Associate Dean for Information Resources: Position Announcement
Associate Dean for Information Resources: Position Announcement
Texas A&M University Libraries seeks a forward-thinking, collaborative and energetic leader with a keen sense of the evolving role of research libraries in the digital age. As a member of a newly forming Library leadership team, the successful candidate will create and communicate a vision, set priorities, and develop strategies to assess and improve the access, management and preservation of information resources and the supporting infrastructure.
In 2013, the Libraries completed the permanent appointment of the Associate Dean for User Services and Associate Dean for Faculty and Administrative Services. In the coming year, the Libraries seeks to complete its administrative team with two more key leadership positions: the Associate Dean for Information Resources (this position), and the Associate Dean for Special Collections. Together with a new Dean, appointed in 2012, the Associate Deans will have the opportunity to craft a new vision at the Texas A&M University Libraries. Within the larger context of a campus that continues to grow in enrollment, graduate programs, research awards and endowment, the position presents exceptional opportunities with impact at the local, national and international levels.
The position has administrative responsibility for the following units and services:
- Collection Development and Acquisitions
- Document Delivery
- Scholarly Communications
The materials budget is currently $14 million, and the number of faculty/staff position in the above units totals approximately 90 FTE.
This is a senior leadership position. Also, as a faculty position, the successful candidate will have a sufficient and established record in librarianship, scholarship and service to merit appointment at the rank of associate professor with tenure; preferred candidates will exhibit a record to affirm appointment at the rank of professor.
- American Library Association (ALA) accredited Master's Degree (or equivalent)
- Record of achievement and accomplishment meriting appointment as an associate professor with tenure
- Minimum of 5 years of management and supervisory experience in progressively responsible positions in an academic research library
- Demonstrated innovative leadership in organizing resources (human, technical and financial) to create an efficient, flexible and nimble organization
- Proven experience and success in managing one or more of the areas of responsibility listed above
- Demonstrated understanding of emerging technology, standards and practices for information resource and discovery in the digital age including changes in information technology and scholarly communication
- Evidence of commitment to diversity; ability to work effectively with a culturally diverse population
- Evidence of exceptional oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
- National or international reputation in librarianship
- Record of achievement sufficient for appointment as a full professor with tenure
- Ten years of substantive management and supervisory experience in progressively responsible positions in an academic research library
- Experience and commitment to the assessment and application of results to improve services, collections and workflows
- Experience in mentoring/advising library faculty in career development and planning
- Experience with preservation strategies and programs
- Record of significant external grant activity
The University. Founded in 1876 as a land-grant institution, Texas A&M University is the sixth largest university in the nation. The signature Aggie Spirit captures and embodies the university’s traditions and core values: Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, and Selfless Service. The university has an enrollment of more than 55,000 students and 2,800 instructional faculty.
The University Libraries. In the 2012 ARL rankings, the University Libraries was 27th in the Investment Index and ranked 23rd in materials expenditures ($16.8 million). There is a total budgeted staff of 262, including 84 librarians with faculty status. With Texas A&M’s recent move to the SEC Athletic Conference, the Libraries became the top-ranked library in the conference. The move reflects the institution’s goal to be ranked among the top ten public universities nationwide by 2020. In an effort to provide relevant customer service in an ever-changing environment, the Texas A&M University Libraries is developing a core culture reflecting flexibility, innovation and risk-taking. In addition, the Libraries recognizes the value in creating a culture that draws from the richness and strength reflected in the diversity of our state and our nation and has created an actionable Diversity Plan.
Bryan-College Station. Texas A&M is located in Bryan-College Station where the ubiquitous “howdy” greets friends and newcomers alike. The community boasts excellent medical facilities, live entertainment and the arts, fine-to-casual dining, outdoor recreation, a local airport, and a low cost of living, as well as easy proximity to Austin and Houston. In August, 2012, the Chronicle of Higher Education cited a study listing College Station as the top-rated college town in the United States. Additionally, Texas residents enjoy the benefit of having no state or local income tax.
Benefits & Salary:
Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications of the successful candidate. Excellent benefits include choice of health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans including TIAA-CREF; paid holidays and vacation; no state or local income tax.
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, and initial review of applications will begin January 6, 2014. The letter of application should address the responsibilities, qualifications, and experiences listed for the position. Your letter, vita, and the names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of at least three professional references* may be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or mailed to Esther Carrigan, Associate Dean and Director of Medical Sciences Library, Texas A&M University Libraries, 5000 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-5000. An Equal Opportunity Employer, TAMU Libraries is committed to employing quality faculty who will enhance the rich diversity of our academic community. In that regard, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who are representative of the state’s diversity.
* The Search Committee will not contact references without contacting the candidate first to verify permission.