; successful experience in cataloging and metadata processes in an academic/research library, including evidence of successful and innovative management of staff and operations; operational knowledge of discovery and access methods and systems; demonstrated knowledge of trends, issues and methods of intellectual access to library resources coupled with a strong service orientation and knowledge of user needs for teaching, learning and research; excellent communication and interpersonal skills; excellent planning and organizational skills; working knowledge of metadata standards and applications; evidence of innovative, results-oriented approaches to processes and organizational development. MLS from an ALA-accredited program and a second masters degree required to be eligible for tenure.
Salary/Benefits: Faculty status, attractive benefits package including five weeks annual vacation. Salary commensurate with experience and background.
To Apply: To ensure consideration, send resume and letter of application, including the name, address and telephone number of three references to: Enrique Yanez, Director, Human Resources, New York University Libraries, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The search will remain open until filled.
NYU’s Division of Libraries embraces diversity and is committed to attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.
NYU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.