Friday, October 24, 2008

Research & Instruction Department Head

Loyola Marymount University seeks an exceptional candidate for the position of Research & Instruction Department Head.

Loyola Marymount, founded in 1911, is a comprehensive university in the mainstream of American Catholic higher education. Located on the west side of Los Angeles overlooking the Pacific Ocean, LMU is one of the nation’s 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and five Marymount institutions. It serves 5,400 undergraduates and over 2,500 graduate students in the Colleges/Schools of Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, Business Administration, Communication and Fine Arts, Film and Television, Education, and Law. Loyola Marymount seeks professionally outstanding applicants who value its mission and share its commitment to academic excellence, the education of the whole person, and the building of a just society. LMU is an equal opportunity institution actively working to promote an intercultural learning community.

The Research & Instruction Department Head will lead 5.5 FTE librarians and staff in providing reference, instruction and research services.

Other position specific accountabilities are as follows: Develop and implement reference service goals, policies and procedures. Partnering with teaching faculty, design, implement, market and assess instructional programs supporting research skills and information literacy. Promote curriculum-imbedded library instruction. Identify and recommend emerging technologies to incorporate best practices in reference and instruction. Provide in-person, chat, and consortial-based virtual reference services. Actively participate in llibrary-wide initiatives and campus outreach, coordinating the library’s role in faculty and student orientations and special user events. In coordination with the Head of Collection Development, continuously develop and assess the print and electronic collections of reference resources. Set goals, evaluate, and coach performance for reference librarians, and guide their promotion process. Serve on the library’s Management Council.

The ideal candidate must have broad knowledge of current trends in higher education, academic libraries, reference, and instructional technology. The successful candidate will be innovative, flexible, and collaborative. Other skills and knowledge include: excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to win the trust and confidence of faculty, librarians, and library staff; a commitment to professional growth for self and others; and demonstrated ability to foster an informal, high-energy, goal-oriented work environment with and for colleagues.

A Master of Library Science from an ALA accredited institution is required. A minimum of five years of progressively responsible library reference and/or instruction experience which includes supervision required.

Hiring Salary: $59,880 to $73,188 commensurate with experience and salary history.

The position will be available on December 1, 2008. Deliberations on the pool of candidates will begin as applications are received.

Applicants should submit the following materials:

1. a letter of application, which includes a statement of the applicant’s vision for a highly functioning library research and instruction department in the 21st century;
2. a curriculum vitae or resume;
3.a list of three professional references (names, titles, addresses, and telephone numbers).


Inquiries should be addressed to:

Debra Shade
Ass’t. Dean
Charles Von der Ahe Library
Loyola Marymount University
One LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659


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