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University Librarian and Director of Library Services

Posting Details

Position Information

Position Title University Librarian and Director of Library Services
Department Van Pelt and Opie Library
Location Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Position Type Staff
Full-time/ Part-time Full-time
Full-Time Equivalent (1.0=100%) 1.0
Appointment Term 12 Month
Pay Type Salary Basis
Salary or Hourly Rate Negotiable Based on Qualifications and Experience
Position Duration Dependent on External Funding? No
Title of Position Supervisor Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs
Position Summary Information

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Job Description Summary

Reporting to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs; the Director of the Van Pelt and Opie Library collaborates with colleagues across the library and the University to set priorities; assess strengths; identify challenges and opportunities, and develop educational and service strategies consonant with the University’s strategic plan. The Director is responsible for identifying and enhancing partnerships with the many learning communities throughout the University to advance the University’s teaching and research mission. Overseeing communication strategies, the Director broadcasts their vision to the library’s constituencies and effectively plans and manages the financial resources of the library. Further, the Director plays a leading role in developing fruitful donor relationships, identifying and cultivating external funding sources and advocating for library needs.

In addition to the above-mentioned duties, the successful Director develops and coordinates policy direction for the library’s diverse collections in all formats, including but not limited to the main collection, e-resources, and archives and special collections. In concert with Team Leaders in relevant areas, the director works collaboratively to advance strategies that enhance support for teaching, research, publishing, and learning. The Director serves as a library representative to the University and external communities; serves with the Deans and Directors who report to the Provost on an advisory body to the Provost, and performs other duties assigned by the office of the Provost.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

• Develop a clear vision for the library that supports the University’s strategic plan.
Develop partnerships with the University’s colleges, schools, departments, research centers, and institutes.
• Maintain a continuous S.W.O.T. analysis of library services.
• Plan and manage the financial resources of the library.
• Developing donor relationships.
• Identify and cultivate external funding sources (grant writing, sponsored project management, other fundraising and development activities).
• Keep abreast of emerging trends and developments in the organizational management and best practices in librarianship as well as academic research libraries and their administration.
• Advocate for library needs within the University.
• Serve as a library representative to the University and external communities.
• Serve with the Deans and Directors on an advisory body to the Provost.
• Perform other duties assigned by the office of the Provost.

• Communicate the library’s vision and guide the development of staff strategic goals that
implement that vision.
• Cultivate and review library Assistant Directors/ Team Leaders.
• Assist in the recruitment, mentoring, and retention of knowledgeable, service-oriented library staff.
• Empower professional staff and cultivate a culture of professional development and
• Support and develop a collegial and professional work culture.
• Foster an inclusive atmosphere, valuing and advancing diversity and inclusion efforts.
• Support continued development of the library as a University and regional exemplar of Lean management and decision making.
• Review public communications to ensure consonance with vision and culture.
• Evaluate the effectiveness of library services and facilities with library constituencies and direct improvements to enhance their quality and efficiency.
• Oversee the library’s assessment efforts to enable data-informed decision making.

• Advocate library programs that advance student learning goals, facilitate faculty, staff and student research, enable publication and preservation of the scholarly outputs of the University, and other scholarly activities.
• Work in collaboration with Informational Technology (I.T.) and the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and other constituencies to improve library services and facilities, enhance the quality and accessibility of resources, and increase operational efficiency.

Required Education (minimum requirements)

• Advanced library degree from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent education with academic research library leadership experience.

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated successes in upper-level leadership and well-articulated personal narratives of supervisory challenges and successes.
• Articulates a cogent management philosophy that embodies strong emotional intelligence as well as savvy in representation of the library’s interests within the University.
• Demonstrated experience in long-range planning, budgeting, personnel evaluation, and assessment of library service effectiveness.

Desirable Education and/or Experience

• Advanced library degree from an ALA accredited institution.
• Doctoral or second master’s degree.
• Broad-based library experience with demonstrable support of teaching and research in a university setting.
• Experience with a STEM-focused academic environment.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

• Demonstrated ability to manage resources efficiently, creatively, flexibly and in partnerships with other units within the University.
• Demonstrated participation in state, regional, or national library organizations and/or active membership in a professional library organization.
• Proven effective communicator with evidence of advocating a collegial, respectful and transparent work environment that empowers and engenders excellence in the library staff.
• Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of current issues and trends in academic librarianship and higher education.
• Demonstrated experience in implementing and managing change.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

• Awareness of emerging technologies for delivering information resources, services, and academic instruction as well as trends and practices in teaching and scholarly research.
• Demonstrable experience advocating for libraries and building cooperative relationships with on-campus and off-campus constituencies.
• Successful experience in grant writing, sponsored project management, or other fundraising and development activities.

Language, Mathematical, and/or Reasoning Skills
Work Environment and/or Physical Demands
Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 3 required training; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:
• Employee Safety Overview
• Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training
• Annual Data Security Training

Background Check:
Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number 18055
Posting Type Internal & External Posting
Internal Posting Date
External Posting Date 02/16/2018
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)
Additional Information

Full consideration will be given to applications received by March 23, 2018



Accept References No
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Posting Specific Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * In no more than 500 words, describe your personal leadership philosophy with regard to organizational structure and motivational techniques.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * In no more than 500 words, describe your vision for the role of this research library on the predominantly STEM-focused Michigan Tech campus.

    (Open Ended Question)

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents