University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services

Close Date: 03/22/2016

Primary function:    The University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services is the chief executive officer for Brookens Library and reports to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs & Provost.  The University Librarian and Dean of Library Instructional Services provides executive oversight and management of all aspects of Brookens Library operations, including budget, personnel, facilities, technology, policy development, instruction, and co-curricular programming.  The Dean fosters innovation and leads planning, administrative, fund-raising, and program development efforts to build and sustain excellence in Library services; and is the principal representative for the Library and its constituent programs and units, including University Archives and Special Collections


Characteristic duties and responsibilities: 

  1. Provides vision and leadership for the continuing development of a technologically sophisticated library that supports the vision of UIS as a premier public university offering innovative, high-quality liberal arts education, public affairs activities, and professional disciplines dedicated to academic excellence, to enriching individual lives, and to making a difference in the world:
  • Collaborates with campus administration and Library faculty and staff to plan for and effectively deliver services that advance the mission and vision of the university and are responsive to community needs.
  • Facilitates access to resources and incorporates advanced technologies for teaching, learning, research, and support of the UIS community.
  • Maintains strong collaborative relationships with academic units.
  • Formulates Library policies and procedures in consultation with leadership groups in the Library and with relevant governance and student groups. 
  • Promotes Library services to the campus.
  • Leads library planning and assesses Library services to promote excellence, offer outstanding service, and enable continuous improvement. (30%)
  1. Collaborates with other campus units to provide innovative, student-centered services to the UIS community and to facilitate the creation and dissemination of knowledge (11%)
  2. Develops and administers the Library budget. (12%)
  3. Engages in fundraising on behalf of the Library: works closely with Development Office to plan and implement annual giving program; engages with Friends of Brookens Library; builds and maintains relationships with current and prospective donors; and plans events, programs, and activities to engage the greater Springfield community. (12%)
  4. Promotes and fosters an exceptional library organization and a positive work environment grounded in a culture of innovation, continuous improvement, commitment to student success, and an orientation toward excellence:
  • Fosters an organizational and educational climate that promotes diversity.
  • Analyzes staffing needs and assumes overall responsibility for personnel recruitment, training, and evaluation. Facilitates opportunities for professional development of all Library faculty and staff.
  • Evaluates and advises Library faculty in regard to reappointment, tenure, promotion, and annual as well as seven-year reviews, as applicable. (20%)
  1. Serves as a member of the Provost’s Deans Council and the Chancellor’s Administrative Council, and represents the Library to internal and external constituencies. Communicates and implements University policies and procedures.  (5%)
  2. Ensures the Library’s representation at state and national levels, in professional associations, consortia, and other cooperative ventures. (5%)
  3. Prepares reports on Library activities and programs for the campus administration and governance bodies and for other entities as necessary. (5%)


Environmental demands:  Extensive computer work.

Qualifications/minimum education and work experience:

Education:  MLS from an ALA-accredited institution required; advanced study beyond the MLS is desirable.


  • Minimum of five years of progressively responsible administrative experience in an academic or research library setting. 
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience with full range of library and archival operations, including library technology systems, library instructional services, metadata creation and management, social media as applied to libraries, interlibrary cooperation, and fund raising, including grant writing.
  • Record of successful, relevant experience in library administration, collection development and management, personnel management, and budget preparation and management. 
  • Experience evaluating emerging technologies and leading library projects and/or initiatives that promote the creative and effective use of technology and electronic resources to enhance services.
  • Active membership in relevant professional organization(s)

Characteristics sought: 

  • Clear vision of the evolving role of the academic library in the 21st century.
  • Understanding of contemporary issues affecting higher education, libraries, and information technology.
  • Scholarly perspective on the functions of the library in the academic community. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences and constituencies of the library. 
  • Creative and user-oriented philosophy of library services. 
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal, and organizational skills that facilitate collegial working relationships and effective advocacy for the library.  
  • Demonstrated ability to promote innovation and to lead successfully in a fast-paced and dynamic environment.

Application Process:

Inquiries, nominations, and applications are invited. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For fullest consideration, applicant materials should be received by March 22, 2016. Candidates should provide a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, and the names and contact information of five references. References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval of candidates. These materials should be sent electronically via e-mail to the University of Illinois Springfield consultants, Katherine Haley, Ph.D. and Mercedes Vance at UIS-DeanLibrary@wittkieffer.com. The consultants can be reached by telephone through Crystal McClain at 630-575-6948.

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UIS is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to recruitment and retention of a diverse and inclusive campus community. Persons with disabilities, women, and minorities are encouraged to apply.


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