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Job Summary

The University of Michigan Library seeks an Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology (AUL for LIT) to serve in a senior leadership role providing comprehensive and strategic management of all information technology for the library system, including oversight of the library system’s five departments.

Consistently ranked as one of the world’s largest academic research libraries, the University of Michigan Library offers a wealth of resources in both traditional and digital formats, encompassing more than 8.5 million print volumes and one of the finest digital collections in the world. The University of Michigan Library culture is one of innovation, collaboration, respect, and inclusion. Through the AUL for LIT’s leadership, the library will successfully balance library management technology needs while navigating a growing and complex frontier around advanced uses of library content, innovation, and broader collaboration as a major research university. The University of Michigan is a founding member and host to HathiTrust, a non-profit collaborative of academic and research libraries, and is an engaged and collaborative partner in programs such as the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Digital Library Federation.

The library’s mission is to support, enhance, and collaborate in the instructional, research, and service activities of faculty, students, and staff and contribute to the common good by collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, sharing, and creating the record of human knowledge. The library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work.

Reporting to the Associate Dean of Libraries, The AUL for Library IT leads the library’s IT Division, and will, in collaboration with partners in administration and their teams, create technology related strategic directions and objectives. Working within a collaborative environment, the AUL for LIT serves as a representative for the interests of the LIT division and the U-M Library while thoughtfully navigating the broader campus community at the University of Michigan and within the greater community of academic research libraries and their members.


  • Participate in a highly-aligned, deeply-interdependent senior leadership team, sharing responsibility to successfully advance our strategic objectives, support our users, maintain our infrastructure, and allocate our resources.
  • Lead the design, development, and management of a flexible and reliable technology environment in support of the library’s mission.
  • Partner with Information Technology (IT) leadership across campus and engaging with high-level campus initiatives.
  • Lead the deployment of Information Technology division expertise, including approximately 50 specialist librarians, developers, and related staff.
  • Ensure that principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, accessibility, and anti-racism are fully integrated throughout the work of the Library IT Division.
  • Align resources with strategic priorities in order to continue developing library service portfolios and connect library services to emergent practices and technologies.
  • Actively engage with inter-institutional partnerships (e.g. HathiTrust, Big Ten Academic Alliance).

Required Qualifications*

  • Experience navigating, negotiating, and building key relationships in a higher education, academic, non-profit and/or business setting.
  • Collaborative leadership skills with proven success in developing and sustaining deep partnerships with colleagues across multiple departments, both internally and externally.
  • Excellent communication, including the ability to include, listen to, communicate, and translate information effectively with diverse audiences.
  • Aligning departmental programs, priorities, and services with overall organizational strategy.
  • Appreciation for the importance of diversity in the workplace and the ability to nourish in a culture that values diversity of thought, identity, experience, and background.
  • Commitment and strong record of modeling, mentoring, and developing individuals and teams.
  • Demonstrated success as a manager and leader of high performing teams and in attracting and developing their skills and abilities.
  • Progressively responsible experience in budget and project planning, and short- and long-term information technology planning and management.
  • Graduate degree in computer science, information systems/technology, educational technology, library science, archival or museum studies, or in any related field.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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