Director, Kares University Library
Director, Kares University Library
Athens State University
The Director of the Kares University Library is responsible for managing the Library's role in scholarly communication, publishing, instructional design, open educational resources, teaching and research, web development, and outreach efforts in support of the University's mission. The Director serves as a change agent and collegial leader with a strong service orientation and demonstrates a culture of transparency and two-way communication. The Director supervises a professional staff of faculty librarians and paraprofessionals including the University Archives. This is a twelve-month, tenure-track, position with faculty rank at the Associate Librarian level. This position reports to the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The Library Director will:
- Participate in Library and University-level strategic planning
and champion the Library's role in sustaining educational
initiatives consistent with the university mission.
- Promote a strong user-centered learning environment for
students and faculty that enhances the University's teaching and
- Collaborate with the College Deans and the Faculty Learning
Resource Committee to support and maintain an integrated
institution-wide information literacy program in support of all
instructional modalities across the curriculum.
- Foster a creative and innovative Library culture that
facilitates Experiential Learning to achieve ongoing learning and
the free of exchange of ideas.
- Remain abreast of advances in information technology, digital
learning and library “best practices”.
- Understand the university's special mission and history,
appreciate all disciplines and be cognizant of current and future
trends regarding the role of the Library in the higher education
- Collaborate with Academic Affairs and the College Deans to
build and support relevant, viable, innovative, and high-quality
academic programs for lifelong learning.
- Serve as an advocate for the Library by representing and
promoting the Library to the institution and the
- Plan, manage, and assess the budgets and financial resources of
the Library and the University Archives in collaboration with the
- Serve as a mentor for faculty librarians, and promote
professional development and scholarship among all Library
- Recruit, develop, motivate, and evaluate a library workforce in
alignment with job expectations, professional roles, and the
- Maintain current knowledge of research, instructional delivery,
and curricula of the University for effective alignment of Library
- Help create a culture in which Library employees work toward
the university's goals, but feel satisfied, are developing their
competencies, and have positive supervisory and peer
- Oversee all University Library operations (including the areas
of Circulation, Reference & Instruction Services, Technical
Services, and University Archives) through planning, assessing, and
providing appropriate services, resources, goals, and
- Work with state and regional organizations to support and
enhance library collaboration and services throughout the
- Serve on University-wide committees such as the Dean's Council;
represent the University in the Network of Alabama Academic
Libraries (NAAL) consortium, and serve on appropriate state and
national professional committees.
- Demonstrate flexibility and adaptability to changing work scope
and tasks based on need.
- Actively work towards building cooperative and collaborative
relationships with peers and internal faculty and staff.
- Maintain “open door” to internal and external
- Identify opportunities for improvements to work practices and
offers viable solutions for implementation.
- Proactively engage in problem solving related to tasks in this
position with internal and external people.
- Routinely practice self-monitoring by assessing self to make
improvements or take corrective action to improve
- Complete other tasks as assigned.
• Master’s degree in Library Science or related field from an ALA-accredited program.
• Minimum of seven years of work experience in academic libraries.
• Minimum of five years of library administrative and/or supervisory work experience, with a record of increasing responsibility.
• Evidence of strong customer/user service orientation, with experience in library or related customer service work.
• Experience delivering library services via a variety of instructional modalities.
• Evidence of excellent interpersonal, managerial, presentation, and communication skills.
• Evidence of a commitment to promoting diversity and equal opportunity in the workplace.
• Demonstrated record of scholarship and professional service.
• Thorough knowledge of emerging trends and technological applications in academic libraries.
• Ability to adapt to change.
• Doctorate degree in field related to librarianship and/or second master’s degree in a management-related area from a regionally accredited institution.
• Experience working in both public services and technical services in an academic library.
• Experience with regional accreditation requirements.
Salary Band: A180
To view salary schedules visit: https://www.athens.edu/human-resources/salary-schedule-tables/
Salary will be Commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Unofficial transcripts should be from the college or university which verifies minimum qualifications for the position. Upon an offer of employment, official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be submitted. Continued employment is contingent upon receipt of transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
Please provide contact information for three professional references on your application.
To be considered for this position please visit our web site and apply on line at the following link: https://jobs.athens.edu/postings/search
About Athens State University
Located in historic Athens, Alabama, Athens State University offers junior and senior-level coursework to community college graduates and transfer students holding sufficient credits from other institutions. Presently, over 3,100 students have selected Athens State because of its neighborly environment where 50 majors and degree programs are offered, with courses taught by a supportive and exceptional faculty. Approximately 80% of the students are enrolled in at least one online course. The typical student is a working adult who commutes. Recently, the University was featured in the 2015 Best Value Online College Rankings by OnlineU.org for four online programs including computer science, accounting, education and human resources. The University offers undergraduate degree programs in Liberal Arts, Teacher Preparation, and Business. The University employs more than 350 full and part-time employees with approximately 90 full-time faculty members in three colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, and College of Education. Seventy-five percent of the full-time faculty members hold a terminal degree. The University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Athens, Alabama is located in north Alabama equidistant between Nashville, TN and Birmingham, AL. Athens is home to several events and festivals that have been featured as the Southeast Tourism Society’s “Top 20 Events in the Southeast” including the Athens Storytelling Festival and the Tennessee Valley Old Time Fiddlers Convention.
In accordance with Athens State University Policy and guidelines, the applicant chosen for employment will be required to sign a consent form for a criminal background check. Employment will be contingent upon the receipt of a clearance notification from that criminal background check.
Non-Discrimination Policy Statement Athens State University, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. Athens State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, sexual orientation, disability, religion, genetic information, or veteran status in employment, or admissions to or participation in educational programs and activities. Inquiries or concerns may be addressed to the Office of the Vice President of Enrollment and Student Support Services, 300 N. Beaty St., Athens, AL 35611, 256- 233-8175.