Colgate University, University Libraries

Position ID:Colgate-University Libraries-UL [#10709]
Position Title: University Librarian
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Hamilton, New York 13346, United States [map]
Subject Area: Library / Administration
Appl Deadline: finished (2018/01/05, finished 2018/10/09)
Position Description:    

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Department Statement: Colgate University invites applications and nominations for the position of University Librarian. Reporting to the Provost and Dean of the Faculty Tracey Hucks who joined Colgate in July 2017, the University Librarian is a critical partner in and facilitator of the intensive intellectual engagement that characterizes relationships between students and faculty at Colgate. In collaboration with a team of 35+ talented and dedicated Libraries staff and faculty, the new University Librarian will have a tremendous opportunity to build even further upon the Libraries’ exceptionally service oriented culture. In addition, the University Librarian will be asked to lead the process of developing and implementing a comprehensive strategic vision for the future of Colgate’s libraries, both in terms of their role on campus and their relationship to the fast-changing world of information management. The Colgate University Libraries’ mission is to advance the University’s educational programs by providing information resources and services that support the curriculum, faculty research, and the creation and dissemination of knowledge. The libraries foster the development of students who are independent, self-directed learners able to make critical, informed, and sophisticated use of information in their courses, independent inquiry, and life after graduation. Ranked as #6 in Best College Library by Princeton Review, Colgate’s libraries pride themselves on strong partnerships with University faculty. Library faculty and staff lead multi-modal library instruction across the curriculum, with a strong presence in both Colgate’s core curriculum and first-year seminars. The Libraries conducted 267 instruction sessions and reached 4,414 students in 2016-17. Over the last five years, individual research appointments have increased by 12.5%.

Accountabilities: The University Librarian will be a collaborative and communicative community builder, responsible for the leadership and overall management of Libraries services and collections, and for overseeing planning, budget, and staffing in support of the academic, instructional, and information needs of faculty, students, and staff. Reporting to the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, the University Librarian oversees 36 full- and part-time library faculty and staff. The Libraries’ total annual operating budget for 2017-18 stands at $6.4 million including salaries. The University Librarian has library faculty status, is a contributor to a number of academic and governance committees, and attends meetings of academic department chairs and division directors, among others, as a valued member of the Provost’s staff.

Professional Experience/Qualifications: The ideal candidate for the University Librarian will hold an ALA-accredited degree or an international equivalent, or an advanced degree in a relevant field, as well as demonstrate effective leadership and management experience within an academic library setting. In addition, the ideal candidate will possess many of the following:

• A deeply nuanced understanding of the mission, values, and goals of the intellectual enterprise in higher education and a generous interpretation of how an academic library can enthusiastically and creatively partner with faculty, staff, and students in pursuit of same;

• Experience leading an organization through a transparent, inclusive, and collaborative strategic visioning process;

• A proactive, inclusive, and open-minded approach to leadership;

• A strong and visible personal and professional commitment to diversity and inclusion and to maintaining a professional climate in which all are welcome and can thrive;

• Exceptionally strong interpersonal and communication skills, both one-on-one and with larger groups;

• A deep understanding of current issues and trends facing the future of academic libraries nationally and globally;

• Knowledge of emerging technologies and trends and the ability to partner effectively and creatively with an office of information technology;

• The ability to view issues from an institution-wide perspective, foster teamwork across departments and divisions, and stimulate cross-functional collaboration within the Libraries and across the University;

• Experience managing complex budgets and allocating resources strategically;

• A genuine eagerness to engage in the life of the University as an amicable and approachable representative of the Libraries and their service mission; and,

• A passion for thinking creatively, boldly, and flexibly about the future of academic libraries.

Please send nominations, applications, and queries in confidence and electronically to: Sue May, Partner Matthew Bunting, Managing Associate Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP

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