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Creighton University Librarian

Employer
Park Square Executive Search
Location
Omaha, Nebraska
Salary
Commensurate with experience
Date posted
Jan 18, 2024

Creighton University seeks nominations for and expressions of interest in the position of University Librarian. Reporting to the provost, the University Librarian is expected to lead the libraries in their mission to provide information resources and services of the highest quality for the University’s teaching, research, professional, and performance programs; foster internal and external partnerships and collaborations; collaborate with communities of scholars on and off campus; recruit and nurture a diverse, professional staff; and garner and manage resources toward strategic goals.

 

 

 

Creighton, located in Omaha, NE, offers a top-ranked education, rooted in the Jesuit tradition, for students and scholars to make a meaningful impact on the world. Founded in 1878, Creighton is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the U.S. and is committed to providing students, faculty, and staff with top-tier education, resources, and opportunities to foster a supportive community committed to Jesuit and Catholic values and traditions. Creighton prides itself on fostering a community where students learn to become leaders through service to others.

 

 

 

Creighton University offers degree programs among eight schools and colleges.  Known for their disciplinary excellence, programs are further augmented by the intentionality of interdisciplinary efforts that link arts and sciences with law, business, and health science programs in dentistry, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, occupational and physical therapy, physician assistant, public health and emergency medical services.  

 

 

 

The current leader of Creighton, Reverend Daniel S. Hendrickson, S.J., Ph.D., became the 25th president of the university in 2015. During Hendrickson’s tenure, Creighton has seen enrollment grow to more than 8,700 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students; achieved greater national recognition; and opened a $100 million health sciences campus in Phoenix, making it one of the largest Catholic health professions educators in the U.S. Creighton has also achieved recognition for undergraduate teaching, research, and internship opportunities

 

 

 

Mardell Wilson, EdD, RDN joined the university as provost in the fall of 2020. Wilson previously served as professor and dean of the Edward and Margaret Doisy College of Health Sciences at Saint Louis University (SLU). With her background in the allied health professions and in her role as dean of the health sciences college at SLU, Dr. Wilson collaborated with deans and faculty across the university’s schools and colleges, developed a five-year research plan, a peer-reviewed publication support program, and the foundation for an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, among other initiatives.  In her time at Creighton she has supported continued growth, in partnership with President Hendrickson, across the university’s programs and research portfolio.

 

 

 

Creighton Libraries and University Librarian

 

 

 

Creighton’s libraries serve as a key resource for the university, supporting its mission by providing innovative resources, services, and spaces for teaching and learning.  The underpinnings of this work are reflected in the libraries’ core values: foster a culture of mutual respect, cooperation, and understanding; provide equitable access to resources and services for the benefit of a diverse community; promote a culture that strives for excellence and growth through continuous improvement; contribute to the advancement of social responsibility in the community and throughout the world; empower open inquiry and experimentation to enhance interdisciplinary collaboration and scholarship; and, nurture critical thinkers to become knowledge builder and active problem solvers.

 

 

 

Given the central importance of the libraries to the mission of Creighton, they were a key area of focus of investment on campus in the past year.  The Reinart Alumni Memorial Library was renovated and refreshed in the summer of 2023 during a process that included the renovation of the St. John’s fountain and its patio, and the remodeling of the V.J. and Angela Skutt Student Center, both of which are adjacent to the Reinert Alumni Memorial Library.  These projects occurred in tandem with several new construction projects in student housing, a Jesuit residence, and center for health sciences education.

 

 

 

The Creighton libraries currently consist of:

 

 

 

Reinert Alumni Memorial Library

 

As the main library on the Omaha campus, Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library’s mission is to       support and engage faculty and students in the educational and research activities of the         Creighton community. The library is dedicated to focusing energy and resources on becoming an      integral part of the campus community. The library contains over one million items, including                physical and electronic books, journals, media, models, and other equipment. Within the library,    the Creighton University Archives collects, maintains and provides access to collections that            appeal to a variety of researchers: archival holdings related to the history of Creighton; rare books and other valuable print materials; and special collections from literature, health, art,    religion and other fields. Digital surrogates of selected files are available for viewing on the       Creighton Digital Repository.

