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Associate University Librarian For Collections And Discovery (Assistant Director), University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT


The UConn Library invites applications and nominations for a highly collaborative, innovative, thoughtful, nimble, and strategic leader for the Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Collections and Discovery. Reporting to the Dean, the AUL shapes all aspects of collecting and discovery for the UConn Library. As a member of the senior leadership team, the AUL actively engages in every aspect of the UConn Library and serves as an ambassador and advocate for the Library with University constituencies, and with state, regional, and national organizations. Along with all UConn Library personnel, the successful candidate makes a positive contribution to a culture of inclusion and respect in all interactions within the Library and across the University and exemplifies the UConn Library values of kindness and trust, curiosity and inquiry, equity and inclusion, and having fun.

Duties and Responsibilities:

As a member of UConn Library’s senior leadership the AUL for Collections and Discovery does the following:

  • Ensures organizational effectiveness and efficiency and shares in responsibilities for decision-making, resource management, and policy development for library operations and services. 
  • Supports holistic library-wide approaches to strategic planning and communication, and an environment of innovation and collaboration. 
  • Leads through promoting teamwork, diversity, and inclusiveness within UConn Library and the campus.
  • Serves as the Library’s representative and advocate to relevant university, consortial, or multi-institutional groups.
  • Provides leadership, strategic direction, and support for the development, assessment, and evaluation of the Collections and Discovery area, including acquisitions, collection strategies, metadata, electronic resource management, and discovery.
  • Responsible for the Library collections budget, collection development and management, and technical service operations in the context of trends in digital scholarship, open access, scholarly communications, and the development of next-generation resource discovery systems. 
  • Provides leadership in areas of copyright and fair use as they apply to collections and resource sharing and work collaboratively with staff at the UConn Libraries, UConn Health Sciences Library, and UConn School of Law Library to develop policies and make strategic decisions. 
  • Takes a leadership role in defining the Libraries’ participation in regional and national collaborations that preserve and provide access to shared collections of scholarly materials
  • Collaboratively establishes goals and objectives for the area and develops, evaluates, and continually improves programs and services.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree or higher in library or information science or other relevant discipline.
  • Minimum of seven years of significant academic or research library experience (could also be consortial or related) with responsibility in areas related to collection assessment and management, acquisitions, metadata services, licensing, copyright, or scholarly communications.
  • Minimum of three years of continuous supervisory experience including demonstrated leadership skills, keen analytical and conceptual abilities, ability to influence and manage change, inspire innovation, delegate responsibility appropriately, and successfully support staff development.
  • Ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively and to be a leader in promoting teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness.
  • Demonstrated interpersonal and public communication skills including ability to serve as an advocate and spokesperson for UConn Library.
  • Knowledge of emerging trends in higher education or academic libraries.
  • Ability to build successful partnerships at the local, regional, and national level.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience in promoting library collections and engaging faculty, students, and administrators.
  • Experience with budget management or grant writing.
  • Experience in consortial or multi-institutional program development.
  • Experience in developing and implementing strategic plans or projects.
  • Evidence of a strong record of professional service, scholarly publishing, or research.

Other Information:

This is a full-time position based in Storrs, Connecticut. The University offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits, including employee and dependent tuition waivers at UConn and a highly desirable work environment. Salary is dependent upon education, qualifications, and experience. This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on June 14, 2020.

How to Apply:

Applications must be submitted online using UConn Jobs at, Staff Positions, Search #494553 and include a cover letter, detailed resume, and contact information for three professional references.  Candidates should address in their cover letter and/or resume how their candidacy meets the position responsibilities, minimum qualifications, and preferred qualifications (if applicable). The posting can be found here.

Nominations and inquiries should be sent in confidence to [email protected]. To ensure full consideration, inquiries and applications should be submitted by June 14, 2020.  Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at