Thursday, October 4, 2012

University Librarian and Dean of Libraries

The University of Michigan invites nominations and applications for the position of University Librarian and Dean of Libraries.   

The University of Michigan Library is one of the nation’s great research libraries. It houses world renowned collections, provides cutting-edge digital technologies that enhance information access, offers instructional programs for the campus community, and serves as the primary academic publishing enterprise of the University. An innovative leader in electronic publishing and digital access, the University of Michigan Library is working to shape the future of libraries through the HathiTrust Digital Library partnership and the Google Books digitization effort.  Through its outstanding staff, resources and services, the Library seeks to fulfill its public mission: to support the teaching and research activities of the faculty, students, and staff of the University, and to contribute to the common good by collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge.  
The leader of the Library must be a strong advocate for the essential role of the library at a leading research university, a person whose vision and character will inspire continued excellence and innovative new efforts.  She or he provides a public face for the Library, representing its interests to a range of on- and off-campus constituencies.  As chief administrative officer of the Library, the Librarian and Dean of Libraries reports directly to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs.
The successful candidate should have leadership experience in the academic and broader scholarly community, as well as a record of accomplishment in strategic programming and financial planning for a large organization.  A capacity for developing and sustaining relationships with administrators, deans, faculty, staff, and students is essential, as is the ability to represent the University effectively for purposes of outreach, development, and inter-institutional cooperation. The successful candidate should possess knowledge of emerging digital technologies and their potential within the domains of scholarship and scholarly communication, and will demonstrate a strong commitment to supporting a diverse staff.  A doctoral or equivalent terminal degree is desirable.
Nominations and applications will be reviewed beginning October 2012. Women and individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. All inquiries, nominations, and applications will be treated in a confidential manner.   
A cover letter and curriculum vitae should be submitted in electronic form to:
August E. Evrard, Search Committee Chair

The University has retained the services of Isaacson, Miller to assist with this search. Inquiries may be made to:

Alan Wichlei, Vice President & Director
Beverly Brady, Senior Associate
Isaacson, Miller
263 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 262-6500

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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