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Appointment Type: Admin Full-time
Department: Schaffer Library
Categories: Administration
Position Grade: LS

The Director of Content and Digital Library Systems will provide vision and leadership for library digital infrastructure, workflows, policy and services to support expanding modes of research, teaching and scholarly communication. The Director will develop effective partnerships with the Information Technology Services staff to create and sustain system integration and infrastructure. The Director is responsible for establishing processes and support structures that ensure the library can select, acquire, preserve and provide access to the full spectrum of research materials.  The Director leads library faculty and staff to develop and sustain the library services platform (Summon over Alma), and content, which includes acquisitions, collection management, cataloging, metadata, discovery, serials, electronic resources, digitization, physical processing and preservation of research in all formats. The Director oversees workflows and engages with new technologies and enhancement opportunities in response to user needs and priorities of the Schaffer Library. In fulfilling the Library’s responsibility as the intellectual and informational hub of the College, the Director will seek to partner with the College community to provide support for digital scholarship including grant writing and project management. The Director will provide leadership in actively engaging and seeking input from the campus community in order to develop the collection and improve discovery. The Director is responsible for managing, supporting and developing diverse library faculty and staff. The Director will serve on the library’s Library Planning Team to work collaboratively to advise the College Librarian on strategy, budgets, and program development. As a member of the library faculty, the Director is also expected to pursue a focused program of professional development, scholarly activity and college service.


  • Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program with a minimum of seven years' experience in academic library management with a focus on technical services or systems. An equivalent combination of degree and experience will be considered.
  • Experience with emerging digital technologies and an understanding of how technology has and continues to transform academic libraries, scholarship and teaching.
  • Demonstrated experience in strategic planning, project planning and management, implementing and assessing programs and services.
  • A successful record of progressively responsible experience in employee development, change management and team building, including a demonstrated commitment to building and supporting diverse and inclusive employees.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current principles, practices and standards of collections, technical services and systems.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn, experiment, and advance skill sets to meet challenges associated with emerging technologies.
  • Experience with grant writing and project management.

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.

Union College

Officially chartered in 1795, Union College is the fifth-oldest liberal arts college in the country. Located in the Capital District of New York State, Union is a highly selective residential and undergraduate college, home to 2,200 students and 220 faculty, and offering 44 majors. Union was the first liberal arts college to rethink the traditional liberal arts education and adopt an engineering curriculum. That pioneering approach continues today with an education that encourages students to work beyond the limits of disciplinary boundaries, allowing them to think globally and lead innovatively in a world where problem solving requires breadth across humanities, arts, social sciences, science, and engineering.

Union College offers an exceptional benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, life and disability coverage, a generous retirement plan and tuition remission.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities that request such accommodations.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws, supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

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