Library Director

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Posting Number S00279P Position Status Exempt Reporting Relationship(s) Supervisory Relationships Job Summary

Elmhurst University invites applications for the Director of the AC Buehler Library. This is a 12-month position with faculty rank. The Director reports to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and is responsible for the strategic direction of the Buehler Library, providing effective operational leadership in the management of human resources, finances, and facilities, and participating in the delivery of library services.

The Director will have skills in management, leadership, planning, budget, communication, collaborative decision-making, staff development, knowledge of trends in technology and higher education. It is most important that they have both energy and dedication to the library. They must be supportive of the faculty librarians and the library staff. They must be willing to work at library service points, teach information literacy, support faculty use and training on the campus LMS in collaboration with the Office of Information Services, and serve on committees. They must be able to engage with and promote campus initiatives and have a vested interest in issues in higher education and libraries. They must have communication skills in the library, on campus and with consortia. Promoting and enhancing library collaborative spirit and morale is an ongoing responsibility.

Salary Grade Essential Functions

• Serves in a liaison role for select academic and support departments.
• Provides reference service, access, and information literacy instruction as needed.
• Recommends, interprets, and implements library policies and procedures.
• Enhances sustainable library operations.
Institutional/ strategic
• Advocates for library needs, budget, and strategy; plans for, allocates, and manages financial and other resources effectively.
• Initiates library-centered innovative programming and services to address campus needs, and other short- and long-range projects.
• Coordinates library planning and assessment.
• Promotes collaboration among academic and administrative constituents to advance the library’s mission.
• Supports and develops collaborative technology connections with relevant campus offices, including library technologies and LMS / CMS systems.
Library management
• Serves as chair of the library faculty and supervisor to the library staff.
• Effectively allocates and manages financial and other resources, including budgetary requests and appropriate allocation of academic resources to achieve the mission and goals of the library and of the University.
• Supports the experience of our diverse staff and student body in all aspects of its operation.
• Supports continued participation in local, state and national library consortia.
• Participates in professional, scholarly, and service activities for the University and external bodies .
• Actively champions faculty and staff promotion/tenure/continuing education/sabbaticals.

Other Duties and Responsibilities Minimum Qualifications

Education/Training and Certification
An American Library Association-accredited master’s degree (or higher) and a record of relevant experience in higher education.

Professional Experience
• Knowledge of library management skills and concepts.
• A record of increasingly responsible experience in an academic library setting with demonstrated success in managing staff, services and programs.
• Understanding of current and emerging trends and issues and their impact on library services.
• Commitment to and experience with advancing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Experience with managing significant budgets.

Preferred Qualifications

• Additional graduate degree in a subject area.
• Experience with assessment of library programs and services.
• Involvement in library organizations on a local or national level.
• Credit-course teaching experience.
• Experience with providing library services for doctoral programs and students, especially with regard to the health sciences.
• Participation in the library scholarly conversation, including presentations and publications.

Working Conditions/Physical Requirements Work Hours

This is a 12-month position with faculty rank.

Posting Date 03/02/2021 Closing Date Open Until Filled Special Instructions to Applicants

Please provide 5 references in “other” document, including: names, phone numbers, emails, relationship to reference (e.g. supervisor, colleague, direct report, etc.).

Please also provide a letter of interest addressing how the candidate’s career and experiences have served as preparation to lead a library at a diverse liberal arts university, with particular attention to the priorities and qualities listed above. Speak to your vision of the role of library leadership and the future of academic libraries and your philosophy of librarianship and teaching.

Review of applications will begin March 29, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Expected start date June/July 2021

Elmhurst University is a leading institution of higher education that seamlessly blends liberal learning and professional preparation to help students reach their full potential. Elmhurst University offers more than 70 undergraduate majors, 15 graduate programs, degree-completion programs for busy adults, and the acclaimed Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy for young adults with developmental disabilities. Elmhurst University is one of the Top 10 Colleges in the Midwest, according to U.S. News & World Report; and U.S. News, Money and Forbes magazines consistently rank Elmhurst as one of the Midwest’s best values in higher education.

Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce is a critical component of the University’s mission, vision and core values. Our commitment stems from the belief that an institution of higher learning is enriched by the presence of diversity. Elmhurst University is an EO Employer. Elmhurst University prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, creed, ancestry, veteran status, marital status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Other Document
  3. Letter of Interest
Optional Documents
  1. Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
Supplemental Questions

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