Job ID# 1415
Central University Libraries/ Scholarly Resources & Research Services
Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Fondren Library Center at Southern Methodist University seeks a strong, creative and energetic leader to serve as Assistant Director for Research Services. The Assistant Director will provide leadership and expertise in developing programs for effective and innovative delivery of reference services and instruction. The position directly supervises six professional subject specialists who provide collection development, reference and instructional services for academic departments, as well as one support staff. He/she will also manage Fondren Library reference services provided by a cross-divisional team of professional librarians, support staff and student assistants. In addition, the Assistant Director will provide leadership in implementing the information literacy requirement of the new University Curriculum. The position reports to the Director of Scholarly Resources and Research Services for Central University Libraries.
Primary duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to: organizing and managing of reference services; designing new reference initiatives in response to the changing information-seeking behavior of users; providing leadership for the vision, implementation, promotion, and assessment of the library instruction program; collaborating with faculty and library subject specialists to articulate information literacy curriculum objectives and assess student learning outcomes; promoting the visibility and use of reference and instructional services to the wider university community; creating and maintaining records, reports and statistics; participating in providing reference service, including occasional nights and weekends; serving as subject liaison to selected academic departments in the humanities, social sciences or sciences, depending upon education, experience and expertise; supervising and encouraging professional development, as well as evaluating the performance of direct reports; serving on library and university committees; and other duties as assigned.
Master's degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution is required. A minimum of five years' of progressively responsible library experience in public services is required, preferably in an academic institution. Supervisory experience is required. A strong knowledge and understanding of information literacy and reference best practices, current issues, and trends is essential. Candidates must possess a strong proficiency using computer based technology and ability to adapt to new technologies.
Candidates must possess strong leadership and management skills with the ability to lead a team. Demonstrated teaching ability is essential. Candidates must possess strong organizational and project management skills to effectively develop plans, set goals, prioritize and meet deadlines. Must also possess strong problem solving skills with the ability evaluate and develop effective solutions.
Candidates must demonstrate strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills with the ability to interact with a wide range of constituencies.
Experience with assessment methodologies is highly desirable.
Candidates must submit a submit cover letter, resume, and a minimum of 3 references in one multi-page document for full consideration.
DEADLINE TO APPLY: July 30, 2010. Please visit our website www.smu.jobs to apply.
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