Job Bank 3/26/13

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Career Opportunities at Colorado State University; Virginia Commonwealth University (2 positions) and the University of Tennessee.


This highly visible senior administrative position is one of three assistant deans and reports to the Dean of Libraries/Vice President for Information Technology. The Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communications and Collection Development provides dynamic and visionary leadership, management, planning, policy development, and strategic direction of all aspects for the library-wide scholarly communication activities, including the college liaison program, archives and special collections, and collection development. The Assistant Dean is a member of the Libraries’ executive leadership group and represents the Dean of Libraries as appropriate. This position offers an exciting opportunity to lead the development and management of library collections and instruction and outreach services within the rapidly evolving environment of higher education.


Oversees the College Liaisons, Collections, and Archives and Special Collections departments (13 faculty librarians and archivists, 5 staff) and works with the coordinators of these units to develop and carry out strategic initiatives; manages an annual collections budget exceeding $6 million and a collection of more than 2 million volumes. Negotiates contracts with vendors and consortia on behalf of the Libraries.

  • Leads a team of faculty and staff in designing work processes and services in support of learning, teaching, research, and collections. Implements innovative instruction and outreach models for a diverse and growing undergraduate population in eight academic colleges.
  • Cultivates and promotes new and progressive models of scholarly communication and collection development, including open access, demand-driven acquisitions, data management, and an increased focus on building primary source collections in physical and digital formats.
  • Initiates library-wide discussion on scholarly communication, collection assessment, and outreach liaison activities. Represents the Libraries in campus-wide planning for scholarly communications initiatives, and in local, regional, and national arenas as appropriate.
  • Promotes alternative publishing models and consults on author’s rights. Provides support to librarians engaged in activities related to scholarly communication, open access, and copyright.
  • Maintains currency on emerging library and scholarly information trends and practices.
  • Oversees the production of select statistical and other reports for the Libraries, the university administration, and external organizations as appropriate, including those focused on annual collections expenditures and instruction and outreach activities.
  • Serves on the Libraries’ executive leadership group together with the Assistant Dean of Digital Library and ePublishing Services, the Assistant Dean for Resource Delivery Services, the Dean of Libraries/Vice President for Information Technology, and the Director of Academic Computing and Network Services.
  • Works closely with the Libraries’ executive leadership group and others in the Libraries to assess and enhance service quality, including development of metrics and analysis of data.
  • Participates in library fundraising and donor activities in collaboration with Library Development, the Dean of Libraries, and Archives and Special Collections; works with these units and the Dean to identify potential collection donors, solicit and acquire collections, and develop and use private funds for collections.


Required: MLS or equivalent from an ALA accredited program is required with a minimum of five years of experience in administering a major unit within a research library and a strong record of scholarship and service. The successful candidate will have substantial library experience in progressively more responsible positions; experience and knowledge of collections and services that support learning, teaching, and research; knowledge of scholarly communication issues; demonstrated leadership to effect change in a challenging, complex, and evolving information environment; effective supervisory and team building experience; ability to work well with a diverse employee and user community; ability to work in a rapidly changing environment in collaboration with university IT staff; successful experience in working in a collaborative and collegial research library environment; strong analytical and decision making skills; knowledge of the application of information technology; superior interpersonal skills; and experience in effective planning and budgeting.

Preferred: Experience with consortial collaborations, grant writing, and cultivating donor relationships; experience providing services to faculty and graduate students.


Faculty status and responsibilities. The successful candidate must have a significant record of scholarly accomplishments and relevant professional service for the minimum appointment of tenured associate professor. Rank is dependent upon qualifications. Insurance benefits are available for appointments of half-time or greater, and faculty and administrative professionals may select from several options for medical, dental, life, and personal disability insurance, as well as retirement plans. Full-time faculty and administrative professionals earn 24 days of vacation and 15 days of sick leave annually. Optional deferred compensation. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications…

TO APPLY: To apply, send a letter of application addressing your qualifications for the position, plus a current resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references, by e-mail to Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled; however, to ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by May 3, 2013 at 5:00pm. The search may be extended if a suitable candidate is not identified.

The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Head of Academic Outreach. The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Head of Academic Outreach. The successful candidate for this newly created position will provide leadership for the Libraries’ reinvigorated program of outreach and engagement with upper-level undergraduate and graduate students and faculty throughout departments, school, colleges and interdisciplinary programs. The Head participates in related library and campus committees and ad hoc groups. The successful candidate will join a culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber. An ALA-accredited graduate degree or accredited graduate degree in another appropriate discipline and demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU are required. Direct experience in a research library providing subject-based services and experience supervising librarians and/or staff in the provision of library services are preferred.

Salary: Minimum of $60,000 annually. Review of applications begins April 10, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled. Preferred qualifications, application procedures and other information are available in the complete position description at Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


Reporting to the Head of the Collection Analysis and Investment Department, the Business and Public Affairs Collections Librarian assumes a leadership role in developing, assessing, managing, and promoting the use of collections in all formats. Works closely with other members of the Collection Management Team, a cross-campus group of librarians with collection responsibilities for a $10 million acquisitions budget, to develop policy and procedures to sustain and foster excellent teaching and research collections. Subject responsibilities include business administration, criminal justice, economics, finance, homeland security, information systems, management, marketing, political science, public administration, and related disciplines. The librarian uses appropriate qualitative and quantitative techniques to analyze and develop collections and to measure them against peer institutions. Works with other subject-based librarians to cultivate strong relationships with the faculty to support their teaching and research missions and to keep them informed of collections appropriate to their work. The position includes opportunities to participate in state and regional initiatives for developing electronic resources and digital collections. The Business and Public Affairs Collections Librarian is expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Faculty with the VCU Libraries are evaluated, and promoted, on the basis of job performance, scholarship, and professional development and service…

Salary: Salary commensurate with experience, not less than $45,000 annually. This is a one-year full-time, non-tenured faculty position, renewable for one additional year. Normal faculty benefits apply, including 24 vacation days annually and choice of retirement and annuity plans. For more information about benefits, see

For more information about the VCU Libraries, please visit our home page at Review of applications will begin April 22, 2013, and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, applications must be received prior to May 20, 2013. Submit cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to:

Pamela H. Fraga, Assistant to the University Librarian
VCU Libraries, Virginia Commonwealth University
901 Park Avenue
PO Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
804-828-0151 (fax)



Rank: Associate Professor: Salary: $65,000; Available: June 1,2013

The University of Tennessee Libraries invites applicants for the position of Head of Research and Scholarly Services.  The Head reports to the Associate Dean for Research and Scholarly Communication.  This position is responsible for leadership for traditional and emerging forms of reference service, and for guiding an evolving program of research services for researchers at all levels throughout the greater university community.  The Head will ensure suitable levels of staffing for research assistance, including virtual reference services.  In collaboration with the heads of Learning & Engagement and Research Collections, the position is responsible for refining a newly implemented engagement-centered liaison model.

The incumbent will coordinate liaison efforts in support of all the University’s researchers, and will have supervisory responsibility for a group of liaison librarians whose positions emphasize support for research and scholarship. The Head of Research and Scholarly Services coordinates the Libraries’ scholarly communication program, including digitization, repository services, and publishing activities.  The position supervises 6 faculty and 2 staff.


  • Lead deployment of innovative reference and research service models, and the development of new programs to meet user needs
  • Interact with campus groups, providing leadership related to scholarly communication and the use of emerging technologies in a library setting
  • Cultivate collaborative initiatives with the University’s academic and research departments.
  • Collaborate with heads of other library units to provide integrated support for interdisciplinary teaching and learning, and to develop programs supporting graduate research, teaching, and learning experiences.
  • In collaboration with heads of Instruction and Outreach and Research Collections, oversee a successful liaison program
  • Promote innovative use of technology and incorporate best practices into reference and research services
  • Supervise the manager of the Digital Production and Publishing unit, and ensure unit activities meet strategic priorities of the Libraries
  • Oversee library services related to scholarly communication, such as the Trace repository and Newfound Press
  • Serve as liaison to one or more academic departments or programs based on need
  • Engage in professional development, research, and service activities to meet the Libraries and University requirements for faculty…

Excellent benefits include 24 annual leave days; choice of state retirement plan or ORP (AIG Retirement, ING, TIAA-CREF) with nonrefundable contributions paid for the employee by the University; optional group health and life insurance plans.  Tuition remission is available for all university employees and partial undergraduate tuition remission is available to dependent children and spouses of UT employees.  Faculty rank and status; twelve-month, tenure-track appointment.

Application Procedures:
A background check and official transcripts are required prior to hiring.  Send cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a current resume, and the names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of three recent references to: Elizabeth Greene, Library Human Resources, 1015 Volunteer Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37996-1000.  Application materials may be sent via email attachment to   Review of applications will begin April 17, 2013 and will continue until the position is filled.  Qualified spring graduates are encouraged to apply.


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