Wednesday, February 22, 2012

University Librarian

University Librarian
As the only dedicated liberal arts institution in the University of North Carolina system, UNC Asheville kindles learning by offering students an intellectually rigorous and interdisciplinary education that builds critical thinking and workforce skills to last a lifetime.  Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, UNC Asheville offers a stimulating urban environment and a small-college setting in one of the most scenic areas of the country. 
Reporting to the Provost, the University Librarian is the senior administrator responsible for managing the resources and personnel of Ramsey Library.  The library advances the intellectual climate of the campus by promoting independent, inclusive, and collaborative avenues of inquiry, cultural enrichment, thought, reflection, and understanding. 
Ramsey Library supports the learning, research and community missions of the University of North Carolina Asheville by providing access to information in both traditional and cutting-edge formats; offering group instruction and individual consultation in locating and using resources for diverse library users; exhibiting leadership for the academic community in the means of accessing and best utilizing information; and assisting faculty in enabling students to achieve information literacy, a core competency in the general education curriculum.   The campus Center for Classroom Instruction and Technology Support is a part of the library organization as well.
The University Librarian directly supervises two professional librarians, one media professional, and one staff member, and bears overall responsibility for the management of the full library staff of about 24 FTE.  The University Librarian manages the budget of the library and provides leadership in an environment of rapidly evolving technologies of scholarly knowledge.  The successful candidate will have substantive accomplishment or reflect demonstrated potential in leveraging university library resources to support the wider needs of a diverse campus environment.
The ideal candidate will have:
·        a Master's degree in Library or Information Science accredited by the American Library Association; 
·        significant experience in higher education;
·        an understanding of and commitment to the public liberal arts;
·        collaborative and responsive leadership skills;
·        experience in connecting library collections and services to diverse university populations, especially in support of multicultural programs and related research activity;
·        a record of achievement in using teaching and learning technologies to close the digital divide, enhance information literacy, and broaden participation in research and learning among underrepresented groups;
·        appreciation and understanding of the role of technology in teaching and learning; and
·        a commitment to patron service, innovation and experimentation in the delivery of library services.
For more information about this vacancy, and to apply online, visit
Review of applications will begin on March 12, 2012 and continue until the position is filled.
We encourage applications from traditionally under-represented populations.  UNC Asheville is committed to increasing and sustaining the diversity of its faculty, staff, and student body as part of its mission and its commitment to excellence in the liberal arts.  UNC Asheville is an EEO/Affirmative Action employer.

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