Saturday, January 30, 2010

Dean of Libraries

The Dean will be a key member of the academic leadership team as the University continues to serve a diverse student body with high-quality professional and liberal arts programs. Reporting to the Provost, the Dean is responsible for all areas of Library administration, which include strategic planning, policy and program development, resource management, and utilization of emerging technologies. The Dean is also responsible for developing an effective and collaborative team of Library faculty and staff, as well as strong functional relationships with other constituent groups.

The Dean will provide a vision for the future of Eastern’s Libraries, and will foster a work environment that welcomes change and innovation to meet new challenges. Additionally, the Dean will support our commitment to creating an inclusive, supportive community for all its members.

Candidates must offer an MLS or MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited institution, or the equivalent, along with a record of librarianship, scholarship, service and experience in administrative and fiscal management. Complete candidate qualifications are detailed on our web site at

Applications should include a letter describing interest and qualifications, a vita or resume, and the names and telephone numbers of five references. All materials will be held in strictest confidence. References will not be contacted until candidates have been notified. Materials should be sent to: Dean of Libraries Search Committee, 314 Showalter Hall, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA 99004. Position to begin July 1st, 2010, or as soon thereafter as possible. Eastern is an EEO/AA employer.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Access Positions

The Washington University Libraries are seeking individuals with a deep commitment to library leadership, innovation, and customer service to lead its two primary Access units (Circulation and ILL/Reserves). Individuals will have an opportunity to develop and improve services in these newly redefined positions.

Responsibilities: The Circulation Librarian is responsible for providing excellent customer service at the combined circulation and reference service point (Help Desk). The librarian will work closely with the Reference Desk Manager to ensure training is up-to-date and referrals are handled correctly. In addition, the librarian oversees stacks management and retrieval. The position requires mature judgment and supervisory skills, as well as a solid knowledge of unit policies and procedures and the Libraries’ integrated library system. The Circulation Librarian will play a central role in making the Help Desk be more responsive to users’ needs and expectations through the assessment of existing services and implementation of new services. The librarian will also work with the Head of Access and the Technical Specialist in finding ways to use technology to improve customer service and streamline operations at the Help Desk.

Qualifications: MLS degree from an ALA accredited school or equivalent required; demonstrated commitment to excellent customer service; experience with integrated library systems; familiarity with Innovative Interfaces Millennium system desirable; supervisory skills and the ability to coach and lead a team; ability to work effectively in a collegial manner in a changing environment; strong communication skills, oral and written; ability to analyze problems and determine solutions; ability to multi-task; and demonstrated leadership skills.

Available: February 1, 2010

Responsibilities: The Interlibrary Loan and Reserves Librarian oversees the interlibrary lending and borrowing, local and consortial requesting, and course reserves operations. The librarian develops policies, procedures and workflows for the interlibrary loan and reserves operations including copyright compliance. The librarian is responsible for training and supervising staff and student assistants and monitoring operations to ensure greater efficiencies and workload distribution. The Interlibrary Loan and Reserves Librarian will play a central role in finding new ways to be responsive to users’ needs and expectations through the assessment of existing operations and implementation of new services. In particular, the librarian will work closely with the Acquisition staff and subject librarians to find the most effective way to obtain materials for users. The librarian will also work with Head of Access and the Technical Specialist to explore new possibilities for using technology to improve and streamline operations. The supervisor is knowledgeable of a variety of software applications, including but not limited to Millennium, ArticleReach, MOBIUS INN-Reach, ILLiad, and the course management system (Ares).

Qualifications: MLS degree from an ALA accredited school or equivalent required; experience with integrated library systems; familiarity with Innovative Interfaces Millennium system desirable; experience with ILLiad or comparable interlibrary loan management systems; knowledge of ILL and reserves copyright issues; experience with course management systems; ability to work effectively in a collegial manner in a changing environment; supervisory skills and the ability to coach and lead a team; ability to analyze problems and determine solutions; ability to multi-task; demonstrated leadership skills.
Available: May 3, 2010

GENERAL INFORMATION: Washington University, located at the western edge of the city of St. Louis, is a medium-sized, independent, research university founded in 1853, and is internationally known for excellence. Washington University Libraries, a member of the Association of Research Libraries, include the Olin Library and twelve school and departmental libraries, with over 3.7 million volumes and equally rich electronic resources. The University is a founding member of MOBIUS, the Missouri consortium of libraries that provides online direct patron borrowing through an INN-Reach union catalog. For more information, visit or

TO APPLY: Visit Attach a letter of application, resume, and the names of three references (including e-mail & phone number). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Employment eligibility verification required upon hire. Washington University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Monday, January 25, 2010

Director, Wittliff Collections

Director, Wittliff Collections

Job Description: Texas State University-San Marcos invites applications for the position of Director for The Wittliff Collections, Albert B. Alkek Library. Reporting to the Assistant Vice President, University Library, the Director will provide overall leadership and management for the Collections primary components: the Southwestern Writers Collection, the Southwestern and Mexican Photography Collection, and other special collections.

