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Job Summary

HathiTrust Digital Library has an opportunity for a collaborative, creative, and experienced individual to direct the next phases of the HathiTrust Shared Print Program, a distributed shared archive of print volumes corresponding to the HathiTrust digital collection.

HathiTrust (pronounced hah-tee) is a global partnership of 130+ major research institutions and libraries based at the University of Michigan working towards its mission to ensure that the cultural record is preserved and accessible long into the future. Today, ten years after its founding, HathiTrust holds the largest set of digitized books stewarded by a non-profit organization, which offers an unprecedented opportunity to steward the cultural record through increasingly interdependent work that develops capacity and sparks innovation.

The Shared Print Program is a key strategic program of HathiTrust, endorsed by the membership in 2011 and defined through a substantive planning project in 2014-2015. In the Program’s initial implementation phase beginning in 2016, HathiTrust secured retention commitments for over 16 million volumes held at 49 HathiTrust member libraries. Now beginning the second phase, Phase 2, HathiTrust is seeking additional retention commitments and exploring new shared print services to benefit HathiTrust member libraries.  For more information about the program, visit:

The HathiTrust Shared Print Program is a large scale, transformative initiative, requiring a leader with experience and credibility in the academic library community.  Current Shared Print Program Officer Lizanne Payne has announced her intention to retire at the end of 2018, and HathiTrust seeks an experienced leader to guide future phases of the program.  The successful candidate will take responsibility for this program as the second phase concludes, and will have the opportunity to shape how it grows and define the services that will be based upon it.  The Shared Print Program Officer develops and executes HathiTrust’s Shared Print Program, drives the development of program strategy and policy, recruits and supports participating libraries, and defines member services that will result in the program’s success. The Program Officer will be expected to develop partnerships with libraries, vendors, and other stakeholders, and will thrive on complex, multipartner environments.  This position will require travel several times each year.

We champion diversity, equity, and inclusion. Our work engages a broad and diverse community with wide-ranging needs and concerns, and we empower all employees to actively participate in the ongoing process of learning about and responding to these needs in order to build an environment in which all our community members can flourish.

Note: This position will be a full-time, three-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal.  It is preferred that the selected candidate work in Ann Arbor, MI, but remote work possibilities may also be considered.


  • Drives the development of program strategy and policy, recruits and supports participating libraries, and defines member services that will enable the program’s success.

  • Establishes processes to secure retention commitments to keep pace with continuously deposited digital holdings and any other not-yet-committed holdings in the HathiTrust Digital Library.

  • Develops and maintains business and implementation plans for the program.

  • Reviews operational needs of HathiTrust libraries and develops policies and/or services to achieve benefits of shared print retention data.

  • Assesses and recommends extensions of the shared print program such as: the addition of other formats, e.g., monographic series or journals; resource-sharing options and delivery mechanisms for retained volumes; or other elements that would further enhance access to and preservation of retained items.

  • Defines and directs work to support collection analytics, system development for new or improved functionality, project management, data management, and reporting.

  • Coordinates priorities for program growth with the HathiTrust U.S. Federal Documents Program and the HathiTrust Digital Library collection development plans; explores ways to contribute digital content to the HathiTrust Digital Library based on member libraries’ other shared print commitments.

  • Works closely with or leads relevant HathiTrust advisory and governance groups to align the program’s activities with needs of the HathiTrust membership and broader community.

  • Forges partnerships with other libraries, groups, and service providers to carry out the program’s goals; formally represents HathiTrust in multiple forums to advance the program in the emerging national and international shared print ecosystem.

Required Qualifications*

  • Post-graduate degree in a field of study relevant to the role.

  • Previous experience managing or leading collection management program or services.

  • Demonstrated ability to form successful partnerships across complex organizations and/or multiple institutions involving diverse stakeholders.

  • Experience working in and/or leading successful cross-functional teams within an organization or as a virtual organization across multiple organizations.

  • Demonstrated knowledge of research, issues, trends, and proposals in collection management, shared print, and/or resource sharing programs in North America.

  • Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization

Desired Qualifications*

  • Willingness and ability to relocate to Ann Arbor, MI.

  • Experience scoping and defining user needs and functional requirements.

  • Experience in related areas such as discovery services, resource sharing, large-scale digitization, metadata management, project and process management, data analysis and visualization.

Additional Information

Appointment is anticipated to be filled with rank accorded at the University of Michigan as a librarian. The University Library uses a four rank librarian system of assistant librarian, associate librarian, senior associate librarian, librarian.  Salary and rank dependent on the candidate's qualifications and experience. All librarian appointments carry with them increased expectations regarding professional development, professional engagement, research, and service, in keeping with the Library's process for librarian promotion and advancement.

Note: This position will be a full-time, three-year term appointment with the possibility of renewal.

The University of Michigan offers excellent benefits and wellness opportunities.

This position receives 24 days of vacation a year, paid sick leave with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.

Application Deadline

All applicants should submit their materials by July 22, 2018.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended. Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.