Two Positions – Washington, D.C.

Position: Head, Digital Services Unit
Location: Georgetown University – Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement available at ALA Joblist:

Head, Digital Services Unit

Head, Digital Services Unit – Library Information Technology

The Unit Head, Digital Services coordinates the planning, designing, implementation, maintenance, expansion and communication/outreach of the digital collections/projects, digital services, and institutional repository services, collections and content, including the design, deployment and maintenance of digital services and platforms which includes DigitalGeorgetown and related digital tool sets, representations of digital content, digital conversion, interoperability of digital platforms, and integration of digital resources into learning management systems.

The Digital Services Unit is one of two core units of LIT along with Library Applications and Systems Support. The Unit Head, Digital Services position reports to the Head of Library Information Technology, who provides strategy, planning, and policy direction. Supervises 1 FTE digital services staff and 2-3 FTE student assistants. Duties include but are not limited to:

Initiates and is the first point of contact for all new digital projects and digital initiatives, and works with both internal and external project stakeholders to develop an achievable project plan guided by a clear project charter.

Monitors progress toward project milestones and coordinates with stakeholders of participating departments in the library and the University to ensure timely progress toward completion, making necessary adjustments in keeping with the priorities of the GU Libraries as a whole.

Keeps current on technology trends, to identify possibilities for collaboration and partnership on digital initiatives within the GU Libraries, university and consortially, and to be proactive in ensuring that the GU Libraries remain current and relevant with their digital collections and digital repositories and systems.

Seeks out new opportunities for GU Libraries with emphasis on innovation, digital developments, and new roles for academic libraries in digital pedagogy and curriculum. In addition, the Unit Head, Digital Services will serve as a public face for digital initiatives by representing the GU Libraries on external committees, working groups, and other professional organizations as needed.


Master’s degree in library and/or information science from an ALA-accredited program or related degree.

Minimum two years of direct experience with digital initiatives (digitization projects, digital content management systems and/or Web-based delivery of digital objects).

Experience with some digital collection management platforms or extensible services such as DSpace, Islandora, Omeka, DigiTool, Blacklight etc.

Demonstrated ability to analyze user requirements to deliver digital solutions and experience performing usability surveys.

Experience with digital image file formats, conversion and software such as Adobe CS

Knowledge of audio and visual applications in the virtual environment.

Demonstrated ability to manage multiple complex projects involving many stakeholders simultaneously.

Demonstrated planning and coordination, with the ability to function independently, take initiative, and set goals and priorities in a dynamic changing environment.

Position: Program Director for Assessment

Location: Association of Research Libraries – Washington, D.C.

Full vacancy announcement available at ALA Joblist:

Program Director for Assessment

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) seeks a Program Director to provide leadership for assessment initiatives and projects in support of the ARL Strategic Framework 2015+, data-driven analytics, evidence-based decision making, and evaluation of the effectiveness of the Association’s initiatives and projects. The Strategic Framework 2015+ calls for emphasis on assessment that aligns libraries with research, teaching and learning outcomes in higher education.

The Program Director for Assessment will be responsible for overseeing, enhancing, and developing new assessment activities and performing all necessary functions related to the collection, analysis, and reporting of institutional data from member institutions. The Program Director will provide leadership in developing a research agenda for the Association that addresses the needs and interests of its members and the larger world of research libraries.

Duties will include:

Leading a small, expert staff that undertakes qualitative and quantitative research activities to provide organizational-performance and market data.

Coordinating Association-wide data collection including key performance indicators and reporting to internal stakeholders and external agencies.

Building and extending the functionality of the Association’s data warehouse.

Collecting member feedback and research evidence to support quality assurance and development in member institutions.

Identifying assessment trends and contemporary initiatives and issues in libraries, archives, museums, and higher education, educating the membership about their meaning, and developing ways to address them.

Leading a continuous refreshing of the Association’s signature assessment programs.

Assisting the Association to achieve its vision for the Strategic Framework 2015+ through the use of effective, sustainable, and practical assessment methodologies and surveys.

Operationalizing initiatives and projects by translating them into a strategic, measurable, responsive research agenda that helps the membership collect data demonstrating research libraries’ effectiveness and value, and using such methods as outcomes assessment and qualitative and quantitative research.

Communicating the Assessment program’s research agenda to a broad audience.

Understanding software platforms and technology needed to support assessment efforts.

Balancing input and recommendations from multiple sources, including but not limited to the ARL Board of Directors, Executive Director and ARL staff, ARL membership, and Assessment Committee.

Leveraging expertise in assessment and planning in service of the Association and the larger research library ecosystem.