Associate University Librarian, Collections & Discovery Services | DePaul University Library

Posted on Aug 5, 2022

The Highlights

Working with Library leadership and as an integral part of the Library’s Administrative Team and Library Council, the Associate University Librarian for Collections and Discovery Services (AUL) will provide strategic leadership, vision and communication in support of the DePaul University Library and University goals.  The AUL is directly responsible for collections strategy, resource prioritization, project management, and collaborative guidance for Acquisitions and Collections, Cataloging, and Digital Services. The AUL must possess strong communication skills and be able to build relationships across library departments as well as the university. 

The AUL will work in a highly supportive and collegial culture that encourages active participation in meaningful and valuable skills training and professional development. This includes workshops, committee memberships, and engagement in programs that support the Library’s mission and its inclusion, diversity, equity, and access goals, while building connections and partnerships across DePaul’s wider academic and user community. The AUL may also serve as a liaison to one or more academic departments. 

Is This You?

  • Library Leadership: As a key member of the DePaul University Library’s senior leadership team, the Associate University Librarian (AUL) is responsible for leading and advising on matters relating to the development and implementation of the Library’s strategic plan, administration, policies and resource allocation, and is responsible for prioritization, project management, communication and staff support for accomplishing its goals. The AUL works closely with the Associate Vice President for Academic and Library Affairs, the administrative team (including the AUL for Teaching, Research and Engagement, Head of Special Collections and Archives, Librarian and IDEA Coordinator, and the Director of Business and Administration) as well as Library Council which includes the representation from each department in providing leadership of the Library. The AUL promotes and sustains a positive, equitable, diverse, and ethical workplace culture where the contributions and development of all people are valued. 
  • Collections Management and Strategy: The AUL will direct the Library’s overall collection strategy for the sustainable delivery of resources that meet the evolving priorities and demands of the university. The AUL leads the Collections Steering Committee, which includes all subject chairs and is responsible for the development and implementation of collection development policy, workflows, and projects, as well as prioritizing spending on big ticket items and electronic resources. The AUL works with subject liaisons and the AVP for Academic and Library Affairs to identify and advocate for resources to support new programs and university priorities. The AUL works closely with the Acquisitions and Collections team as well as all subject liaisons and is directly responsible for strategic prioritization and oversight of the collections, serials and e-resources budget, as well as collaborative evaluation of non-budgeted or unanticipated resource needs and acquisitions, including the process of decision-making for end-of-year purchases. 
  • Collections and Discovery Services Division Management: The AUL is responsible for establishing the vision and strategic priorities of the Collections and Discovery Services division, which includes 17 staff members covering acquisitions and collections, cataloging and digital services. The AUL will seek to actively listen and learn from their team, to be present, to foster collaboration and teamwork within the division and provide staff support, motivation, engagement and direct management. The AUL will provide strategic direction and project management in planning, developing, and implementing policies and workflows related to the acquisition, description, and discovery of materials in a variety of formats in support of teaching and research services and with the user experience always in mind.
  • Professional Service: Maintains an awareness of best practices in academic librarianship with a focus on collection development and strategies, the strategic role of information technology within academic libraries, and discovery services. Achieves this through engagement with scholarly and professional literature, participation in relevant conferences, workshops and professional development programs, and applying best practice knowledge to meet current and anticipated future technology needs of the University Library. 
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Managerial Responsibilities

  • Provides direct supervision for three full-time, exempt staff (Acquisitions and Collections Coordinator, Digital Services Coordinator, and Cataloging Coordinator).

Financial Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with the Director of Business and Administration and Library administration in preparation of annual budget and special budgets for the University Library; in collaboration with departmental staff, the AUL is responsible for budget allocations related to collections and e-Resources; recommends full-time and part-time salary/wage, acquisition of furniture, technology, supplies, and other acquisitions to support the work of staff in assigned units.


  • Working for a stable and well-known University that values diversity and inclusion.
  • Medical, dental, and vision benefits.
  • Generous paid time off, sick time, holidays, floating holidays, and more!
  • Matching retirement plan up to 10%.
  • Tuition waivers for employees and dependents!
  • Full-Time Benefits


Your Education & Experience


  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program (or equivalent)
  • 7 years of progressively more responsible professional experience in academic libraries, at least 3 years of which must include administration/management and/or supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated experience in budget management and planning, project planning, and short- and long-term collections strategy and management
  • Demonstrated experience leading complex and/or strategic projects across departments
  • Experience with analyzing and applying resource usage data to address our increasing need for collection-related data-driven decision-making

Preferred Requirements

  • Experience working with library consortia, library vendors, and technology vendors, including understanding of the issues relating to resource licensing and online access
  • Experience leading professional development of library staff
  • Experience with Integrated Library Systems enterprise-level system management and implementation
  • Knowledge of web site design and assessment, website accessibility standards, structured metadata, SEO and discovery, and/or e-resource lifecycle management
  • Experience managing digital scholarship projects or programs and/or an institutional repository
  • Working knowledge and/or understanding of cataloging and metadata best practices




John T. Richardson Library
2350 N. Kenmore Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614
United States

How to apply

For consideration, please submit a resume and cover letter HERE.

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