Date of Issue:
September 13, 2011

Title:
Director, University Library
Norwich University

Background:

Opportunity Summary

The Director of the University Library is a key member of the executive team of Norwich University responsible for leading the long term development of the University library and archives. This is an extraordinary opportunity for a professional librarian, with deep experience in higher education library administration and operation, to take a solid, well financed program to a new level of accomplishment and service. The Director will report directly to the Senior Vice-President of Academic Affairs and is key member of the senior academic leadership of the University.  
 
The new Director will be imaginative, hard working and ready to take on this key challenge and drive the program forward. He/she will be provided with the necessary financial and staff support to service the immediate and developing needs of faculty, students and administrators who rely on the University library to assist them with research and learning. In addition to overseeing library operation and development, the Director will also be responsible for all archives and special collections management and development.  
 
The Director is the chief academic and administrative officer of the Kreitzberg Library, including the University Archives, with responsibility for coordinating programs, scholarship, and service activities. The mission of Kreitzberg Library is to develop and provide the information resources, services, and environment that support Norwich University's academic and administrative goals. The Kreitzberg Library assumes an important role as the provider and preserver of institutional heritage and memory and as a resource for all those with an interest in Norwich University history. The Director reports to the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, participates in University governance, and holds faculty rank. The Director serves as a member of the Faculty Senate Library Committee, President's Advisory Council, and the Executive Board of the Friends of the Kreitzberg Library.
 
 
The university is located in Northfield, VT, close to the city of Montpelier.   Its’ beautiful campus is near I-89 making it easily accessible to major cities throughout the northeast.    Norwich University has a proud tradition dating back to its founding in 1819 by Alden Partridge. Captain Partridge’s original vision for the university – to educate citizen soldiers in an American style – is vibrantly alive and continuing to evolve. From its origin, the curriculum embraced a cutting edge educational philosophy designed to prepare graduates for a wide variety of active roles in society including military, government and professional careers.  
 

Position:

 

Director of the University Library: Key Job Responsibilities
We are looking for a Director who will lead from the front, roll up his/er sleeves and do what it takes to drive the growth and development of the University library, archive and museum. This is a highly challenging and interesting opportunity for an experienced university librarian with a “can-do” attitude towards problem solving and who possesses the managerial and technical experience and knowledge to lead a strong program forward.  
·         Ensure dynamic use of technology to provide library services across a range changing user and research habits, and across diverse student bodies (e.g. online, adult students).
 
·         Increase coordination and integration with archives to assure access for all students.
 
·         Improve and advocate library web presence and access to library services.
 
·         Continue to promote an active role for the library in academic activities curriculum development and information literacy.
 
·         Build on strong positive relationships that already exist between the library and other units of the University. It will be important for the new Director to be nimble and responsive to the fast changing informational needs as a new director, able to help the university move ahead in the environment of a smaller university where things can get done.  
 
 
EXPERIENCE /QUALIFICATIONS: 
  • 7-10+ years of academic library experience demonstrating excellent record of promotion and increased responsibilities; 2-3+ years in supervisory/administrative capacity.

  • An MLS degree from an ALA accredited program is required; a second master’s degree or a doctorate is preferred.
 
  • Academic credentials sufficient to merit appointment at the rank of associate professor or higher.
 
·         Solid grant writing experience and ability (experience or interest) to seek external funding to assist in library growth; able to use existing grant support staff at the university to support Key Performance Indicator goals/objectives. 
 
·         Solid understanding of intellectual property policy and copyright issues.
 
      Success in developing and implementing innovations in delivering library services for on campus and online constituencies
 
      Knowledge of emerging library/information technologies and trends
 
      Ability to lead the library's essential role in campus educational programs and initiatives, most specifically the cultivation of information literacy across the curriculum
 
      Proven track record: making managerial decisions regarding collections management and development, working well with a dedicated library staff, and fostering open communication and cooperative relationships in a diverse university community.


Required Experience & Attributes:

 

Key Personal Qualities & Work Style
      Energetic, can-do attitude towards problem solving.
 
      Excellent listening skills; intellectually curious and willing to try new approaches.
 
      Poised and professional presentation.
 
      Proven ability to gain the trust and respect of colleagues and superiors; sense of humor.
 
      Curious about how things work and what can work best at Norwich University.
 
      Ability to develop consensus, lead change and overcome objections in a manner that will develop trust and mutual respect.
 
Compensation
Salary is very competitive. A full benefit package will be offered. More detailed information about compensation will be provided to qualified candidates.
 
Interested Candidates
Please send Cover Letter and CV in confidence to ndul@kulpercompany.com 
We are looking forward to receiving responses from qualified candidates as soon as possible. Interviews will continue until a finalist group is selected.   
 
 
 
Norwich University is an equal opportunity employer
 
This position specification is subject to change at the sole discretion of the employer.
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