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Governors State University seeks a visionary, collaborative leader
to serve as the Dean of the Library. The Dean is the chief
administrator of the University Library and reports directly to the
Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.
The position is an exceptional opportunity for an experienced
library administrator to lead the library faculty and staff, serve
the students and faculty, and advance the mission and vision of one
of Illinois’ public comprehensive universities.
The Dean of the Library is a 12-month administrative position with
responsibility for the organization, administration, operation, and
evaluations of university library services, physical facilities,
faculty, staff, collections and budget. The Dean mentors librarians
who are part of the university’s unionized tenure-stream faculty,
and supports their work with faculty colleagues across campus.
Working with faculty and staff, the Dean enables the University
Library to support the institutional mission by developing the
library’s collections and services, supporting research and
scholarship, engaging emergent technologies, and promoting and
advocating for library programs that address the needs of students,
staff, faculty, and the community.
The Dean serves on the Deans Council. Convened by the Provost, the
Council considers a broad array of areas including strategic
initiatives, institutional effectiveness, budgeting, curricular and
administrative issues, academic policies and college/Academic
Affairs initiatives aimed at enhancing both faculty and student
life on campus. As one of the administrators in Academic Affairs,
the Dean provides leadership and contributes to academic and
student services in close collaboration with Information Technology
Services, Digital Learning and Media Design, and the Writing
Outside of the University, the Dean works closely with other
Illinois public university deans as well as representing the
Library in the community and region, and at the state and national
Governors State University ( GSU ) was founded in 1969, originally
as an upper-division institution with a primary focus of serving
community college graduates pursuing baccalaureate degrees. During
the five intervening decades, GSU has grown to become the only
regional, public, comprehensive university in Chicago’s south
suburban area, serving approximately 6,000 students annually in 85
different bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and certificate programs.
GSU features a highly diverse faculty and staff of roughly 1,000
employees that reflect the students and community we serve. GSU
provides accessible, high value undergraduate and graduate
education to culturally and economically diverse students from
across the region and around the world. From its mission statement,
Governors State University is committed to offering an exceptional
and accessible education that prepares students with the knowledge,
skills, and confidence to succeed in a global society.
Students benefit from the university’s high academic quality, range
of convenient class times, increasing hybrid and online offerings,
and outstanding educational value.
The exceptionally beautiful campus is conveniently located within
easy reach by road and rail to Chicago and surrounding communities
that have a wealth of cultural and natural attractions. The highly
diverse region GSU serves has a number of high performing schools
and engaged communities as well as struggling urban, suburban, and
rural communities. GSU seeks to serve as a public square, working
to foster educational opportunities for
1. ALA -accredited master’s degree in Library Science ( MLS, MLIS,
or equivalent), and a second master’s degree or terminal
2. A record of academic and professional achievement warranting
tenure at the rank of Full Professor at Governors State
3. Demonstrated success in personnel management of faculty and
staff in a highly regulated environment.
4. A strong background in managing library services in higher
education, as evidenced by positions of increasing responsibility
in library administration at regionally accredited
5. Successful administrative experience with strategic planning,
fiscal management, and relevant technologies.
1. Earned Doctorate
2. Marketing, grant-writing, and fundraising experience.
3. Experience with Open Access publication issues, Record
Retention, and Copyright Administration.
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Special Instructions to Applicants
Applications and nominations are now being accepted. Review of
materials will begin immediately and will continue until the
position is filled. For full consideration, complete applications
should be received by September 20.
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- Written Response to Interview Question 1