Associate University Librarian for Content & Collections (UL341)

University of Minnesota Libraries - Twin Cities in Minnesota

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted September 8, 2015
Type Administrative
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The University of Minnesota University Libraries seeks strategic leadership for the position of Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Content & Collections. Reporting to the University Librarian, the AUL is a member of the senior leadership of the Libraries and plays a lead role in fostering collaborative strategies to shape a robust and sustainable environment for scholarly content. For more information about this leadership position in the context of the University and the academy, go to:




The Libraries strategic directions include an expansive and holistic approach to developing and sustaining content to advance scholarship and learning. The Content & Collections division embraces a broad portfolio and the full spectrum of responsibilities around the development, management, preservation, and dissemination of content resources. In addition to developing local collections, the Libraries plays a consulting and operational role for content services on campus and works collaboratively with other institutions to develop services at scale.   The AUL ensures coordinated policy and balanced investments around this fundamental research library role. 


As a member of the Libraries senior leadership, the AUL contributes to organizational planning, resource development, and policy. S/he operates in a highly inter-related and collaborative environment and works with AULs for Research & Learning, Health Sciences Libraries, and Data & Technology to sponsor and coordinate cross-divisional planning and implementation of strategic initiatives. The AUL represents the organization in relevant consortial and collaborative venues to develop collective strategies for multi-institutional program development.


Administrative leadership responsibilities encompass Libraries functions for acquisition and e-resource management, resource sharing, collection development, collection management and preservation, campus copyright permissions services, and open scholarship and publishing. The AUL sets priorities for positioning Libraries collections and content expertise to ensure highly functional access and to enable sustainable models for long-term support of local and distributed content.


The position works across the Libraries to develop collection policies and protocols and to engage discipline liaisons, functional specialists, access and technology personnel, and collection management staff in ensuring a coherent and responsive environment for access. The AUL contributes to the strategic development of local, regional, and national strategies in preservation, digitization, and access and supports coordination of relevant licensing and collection management strategies for the Universitys system campus libraries.  In shaping Libraries programs to contribute digital content to the broader scholarly community, the AUL plays a critical role in campus outreach to assess needs, develop capacities, and structure models for funding and rights.


With collections of over 8 million volumes, the University of Minnesota Libraries is recognized for rich historical and special collections, innovative technologies, and model programs in support of research and learning. The Libraries current plan positions the organization as a strategic institutional asset and advances collaborative models for creating and supporting knowledge resources for the campus and global communities.


Libraries outreach beyond the University is strengthened by unparalleled infrastructure for resource sharing, information access, content licensing, digitization, and digital preservation within the state and region provided by the state-supported Minitex program, a division of the University Libraries. The Minitex-based Minnesota Digital Library serves as a service hub for the Digital Public Library of America.  The Libraries is a member of the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC) Center for Library Initiatives, the HathiTrust, the Digital Preservation Network, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, Council of Library and Information Resources/Digital Library Federation, DuraSpace, and the Center for Research Libraries.


The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, is a classic Big Ten campus in the heart of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.  It is both the state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public service, and a major research institution, with scholars of national and international reputation.




The AUL is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Content & Collections division. The AUL will:

  • Provide leadership, direction, and planning in support of Libraries units associated with content and collections: Acquisitions and E-Resource Management, Collection Development, Collection Management and Preservation, and Content Services (Resource Sharing, Permissions Services, and Open Scholarship and Publishing).
  • Collaborate across Libraries divisions and coordinate processes related to development and management of collections.
  • Oversee the divisions financial resources (collections, personnel, and operational funds), developing strategies for a balanced portfolio of investments across functions and between local and collaborative efforts. Administer and provide policy around collection endowments.
  • Establish policies around the full life cycle of Libraries content:  acquisitions/licensing, collection management, preservation, and withdrawal.
  • Develop and support Libraries staff in the division; foster programs of knowledge development across the organization relevant to content and collection issues.
  • As a member of the University Libraries' senior leadership team, participate in strategic planning, development of new initiatives, financial planning, policy development, and governance.
  • Work with external organizations to develop coalitions and partnerships that ensure enduring access to content and collection resources, wherever held.
  • Contribute to the profession through engagement with appropriate organizations and societies.





ALA accredited Masters in Library/Information Science or equivalent combination of advanced degree and relevant experience. Substantial experience within a research library (or related) environment, including administrative experience.  Demonstrated knowledge and application of emergent library roles and issues associated with knowledge assets.  Demonstrated knowledge of trends in research and user behavior; knowledge of publishing and technology markets and trends. Strong facility with technology and its application in knowledge management. Evidence of effective human and financial resource management strategies. Successful record of program development and collaboration.  Commitment to supporting a diverse environment.  Excellent communication skills.  Record of professional contributions and leadership.



Second advanced degree.  Leadership experience within an organization of comparable scope and complexity. Demonstrated facility with data analysis.  Experience in publisher and vendor negotiations and collaborations.  Experience in multi-institutional program development. Record of successful grant application and management.  Experience in development and fundraising.


SALARY AND BENEFITS:  This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative appointment.  The Libraries offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience, excellent benefits, and a substantial moving allowance. Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

To Apply:  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Submit a letter of application; a resume; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three current references at: Please identify applications with UL341.


The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer.

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