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Job Title: Associate Director, Creation & Curation Services

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Associate Director for Creation and Curation Services

Digital Learning and Scholarship/Scholarly Resources and Special Collections

Kelvin Smith Library

Case Western Reserve University


The Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) at Case Western Reserve University seeks imaginative, collaborative and dynamic candidates for the position of Associate Director for Creation and Curation Services (AD). With visionary and strategic leadership the AD will lead the Digital Learning and Scholarship Team, which designs KSL’s technology-related services and facilitates digital scholarship programs, and the Scholarly Resources and Special Collections Team, which manages the library’s rare book, manuscript, and archival collections, and both analog and digital preservation.

Key strategic opportunities include reimagining the library’s services for e-research and digital scholarship, and developing a new vision for special collections in the 21st century.  Reporting to the Associate Provost/University Librarian, the AD manages human and financial resources for the aforementioned teams, is a member of the library’s senior leadership team, develops library-wide strategies, ensures service quality and serves as the primary administrative liaison to University Information Technology Services (ITS).  The AD also works with campus and external partners, cultivates potential donors, and is expected to engage in professional endeavors nationally and internationally.  


Case Western Reserve University

Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is one of the most comprehensive research universities in the country. Located in Cleveland, the University was formed in 1967 through the federation of the Case Institute of Technology, founded in 1880, and Western Reserve College, founded in 1826. 

The University enrolls over 5,000 undergraduate students and 6,000 graduate and professional students across a wide range of disciplines.  The core clientele of KSL are the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Engineering, and the Weatherhead School of Management.  KSL also serves the five additional schools of Dental Medicine, Law, Medicine, the Bolton School of Nursing, and the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences. CWRU employs approximately 3,000 faculty members and over 3,000 staff members.

CWRU is distinguished by its strengths in education, research, service, and experiential learning. In FY 2012 research awards from all sources were $388 million; federal agencies accounted for over 80 percent of awards with the largest single source of support being the National Institutes of Health.

CWRU is located in University Circle, a 550-acre, park-like concentration of approximately 50 cultural, medical, educational, religious, and social service institutions located five miles east of downtown Cleveland. Cleveland offers a high quality of life and relatively low housing prices.

Barbara R. Snyder became president of Case Western Reserve University in 2007. Since her arrival the University has set all-time records for annual fundraising and total donors, doubled the number of undergraduate applicants, and significantly strengthened the academic qualifications of entering students. In 2011 the University launched Forward Thinking, the University's $1 billion capital campaign, with more than 60 percent of the goal raised during the quiet phase. The plan calls on the University to build on existing strengths through interdisciplinary partnerships.

The 2008-2013 University Strategic Plan includes four key goals supported by KSL:

  1. Advancing CWRU’s academic programs to increase the University’s impact;
  2. Developing a strong, vibrant, and diverse University community;
  3. Expanding and deepening the University’s relationship with the larger community; and
  4. Strengthening institutional resources to support the University’s mission.

The stated vision of KSL is to be “the information laboratory for knowledge collection, connection, creation and curation.” In support of the four key goals above, KSL articulated a plan to enhance the impact its collection and staff have on the CWRU campus and beyond. Central to this goal is the reinvention of the library’s technological capabilities and physical spaces to accommodate new types of instruction and collaborative learning. Improving access to KSL’s holdings and collections is a vital component of realizing this vision, and falls in the domain of the AD.

The University is finalizing a new strategic plan for 2013-2018, and KSL will update its strategic plan to align with the University’s new directions. The draft of the University strategic plan calls for undertaking renovation of KSL and, of particular importance to the incoming AD, expanding support for digital scholarship and providing library information content, services and resources commensurate with those of peer institutions.


CWRU Libraries

The Kelvin Smith Library (KSL) is the main University Library, and its management encompasses the separately housed University Archives, the Kulas Music Library, and the Astronomy Library. KSL and the other three professional school libraries within the University have combined total holdings of 2.85 million volumes. CWRU is a member of OhioLINK, a consortium of 89 institutions located in Ohio, which includes an online public catalog and rapid library material delivery system. Through both OhioLINK and other sources, KSL provides access to almost 500 databases and over 93,000 electronic journals to the whole campus.

The Freedman Center for Digital Scholarship is an endowed partnership between KSL, the CWRU College of Arts and Sciences, and other campus partners. The Freedman Center serves as an all-campus, technology-rich space that offers technology and consultation services to support innovative research projects and presentations, often involving interdisciplinary and global collaborations. The strategic vision is for the Freedman Center to act as the hub and facilitator of campus services in support of digital scholarship.

Digital Case is CWRU's online source for curated digital content, including photographs and audio recordings from University Archives, digital copies of rare books and manuscripts in Special Collections, current research data, and the intellectual output of faculty. KSL manages Digital Case on behalf of the university and its content encompasses collections of the Western Reserve Historical Society. With Digital Case, KSL assumes an active role in the scholarly communication process, providing expertise in the form of a set of services (metadata creation, secure environment, preservation) for access and distribution of unique collective intellectual product.

The Special Collections Hatch Reading Room houses rare and unique books, manuscripts, letters, and other special collections.  The Center’s holdings include significant collections of the history of science and technology, American and continental literature and history of the 18th and 19th centuries, the history of the book and book arts from the 15th to the 21st century, and notable works in fine arts, science and technology, and travel and exploration. The library also holds several unique manuscript collections documenting Cleveland’s international influence in technology, urban planning and urban life, including the archives and papers of inventor Charles Brush, the Warner & Swasey Company, the Cleveland Playhouse (the oldest regional theater company in the United States), and the Ernst & Young Founders Archive. Other collections of special interest are the private library of the prominent German philologist Wilhelm Scherer, original works by Cleveland composers Marcel Dick and Donald Erb, autograph collections of American and British personalities, a collection of over 5,000 artistic book plates, and prints and posters created by Cleveland artists during the WPA era.

