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California Digital Library: Executive Director

California Digital Library

Position: Executive Director

Deadline: Open until filled.

The University of California seeks a University Librarian for Systemwide Planning and Executive Director for the California Digital Library (CDL). Based in the Office of the President (UCOP), in Oakland, California, this position oversees one of the largest digital library programs in the world and coordinates and supports the major research libraries operating on the ten campuses of the UC System. This position represents an outstanding opportunity for a gifted, innovative executive to further elevate the CDL to become a globally recognized leader in aggregating and sharing information in the digital age.

The University Librarian and Executive Director (UL and ED) reports to the Vice Provost for Academic Information and Strategic Services and oversees all facets of operation for the CDL and also coordinates services to support the UC System's ten other University Libraries. By drawing upon the extensive resources and talents of the UC Libraries, the UL and ED has an opportunity to continue and accelerate the development of the CDL into an academic resource of unparalleled stature, and, in keeping with the UC's land-grant mission, a central repository for information to serve the people of the State of California. To realize this opportunity, s/he will work with other librarians and other University executives to develop a comprehensive long-term vision for how the CDL and UC System libraries can work together to become the world's leading digital academic resource.

The CDL operates with an annual budget of $16 million and employs approximately 80 staff members, who are responsible for management of collections, technology, outreach, research and development, and other areas. The CDL serves as the central repository, collector, and purveyor of digital content for the UC System, and includes the Melvyl catalog, which will soon expand to provide users with access to more than one billion volumes; digital collections, including materials specific to California's history and cultural heritage; and licensed subscriptions to more than 21,000 academic journals and 250 indexing and abstracting, journal article and reference databases. The CDL is also responsible for coordinating the sharing and integration of collections and services across the UC Libraries, and is extensively involved in partnerships with academic libraries and related organizations around the world. For more information about the CDL, please see

The University Librarian and Executive Director must be a visionary self-starter capable of identifying and articulating the role of academic libraries in the 21st century, and of extending that vision into practical programs and policies that serve the direct needs of students and faculty members working across the UC System and beyond. Qualifications for this role include a proven track record of effective leadership and innovation, including senior management experience in online information service design and delivery, preferably in an academic environment; vision and skill to lead the ongoing development and operation of a successful and innovative digital library organization and services; a demonstrated ability to organize, communicate and implement plans at all levels from conception through operation; a thorough knowledge of network-based digital publishing and information access technologies and services; skill in fostering cooperation, building consensus, and developing partnerships among a wide variety of constituents and strong interpersonal, oral and written communication and presentation skills.

Applicants should send a letter of interest, CV or resume, and a list of references to David Bellshaw, Beverly Brady, and Regan Gough at Email correspondence is strongly encouraged. All correspondence will be held in strict confidence. Please direct nominations and general inquiries to this electronic address as well. Additional contact information is as follows:

Isaacson, Miller
649 Mission Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94105
Phone: 415.655.4900
Fax: 415.655.4905

The University of California does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, veteran status, medical condition, ancestry, or marital status.

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