Assistant Director, Library Collection Services
Athens State University
Under the supervision of the Library Director, the Assistant
Director is responsible for providing vision and leadership that
both reflects current needs and anticipates future trends in the
evolving library and information environment. The Assistant
Director is responsible for the strategic planning, operational
proficiency, and administrative oversight of technical services
operations including cataloging, collection development, electronic
resources and serials, systems, and some special collections. The
Assistant Director will direct all aspects of technical services,
including development of policies and procedures; and recruiting,
scheduling, training, supervising, mentoring, and evaluating
librarians and support staff. The Assistant Director will lead the
library in providing access to materials in a changing mix of user-
oriented online environments for Athens State University faculty,
students and staff. This position also provides some public service
work and research instruction via a one-credit hour online course
consisting of traditional and non-traditional students. This is a
twelve-month tenure-track position with faculty rank of Assistant
Leadership and Administration:
- Responsible for the supervision and operation of the library in
the absence of the Library Director. Represents the Director at on
and off campus events and meetings in their absence.
- Understands and embraces the library's mission, vision, values
and strategic plan, applying them to daily routine. Plans for
future growth and innovation, set goals and objectives leading to
the realization of the vision for Library Services as it pertains
to the College's strategic goals.
- Assists the Director in developing, interpreting, enforcing,
and evaluating procedures and practices for Public Services in
optimizing services including the creative use of technology for
public services operations.
- Develops, interprets, enforces and evaluates procedures and
practices for Collection Services in supporting and optimizing
services and operating efficiencies including the creative use of
technology for technical services operations.
- Maintains statistics of the technical services operations and
prepares narrative and statistical documentation and reports; make
presentations and reports to the Library Director, the Board of
Trustees, and others as necessary
- Evaluates operations; measures success and assesses needs to
determine library service responses. Develops new programs;
coordinates and implements plans for expansion of
- Collects and analyzes feedback from stakeholders, including
working with faculty, students and staff to evaluate existing
library programs and resources, and developing and executing plans
for enhancing them to ensure service quality.
- Supervises the preparation or prepares accreditation and
evaluation review reports.
- Provide strategic direction for the development of new digital
collections, projects, and services.
- Understands the community's needs and how library services can
meet those needs.
- Maintains an awareness of current library issues and trends
affecting all library departments; reads professional literature
and attends workshops
- Provides vision for and directly supervises Collection Services
staff and librarians.
- Provides leadership in the selection, implementation, and
management of the library's Integrated Library System (ILS).
Develops and maintains the library automation system and automated
administrative functions, including coordinating with other
departments to maintain the operations of the system.
- Oversee collection development, acquisitions, cataloging,
processing and preservation of both print and electronic materials.
In coordination with the Director, assigns budgets, monitors
performance and implements changes as necessary
* Oversee collections management activities, including guiding
space planning for on-site and remote storage.
* Coordinate projects, training, and documentation across the
department to ensure that cataloging and processing are done
consistently and according to current best practices, which staff
expertise remains up to date, and that projects involving multiple
staff are carried out efficiently.
* Work with staff to set processing priorities and establish
* In consultation with technical and public services staff,
investigate and implement new methods of providing access to
* Resolve problems and questions related to Collection
- Serves as the primary liaison to vendors.
- Evaluates and improves quality of services, effectiveness and
technical proficiency of staff within the operating
- Secure grants or other external funds to preserve, conserve,
and improve access to the collections.
- Make appraisal decisions based on documentary and evidentiary
value, in consultation with librarians and faculty.
- Maintains inventory of department equipment and
- Provide reference services through various communication
methods to on-campus and off-campus students and faculty and keep
University Service & Representation:
- Serves as liaison to one or more academic
- Teach information literacy skills via embedded sessions,
bibliographic sessions, video creation, and instruction as
necessary for student and faculty development.
- Actively develop and implement ideas for the promotion of the
library to the university community including but not limited to
programs, activities, and services.
- Participates in a variety of departmental, campus, regional and
statewide committees and represents library issues, ideas and
- Is professionally active in local, regional and national
library and information organizations; makes professional
contributions, and brings visibility to the Library and to the
- Positively represent Athens State University in professional,
community, and state organizations.
- Other duties as assigned.
• Master’s degree in library science or recognized equivalent from
an ALA-accredited program.
• At least 5 years of progressively responsible experience in an
academic, research or public library system
• Experience supervising staff and librarians in a highly
collaborative and team-oriented environment.
• Excellent leadership qualities including strong interpersonal and
public communication skills.
• Deep knowledge of Collection Services areas including cataloging,
metadata standards and best practices, acquisitions, and
• Demonstrated ability to adapt quickly to new technologies and
implement those deemed appropriate for the community.
• Demonstrated record of strong organizational, planning,
interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
• Doctorate degree in field related to librarianship or higher
education administration, and/or a second master’s degree in a
management or library related area, from a regionally accredited
• Experience in an academic library.
• Experience developing, implementing, and managing budgets.
• Experience developing strategic plans and assessing
• Experience in bid, purchase, and implementation of new ILS
• Experience in cataloging, acquisitions, preservation or
• Familiarity with distance education library services.
• Evidence of strong service orientation as demonstrated by an
ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, students, and
library personnel at all levels.
• Ability to work independently or with minimal supervision.
• Ability to plan and direct activities and to supervise multiple
• Knowledge of best practices and trends in all areas related to
technical services and library systems.
• Active professionally in library and related organizations.
Salary Band: A142
To view salary schedules visit: https://www.athens.edu/human-resources/salary-schedule-tables/
Salary will be commensurate with experience and
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
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
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
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.