Position - Library Director - Hobart & William Smith Colleges, Geneva NY Greenleaf, Sara 17 Jan 2008 16:31 UTC
Apologies for cross-posting. Search re-opened. 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 join an innovative learning commons project that is in the design phase with construction anticipated this summer. A collaborative venture between the Library, IT Services, and the Center for Teaching and Learning, the project synthesizes research and information technology resources in one location and provides a variety of venues for formal and informal instruction, individual and group research, multimedia technology support and production, all in a setting that invites social and intellectual interaction. The successful candidate will bring to this project a vision of contemporary learning commons practices and the skills to implement a broadly participatory process that transforms the delivery of library services. 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 Geneva. 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. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Nominations may also be sent to that address. Electronic applications and nominations are encouraged. Screening of applications will begin February 15, 2008 and continue until the position is filled.