Required Qualifications: A Master's degree in a discipline relevant to The Collection's mission; a record of progressively responsible related experience; demonstrated leadership and managerial skills; a capacity for developing and sustaining relationships within the university and with a wide range of external constituencies; a talent and enthusiasm for outreach and fundraising; public speaking and writing abilities; a record of professional activity and the ability to work under pressure. The position presupposes a passion for the Wittliff's mission and the primacy of its collections, with a broad, informed appreciation of art, enthusiasm for and effectiveness at cultivating donors, collectors, and other supporters, excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to motivate and direct a highly skilled staff in a collegial environment, and experience setting rigorous standards and inspiring others to achieve them.

Preferred Qualifications: Knowledge of Southwestern literature, Southwestern and Mexican photography, and the arts of the region; successful fundraising and grant-writing experience; knowledge of Spanish; publication/editorial experience.

Additional Information for Applicants: Salary and Benefits: Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include monthly contribution to health insurance/benefits package and retirement program. No state or local income tax.

Background Check: Employment with Texas State University-San Marcos is contingent upon the outcome of a criminal history background check.

The Wittliff Collections is comprised of The Southwestern Writers Collection which preserves and exhibits the personal papers and memorabilia of the region's leading writers, filmmakers, and musicians, and The Southwestern & Mexican Photography Collection, a photo archive and creative center devoted to the visual culture of Mexico and the southwestern United States,

The Albert B. Alkek Library provides high quality library services and information in various formats in support of the university's teaching and research programs. Learn more about the Alkek Library through its website at

Texas State's 30,816 students choose from 100 bachelor's, 88 master's and eight doctoral degree programs offered by the following colleges: Applied Arts, McCoy College of Business Administration, Education, Fine Arts and Communication, Health Professions, Liberal Arts, Science, University College and the Graduate College.

Since 2005, Texas State has also offered bachelor's and graduate-level courses in Round Rock, Texas, at our Round Rock Higher Education Center (RRHEC) campus, located north of Austin. More than 1,500 students are enrolled at the RRHEC.

Texas State is committed to increasing the number of women and minorities in administrative and professional positions.

Texas State University-San Marcos is a member of the Texas State University System. Texas State University-San Marcos is an EOE.

Job Posting Number: 2010101

For a detailed description of this position visit, call (512) 245-2557 or visit our office at 601 University Dr., J.C. Kellam Bldg., Suite 340. Only electronic applications accepted. Texas State is an EOE and a member of the Texas State University System.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

University Librarian

Eastern Michigan University is seeking applications for the University Librarian to serve as the chief administrator for the University Library. The selected candidate will advance and enhance student and faculty learning through visionary leadership in planning, implementing, managing, and evaluating library services, collections, systems, facilities, and budgets.
Eastern Michigan University is a comprehensive university enrolling approximately 24,000 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Bruce T. Halle Library, located in the center of campus, features state-of-the-art facilities. The University Library faculty and staff comprise a congenial, collaborative, and highly productive unit and seek a leader who will inspire them to fulfill the Library’s vision and mission.
Successful candidates must have
• a Master’s degree in Library and Information Sciences (ALA accredited); earned doctorate and/or additional MA in a content discipline preferred;
• at least seven years of experience in the field of library/information technology including five years of experience as Assistant Director/Dean or equivalent;
• demonstrated knowledge of the professional responsibilities generally associated with faculty working in a variety of positions in a university library setting;
• demonstrated knowledge and experience in library/information services administration, program design/development, and budgeting;
• experience in recruitment, development, and evaluation of library faculty and staff.
In addition to these qualifications, preference will be given to individuals who
• hold credentials necessary to qualify for appointment at the rank of full professor in the University library and have a strong record of scholarly and professional achievements;
• possess experience working in collective bargaining environments;
• have experience writing and administering grants.
All applications must be made online at - Posting #APA1010E. Applications should include a letter describing their relevant qualifications and administrative experience, a detailed curriculum vitae, and the contact information for three references. The Search Committee will begin screening applications March 8, 2010; the position will remain open until filled.
Eastern Michigan University is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women and members of minority groups to consider this opportunity.

Monday, January 18, 2010

Acquisitions and Serials Department Head

Loyola Marymount University seeks an exceptional candidate for the position of Acquisitions & Serials 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. The Westchester campus serves nearly 5,700 undergraduates and 1900 graduate students in the Colleges/Schools of Liberal Arts, Science and Engineering, Business Administration, Communication and Fine Arts, Film and Television, and Education. 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 library is committed to employing librarians who reflect the multi-cultural nature of the university and the Los Angeles region.

