Director of Library Services

SUNY Canton
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Mar 24, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Distance Education Programs, Instructional Technology & Design (Campus), Librarians & Library Administration, Student Affairs, Disabled Student Services
Employment Type
Full Time


Director of Library Services


Learning Commons


Commensurate with credentials and experience

Description of Duties

The State University of New York (SUNY) Canton College of Technology announces a national search for the Director of Library Services at Southworth Library. The College seeks a visionary leader who is committed to student success and retention as well as a mission of access. Reporting to the Executive Director for the Learning Commons within the division of Academic Affairs, the Director of Library Services will join a team of leaders from departments housed in the Learning Commons including tutoring services and information services departments.

Located in upstate New York, SUNY Canton College of Technology is part of the State University of New York. The student enrollment of approximately 3,000 students is composed of residential, commuter, and fully online students with online students making up about one third of the student body. SUNY Canton is a technical college that awards certificates, associates, and bachelor’s degrees with 23 degrees available fully online. SUNY Canton prioritizes hands-on, engaging experiences that prepare students to be “job ready” at graduation. The Learning Commons supports the College’s mission by offering access to resources, technology, and services that promote teaching and learning. The Learning Commons serves as a physical and virtual hub for innovation, collaboration, and engagement.


The Director of Library Services is a full-time, twelve-month, tenure track, faculty position. The director will provide oversight, training, evaluation, and ongoing development to 3 full-time faculty librarians and an administrative assistant. Responsibilities also include:
  • Strategic planning and assessment for the delivery of library services within the context of the College’s mission, vision and goals
  • Develop and allocate the library budgets and engage in grant seeking in order to support innovation and student access and success
  • Coordinate opportunities for scholarly engagement, academic discovery, and innovation at the College
  • Lead initiatives that integrate library services as a critical component of academic excellence
  • Serve as the campus lead for open access resource (OER) development.
  • Engage in librarianship including instruction, outreach, access, reference, and technical services
  • Cultivate local community partnerships to encourage information literacy, academic inquiry, and academic preparedness that support college readiness
  • Curate materials and a collection that is accessible and supports the needs of the college community
  • Participate in committee work as well as with SUNY-wide groups that involve library services
  • Collaborate with the other service departments in the Learning Commons to promote services, engage students, and increase access to services and resources
  • Contribute to Learning Commons initiatives including student engagement and outreach, and student and faculty/staff advisory committees

Required Qualifications
  • MLS (or equivalent) from an ALA accredited institution
  • Leadership experience based on diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Experience with successful student retention and success strategies
  • Ability to leverage technology to enhance learning and increase access
  • Demonstrated success in budgeting and fiscal management
  • Adept and interested in providing a variety of librarianship services
  • Experience in strategic planning and gathering data
  • Demonstration of ongoing scholarship through publication and research
  • Interest in a student-facing and highly collaborative position
  • Interest in advancing virtual library services and materials
Preferred Qualifications
  • Formal training or continued education in the realm of leadership
  • Experience in library services delivery within the context of a Learning Commons model
  • Development of community partnerships
  • Experience with online learning
  • Experience working at a technical college
  • Ability to obtain and implement grants
  • Experience in course review and design
Prior to a final offer of employment, the selected candidate will be required to submit to a background check including, but not limited to, employment verification, educational and other credential verification, and criminal background check.

Closing Date for Receipt of Applications

Review begins immediately and will continue until position is filled.

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SUNY Canton, a unit of the State University of New York, is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. SUNY Canton is building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and strongly encourages applications from minority and women candidates.

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