Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Director of Teaching, Learning and Research Libraries

Smith College Libraries seeks a dynamic, accomplished, and innovative librarian to lead its newly formed Teaching, Learning, and Research Group. As leader of the Teaching, Learning and Research Group, the Director provides vision, leadership, planning, and management to advance all aspects of research services - including information literacy and faculty liaison programs, collection development, learning environments, outreach and assessment, and digital scholarship - through strategic planning, user-centered services, best practices, and robust technologies. The Director promotes open and active communication across the group and fosters effective collaborations in the Libraries, the College, and the Five Colleges consortium. The Director engages directly with students and faculty to support research, teaching, and learning.

Serving on the Library Leadership Team, the Director of Teaching, Learning and Research works with fellow directors to realize the mission and vision of the Libraries. The Director contributes to library-wide strategic planning, policy development, assessment, and resource management. The Director demonstrates leadership in and commitment to the concepts and practices of a “learning organization” throughout the Libraries.

Qualifications: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or a foreign equivalent; advanced degree or graduate work in a subject discipline strongly desired; 5 years of progressively responsible experience in planning, implementing, and managing reference/research services; teaching experience, information literacy and collection development; substantial supervisory and leadership experience; experience in successfully leading and implementing change; strong understanding of current issues, trends, and technologies; solid subject knowledge in a liberal arts discipline; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability to speak eloquently, write fluently, and command the attention and respect of students and faculty. A capacity for strategic thinking at both a systems level and a group level is vital. The Director must possess the ability to apply critical, analytical and innovative thinking and to successfully manage projects.

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College offers an opportunity to live and work in an area known for its lively arts scene as well as the strong cultural and intellectual life of the Five Colleges and natural beauty of the Pioneer Valley.

Review of applications will begin on August 19, 2013. To be considered for this position and to review a full position description, apply online at http://jobs.smith.edu/postings/4377

Smith College is an equal opportunity employer encouraging excellence through diversity.

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