Job posting: Director of Digital Technologies, Providence, RI
The Director of Library Digital Technologies (LDT) provides energetic,
creative, and forward-looking leadership for the Brown University Library’s
digital infrastructure and applications. Reporting to the Deputy University
Librarian, and a member of the Library’s leadership team, the Director
coordinates and collaborates with partners in the Library, the University’s
Computing and Information Services (CIS) department, and other campus units
to ensure that the Library’s digital services are aligned with the teaching
and research mission of the University.
The Director of LDT will be responsible for setting strategic goals,
allocating resources, and overseeing the successful implementation,
maintenance, refreshment, and integration of the Library’s information
technology program, which includes on-premise, locally hosted, and vendor
hosted enterprise level applications. The Director provides high level
oversight for the continuous operation of the library’s website, digital
repository, and other locally hosted web services, and works closely with
other library and University stakeholders to manage hosted applications,
such as the Integrated Library System Sierra, ILLIAD interlibrary loan
software, and customized applications for resource discovery, course
reserves, interlibrary loan and document lending, and researcher profiles.
The Director ensures that the Library’s IT program is integrated with the
University’s technology strategies and infrastructure; meets accepted and
emerging security and access protocols; and is responsive to the needs of
students, faculty, staff and other stakeholders. A leader in the academic
library IT field, the Director will represent the Brown University Library
in technology initiatives at the local and national level, including
participation in the Ivy Plus Libraries’ Confederation.
A highly collaborative leader, the Director of LDT contributes to the
development of a compelling vision for how digital technology can
strengthen existing workflows for collections management; contribute to
outstanding digital scholarship; support resource acquisition and
discovery; expose scholarship through an outstanding repository platform;
and promote the Brown University Library’s programs, services, and expert
staff through a state-of-the-art, user-centered, and accessible website
aligned with University web standards. The Director collaborates with all
library units to ensure the unit is fully integrated into the Library’s
operations as a whole, including a strong emphasis on diversity, equity,
access, and inclusion.
The Director directly supervises a team of management and non-management
professional staff members (software developers, systems administrator, web
services, digital repository and desktop support technicians). In addition
to the library website and the Brown Digital Repository, core applications
supported include a Blacklight discovery interface for the Library’s online
catalog; Researchers at Brown, a faculty profile system built on the
open-source VIVO platform; a custom application for managing course
reserves; and support for various library specific technologies, including
but not limited to, the integrated library system (ILS), interlibrary loan,
special collections, and research guides.
– Bachelor’s degree in Information Management/Technology or related
– Master’s Degree in a related field preferred.
– Minimum of five years increasingly responsible, substantive positions
developing, planning, and successfully implementing user-centered
– Experience with the implementation and maintenance of open source
– Experience with developing and enforcing policies for data privacy,
data security, and identity management.
– Data driven approach to continuous assessment and improvement of
programs and services
– Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.
– Excellent interpersonal, communication, and collaboration skills.
Candidates please note: all offers of employment are contingent upon a
criminal background check and education verification satisfactory to Brown.
Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic
global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown considers applicants for
employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of,
gender, race, protected veteran status, disability, or any other legally