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Kingston, Rhode Island
United States
Education, Training, Library
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Full Time
Experience level:
5 - 10 years
Education level:
Master's Degree

Associate Professor (Scholarly Technology Librarian)


This position is a 12-month tenure-track faculty appointment at the Associate Professor level. The position will be a calendar year appointment with an expected start date of September 2017. This position reports to the Chair, Public Services and Dean, University Libraries.


An experienced and highly motivated individual is needed to lead operations and development across all library systems and applications with a focus on scholarly information needs. An ideal candidate will have implemented and managed a variety of public facing production systems providing a range of services using several technology stacks, and will be at ease learning and managing new technologies in support of all phases of scholarship. A particular need centers around taking full advantage of the possibilities offered by the library, learning, and content management systems currently in use at URI Libraries. A strong communicator with good experience managing projects and providing customer service, this person will be able to take a lead role on systems projects and all phases of the software life-cycle and see that project through to a successful conclusion. An ideal candidate will have experience managing interrelated applications across several operating systems using disparate programming languages, databases, protocols, standards, and productivity tools. Strong candidates should also have the written and public speaking skills necessary to represent the technical work of the library to peers within the library, across campus, and in the broader profession, as this position will require the incumbent to engage widely at each of these levels. The candidate may also be called upon to manage and mentor peers as well as supervise students and staff. Applicants should be eager to shape and/or adapt to changes, should welcome a service model where library faculty actively engage faculty and students through direct outreach and should have a knowledge and interest in the evolving roles of research libraries in the changing landscape of higher education.


Located near Rhode Island’s famous shoreline and within easy traveling distance from Boston and New York City, the University of Rhode Island is a Land-, Sea-, and Urban-Grant institution and is a top tier research university.


Leads the day-to-day development and operation of all library systems, with a primary focus on public-facing applications supporting learning and scholarship at URI.  Collaborates closely with peers within URI Libraries and across campus as a reliable partner to identify, prioritize, and direct projects and to sustain systems and services which enable teaching, learning, and research throughout the University. Leads all technical phases of initiatives to implement, enhance, and maintain library systems that support and respond to the needs of local and remote URI students, faculty, and staff. Direct support operations for public-facing systems, ensuring appropriate responsiveness and effectiveness in addressing and resolving reported issues. Support library efforts in analysis and assessment of systems use and usability. Hire, train, supervise, and mentor staff and student employees as needs require. Participate in and present at meetings of national and international communities of practice including digital library organizations, vendor user groups, and professional associations.  Participate in the governance and activities of a highly collaborative academic department; support reference and instruction.


Visit the URI jobs website at to apply and view complete details for posting (F00033).   Please attach 3 (PDF) documents to your Faculty Employment Application: (#1) Cover letter, (#2) Resume, and (#3) “Other” the names and contact information of three professional references.


Application Deadline:  The search will remain open until the position is filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by April 30, 2017. Second consideration may be given to applications received by May 21, 2017. Applications received subsequent to the second consideration date (May 21, 2017) may not be given full consideration.




The University of Rhode Island is an AA/EEOD employer.  Women, persons of color, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other protected groups are encouraged to apply.


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