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JOB ANNOUNCEMENT: Dean of Libraries, Auburn Univ., AL Kerry A Ransel 21 Dec 1995 19:37 UTC


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Auburn University invites applications and nominations for the position
of Dean of Libraries. Reporting to the University Provost, the Dean of
Libraries is responsible for the administration of the main library and
two branch libraries. Auburn University is seeking an individual with
creative problem-solving abilities who can utilize available resources to
maximize the potential of Auburn University Libraries as a
state-of-the-art, user-centered library ready for the 21st Century.

Established in 1856 and later becoming Alabama's 1872 land grant
institution, Auburn is the state's largest university (22,000 students)
and is a Carnegie II comprehensive university.  The University is located
in Auburn, Alabama, which is situated between Atlanta, Georgia and
Montgomery, Alabama, where residents (80,000 area population) enjoy a
variety of cultural, entertainment, and outdoor activities in a superb
climate and natural environment.

Auburn University Libraries, a member of the Association of Research
Libraries, consists of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library, the Cary
Veterinary Medical Library, and the Architecture Library.  RBD Library, a
377,000 sq. ft. recently expanded structure, houses most of the 2.2
million volumes, 1.5 million government documents, and 19,000 current
serials.  The Libraries serve as a selective depository for US government
publications and a depository for US patents and trademarks.  The
Libraries utilize considerable electronic resources, including a
library-wide CD network and the NOTIS system for local and state catalogs
as well as numerous online databases. The Libraries are staffed by 51
tenure track faculty and 89 support staff with a total annual budget of
8.5 million dollars.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Dean provides creative leadership and vision,
places a priority on the user interface, promotes new methods of
information retrieval and dispersal, is a strong internal and external
advocate for the libraries, develops and carries out a strategy for
private giving, and encourages professional growth for the library
faculty and staff.

QUALIFICATIONS: Required: Candidates must have an advanced degree in
library science from an ALA-accredited program, substantial
administrative experience in an academic environment, and a significant
record of research and professional achievement to qualify for academic
rank. Candidates should also offer evidence of (1) strong and creative
leadership, (2) commitment to quality service, (3) a familiarity with
expectations and needs of students, staff and faculty in a large research
university, (4) a clear understanding of the evolving role of the
academic research library, electronic library technology and scholarly
communication, (5) the ability to work collegially and communicate
effectively with internal and external constituencies, and (6) ability to
secure sponsored funds. Desired: Ph.D.

Send letters of nomination or application explaining interest in and
qualifications for the position with a curriculum vita, a vision
statement for the Auburn libraries based on the information above, and
the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of five professional
references to: Stewart Schneller; Chair, Dean of Libraries Search
Committee; Office of the Dean; College of Sciences and Mathematics;
Extension Cottage; Auburn University, AL 36849-5319. Nominations and
applications from underrepresented groups are encouraged. A competitive
salary will be offered and review of the candidates will begin March 1
and continue until the position is filled.

An online version of this position announcement with links to additional
information can be found on the World Wide Web at URL

        Auburn is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.