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Director of Libraries, College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University, Minnesota


Reporting directly to the Provost, the Director provides leadership and direction for the Libraries and Archives. They are responsible for all aspects of library and archives administration, including long term planning, policies and procedures, personnel management, facilities management, budgets, and ongoing assessment of library resources and services. The Libraries and Archives are a key partner in academic and co-curricular programming, and the Director collaborates closely with Academic Affairs to promote innovative teaching, learning, and research in the liberal arts. With the library buildings on both campuses serving as service hubs, the Director also maintains partnerships with other academic support offices and building partners to ensure an integrated experience for our faculty, staff, and students. We are seeking a Director who is a creative problem-solver and who possesses a managerial approach that motivates, inspires, and fosters collegial working relationships within a diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice framework. The successful candidate will possess broad intellectual curiosity and a vision for successfully guiding a leading liberal arts college library into the future.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from ALA-accredited program of library or information science, or equivalent international education credential.
  • Effective leader with experience managing a team.
  • Understanding of trends and best practices in academic librarianship, higher education, and archives work.
  • Excellent writing and public speaking skills.
  • Experience building and maintaining strategic partnerships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.
  • Familiarity with a range of technologies used by libraries and archives, including instructional technologies, digital multimedia, data reporting tools, and library management systems.
  • Aptitude for learning and applying new information, technologies, and practices.
  • Ability to manage a complex budget.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Advanced degree or other significant experience in a relevant discipline.
  • Understanding of the functions and purpose of undergraduate liberal arts education and the role libraries and archives play in that experience.
  • Grant writing and grant implementation experience.

The position will remain open until filled, with first consideration given to applications submitted by January 3, 2023. Anticipated start date is July 1, 2023.

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