Director for Technical Services and Technology

Ottenheimer Library

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

Available July 1, 2007

The Ottenheimer Library of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) invites applications for the position of Director for Technical Services and Technology, job #268.  This is a full-time, 12 month faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Professor, leading to tenure.  The Director is responsible for the overall operation of Ottenheimer Library's Technical Services Departments including acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, serials, and multimedia information technology.  The Director for Technical Services and Technology is also responsible for planning, coordinating, and implementing changes in technology throughout the library.  The successful candidate will be a member of the Library's senior administrative group, sharing responsibility for the overall direction of the University Library with other key managers including Directors for Public Services, Archives and Special Collections, and Administrative Services.  This position will report directly to the Dean of the Library.

Ottenheimer Library's materials budget is in excess of $1 million annually.  Its materials holdings include:  nearly a half million monographs, 11,000 electronic books, access to over 28,000 electronic journals, 3,600 active periodical subscriptions, in excess of one million microforms, and more than 115 electronic databases.  The Library's integrated library system is Innovative Interfaces.


1.	Provide vision, direction and operational management for all technical service functions (acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, and serials.)
2.	Supervise and evaluate Heads of Collection Development, Cataloging, and Multimedia Information Technology.
3.	Coordinate technical services and technology system activities and workflow with other areas of the library and university.
4.	Coordinate and plan for technological changes in the Library; oversee library staff responsible for maintenance and support of the Library's on-line systems and computing equipment.
5.	Participate in library-wide programs such as collection development, assessment, and strategic planning.
6.	Take a leadership role, locally and nationally, in identifying and implementing new developments in the field through active participation in professional organizations.

REQUIREMENTS:  ALA-accredited MLS;  at least five years of professional experience in a research or academic library in technical services areas such as acquisitions, cataloging, collection development, serials, and multimedia information technology;  demonstrated understanding of academic teaching and research needs;  ability to view issues from a broad library-wide perspective; excellent interpersonal, communication, and planning skills.

PREFERRED:  Experience with assessment of library services, strategic planning, and project management; three years successful management and supervision of librarians and paraprofessionals; experience with integrated library systems; proven skills in the application of technology to enhance effectiveness in technical services operations;

second advanced degree; qualifications for appointment at rank of Associate Professor.

To apply: Send a letter of application stating qualifications and background for this position; curriculum vitae; names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references to Dr. Robert Sikes, Chair of the Director for Technical Services and Technology of the Ottenheimer Library Search Committee (  Refer to job #268.  Only electronic applications will be accepted (PDF format is welcomed).  Applicant packages must be complete in order to be considered for an interview.  Review of applications will begin 1 April, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled.  UALR is an equal employment opportunity affirmative action employer and actively seeks the candidacy of minorities, women, and persons with disabilities.  Under Arkansas law, all applications are subject to disclosure.  Persons hired must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States.

Maureen E. JamesHead, Collection Development Ottenheimer Library University of Arkansas at Little Rock 2801 South University Little Rock, AR 72204

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