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Library Systems Department Head

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12-month tenured position

Reporting to the Dean of Library, the Library Systems Department Head is responsible for providing high-quality, robust management of library systems (applications and hardware) that facilitate search, discovery, and delivery of library services and resources. The Library Systems Department Head works collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders, to support the discoverability of library resources in both the physical and digital realms. This position plays a key role in NMSU Library’s integrated information technology-library ecosystem. This Library Systems Department Head is tasked with managing current systems and works on projects to deliver new services of high-quality to support an intensive research and multi-disciplined environment. As a member of the library faculty, pursues an active and ongoing program of professional development appropriate for rank at the university. Ensures compliance with relevant library and university policies and procedures, including department head roles and responsibilities as specified in New Mexico State University Administrative Rules and Procedures (ARP). 6.72-Department Heads Responsibilities.
  As a member of the library faculty, is responsible for achieving in the following areas:

  • Librarianship
  • Scholarship and Creative Activity
  • Outreach and Extension (when appropriate)
  • Service

Specific duties of the incumbent include the following:

  • Oversees internal systems administration for NMSU Library and IT-related workflows and infrastructure
  • Monitors the trends in the field and implements new and emerging library data management applications and knowledge systems, such as next generation library catalogs, aggregated discovery tools, research and collaboration systems, instructional technology, digital archives, and simulation and presentation tools.
  • Works closely with library staff, the systems unit, and other organizational entities within NMSU and NMSU Library to ensure systems are optimized for all library operations.
  • Maintains up to date documentation regarding systems, policies, procedures and practices.
  • Promotes a diverse environment.

Moving allowance included.

New Mexico State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer; Minorities, Females, Veterans, and those with a Disability are encouraged to apply.


NMSU is New Mexico’s land-grant and space-grant institution, a comprehensive research institution dedicated to teaching, research, public service and outreach. In addition, the NMSU system includes a satellite learning center in Albuquerque, Cooperative Extension Service offices located in each of New Mexico’s 33 counties, and 12 agriculture research and science centers. New Mexico State University is the institution of choice for more than 15,000 students from 49 states and 89 foreign countries.

The City of Las Cruces is the second largest city in New Mexico and is located in Doña Ana County, approximately 45 miles north of El Paso, Texas, and 225 miles south of Albuquerque. Las Cruces is the economic and geographic center of the Mesilla Valley, the agricultural region on the floodplain of the Rio Grande which extends from Hatch to the west side of El Paso, Texas. The Organ Mountains, 10 miles to the east, are dominant in the city’s landscape, along with the Doña Ana Mountains, Robledo Mountains, and Picacho Peak. Las Cruces lies within a short driving distance of the Mexican border at Santa Teresa, as well as many other locations in the broader borderland region.

Geography, climate, demographics, and ambiance of Las Cruces and NMSU combine to offer a truly excellent place to thrive. Family members will discover a warm, open community that offers an attractive array of activities and outdoor recreation, amenities, services and opportunities, whether they are looking for top-notch education, meaningful employment, or simply a safe and comfortable place to live.


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