Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources

Northeastern University seeks applications and nominations for an energetic, creative, and self-motivated individual to join its newly re-energized, service-oriented, and forward-looking Library team.


As the head of a newly-redefined Library division, the Associate Dean will provide leadership in a crucial area of the Library’s rapid ongoing development, as it adapts to the University’s enhanced research mission in a complex and changing information environment. The successful candidate, working under the direction of the Dean of University Libraries, will be responsible for creating and implementing a new integrated vision for the management, delivery, and preservation of the University’s information resources and collections. In shaping the new Scholarly Resources division, combining technical services, collection development, scholarly communications, and digital initiatives, the Associate Dean will be expected to bring a strong strategic and fiscal understanding, together with dynamic leadership skills and a proven ability to foster a culture of innovation and responsiveness to customer needs. The Associate Dean is a member of the Dean’s Administrative Group, and works in a collaborative mode with senior colleague both in the Library and on campus to develop policies, deploy resources, set priorities, and shape overall strategy for the Library.

· A graduate degree in librarianship from an ALA-accredited institution or foreign equivalent in required; additional advanced degree desirable.
· At least 7 years of experience in successful leadership in progressively more demanding technical services, digital project, and collection management roles in research libraries is required.
· Demonstrated vision for providing information services, and supporting scholarly communications in a research environment, responsive to current trends and anticipating future needs.
· Broad knowledge and proven expertise in collection development and assessment in a medium or large research library context, including understanding of selection and assessment techniques and the organization and distribution of both print and digital resources.
· Broad knowledge and proven expertise in technical services operations in a medium or large research library, including demonstrated knowledge of acquisition and metadata-related operations, and of established and emerging national and international standards relating to acquisitions, metadata, classification. Demonstrated knowledge and experience with cooperative programs, consortial initiatives, and operational workflow analyses.
· Knowledge of trends and issues in academic libraries, scholarly communications, higher education, publishing, preservation, and emerging technologies.
· Excellent leadership, planning, analytical, interpersonal, communication, supervisory, project management and organizational skills.
· Ability to work internally and externally with a wide variety of individuals at all levels, a strong service orientation, and a demonstrated commitment to staff development and diversity in the workplace.

About Northeastern University
Founded in 1898, Northeastern University is a private research university located in the heart of Boston. Northeastern is a leader in interdisciplinary research, urban engagement, and the integration of classroom learning with real-world experience. The University’s distinctive cooperative education program, where students alternate semesters of full-time study with semesters of paid work in fields relevant to their professional interests and major, is one of the largest and most innovative in the world. The University offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in six undergraduate colleges, eight graduate schools, and two part-time divisions. For more information, please visit

About the University Libraries at Northeastern University
Snell Library is at the hub of campus intellectual life. The Library holds 986,000 volumes, 119,000 e-books, 31,000 electronic journals, and welcomes over one million visitors a year. The Library provides award-winning research and instructional services, a pioneering multi-media content creation space, a very popular Meet the Author series, and is home to internationally-recognized special collections that document social justice efforts in the Greater Boston area. The Library has an ambitious vision to expand its digital initiatives, building on its institutional repository and digitization of special collections. Snell Library continues to break new ground in scholarly communications, interdisciplinary research, and the emerging field of transliteracy— the ability to read, write, and interact across multiple media formats. Snell Library leads the way in redefining library service in the 21st century.

Applications received by December 1, 2009 will receive first consideration, though applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply, visit:, where more details of the position’s responsibilities, the University’s outstanding benefits, and of the salary range associated with this position are also available. For more information on the position, and to nominate candidates, contact Will Wakeling, Dean of University Libraries,

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.

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