Monday, December 9, 2013

Director of Teaching, Learning, and Research

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 a robust information literacy program, faculty liaison programs, collection development, learning environments, outreach and assessment, and digital scholarship - through strategic planning, user-centered services, best practices, and emerging 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 as an active teacher in the Information Literacy Program.

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.  She/he 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. 

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:

  • be an exceptional leader and visionary in advancing the teaching, learning, and research mission of the libraries
  • demonstrate the ability to inspire, mentor, and model excellent teaching and direct a remarkable information literacy program
  • have the capacity for strategic thinking at both a systems level and a group level
  • apply critical, analytical and innovative thinking in successfully managing people and programs in a learning organization context
  • speak eloquently, write fluently, and command the attention and respect of students, faculty, and staff.

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 December 30, 2013 and continue until the position is filled. To be considered for this position and to review a full position description, apply online at 
Smith College is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.

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