Librarian for Research
The University of Minnesota Libraries seeks strategic leadership
for the position of Associate University Librarian for Research.
This is an exciting opportunity to join a new leadership team at
the University of Minnesota Libraries. Reporting to the University
Librarian and Dean of Libraries, the Associate University Librarian
(AUL) is a member of the Libraries’ senior leadership team and
plays a lead role in fostering collaborative strategies to shape
the research lifecycle from discovery to impact to assessment and
reuse. For more information about this leadership position in
the context of the University, go to: https://www.lib.umn.edu/about/employment/RAUL
About the University of Minnesota
The flagship of the University of Minnesota System, the Twin Cities campus is
Minnesota’s only land-grant university and one of the most
prestigious public research universities in the nation.
The University of Minnesota is embarking on a new strategic
plan. Inspired by the State of Minnesota, MPact
2025 reflects our deepened commitment to research, teaching,
and service, open access to opportunity, and forward-thinking
innovation to advance the University’s land-grant mission and
impact the world.
About the University of Minnesota Libraries
The University of Minnesota Libraries develops and supports
innovative services, collections, and partnerships that engage
50,000 students, 4,000 faculty, and 16,000 staff in the pursuit of
knowledge. As the state’s only research library, it reaches well
beyond campus borders to develop and deliver high-demand services
and programs to 5.6 million Minnesota residents, 485,000 alumni,
and a global community of scholars.
As outlined in our strategic plan, inclusion, diversity,
equity, and accessibility are the guiding principles for every
aspect of work in the University Libraries, knowing that this is an
ongoing journey. As individuals, and as a whole, we commit to
actions that reject racism and advance social justice. Our
commitment to IDEA is demonstrated in part by our community
outreach, which includes the Mapping Prejudice project,
Umbra Search: African American
History, and the
Tretter Transgender Oral History Project.
Located in the heart of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the University
Libraries has a significant presence on the Twin Cities campus,
including libraries on the west and east banks of the Mississippi
River in Minneapolis, and in St. Paul.
The Libraries’ new
strategic plan includes an expansive and holistic approach to
research services at the University of Minnesota in support of
the University's strategic plan. The Associate University Librarian
(AUL) provides visionary, strategic, and creative senior leadership
for the Libraries’ Research unit, working in a highly collaborative
model with AULs for Collections & Content Strategy and Student
Success. The unit integrates Liaison Librarians from the Physical
and Biological Sciences, Social Sciences, Health Sciences, Area
Studies and Humanities with functional specialists involved with
Specialized Research Consulting, including data curation; Digital,
Art, Sciences, and Humanities (DASH); Publishing; and Research
With collections of ~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 student success. The Libraries’ strategic plan
positions the organization as a critical institutional asset and
advances collaborative models for creating and supporting knowledge
resources for the campus and global communities.
The 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 consortia, a
nationally recognized leader in resource sharing and
The Libraries is a member of a variety of groups within the Big
Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA), HathiTrust, the National Digital
Stewardship Alliance, Council of Library and Information
Resources/Digital Library Federation, DuraSpace, and the Center for
- As a member of the Dean’s Cabinet, contribute to strategic
planning, resource development, policy, and collaborative program
- Provide leadership for planning, resource
allocation/development, and evaluation. Anticipate emerging issues
and enable the Research unit’s ongoing assessment and refinement of
plans and activities.
- Provide leadership and stewardship for major program
development and collaborate to enable and support cross-unit
- Develop policies and programs that enable an exceptional and
coherent user experience, while recognizing diverse needs of
multiple constituencies. Ensure responsive environments for
learning and research within library facilities.
- Nurture an organizational culture of innovation, evidence-based
investments, and responsive program development.
- Develop and sustain relationships with academic leadership to
inform Libraries’ program development and enable partnerships.
- Ensure effective support and development for staff and
contribute to organization development. Ensure ongoing
communication within the unit and Libraries.
- Identify opportunities for external partnerships with
institutions and organizations to leverage expertise and develop
programs at scale.
- Actively participate in and contribute to the profession,
advancing new program models, inter-institutional initiatives, and
relevant public policy.
ALA accredited Masters in Library/Information Science or
equivalent advanced degree. Thirteen years of experience
within a research library (or related) environment, including
administrative experience. Demonstrated knowledge and
application of emergent library roles and issues. Strong
facility with technology and its application. Evidence of
effective human and financial resource management strategies.
Record of effective program development and collaboration.
Demonstrated ability to support, respect, and commit to
embracing diverse backgrounds, values, and points of view in order
to build an environment that fosters an inclusive community.
Record of professional contributions and
Leadership experience within an organization of comparable scope
and complexity. Demonstrated experience with data-driven decision
making. Experience in community outreach and development.
Record of successful grant application and management.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: This is a full-time,
12-month, administrative appointment. Salary commensurate
with skills and experience. The salary range for this
position is $120,000 - $150,000. The University of Minnesota
offers 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 begins
immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Submit a letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses,
telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three current
professional references at http://z.umn.edu/ulib422 .
Click on External Applicants. Enter
342334 in the “Search Jobs” box. Please
identify your cover letter with UL422.
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