Director of Humanities and Social Science Services

Posted to IASSIST on: 2008-09-09

Employer: University of Virginia Library

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The University of Virginia Library seeks an innovative and energetic leader for the position of Director of Humanities and Social Science Services. The Director has overall administrative and programmatic responsibility for innovative support of humanities and social sciences scholarship and direct responsibility for leadership and management of public services in Alderman Library.

Environment: The University of Virginia Library ( is an international leader in digital library research and development that enables digital scholarship. Recognized for innovative customer service and in the strength and variety of its collections, the Library system consists of twelve libraries, with independent libraries for health sciences, law, and business. The libraries support 12,000 undergraduates, 6,000 graduate students and 1,600 teaching faculty. The University and the Library have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff. The Neoclassical buildings of founder Thomas Jefferson’s Academical Village still serve as the center of the University’s Grounds ( and as a unique backdrop for teaching, learning, and research.

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Public Services and Collections, the Director of Humanities and Social Science Services will provide leadership, foster communication, and enable collaboration in raising the profile of library collections and services for humanities and social science services across the academic community at the University of Virginia. The Director will participate in Library-wide initiatives, engage with colleagues nationally, and provide vision and direction in the development of innovative user services. As the director of public services in Alderman Library, the candidate will implement and promote innovative processes, technologies, and spaces to enhance a high quality public service oriented environment. The successful candidate will foster an empowering working environment for public services staff that supports and encourages career development and continuous learning.

Master’s degree in library science or a related field. An advanced degree in a humanities or social science discipline is preferred. Demonstrated successful leadership and administrative accomplishments in the innovative and effective use of scholarly information resources and technologies. Demonstrated ability to promote collaborative and forward-looking initiatives, services, and programs. Knowledge of emerging information technologies and digital library initiatives. Knowledge of research and scholarship in humanities and the social sciences. Excellent analytical, oral, and written communication skills. Preferred candidates will also exhibit evidence of significant and progressively-responsible leadership and experience in managing and supervising others, demonstrated commitment to service excellence, ability to work cooperatively and maintain effective, creative, and flexible working relationships with colleagues, faculty, staff and students. A record of flexibility, creativity, and commitment to diversity, mentoring and developing staff is also preferred.

Archived on: 2008-10-30