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F/T - Knowledge Access & Resource Mgmt Svcs -NYU

Position: Director, Knowledge Access and Resource Management Services

New York University Libraries
Director, Knowledge Access and Resource Management Services

This position leads, shapes and oversees the work of 60 staff engaged in acquiring and making accessible the research resources in all formats of the NYU Division of Libraries. The Director is a member of the Libraries senior management team, which shares responsibility for planning, budget allocation, and the development and leadership of major strategic initiatives. In collaboration with senior management colleagues (including the Directors for Collections and Research Services, Public Services, Libraries IT Services, and Digital Library Technology Services), the Director has primary leadership responsibility for intellectual access to materials in a changing mix of user-oriented online environments.

The Director oversees the creation, acquisition, integration and lifecycle management of metadata and the supporting processes that enable knowledge access through a suite of discovery and retrieval systems. The Director oversees the operations of the Libraries' integrated library system (ILS), including its use by non-NYU libraries that participate in consortia and related services, and serves as liaison to those libraries. The scope of KARMS units comprises acquisitions, including licensing; serials and electronic resource management; cataloging and metadata production, integration and maintenance. Services are performed for the central and institute libraries, with selected services provided to consortium member libraries. The Director is also responsible for designing and overseeing a wide range of special projects, e.g., with affiliate libraries, digital library collections, specialized resources, and for NYU's developing branch campus in Abu Dhabi.

The Libraries' strategic plan emphasizes the need for continual organizational learning and innovation to meet the challenge of integrating library resources and services with new, ever-changing, powerful networked teaching, learning and research environments. The KARMS Director will have the opportunity to manage significant new service development and to redesign organizational structures and staff roles in this environment.

The Division of Libraries expends $11.6 million on collections (56% on electronic resources) and adds 90,000 volumes annually. KARMS staff comprises 14 librarians (who are faculty), 3 administrative staff and 43 support staff, as well as 11 FTE of student casuals and adjunct assistants. The Libraries deploys the ExLibris Aleph ILS, using PRIMO as its primary end-user access system; the Innovative Interfaces, Inc. Electronic Resources Management System; and DSpace for its institutional and preservation repositories.

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 serves 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 use of the ILS. For the NYU Libraries Mission and Strategic Plan go to

Qualifications: Evidence of vision and leadership in the fields of knowledge access and resource management; substantial successful experience in acquisitions, cataloging, processing, and/ or metadata production processes in an academic/research library, including evidence of successful and creative management of staff and operations; operational knowledge of discovery and access methods and systems; substantial 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 communications and interpersonal skills; excellent administrative, management, planning, and organizational skills; experience in coordination or management of integrated library system functions; working knowledge of metadata standards; evidence of creative problem-solving and innovative, results-oriented approaches to processes and organizational development; evidence of successful leadership in a complex organization, including demonstrated potential for leading transformational change. MLS from an ALA-accredited program and a second master's 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 résumé and letter of application, including the name, address, and telephone number of three references to: Enrique Yanez, Acting Director of Human Resources, New York University Libraries, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 or via e-mail to Résumés will be considered until the position is filled.

NYU is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

Contact Information:
E-mail :
Mr. Enrique Yanez
Acting Human Resources Director
Human Resources
New York University, Division of Libraries
70 Washington Sq. South 11th floor
New York, NY 10012

Date posted: 3/23/2009
Originally posted Chronicle of Higher Education