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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should explain your interest in working in an academic library and provide specific and meaningful examples of your skills and experiences that directly relate to the job summary, responsibilities, and qualifications.  Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan Library is an essential partner in the world-changing work of the University of Michigan. We are committed to excellence and public impact. Our strategic view is engaged, future-oriented, collaborative and user-focused. We are integral to the success of campus-wide research administration, initiatives and programs. The library is a place of innovation and growth that is enabled by ongoing alignment with and strong support from our provost. The Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Research plays a critical role in continuing this tradition. We invite a transformational leader to become the new AUL for Research who shares our vision, values and responsibility for library-wide strategy and direction.

The AUL for Research will be responsible for leading the library’s Research Division and will clearly and effectively create, articulate and implement strategic directions and objectives for the library with an emphasis on inclusivity and interdependence.  We are seeking a leader who demonstrates a deep understanding of and enthusiasm for the evolving role of a leading research library as we continually transform services in fulfillment of our mission.

Specific responsibilities include:

  • reporting to the Dean of Libraries and contributing as a member of a highly aligned senior leadership team, sharing responsibility for the overall direction and success of the Library  

  • continuing the deep interdependence within library leadership to advance our collections strategy and services

  • partnering with research leadership across campus and engaging with high-level campus initiatives

  • leading the deployment of Research division expertise, including approximately 90 subject librarians, informationists, liaisons and related staff  

  • ensuring that principles of inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility are fully integrated throughout the work of the Research Division

  • aligning resources with strategic priorities in order to innovate library service portfolios, to connect to emergent practices and technologies, and to continue reimagining the library’s engagement with the university research community

  • actively engaging with inter-institutional partnerships (e.g. HathiTrust, Big Ten Academic Alliance)

  • engaging with campus global interest and international initiatives

Required Qualifications*

  • Graduate degree in library science, or an advanced degree in a relevant subject or equivalent combination of education and experience

  • Demonstrated leadership skills with emphasis on excellent communication, analytical, conceptual capabilities; ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences

  • Significant demonstrated successful managerial and administrative experience in a research library or in a related complex academic setting

  • Successful record of implementing programs in support of research and/or scholarly communication

  • Familiarity with a broad range of disciplinary research methodologies and practices

  • Appreciation for the importance of diversity in the workplace and the ability to flourish in a culture that values diversity of thought and backgrounds

  • Record of successful resource management and development activities

  • Demonstrated experience leading organizational change, and ability to inspire innovation

  • Commitment and strong record of modeling, mentoring and developing individuals and teams

  • Preferred familiarity with sponsored research or grant management experience

  • Strong evidence of scholarship and professional service, including presentations, publications, and service to relevant organizations and associations

Additional Information

The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, more than 100 top ten academic programs, and annual research expenditures exceeding $1.5 billion. To enable the university’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age. The University of Michigan’s research capabilities and accomplishments span nearly every field of science, engineering, medicine, social sciences, arts and the humanities.


In pursuit of the Library’s mission,  we champion diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility. 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. We value the synergy that results from sharing and leveraging our different experiences, backgrounds, skills, talents, and interests to build an environment in which all our community members can flourish.

Appointment Information

Appointment is anticipated at the Librarian rank.  Salary is dependent on the candidate's qualifications and experience. 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.

Benefits

The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package including generous time off (24 vacation days per year, and 15 sick leave a year), matched retirement contributions with immediate vesting, professional development opportunities and more.  TIAA-CREF and Fidelity retirement investment options available.

Application Deadline

This job will posted for the minimum of sixty (60) calendar days. 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.