Head of Digital Scholarship and Communication Services
Full Time or Part Time?
Commitment to Inclusive Excellence
Northern Kentucky University ( NKU ) seeks excellence by enriching
its educational environment and culture through the diversity of
its administration, faculty and staff and by embracing
inclusiveness, equity, and global awareness in all dimensions of
its work. NKU is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative
Action institution. We encourage applications by members of diverse
groups and by persons with a demonstrated commitment to issues of
diversity and experience in achieving goals relative to inclusive
Purpose of Position
The Head of Digital Scholarship and Communication Services is a
newly envisioned position that leads the W. Frank Steely Library’s
efforts in planning, implementing, and managing an active,
comprehensive research services program that meets the educational
needs of the campus. This is a unique opportunity to shape and lead
the library’s growing research support role with regards to digital
literacy, multimodal digital publishing, digital ethics, GIS
research, research data management, data and statistical science,
digital humanities scholarship, media archaeology, and other kinds
of computational research and teaching. The individual will provide
leadership for corresponding library technology and software,
including the digital repository.
Reporting to the Dean of the Library, the Department Head will lead
a team of faculty librarians and staff who hold functional roles.
The successful candidate is a dynamic, student-focused educator
with demonstrated leadership skills, who continually transforms and
assesses research services by using quantitative and qualitative
data to inform planning while actively monitoring the campus
curriculum. With enthusiasm, the Department Head will build an
understanding of the library’s role in advancing the institution’s
focus on undergraduate research. This position serves on the
Library’s leadership team and will contribute to the development
and implementation of the Library’s vision and goals.
The W. Frank Steely Library provides a wide range of library
services to support the University’s commitment to its Success by
Design strategic framework, which promotes student success by
embracing inclusiveness, equity, global awareness, and academic
needs of students and faculty in each academic college. Library
faculty and staff have enhanced traditional services to better
address 21st century information needs and are collaborative
partners across campus. The library’s twenty faculty members and
fourteen staff members are leading the implementation of NKU’s
campus-wide Quality Enhancement Plan on Information Literacy and
newly created digital repository, and offering an online Bachelor’s
degree in library informatics.
NKU is a public comprehensive university located in the Northern
Kentucky/Cincinnati, Ohio metropolitan area. The university
delivers innovative, learner-centered education and engages in
impactful scholarly and creative activities, all of which empower
students for fulfilling careers and meaningful lives while
contributing to the social and economic vitality of the region. NKU
has almost 14,000 students, over 2,000 faculty and staff. It offers
79 undergraduate degree programs, master’s degrees in 21
disciplines, graduate certificates in 15 areas, two doctoral
programs, a law degree, and in a partnership with the University of
Kentucky and St. Elizabeth Hospital opened a medical school in the
fall of 2019.
Leadership in Digital Scholarship & Communications:
• Supervises a team of librarians and staff responsible for
implementing research services and outreach, including workload
distribution, goal setting, performance evaluation, teaching
observations, and professional development.
• Provides leadership for the development, maintenance, and support
of digital scholarship services, programming, and research for both
undergraduate and graduate programs, including face-to-face and
virtual modes of delivery.
• Leads the coordination with campus partners to integrate digital
scholarship and communications services throughout campus
• Identifies opportunities for incorporating digital scholarship
projects within the campus curriculum.
• Oversees the growth of the digital repository and recommends
related library technology and software.
• Oversees training and professional development for librarians and
staff on aspects of digital scholarship and communications,
including best practices.
• Oversees research help services, a suite of services, including
walk-up help, chat service (local and consortial), and
Liaison Responsibilities & Leadership in Organizational
• Serves on/collaborates with campus committees, related campus
departments/units, and Library committees and task forces.
• Liaises with campus departments and centers, and external
partners to create programming and services to support the
educational mission of the university.
• Leads the effort for Library to be recognized across campus as an
active contributor to undergraduate and graduate research
• Communicates with clarity and transparency to internal and
• Actively promotes an environment of continual improvement by
engaging in ongoing learning, information sharing, and professional
• Contributes to research tutoring and consultations.
• Other duties as assigned.
Service and Scholarship:
• Participates in Library and campus-wide committees and NKU
• Participates in scholarship and creative activity in order to
meet expectations for faculty at NKU .
• Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library or information
science program or an ALA approved foreign equivalent.
• Two years of continuous supervisory experience of professional
staff and/or faculty, including proven team accomplishments and
individual success in employee supervision, leadership, and
• Proven project success in fields such as digital humanities,
digital science, digital social sciences, digital art, or data
• Demonstrated experience building working relationships and
collaborations with academic programs and/or faculty at an
institution of higher education.
• Demonstrated commitment to professional activity/service,
especially in the area of digital scholarship, scholarly
communications, or trends in higher education.
• Experience managing and growing a digital repository.
• Demonstrated experience capitalizing on growth
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends in digital
scholarship and scholarly communications.
• Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends in research
• Ability to lead and manage complex teams.
• Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends that affect
academic libraries or higher education.
• Ability to work well both independently and in a collaborative
environment and to contribute to professional service.
• Exemplary interpersonal and written communication skills plus a
demonstrated commitment to professional
• Ability to create an exciting, future-oriented library.
Applications submitted by November 6, 2020 will receive full
Job Open Date
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled
Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).
- Cover Letter/Letter of Application