Director of the Library and Media Center – St. Mary’s College of Maryland – St. Mary’s City, MD

St. Mary’s College of Maryland invites applications and nominations for the Director of the Library and Media Center. Reporting to the Provost/Dean of Faculty, the Director provides strategic vision and leadership for the library, archives, and media center in support of the College’s liberal arts mission. The College seeks an enthusiastic and innovative leader with a deep commitment to the liberal arts and undergraduate education and a desire to actively participate in a supportive campus community.

Responsibilities

  • Provides leadership and vision for the library, archives, and media center;
  • Oversees all aspects of library administration including strategic planning, budget development and management, personnel and facilities management, stewardship of collections, and ongoing assessment of library services and resources;
  • Leads 6 FTE librarians and 9 FTE staff (including 6 direct reports), fosters an organizational culture of collegiality and provides opportunities for professional development;
  • Collaborates with faculty to promote information literacy throughout the undergraduate curriculum and to enhance student learning;
  • Advocates convincingly on behalf of the library, librarians and staff;
  • Provides direction for incorporating new technologies into services and operations of the library;
  • Provides a framework for the future role of the library in an academic setting;
  • Encourages a responsive culture that welcomes change, innovation and risk-taking;
  • Takes an active role in faculty governance and other campus-wide service opportunities;
  • Represents the College as a member of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium and other resource sharing groups.

Required Qualifications:

M.L.S. or equivalent Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program. History of progressively more responsible leadership positions in academic libraries. A demonstrated commitment to undergraduate education. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to build effective working relationships with faculty, staff and students. An understanding and appreciation of all aspects of library work. Experience advocating for the library in a college or university setting. Experience fostering a collegial working environment and building consensus.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in strategic planning and budget management. Experience with library facilities management, including creative space planning. Experience promoting professional development and growth opportunities for librarians and library staff. Experience working with consortia. Evidence of scholarly and/or professional achievement.

Any combination of acceptable education and experience, which provides the necessary knowledge and skills to fulfill the requirements of this position, may be considered.  Employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

About the Library

The Library at St. Mary’s College of Maryland provides an inviting environment, dedicated librarians and staff, and excellent collections that promote learning and scholarship. Focused on teaching and learning, the librarians are integral to the College’s core curriculum, which is grounded in the four liberal arts skills of critical thinking, written expression, oral expression, and information literacy. The library is committed to providing high-quality instruction and research assistance to all students, faculty and staff.

The library itself houses a collection of over 200,000 items that support the curriculum of the College. The library also provides access to over 125 research databases and 100,000 individual e-books and e-journals. The archives hold unique materials documenting the history of the school as well as Southern Maryland. The media center provides a wide variety of digital media tools in support of the teaching and learning mission of the College. Students, faculty and staff have access to over three million books through the library’s membership in the University System of Maryland & Affiliated Institutions (USMAI) Library Consortium.

About St. Mary’s College of Maryland

Chartered by the State of Maryland and designated as the state’s official Honors College, St. Mary’s is a premier public, non-sectarian, co-educational liberal arts institution. Founded on the site of Maryland’s first capital, at the place where the separation of church and state was first enacted as an ideal in this country, the College stands as a living legacy to the ideals of freedom and inclusiveness, in a setting that continually renews its commitment to the environment. Located in a beautiful rural waterfront setting on the banks of the St. Mary’s River, a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, St. Mary’s has forged a singular identity as an institution offering a small college experience comparable to that found at exceptional private colleges, with commitments to affordability, access and diversity. Its faculty excels in teaching, scholarship, creative thinking, community engagement, and an appreciation of and commitment to the study of world issues, cultures and communities.

Application Procedures:

Applicants should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and contact information for at least three references to Pamela Mann, Library, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, 18952 E. Fisher Rd., St. Mary’s City, MD 20686-3001, or by email to pemann@smcm.edu

Nominations of potential candidates are also welcome. Please send nominations to Pamela Mann by email at pemann@smcm.edu

Review of applications will begin March 30, 2015 and continue until the position is filled. St. Mary’s College of Maryland (www.smcm.edu) is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

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