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Dean of Library and Information Services

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Edwardsville, Illinois (US)
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Date posted
Mar 11, 2024

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Administrative, Deans
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Full Time

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville is pleased to announce its national search for an experienced and visionary leader to serve as the Dean of Library and Information Services (LIS).

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) is nationally recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top 10 public regional universities and by Washington Monthly as among the top 40 out of 673 private and public master’s universities nationally. SIUE provides students with a high-quality, affordable education and prepares them for successful careers and lives of purpose to shape a changing world.

A metropolitan university, SIUE serves a diverse student body of more than 12,000. The University has enjoyed several years of record enrollment and increasing retention and is nearing completion of a $300 million infrastructure and building program. The Edwardsville campus encompasses 2,660 acres of woods and rolling hills in the scenic beauty of southwestern Illinois. The University has a center in East St. Louis, including a charter high school; a nursing clinic and a School of Pharmacy; and a School of Dental Medicine in Alton. SIUE competes at the NCAA Division I level in the Ohio Valley Conference and the Mid-American Conference (wrestling). SIUE’s safety record has yielded a “Top 50 Safest College Towns in America” designation for the city of Edwardsville.

SIUE received the 2022 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. SIUE joins a select group of 11 institutions that have earned the distinction for at least nine consecutive years. SIUE is one of 62 university campuses in the world and the only public institution in Illinois to be part of the Sustained Dialogue Campus Network (SDCN), which helps University faculty, staff and students address issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, ability status and other topics that often are not effectively discussed in diverse groups. The non-profit group Campus Pride ranked SIUE in the top 100 among the 2021 Most Affordable LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges and Universities. SIUE’s LGBTQ-Friendly Campus Climate index and Sexual Orientation scores are 4.5 out of 5 stars. SIUE's Gender Identity/Expression score is 4 out of 5 stars. SIUE is also nationally recognized as a 2022-23 Military Friendly® School and among the Military Times Best for Vets: Colleges.

The Dean will join SIUE at a time of tremendous momentum and opportunity, strengthening the integration of activities that promote student success, as well as the academic, personal, and social growth and development of all undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Dean of LIS serves as an institutional academic leader with the Provost, and campus administrators, and other deans.

The Dean of LIS serves as chief administrative officer of LIS, providing vision, strategic direction, and operational leadership to the unit. The Dean leads LIS in fiscal management, development, and advocacy and is responsible for advancing the impact of LIS to meet the needs of contemporary library users. The Dean creates an environment that supports expert practice and scholarly research. The Dean builds a diverse community through collaboration and communication to support the missions of both LIS and the University. Currently, LIS has 15 full-time faculty and 14 full-time staff.

The Dean will collaborate with SIUE Schools, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Southern Illinois University System, acting as an institutional, academic leader. They will guide academic operations with support from the Chancellor and Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs to further LIS’ efforts within the campus, system, and broader community They will demonstrate an abiding commitment to antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and by implementing inclusive policies and practices, leading to equitable outcomes.

Primary Administrative Duties

  • Leads LIS involvement in University and division-specific strategic initiatives
  • Makes inclusive decisions about the library based on a holistic approach to library management
  • Acts as fiscal manager for LIS, making decisions about budget, and personnel
  • Supervises all full and part-time faculty librarians
  • Uses data to assess library impact of space, services, technologies, and collections to support student learning, faculty teaching, and scholarship
  • Engages campus partners and stakeholders while acting as a steward of university space in Lovejoy Library
  • Supports an outreach plan that embeds LIS’ presence across campus and in the community
  • Collaborates with the SIUE Foundation to raise funds to support LIS

Primary Leadership Duties

  • Balances leadership role within LIS and the University to close equity gaps and achieve ambitious goals set forth in the University’s strategic plan 
  • Serves as an institutional academic leader on Dean’s Council and participates in the shared governance of the University
  • Mentors and supports faculty through the tenure process and beyond Invests in ongoing professional development opportunities to support evolving roles for faculty and staff within LIS
  • Inspires a rewarding workplace environment that emphasizes excellence and collaboration

Primary Library Support Services Duties

  • Ensures the academic success of students by providing inclusive and innovative services to support student success, retention, and graduation rates
  • Engages campus and surrounding communities in activities to support research and scholarship
  • Encourages the growth of the Information Literacy Instruction Program while modeling the information literacy skillset of a professional librarian
  • Establishes an online learning environment that promotes the delivery of information literacy skills to distance, graduate, post-traditional, and international students
  • Supports the application of new technologies that enhance information delivery and discovery

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library science or library and information science from an ALA-accredited university
  • Demonstrated experience in a leadership role within academic or research libraries and/or professional library organizations
  • A record of professional achievement in librarianship, scholarship, and service, in an academic or research library setting that would merit appointment to the rank of associate professor at SIUE
  • Demonstrated experience in carrying out the responsibilities of a higher education administrator including, but not limited to personnel supervision, library operations, fiscal management, and external relations
  • Excellent communication skills Evidence of a commitment to ensuring antiracism, diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated experience in data-driven decision making
  • Demonstrated experience with assessment and communicating the positive impact of the library
  • Demonstrated experience with budgeting and resource allocation
  • A record of professional achievement in librarianship, scholarship, and service, in an academic or research library setting that would merit appointment to the rank of professor Fundraising and donor cultivation, external communication, and/or advocacy experience

Library and Information Services (LIS) at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE) is an innovative, student-centered unit that seeks to foster the best of emancipatory education. LIS is the intellectual hub of the campus community, providing vital resources and services to support academic success and research endeavors. With its extensive collection of books, journals, and electronic databases, the library offers students and faculty access to a wealth of information across various disciplines. Library faculty and staff equip students with the information literacy tools and skills necessary for critical thinking so that they can confront the issues surrounding society and themselves. The library’s information literacy curriculum aims to foster the dispositions, attitudes, and skills necessary to collaborate effectively and respectfully in a diverse world and to empower people to take up the challenge of solving the problems that confront our world.

The library supports exploratory students by providing opportunities for emancipatory discovery through interaction with programming, collections, and pedagogy.

The library’s collaborative spaces, equipped with modern technology, inspire group study sessions and facilitate interdisciplinary collaborations. Moreover, the library hosts a variety of workshops, lectures, and exhibitions that enrich campus life and promote lifelong learning. LIS consists of Lovejoy Library on the campus of SIUE as well as the Biomedical Library in Alton, which serves the School of Dental Medicine.

The Search Committee invites letters of interest and nominations to be submitted directly to the search firm, Anthem Executive. Correspondence should include a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience and interest in the position. Submit materials to Michael Ballew, Scott Watson, JR Wheless, or Florene Stawowy at:

While applications and nominations may be accepted until the position is filled, interested parties are strongly encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible to assure consideration. Anthem and the university reserve the right to end or extend the application and nomination process following this date. Expressing interest is the first step in receiving consideration and does not make one an applicant for the position.

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville nurtures an open, respectful, and welcoming climate that facilitates learning and work. As an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to an inclusive and diverse workforce, we will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, national origin, religion, disability, age

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