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Associate Head of Collection Management for Research Engagement

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The NCSU Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Head of Collection Management for Research Engagement to join the department’s management team.  In the Collection Management department, subject specialist librarians develop, maintain, and promote user-focused, demand-driven, and network-based collections that reflect the strengths of the university. Working in a rapidly evolving scholarly communication environment, they apply their knowledge of emerging technologies, disciplinary content, data, bibliometric and computational analysis, and visualization, supporting and partnering with faculty and students in creative and innovative ways.


The Associate Head of Collection Management for Research Engagement

  • Shares management responsibility for the department; directly supervises three librarians; represents the department in the absence of the Head.
  • Helps lead ongoing efforts to re-envision the role of subject specialist librarians; provides guidance, direction, support, and assessment.
  • Advances efforts to engage faculty across the research enterprise, with particular focus on developing the Libraries as a locus for open science support.
  • Participates in efforts to connect faculty with high-technology spaces and with services related to large-scale visualization, data management, and interactive computing.
  • Works closely with researchers in the creation and management of scholarship and research assets; represents the library in university research enterprise communities.
  • Identifies tools and technologies to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration, bibliometric analysis, text mining, and use of disciplinary repositories of data and open scholarship.
  • Participates in library planning, serves on library-wide committees, task forces, and teams
  • NCSU librarians are expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field.


Required qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited MLS, MIS, or equivalent advanced degree.
  • Experience with collection development and strategic planning for collections.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the life cycle of research and teaching.
  • Project management and/or supervisory experience.
  • Knowledge of emerging trends in digital scholarship, research data management, and visualization of scholarship.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably, and personably, orally and in writing.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Evidence of leadership and management potential.
  • Demonstrated record of ongoing professional development.

Preferred qualifications:  

  • Academic background in a science discipline strongly preferred.
  • Experience with budget management.
  • Experience supporting scholarly communication, digital publishing and digital scholarship.
  • Experience with grant writing, grant management, or contribution to grant-funded projects.
Application Procedure: 

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt; applications will be accepted until finalist candidates are selected. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration. The nomination committee may invite candidates for confidential, pre-interview screenings. Appointment requires successful completion of background check. This position is available immediately; start date is negotiable.

Applicants must apply through the NC State University online employment website at Search in the keyword box by position number 00061035. Complete application, attach cover letter and résumé, and provide contact information for four current, professional references. For assistance with this process contact NCSU Libraries Personnel Services Office (919) 515-3522.

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