Head, Digital Scholarship and Data Services, University Park

The Pennsylvania State University Libraries invite applications and nominations for the position of Head of Digital Scholarship and Data Services. This 12-month tenure-track position reports to the Associate Dean for Technology and Digital Strategies and provides leadership for digital scholarship and data service activities in the Pennsylvania State University Libraries, including open publishing, data learning services and statistics support, maps and GIS, research data management, and digital humanities. The successful candidate is expected to work in a highly collaborative organization to provide leadership and coordination of innovative digital services. The University Libraries values diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and is actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. We encourage candidates to apply who thrive in a welcoming multicultural environment. More information on Penn State’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence, can be found by visiting http://equity.psu.edu/psu-diversity-statement. For additional information about the Libraries’ diversity efforts, please visit https://libraries.psu.edu/about/diversity.

Responsibilities and Duties

The Head of Digital Scholarship & Data Services will provide leadership and management of the Digital Scholarship & Data Services Department. The head will advocate for the department to University Libraries administration. The Digital Scholarship & Data Services department includes a team of 11 faculty and staff in the areas of open publishing, digital humanities, data learning services and statistics support, GIS, maps, and research data management. The Head of Digital Scholarship and Data Services will be a leader who fosters awareness of social responsibility, inherent and historical institutional biases, and ethics within the realms of digital scholarship and data services and advocates for services that support diversity and inclusion.  The selected candidate will work closely with subject liaisons on all Penn State campuses (24); Digital Scholarship & Repository Development department; Preservation, Conservation, and Digitization department; the Office of Scholarly Communications and Copyright; Libraries’ Information Technology (I-Tech) department, and partners across academic schools and colleges. The Head, Digital Scholarship and Data Services will play a lead role in establishing a cohesive strategy for digital scholarship and data services, coordinating with academic schools and colleges across the University; oversee the design, implementation, and management of policies and workflows for departmental activities; stay current on developing technologies, standards, and best practices in digital scholarship, data services, and open publishing; and represent the Libraries in matters concerning digital scholarship, data management, and open publishing at the local, national, and international level. This position will serve on the Dean’s Library Council.

Qualifications

This position requires a Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited institution or an advanced degree in a relevant subject area combined with appropriate experience in a research library setting; demonstrated understanding of ethical and social issues in research data management, digital scholarship, and open publishing; knowledge of issues, strategies, and best practices in the areas of research data management, digital scholarship, and open publishing; demonstrated leadership experience; demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively to plan, coordinate, and implement effective projects; strong commitment to diversity, equity, respect and inclusion; creative, energetic, and collaborative work style; excellent written and oral communication, interpersonal, problem-solving, presentation and teamwork skills; and ability to meet the requirements of promotion and tenure.

Desired qualifications include experience writing and managing grants; research and professional activity in scholarly publishing, digital humanities, and/or data services; and experience supervising and/or mentoring library faculty or staff.

Environment:

The Penn State University Libraries are a strategic asset to Penn State, advancing intellectual discovery, information literacy, and lifelong learning, all in support of the University’s strategic goals in teaching, research, service, and outreach.  The University Libraries is ranked among the top 10 research libraries in North America, according to the Association for Research Libraries investment rankings, and provides services at University Park and 22 other campus locations throughout Pennsylvania as well as online. We serve more than 6,400 faculty and 46,800 students at University Park, and approximately 97,500 students university-wide. More than 120 faculty librarians in the University Libraries benefit from extensive technological resources and research support services. Penn State, a land-grant institution, is a member of the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Association of American Universities. The University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the international Center for Research Libraries.

The University Park campus is set in the State College metropolitan area, a university town located in central Pennsylvania. State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational facilities, a low crime rate, and excellent public schools. The campus is within a half-day's drive to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, or Pittsburgh. The University Park Airport is served by three major carriers with flights to Washington D.C., Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit. For more information, please visit http://www.libraries.psu.edu and http://www.cbicc.org.

Compensation and Benefits:

This is a tenure-track faculty position.  Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience. Fringe benefits include liberal vacation, excellent insurance and health care coverage, state or TIAA retirement options, and educational privileges. In addition, faculty in the University Libraries are afforded funds for professional development travel annually.  Faculty may be asked to travel as official representatives of the Libraries to certain events and those trips are reimbursed at full cost within limits established by the University.

Application Instructions:

Applications and all supporting materials must be submitted online.  To be considered for the position, interested candidates should upload a letter of application, resume or C.V., and the names and contact information of three professional references (including email addresses).   Review of applications will begin August 23, 2017 and continue until position is filled.  Questions may be addressed to Lindsey Harter, Faculty Search Coordinator, at lap225@psu.edu.
 

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