Works with other Northwestern University information technology staff, campus purchasing specialists, and the office of general counsel on matters related to acquisition of hardware, software, and technology support services. Promotes communication and cooperation among the library IT division, departments in other divisions of the University Library, and the Chicago campus libraries. Manages workstation deployment and support for all library divisions. Coordinates and supports digital projects, programs, and initiatives taking place in the digital collections department and in other units throughout the library organization. Seeks partnerships and manages collaborations with other organizations internal and external to Northwestern University. Represents University Library in meetings, groups, and forums as required or requested, especially those in which the focus is information technology. Standing representational responsibilities include membership on the CIC (Committee on Institutional Cooperation) library information technology directors and several groups internal to NU (e.g. school technology leaders, information technology coordinating council). Serves on the administrative committee, the university librarian's cabinet. Serves on interdivisional committees for digital library and web services planning and provides a communication link between those groups and the administrative committee. Assists the university librarian and works with other members of the administrative committee to carry out the mission of the library. Participates in the management council, a policy-making forum for department heads and senior management.
Provides vision for, plans, organizes, prioritizes, and reports on the work of the division. Plans and oversees procurement of automated systems and software as well as network, server, desktop and peripheral hardware. Investigates, compares, and tests options and services. Negotiates contract terms with hardware and software vendors. Monitors and arranges adjustments in hardware and software support provided to the library and to library staff through various university offices and organizations. Acts as University Library's chief liaison with the university's information technology division (NUIT). Plans development and ensures the smooth operation of library systems (e.g. Voyager, SFX) that NUIT supports as university enterprise systems. Works with NUIT to ensure appropriate planning and smooth operation of major server systems, mass storage solutions, and policy regarding data security and stewardship. Initiates, encourages, and coordinates collaborative projects, particularly but not exclusively, with the academic technology unit of NUIT