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Director of Library and Learning Services (University Librarian)

The University of Southampton is seeking to appoint a new Director of Library and Learning Services (University Librarian).

This is a key role in the University, leading a committed and high-performing team. The role holder will have responsibility for all aspects of the strategic planning, leadership and development of the University’s libraries ensuring that they are equipped to meet emerging challenges and opportunities in information provision and service delivery, particularly in the areas of: user services and experience; research data management and bibliometrics; open science and scholarly outputs; digital scholarship; and, the exploitation of archives and the development of special collections.

Excitingly, the role holder has a critical cross-institutional role to play in ensuring that our students have access to excellent facilities, resources and learning spaces across the whole university that support their learning, thisincludes monitoring, reviewing, and embedding new technologies to support personalised study and scholarship.

It has never been a better time to join the University. We have recently launched our new University Strategy and are about to embark upon one of the largest upgrades of our physical and digital infrastructure in our history. This includes a commitment to significantly enhance our main library, Hartley, as well as wider physical spaces. The role holder will be a key player in this, working to transform our physical estate.


About you

 With extensive experience at a senior level in a library or similar you will have a high level of understanding of the UK higher education sector and the key issues facing research led libraries.  With a strong customer focus you will be able to think both analytically and creatively and have experience of engaging both nationally and internationally in the field of library and information services.  A collaborate and effective leader, you will support and motivate staff, interacting strategically with senior colleagues across the academic and professional services community.

What we can offer you

 As a founding member of the prestigious Russell Group, we have a global reputation for delivering world-class education, research and enterprise that makes a real impact on society’s biggest challenges. These challenges are broad and complex, and it is more important than ever that we work creatively to reaffirm what matters most to us as a diverse community.

We believe that we can only truly meet our objectives if we are reflective of society, so we are passionate about creating an environment in which you are free to bring your whole self to work. Our vision and mission at the University of Southampton is to have a community where staff and students feel welcome, supported, and valued. This environment fosters a culture of inclusion, respect, and equality of opportunity, encouraging applicants from diverse backgrounds, with the belief that excellence will be achieved through recognising the value of every individual.

With a generous holiday allowance as well as additional university closure days we are committed to supporting our staff and students and open to a flexible working approach.

If you want to take your career to new heights and believe you have the skills, experience, and drive to help shape the future of the University of Southampton, then we look forward to receiving your application.

For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Kieron Broadhead, Senior Executive Director, Students & Infrastructure (Deputy Vice-President Operations) at


Important dates

The closing date for receipt of applications is midnight (GMT) on Monday 14 November 2022.

Engagement day and interviews are scheduled to take place between 5-16 December.

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