JOB: Director of Library and Information Services, California Academy of Sciences, San Francisco

The California Academy of Sciences seeks an innovative and dynamic Director of Library and Information Services. The Director is responsible for strategic planning and management of the Academy’s Library, including its programs, staff and assets, and reports to the Academy’s dean of science. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated record of success in: (1) securing federal and private grants for developing, preserving or digitizing library resources; (2) networking within the national and international community of academic libraries and publishers on consortia or joint purchasing arrangements for systems providing scientific content from natural science research journals; and (3) networking within a home institution on library initiatives, such as development of content management systems, database systems, intellectual property structures for images or other assets, and licensing of library assets to broaden their use and help generate funds. The Director will participate and assist in Academy-wide programs of outreach and public engagement on issues of scientific research and literacy.

Candidates should be familiar with emerging technologies in library service, and should be highly motivated with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with a diverse patron group including scientists, visiting scholars, Academy staff, students, and potential donors. The Director will be responsible for management of library programs, staff, and budgets.

Qualifications for the position include: MLS from an ALA accredited institution; 7-10 years of broad-based and progressively responsible experience in an academic or scientific research library, including five years or more at senior management level. Having a degree or training in a life sciences discipline is a plus. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Founded in 1853, the Academy Library is devoted to natural history and the natural sciences. Areas of specialization include systematics and taxonomy, evolutionary biology, biodiversity, biogeography, and natural history. The Library’s varied collections include books, journals, manuscripts, photographs, slides, digital images, maps, and other media. General information on the library can be found at http://research.calacademy.org/library.

Please send a cover letter including a statement of interest and contact information for three references, and a CV describing qualifications and accomplishments to libdir@calacademy.org.

The search is underway and will continue until the position is filled. The California Academy of Sciences is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.