In addition to fostering collaborative endeavors on the CWRU campus, KLS is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), OhioLINK, and CNI (the Coalition for Networked Information). KSL also partners with many of the world-class cultural organizations in Cleveland’s University Circle, such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Western Reserve Historical Society, the Cleveland Botanical Garden, and the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Under the leadership of Associate Provost and University Librarian Arnold Hirshon, KSL has been embarking on a bold review of its role as a modern research library and is expanding its reach with innovative services that engage students and faculty and increase global access to KSL’s scholarly work.


The Position and Opportunities

The Associate Director for Creation and Curation is responsible for providing intellectual and programmatic leadership for two teams: (1) Digital Learning and Scholarship and (2) Scholarly Resources and Special Collections. With direct management responsibility and budget authority for these teams, the AD will foster a culture that encourages innovation and collaboration within and between library staff and users. By overseeing the integration and coordination of these teams, the AD will help shape the future of scholarly research at CWRU. The AD will develop and implement programs related to special collections content, management and accessibility for new and emerging content types with a goal of promoting the visibility and integration of CWRU scholarly resource materials across disciplines.


Digital Learning and Scholarship

The Digital Learning and Scholarship team designs and manages all of KSL’s technology-related services. The AD is the key strategic officer responsible for defining, driving and administering all technology-related programs and services of the KSL, including digital scholarship. The Associate Director assesses information technology trends and innovations that could impact library directions, develops innovative and cost-effective solutions, and administers the staff to implement the vision.

The AD provides services appropriate to a library that supports a world-class academic research university, including: (a) development of the library’s digital scholarship strategies; (b) management of the library’s digital scholarly services (including the Freedman Center, which includes the Geospatial and Statistics Data Center); (c) management of reliable technology systems and infrastructure (including the integrated library system, Digital Case, and locally-developed software); and, (d) oversight of the library website and other social media, and computer and networking hardware and software. In addition, the AD serves as the primary KSL officer responsible for interaction and collaboration with ITS on joint initiatives such as the visualization wall and active collaborative learning facilities. The AD also works with other key university partners to develop innovative library solutions in the areas of teaching, learning and research.


Scholarly Resources and Special Collections

The Scholarly Resources and Special Collections team manages the library’s collections of rare books, manuscripts, and archives, and manages the library’s print and media preservation, digitization and curation services (including research data management, repository services).

Through these two teams the AD will align KSL practices with prevailing and emergent best practices in digital learning, scholarship, and preservation. The AD will create an integrated approach to sustained access to all current and future content, implement a robust digital preservation program, and provide expert advice on curation activities across content types and disciplines. The AD manages a staff of 13 FTE and a budget of $1.4 million.

In addition the Associate Director plays a large role in the definition and realization of KSL’s ambitious goals. As a member of the KSL administration, the AD will be expected to make major contributions to and provide regular reports on progress towards achieving these goals. This collaborative leadership function will extend outside of KSL, with the AD being expected to contribute to discussions of a wide range of campus policy and management matters. The AD will work with CWRU’s independent professional school libraries (health sciences, law and MSASS), OhioLINK and academic departments to ensure appropriate service to all CWRU faculty, students and staff. The AD will also promote the development and adoption of emerging IT on campus and nationally through seminars and participation in professional meetings.

This position also bears critical administrative and managerial responsibility for the security and availability of sensitive and confidential material, including individual address and financial information, non-disclosure contracts with major corporations, and other electronic services.


The new Associate Director will be an entrepreneurial, dynamic and creative individual who will inspire and mobilize high-performing, engaged, diverse, and accountable teams. Possessing considerable knowledge of current issues and technology trends in academic libraries, the successful candidate will have many of the following experiences and characteristics:

  • Successful building of service-oriented collaborative relationships;
  • Efficient project management;
  • Excellent communication skills for effective partnering with executive management and representation of the Digital Learning & Scholarship Services and Scholarly Resources & Special Collections teams;
  • Demonstrated success in human resources and fiscal management, including mentoring and resource maximization; and
  • Substantial and sustained professional contributions at institutional, regional and higher levels.

Master's degree in a relevant discipline, with completion of a second advanced degree within an area of specialization is preferred; a master’s or doctoral degree in a relevant discipline, and appropriate experience are required. Candidates must have qualifications consistent with appointment at the level of Librarian III or IV.


Please send applications and nominations to:

Andrew Evans or Kristine O’Brien

Brill Neumann Associates



In employment, as in education, CWRU is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity.  Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. CWRU provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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The notation "Siegal" in the online catalog refers to the Aaron Garber Library of the Siegal College of Judaic Studies at 26500 Shaker Blvd. Cleveland OH 44122. The Aaron Garber Library is the academic library of the College and the central library of the Cleveland Jewish community. It includes 30,000 volumes, plus periodicals, language tapes, music and text CDs in English, Hebrew and Yiddish. The Library's electronic catalog is part of the online library system managed by Case Western Reserve University, and is included in OhioLINK, the statewide electronic academic catalog system. Online borrowing privileges are reserved for students registered at Siegal College. Community members are welcome to browse the catalog, visit the Garber Library and borrow materials.

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