 

 

 

Phoenix Health Sciences Library

 

The Phoenix Health Sciences library serves the Phoenix campus and provides students and faculty with the necessary resources to conduct educational and research activities.  It also serves as a critical resource to connect students and faculty to the Omaha campus library and ensure their equitable access to materials, with the goal of centralizing services to improve user experience and reduce complexity.

 

 

 

The University Librarian reports to the provost and serves as a key member of Creighton’s leadership team.  They will be expected to act as a collaborator with the deans across the institution, as well as a strategic partner as academic units undertake new academic endeavors.

 

 

 

Candidates must possess expertise in the field of library/information science; a record of setting and achieving strategic goals; a proven record of effectively leading individuals and managing resources; and an uncompromising commitment to academic excellence and to the creation and support of a vibrant and broadly diverse community of faculty, students, alumni, and community members. A MLS degree is required.

 

 

 

The Region

 

Creighton is located near downtown Omaha, one of the 50 largest cities in the United States and home to over 450,000 people who welcome visitors with open arms and authentic Midwestern hospitality. Omaha continues to invest in downtown revitalization and has seen more than $2 billion in new development in recent years. The city is home to 10 distinctive and unique neighborhoods with something to see and do in every corner of the city.  Omaha also hosts world class events such as the College World Series, and has the headquarters of world class companies including Berkshire Hathaway, Union Pacific, and others.

 

The heart of downtown Omaha boasts numerous parks, including three vibrant parks settled along the Riverfront with exciting amenities such as a Performance Pavilion, state of the art playground, interactive water features, Sculpture Garden, a dog park, and plenty of spaces to gather, relax and have fun. The Riverfront’s two other parks, Heartland of America Park and Lewis and Clark Landing include a skate ribbon, amphitheater, bocce courts, a picturesque pier extending to the Missouri River, an urban beach, prairie garden and more. The three parks connect, bridging Omaha’s charming Old Market Entertainment District with vibrant North Downtown.

 

In addition, the Kiewit Luminarium opened in 2023 as part of the downtown revitalization.  The Kiewit Luminarium is an innovative community space and learning environment that is part workshop, part museum. It serves as a dynamic space where people of all ages, identities, and backgrounds can explore extraordinary phenomena at the intersection of science, art, and human perception through interactive displays and engaging exhibits.

 

Conveniently located just 10 minutes from campus, Omaha’s Eppley Airfield is a medium-hub airport that served over 4.5 million passengers in 2022. Eight airlines provide approximately 70 departures per day to 31 nonstop destinations from Eppley Airfield.

 

The Greater Omaha area has been the focus of recognition and top accolades in recent years, including leading the Forbes list for U.S. States People are Moving To, ranking 9th as the Best Cities for Young Professionals, and the 13th Best Place to Live in America. To learn more about the exciting growth and expansion in Omaha, see www.visitomaha.com.

 

The Search

 

 

 

For a full position description, including a comprehensive list of responsibilities and ideal qualifications, please inquire via e-mail to the university’s consultant, Kyle Meingast of Park Square Executive Search, at CreightonLibrarian@parksquare.com.

 

 

 

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Although the search will remain open until the position is filled, review of candidate materials will begin immediately. Candidates should provide, in confidence, a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that highlights administrative acumen and leadership experience, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of the candidates.

 

 

 

Materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the university’s consultant, Kyle Meingast of Park Square Executive Search, at CreightonLibrarian@parksquare.com. Documents that must be mailed may be sent to Kyle Meingast, Partner, or Jonathan Fortescue, Ph.D., Managing Partner, Park Square Executive Search, LLC, 225 Franklin Street, 17th Floor, Boston, MA 02110. Phone: 617-401-2991.

 

 

 

This description describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Regular, reliable attendance is an essential function and all employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor. Employees may also be required to work in excess of normal working hours as workloads and seasonal activities necessitate. Creighton University reserves the right to modify duties, responsibilities and activities at any time with or without notice.

 

Creighton University is committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory educational and employment environment. The University admits qualified students, hires qualified employees and accepts patients for treatment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or other status protected by law. Its education and employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other programs and activities, are administered without unlawful discrimination.

 

 

 

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