Head of Research and Learning Services – SEARCH EXTENDED

The University Libraries at The University of Akron seeks a creative, collaborative, dynamic and user-focused librarian to lead the new Research and Learning Services department.    Reporting to the associate dean, the Head of Research and Learning Services will help develop a common vision by providing clear direction and priorities in the context of the Libraries’ strategic directions, clarifying roles and responsibilities, fostering cross-departmental collaboration and promoting mutual understanding through effective communication.  Successful candidates will be required to meet the University Libraries’ criteria for promotion and tenure that include conducting research, teaching, participating on library and university committees, and serving in professional organizations.

All University Libraries leaders have the responsibility to:

  • Cultivate a forward-looking, collaborative environment and set high user-centered service standards
  • Provide leadership in long-range planning and transformational change
  • Manage the evolution of the libraries’ information resources to match the needs and behaviors of users and enhance and promote access to the libraries’ print and digital collections
  • Foster an environment of collegiality, respect, and teamwork that empowers library personnel to accomplish the goals of the organization
  • Play a leadership role in library-wide policy-making and in the development and evaluation of services
  • Represent The University of Akron in OhioLINK and contribute to other consortial activities

The successful candidate is expected to possess the knowledge and abilities necessary to fulfill the following responsibilities:

  • Collaboratively formulates service delivery models for the functional areas of reference services/the Learning Commons, general and subject-based outreach to users, and library instruction
  • Directs the work of 10 faculty librarians and 4 staff who have the responsibility for research and reference services, teaching and learning initiatives, outreach activities, and are liaisons to a range of academic departments
  • Works closely with the Collection Management Officer to ensure the effectiveness of the subject liaison program
  • Works with library and university faculty to create, expand, and promote programs in support of teaching and scholarship, particularly with regard to course-integrated information literacy and eLearning, and new models of information delivery and use
  • Oversees the ongoing development and implementation of the Learning Commons service model
  • Provides leadership in assessing user needs, in the collection of measurable data on services provided, and in the evaluation of those services
  • Evaluates current programs and develops new programs; markets those programs and services to the campus community
  • Supports the maintenance of current and comprehensive reference and government document collections in digital and print formats
  • Fosters increased engagement with constituents, promotes the development of user-centered services that integrate library faculty and staff into environments where users work and interact, and enhances the libraries’ place as the ultimate academic destination on campus

Required Qualifications:

  • Masters degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited program (or equivalent degree).
  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible management or supervisory experience in a large academic,  or research library or comparable experience elsewhere
  • Demonstrated analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Evidence of success in embracing and leading positive change
  • Demonstrated team-building skills, including the ability to motivate, develop,  and mentor others
  • Evidence of leadership among library faculty and/or professionals
  • Demonstrated commitment to  innovative use of  resources and emerging technologies as they contribute to meeting the needs of students, faculty,  and researchers
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills, and the demonstrated ability to communicate effectively in an ethnically and culturally diverse environment

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated skills in developing benchmarks and using data for assessing and enhancing user services
  • The vision, skills, and broad knowledge of instructional design necessary to foster development of a user-focused instruction and outreach program for the 21st century
  • Demonstrated success at promoting use and awareness of library resources and services
  • Demonstrated understanding and experience with faculty liaison programs
  • Experience with the latest communication technologies and with social media/spaces
  • Substantive experience and expertise in one or more of the following: reference, instruction, or liaison activities

University and Community:

Akron is a metropolitan area of 500,000 people 30 miles south of Cleveland that combines the advantages of city life with easy access to Northeastern Ohio’s many natural resources including the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. The University of Akron (UA) (http://www.uakron.edu http://www.uakron.edu/ ) is the third largest state assisted university in Ohio. UA is a distinctive campus in an urban environment, with more than 80 buildings on 218 acres. Our “New Landscape for Learning” program has added 30 acres of green space and 11 new buildings, including a Student Recreation and Wellness Center, Student Union, Honors Complex, classroom buildings and parking decks. UA’s 10 academic colleges offer our 28,000+ students more than 300 undergraduate and master’s degree programs and options, 17 doctoral degree programs, and 4 law degree programs.

The extensive collections and services of the University Libraries (UL) (http://www.uakron.edu/libraries/) support the broad range of academic
and scholarly interests reflected in the curriculum and research concentration of the University. UL is a founding member and active participant in OhioLINK, a consortium of 89 colleges and university libraries in Ohio and the State Library of Ohio. The UL includes Bierce Library, the main library located at the heart of campus, and the renovated and expanded Science and Technology Library located in the Auburn Science Center, and Archival Services located in downtown Akron. UL offers a welcoming state-of-the art work environment.

Salary, Benefits and Application:

This is a 12 month-tenure track appointment. Minimum salary: $63,000. Included is a generous standard benefits package with 22 days vacation and support for professional development. 

Review of applications will begin April 30th, and will continue until the position is filled.

Applicants should complete the online application for at: http://www.uakron.edu/about_ua/employment/job_openings/ and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae documenting education and relevant experience, and the names and e-mail addresses of three professional references.

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