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Director of Library, Southern Polytechnic State University Library, Marietta GA

Position Summary
The Director of University Library provides executive leadership and direction in the management of all aspects of the Library’s programs and services. The successful candidate will be an individual with broad experience in academic librarianship, and possess a vision in developing, preserving, and delivering scholarly information to the university community in an evolving technological era. Reporting directly to the Vice President of Academic Affairs, the Director serves as a member of the Deans’ Council.

The Southern Polytechnic State University Library is actively transforming its spaces and services to meet the needs of 21st-century researchers and learners, creating collaborative study areas and multimedia practice rooms, and using innovative digital technologies for library instruction. At the same time, SPSU is placing a greater emphasis on high-quality online teaching and learning. The Director of University Library works collaboratively to fulfill the University’s educational and research mission through the provision of traditional and technological library resources and services. The director is responsible for budget management, personnel management, and strategic planning. He or she serves as an advocate for the Library on and off campus by conducting activities to give visibility to the Library, to solicit feedback from users, and to promote lifelong learning. This position holds faculty status as part of the corps of instruction.

Southern Polytechnic State University, a member of the University System of Georgia, is a residential university with over 6,200 students pursuing bachelors and masters degrees in many of the nation’s fastest growing technology fields. The university, located one mile west of 1-75’s Exit 263, is just 20 minutes northwest of downtown Atlanta. Southern Polytechnic is an EOE/ADA/AA Employer.

Essential Functions: 
1. Provides administrative leadership and supervises all library operations and programs.
2. Provides strategic planning and policy direction in the areas of public and technical services, archives, and information technology.
3. Establishes and administers the library’s budgets. Serves as an advocate for the library’s fiscal resources; actively participates in the development of grant activities.
4. Facilitates planning and personnel policy, hires staff, assigns and reassigns duties; guides the evaluation process and retains or releases staff as needed.
5. Maintains a continuous program for library building/facility planning with future academic plans, library functions, and library staff in mind both on campus and online.
6. Plans and develops new programs and enhancements as part of the library’s services to users/supporters of the library.
7. Serves on the appropriate academic, technological, and administrative councils; provides leadership in external relations as a member of campus committees.
8. Represents the Library within the University and at local, state, and national levels.
9. Keeps comparative data on services of the Library and conducts Library surveys; participates in accreditation with documentation and site visits for departments.
10. Performs other duties as assigned.

Desirable Knowledge Skills and Abilities: 
1. Works as an advocate of the library with the Student Government Association
2. May assist at the Reference Desk in the staffing rotation or on an as-needed basis.
3. Additional academic experience, including an additional master’s or preferably a doctoral degree, optimally in Information Science or a related scientific or technical field.
4. A well-informed understanding of research libraries and the rapidly changing world of higher education.
5. Extensive experience in long-range planning, budgeting, evaluation, and assessment of library services.
6. Proven ability to provide library resources to undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students and researchers both on campus and online.
7. Record of professional and scholarly accomplishments.

A Master of Library Science from an ALA-accredited library program required. A Ph.D preferred. A minimum of seven years administrative experience in an academic library required.

Special Instructions for Applicants: 
In addition to the required documents which must be uploaded, please note the following additional information:

-Cover letter
-Unofficial transcripts (graduate)
– A minimum of three professional references must ALSO be provided.

Work Schedule: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Days of the Week: Monday – Friday

To apply: