University at Albany Libraries, Vacancy Announcement Anna Radkowski-Lee 04 Jan 2005 20:38 UTC
VACANCY NOTICE UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY ALBANY, NEW YORK Director of University Libraries and Dean of Library Faculty The University at Albany, State University of New York, invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of University Libraries and Dean of Library Faculty. The University seeks an experienced, innovative and dynamic leader to administer and manage the University Libraries and function as an officer of the University, working with the Provost, Deans, and policymaking councils to articulate plans for serving the educational and research needs of Albany's students and faculty. Albany's University Libraries rank among the top 100 research libraries in the United States with a total collection of 2.1 million volumes and include the University Library on the main campus, the New Library, opened in September 1999, which houses the Science Library, the M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, and the Library's Preservation Department, the Thomas E. Dewey Graduate Library for Public Affairs and Policy on the downtown campus, and the Library Storage Center, a closed library storage facility with a capacity of approximately 600,000 volumes. The Dean and Director reports to the Provost and is a member of the Deans' Council. This 12-month position is available August 1, 2005. Successful applicants are required to possess an advanced degree in library science from an ALA-accredited or equivalent program, and have a record of scholarship and accomplishment appropriate to appointment at Librarian (the equivalent rank of Professor.) Applicants must also have a minimum of five years' experience in a research library setting. Also required is a record of leadership, management and interpersonal skills as well as a strong record of professional achievement - especially experience in planning and applying contemporary and emerging technologies in higher education settings. Applicants are required to have a successful record of leadership in planning, developing, and managing library programs and services. He/she must demonstrate a clear understanding of the critical role of the library in a research university as well as the evolving nature of scholarly communication and publishing. He/she must possess a vision of research library services in the 21st century and the skills to advocate for and communicate that vision. Applicants must also demonstrate a commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action and an ability to work with culturally diverse populations The preferred candidate will have experience at the director or associate/assistant director level in research libraries. He/she should also be able to demonstrate responsiveness to human resource issues and have experience in fundraising and donor relations. Also preferred is a record of successful collaboration with learning, teaching and information technology services and experience in creative management of fiscal resources and plans. Review of applications will begin on March 1 and continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 1, 2005. Applications and nominations should include a letter discussing relevant experiences and accomplishments, a current resume, and contact information for at least four professional references. Please submit print and electronic materials to: Dr. Susan D. Phillips Chair, Director of Libraries Search Committee Education 212 University at Albany 1400 Washington Avenue Albany, New York 12222 Phone: (518)442-4988 fax: (518)442-4953 email: <mailto:email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org THE UNIVERSITY AT ALBANY AND THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES The University at Albany is one of four University Centers within the state-wide SUNY system. Established in 1844 and designated a University Center of the State University of New York in 1962, the University at Albany's broad mission of excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, research and public service engages 17,000 diverse students in nine schools and colleges across 3 campuses. Located in <http://www.albany.org/> Albany, NY - New York State's capital - the University is convenient to Boston, New York City and the Adirondacks. Albany's University Libraries rank among the top 100 research libraries in the United States. They are a highly valued partner in teaching and research at the University, serving a campus community of 20,000 students, faculty and staff, and a broader regional, national and international community. The Libraries employ a dynamic and knowledgeable staff of 132 FTE and 200 part-time student assistants to provide excellent services to a campus community that makes heavy demands on these services. Collections total 2.1 million cataloged volumes and the Libraries offer a full spectrum of resources, from rare books and manuscripts to an array of electronic resources. Librarians work closely with teaching faculty to offer a varied program of user education and information literacy instruction. The University Library on the main campus is a large 175,000 square feet, 4 story building providing seats for 1,660. It is open 109 hours a week. It contains several electronic library classrooms and laboratories, a 60 seat computer user room, a large electronic reference area, and an Interactive Media Center. The New Library, opened in September 1999, also on the main campus adds 143,000 net square feet of space to the University Libraries and houses a technologically advanced, 400,000 volume Science Library, the M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, and the Library's Preservation Department. It is adjacent to the Library Storage Center, a closed library storage facility with a capacity of approximately 800,000 volumes. The Thomas E. Dewey Graduate Library for Public Affairs and Policy on the downtown campus contains approximately 130,000 volumes and serves the graduate schools of Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Social Welfare and Information Science and Policy located on that campus. The University Libraries use the Ex Libris ALEPH system and are fully automated. Minerva, the Libraries' online catalog contains information on all cataloged holdings and is Internet accessible. The Libraries provide an extensive array of electronic and networked resources and Web-accessible services. They are members of the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, SUNYConnect and the New York State Higher Education Initiative. For further information, visit the University at Albany Libraries website at <http://www.library.albany.edu/> http://www.library.albany.edu.