Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology

Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology

The University of Michigan Library

Ann Arbor, MI   |   July 1, 2021

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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 five departments:

This oversight and responsibility includes strategic planning, budget management, policy development, communication, and assessment in support of the Library and University missions. The AUL for LIT collaborates with the Associate Dean of Libraries and members of the Library Leadership Team and contributes to shared decision-making.

About The University of Michigan Library

The University of Michigan Library is consistently ranked as one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant, dynamic, and complex University community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. With multiple physical locations throughout the campus, the library system 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 partnership and 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 founded in 2008 preserving more than 17 million digitized items. The University of Michigan Library is an engaged and collaborative partner in multiple collaborative and consortia initiatives such as the Big Ten Academic Alliance and the Digital Library Federation.

To enable the University’s mission to develop and advance knowledge 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 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 fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work. As a champion of diversity, equity, and inclusion, the library pursues opportunities to engage a broad and diverse community with wide-ranging needs and concerns. The library empowers all employees to actively participate in the ongoing process of learning about and responding to these needs while demonstrating integrity, empathy, and humanity in all aspects of the library’s work. As an organization, the library values the synergy that results from sharing and leveraging different experiences, backgrounds, skills, talents, and interests to build an environment in which all community members can flourish. Learn more in the Library’s Diversity Strategic Plan.


James Hilton is the Dean of Libraries and University Librarian at the University of Michigan. He is also the Vice Provost for Digital Educational Initiatives, responsible for developing strategies and policies around educational technology and other cross-campus digital education initiatives.

Prior to his current appointment, Dr. Hilton served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer at the University of Virginia from 2006 until 2013. From 2001 to 2006 he was the Associate Provost for Academic Information and Instructional Technology Affairs at the University of Michigan, and served as the Interim University Librarian for one year in 2005. He was a member of the faculty at the University of Michigan in the Psychology Department where he served as the Chair of Undergraduate Studies between 1991 and 2000. Dr. Hilton received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1981, and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Princeton University in 1985.

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The Opportunity

The AUL for Library IT leads the library’s IT Division, and will, in collaboration with partners in administration and their teams, create, articulate and implement technology-related strategic directions and objectives. The AUL will support and demonstrate the values of the library in their commitment to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encouraging all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work.

The AUL for LIT leads a division comprising over 50 librarians and staff across five departments:

  • Architecture and Engineering: responsible for hardware and software infrastructure and integration support for the library’s enterprise services, including the HathiTrust Digital Library.
  • Automating, Indexing, and Metadata: responsible for developing, enhancing, and maintaining systems and processes that support core library operational functions, including support for the Library catalog.
  • Design and Discovery: responsible for developing strategies for and managing implementation of tools and services to support finding, using, and sharing information and services, including the library website, Library Search, intranet, microsites, blogs, and MGet It.
  • Digital Content and Collections: responsible for digitizing, creating, hosting, and maintaining collected and curated materials for digital preservation and access, including the Library Digital Collections.
  • Digital Library Applications: responsible for the development of applications that enable digital preservation and access.

As a key collaborator reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the AUL for LIT works closely with the Associate Dean and the five other Associate University Librarians. The AUL for LIT serves as part of the Library’s administrative team, alongside the Dean, Associate Dean, five AULs, and the Deans’ Office Leads.

Working within a highly collaborative and fast paced environment, the AUL for LIT serves as a representative for the interests of the LIT division and the U-M Library while deftly navigating the broader campus community at the University of Michigan and within the greater community of academic research libraries and their constituents. The AUL for LIT will actively cultivate and engage in both internal and external relationships to advance key priorities for both the LIT division and the Library within the University of Michigan, among peer institutions, and beyond.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • 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).
Candidate Profile

The Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology will possess most of the following attributes, skills, and competencies:

  • 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 flourish 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.

In addition, strong candidates will offer:

  • Experience developing co-leadership models within an organization.
  • Successful managerial and administrative experience of information technology in a research library, academic environment, or another environment with similar elements.
  • Successfully managing information technology program.
  • Demonstrated experience leading organizational change and ability to inspire strategically aligned innovation.
  • Contributions to scholarship and/or participation in professional service, including presentations, publications, and service to relevant organizations and associations.
Compensation & Benefits

The Compensation is competitive and commensurate with experience for this role, with a salary range that begins at $130,000.


Kim Morrisson of Diversified Search and Beth Schaefer of Koya Partners have been exclusively retained for this search. To express your interest in this role please submit your materials here. All inquiries and discussions will be considered strictly confidential.


The University of Michigan, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of Michigan is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, height, weight, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

About Koya Partners

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