Loyola Marymount University offers librarians a supportive and innovative work environment. The new William H. Hanno Library open in August 2009: With a materials budget of $3.8 million, split almost evenly between print and electronic resources, the Acquisitions & Serials Department Head will lead 7 FTE staff in the procurement and management of all collection materials for the William H. Hannon Library. The department acquires 18,000 books annually and subscribes to 1800 print periodicals, 22,300 e-journals and over 200 e-resources. The Head manages the acquisitions, serials, and electronic resources functions of the library, including oversight of expenditures against the library’s materials budgets.

Other position specific accountabilities are as follows: Develop effective utilization of technology to streamline workflow and processes; manage personnel including training and development; establish effective vendor relationships; coordinate budgeting and financial management for library materials funds; and represent LMU at various conferences and meetings pertaining to library acquisitions and technologies.

The ideal candidate must have broad knowledge of current trends in higher education, academic libraries, and the publishing industry, and an understanding of the issues of content ownership vs. access, including e-resource licensing. The successful candidate will be creative, flexible, and collaborative. Other skills and knowledge include: ability to analyze work processes and introduce appropriate technological solutions for efficiency and user convenience; strong financial management skill, and excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to win the trust and confidence of faculty, librarians, and library staff. Experience with these technologies preferred: Innovative Interfaces, Inc., Serials Solutions, and OCLC PromptCat.

A Master of Library Science from an ALA accredited institution is preferred, but a related master’s degree with appropriate experience may be substituted. A minimum of five years of progressively responsible academic library acquisitions and/or serials experience that includes supervision is required.

Hiring Salary: $59,880 to $80,000 commensurate with experience and salary history.

We anticipate that the position will begin on March 1, 2010. Deliberations on the pool of candidates will begin as applications are received.

Applicants should send the following materials:

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

Application materials and/or inquiries should be addressed to:

Tobeylynn Birch
Associate Dean
William H. Hannon Library
Loyola Marymount University
One LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045-2659


In addition, all candidates should submit a formal application by going to

Reference/Web Development Librarian

Reference/Web Development Librarian
Williams College Libraries

Williams College, a top-ranked coeducational liberal arts college located in the Berkshire Hills of western Massachusetts, seeks a creative and curious librarian who combines a passion for working with library users with the imagination and programming skills to take the library’s virtual presence to the next level. This full-time, 12-month administrative staff position reports to the Head of Research and Reference Services.

The Reference/Web Development Librarian is solely responsible for managing the library’s web site and the custom-created content management system that drives it. S/he provides vision for continued development of the library’s web site by actively exploring web programming and technology trends and assessing their application to and suitability for our library. In consultation with the library’s Electronic Public Interfaces Committee, the Reference/Web Development Librarian sets priorities for site improvements and implements changes. S/he trains and supports reference and instruction colleagues to be self-sufficient web authors.

As an active member of the Research and Reference Services department, the Reference/Web Development Librarian provides reference and instruction services for the humanities and social sciences. S/he works at the reference desk, conducts research appointments, plans and teaches information literacy sessions, and develops the library’s collections in assigned disciplines. Some weekend and evening hours are required.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic professional, committed to public services and proficient in advanced web programming. It is essential that the Reference/Web Development Librarian be flexible, self-motivated and a strong team player who enjoys both working with the public and developing technology. S/he should be able to handle a wide range of tasks and responsibilities effectively and happily

Williams College Libraries, comprised of Sawyer Library, Schow Science Library, and College Archives & Special Collections, is home to a rich, historic collection of nearly one million volumes selected for undergraduate research in the liberal arts. As a teaching library, we value our role as educators and our tradition of excellent personal service.


• ALA-accredited MLS, MLIS or equivalent

• Demonstrated expertise in developing and maintaining dynamic, data-driven web sites, using XHTML, CSS, Javascript (particularly the jQuery and/or scriptaculous libraries), PHP, and SQL (particularly using the MySQL database engine)

• Experience or coursework in reference and instruction services

• Knowledge of emerging web and information technologies and ability to integrate them into existing tools and sites

• Comfort with developing web sites in both Unix and Windows environments

• Demonstrated web site design skills

• Ability to explain and to teach technology to a less- or non-technical audience

• Subject knowledge and demonstrated interest in at least one social sciences or humanities discipline

• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

To apply, send a resumé, cover letter including the Job #300599, and the URL for a portfolio describing your recent programming projects to:

Office of Human Resources, Williams College
100 Spring Street, Suite 201, Williamstown, MA 01267
Phone: (413) 597-3129, e-mail:

For optimal consideration, submit application by February 12, 2010. Position open until filled.

Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Williams College is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive.