Excellent Opportunity for a Serials Librarian Greenleaf, Sara 09 Jul 2007 21:57 UTC

Are you looking to put your personal stamp on a small liberal arts
college library?  Are you seeking an active role in collaborating with a
faculty engaged in the curriculum and campus life?  Would you like the
opportunity to plan, design, and implement an innovative learning
commons?  If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then keep

Located in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, Hobart and William
Smith Colleges seeks a dynamic librarian to lead its library forward.
With a student enrollment under 2,000, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
offers a stimulating curriculum with a variety of interdisciplinary
programs, a faculty committed to intellectual excellence, a strong
global education and international study program, and has public service
at the core of its mission.


Hobart and William Smith Colleges invite applications and nominations
for the position of Director of the Library. The Director, reporting to
the Provost/Dean of Faculty, leads and directs the operations of the
Warren Hunting Smith Library. The Library is at the center of a vibrant
academic community and provides a blend of print and electronic
information resources to students, faculty, staff and community users.
The Director provides strategic direction for library technology and
scholarly communication. We seek an energetic and creative professional
with an expansive vision of the role of the library in a contemporary
liberal arts environment, committed to outreach to a broad array of
campus and community constituencies and informed by a sense of public
service and civic engagement.

The new Library Director will lead the planning, design and
implementation of an innovative information commons project already
underway. A collaborative venture between the Library and IT Services,
the project will synthesize research and information technology
resources in one location and provide a variety of venues for formal and
informal instruction, individual and group research, multimedia
technology support and production, all in a setting that will invite
social and intellectual interaction. The successful candidate will bring
to this project a vision of the teaching and learning potential of such
a facility and the skills to lead a broadly participatory process to a
successful conclusion.

The Warren Hunting Smith Library has a collection of more than 340,000
volumes and access to more than 18,000 electronic journals. The Library
also has oversight of the Colleges' Art Collection and its Archives,
which include photographs, documents, official records, publications and
other materials related to the history of the Colleges and the City of

Required qualifications include a MLS from an ALA-accredited program,
with substantial administrative experience in positions of successive
responsibility for staff and operations at academic or research
libraries. The successful candidate will have a record of contributions
to the profession; a commitment to staff development; excellent
communication, managerial and consensus-building skills; and a history
of successful outreach to diverse constituencies. Commitment to the
ideals of a liberal arts education is essential, as is an understanding
of the challenges of serving a small campus community with a broad array
of intellectual interests and commitments. This is a full-time,
twelve-month, benefits-eligible position that carries non-tenurable
faculty status.

Founded as Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women,
Hobart and William Smith Colleges today are a highly selective
residential liberal arts institution with a single administration,
faculty and curriculum but separate dean's offices, student governments,
athletic programs and traditions. The Colleges are located in a small
diverse city in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. With an
enrollment of 1,928, the Colleges offer 62 different majors and minors
from which students choose two areas of concentration, one of which must
be an interdisciplinary program. Creative and extensive programs of
international study and public service are also at the core of the
Colleges' mission. For more information about the Colleges, see
www.hws.edu <outbind://79/www.hws.edu> .

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to attracting and
supporting a faculty and staff of women and men that fully represent the
racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity of the nation and actively seek
applications from underrepresented groups. The Colleges do not
discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, marital
status, national origin, age, disability, veteran's status, sexual
orientation, or any other protected status. Interested candidates should
submit a cover letter containing qualifications and a description of
their strategic vision for a contemporary liberal arts library, along
with curriculum vitae and the names with contact information of at least
three references to:

Professor John Vaughn,

Chair, Director of the Library Search Committee Office of the Provost
Hobart and William Smith Colleges

337 Pulteney Street

Geneva, NY 14456

email: libsearch@hws.edu

Nominations may also be sent to that address. Electronic applications
and nominations are encouraged. Screening of applications will begin
July 1 and continue until the position is filled.