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Head of Public Services

South Dakota State University
South Dakota, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jun 8, 2022

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Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration, Other Academic Affairs
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Full Time
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Bring your leadership skills to South Dakota State University’s Hilton M. Briggs Library! Our library seeks a forward-thinking Associate or Full Librarian/Head of Public Services to lead, coordinate, and administer the library’s Public Services Department encompassing circulation, reference, library instruction, interlibrary loan, government documents, and outreach services. This is a 12-month, 100% time, benefits-eligible position that is supervised by the Dean of the Library.

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant mission of access.


  • Plan, coordinate, and facilitate departmental activities and provide leadership in setting goals and priorities. Responsible for overall operational efficiency of the department.
  • Hire, mentor, direct, motivate, support, supervise, and evaluate Public Services faculty and staff.
  • Work with the Dean of the Library, the Head of Technical Services, and the Coordinator of Archives & Special Collections to provide leadership and enhance cooperation.
  • Serve as a member of the library’s Management Team, sharing in policy-making decisions, planning, and management responsibilities.
  • Determine unit and individual work priorities and routines, assign work, and schedule staffing.
  • Manage personnel, equipment, software, space, and fiscal resources in a responsible manner.
  • Develop and strengthen campus, local, statewide, and regional partnerships.
  • Develop, revise, and implement policies, procedures, and strategies.
  • Lead library assessment and user experience efforts and actively participate in the improvement of library services.
  • Compile, analyze, and report on statistical data regarding information services.
  • Participate in collection development.
  • Serve as a liaison to selected academic departments.
  • Provide general information services to library users. Occasional evening and weekend duty is required.
  • Provide leadership in applying existing and emerging technologies.
  • Participate as an active member of the university community and promote the library and its resources.


  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library or information science or equivalent.
  • Second earned graduate degree.
  • At least 10 years experience as a professional librarian (for rank of associate librarian) or 15 years (for rank of librarian).
  • Recent experience in public services in an academic, research, or large public library.
  • Supervisory, administrative and/or leadership experience.
  • Reference and library instruction experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively (verbal, written, and public presentations) with stakeholders including students, faculty, staff, and the research community.
  • Knowledge of relevant trends, techniques, and issues in academia and library services.
  • Demonstrated success applying existing and emerging technologies to support public service.


$90,000 minimum, depending upon rank and commensurate with qualifications.


South Dakota State University offers a wide range of benefits including medical, dental, and flexible benefits, retirement plans, compensation packages, paid holidays, and vacation leave. Employees also have access to internal and state-sponsored training as well as reduced tuition for state-supported courses at all State of South Dakota academic institutions.


South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 programs and an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students.

SDSU offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity, and excellence through continuous improvement.

As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota.

SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

Jackrabbits Athletics competes as an NCAA Division I member with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota.

The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school.

The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.


Position is open until filled.


SDSU accepts applications through an on-line employment site. To apply, visit:, search by the position title, view the job announcement, and click on “apply for this job.” This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement, curriculum vitae, and a reference page with the contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process. 

Any offer of employment is conditioned upon the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, successful completion of a criminal background check.

South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It is university policy to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to South Dakota State University’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. 

For questions on the position, contact Nancy Marshall at (605) 688-5093 or

South Dakota State University promotes access to and opportunities for all to receive the benefit of and participate in education, research, and service and is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to this land-grant access mission. SDSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to, and SDSU prohibits discrimination on, the basis of sex, race, color, creed, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, gender, gender identification, transgender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or any other status that may become protected under law against discrimination in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007, 605-688-4128.
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