The Wolfgram Memorial Library supports the main campus academic programs of Widener University with a collection of 200,000 print volumes and 135,000 e-books, 200 current print periodical subscriptions and more than 5,600 electronic periodical subscriptions, 174,000 microforms, access to over 80 online databases, and a diverse collection of audiovisual and multimedia materials. A team of eight faculty librarians and 19 staff keeps the Library open an average of 95.5 hours per week to assist students and faculty with effective use of these services.
The successful candidate for the Director of the Library and Instructional Services will be an accomplished professional librarian, library leader, and knowledgeable instructional innovator, bringing a combination of professional capabilities and personal qualities that will enable him or her to address the opportunities and the challenges that exist for the Library. In addition to such expected personal characteristics as honesty, integrity, high moral and ethical character, and the stamina for the rigors of the office, the leader of the Library is expected to exhibit the following: a master’s degree in Library and/or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution and an additional graduate degree, preferably in instructional design or a related field, are required, consistent with appointment at a senior faculty rank and successful, high-level experience and resulting expertise in leadership and management of an academic library, preferably at a small-to-medium sized, independent institution.
Complete search profile with information about Widener University and the desired attributes for the Director of Library and Instructional Services may be found at www.academic-search.com in the “Current Searches” section.
Review of applications and nominations will begin immediately, and nominations and expressions of interest will be welcomed until an appointment is made. The appointee is expected to take office in July 2016. Applications received by January 11, 2016 will be assured of full consideration; these should include a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and names of five professional references with e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. All submissions will be treated in confidence and should be sent electronically (MS Word format preferred) to: WidenerDirLib2016@academic-search.com.