Associate Dean of Public Services of Sprague Library

Montclair, NJ
Mar 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Montclair State is New Jersey's second largest university. It offers the advantages of a large university - a broad undergraduate curriculum with a global focus, a wide variety of superior graduate programs through the doctoral level, and a diverse faculty and student body - combined with a small college's attention to students.

Posting Date January 7, 2016

Position Title Associate Dean of Public Services of Sprague Library

Vacancy # V-984

Department Academic Affairs, Harry A. Sprague Library

Division Public Services Division

Job Description

As part of a collaborative and collegial leadership team with the Dean and Associate Dean for Technical Services, the Associate Dean for Public Services will provide a vision for services and resources to enhance the University's academic endeavors. The Associate Dean will also collaborate to provide administrative and operational leadership including strategic planning; assessment; outreach and communications; technology, budgets, and facilities.

Major Duties and Responsibilities:

• Provides vision for and directs: Reference & Research Services Department, including interlibrary services; Periodical Resources & Services Department; Multimedia Resources & Services Department; and Electronic Resources Services.
• Oversees the development of ongoing services (e.g., reference, information literacy, liaison outreach) and resources (e.g., reference and media collections, databases, periodicals) as well as plan for the implementation of new resources and services.
• Builds strong relationships with faculty, students, campus partners and the wider library community.
• Works with Dean, Associate Dean for Technical Services, and liaison librarians to prepare accreditation and evaluation review reports.
• Provides leadership for scholarly communication initiatives.
• Provides leadership for the implementation of new technologies.
• Develops, prepares, and manages budgets in concert with the goals and objectives of the Library, the Academic Affairs Division, and the University.
• Collaborates with the Dean, Associate Dean for Technical Services, librarians, and staff to plan for facilities changes and improvements.
• Leads by example, inspiring and motivating librarians, and staff and developing their potential, while building a respectful and collaborative work environment.
• Fosters team-building and participatory leadership in a constantly changing environment.
• Is professionally active in local, regional, and national library and information organizations, makes professional contributions, and brings visibility to the Library and to the University.
• Serves on campus committees.
• Represents the Dean on and off campus when necessary.
• Performs other duties as assigned.

The above statements reflect the general details considered necessary to describe the principal functions of the job as identified, and shall not be considered as a detailed description of all work requirements that may be inherent in the position.

Qualifications & Requirements

• Master's Degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program. Master's Degree in a subject discipline; doctorate preferred in library science or subject discipline.
• Experience in an academic library, preferably in the public sector.
• Five (5) years of relevant administration and management experience, progressing from front line librarian to department or division head.
• Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
• Experience developing, implementing, and managing budgets.
• Experience developing strategic plans and assessing outcomes.
• Experience working with diverse populations of students, faculty, staff, and the community.
• Ability to work collaboratively with library colleagues, faculty, staff, and students to build teams to set and accomplish strategic goals.
• Knowledge of current issues and trends in higher education and academic libraries including technological developments.
• Active professionally in library and related organizations.

Salary Range
Commensurate with Experience

Anticipated Start Date 08/01/2016

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Organizational Marketing Statement:

Building on a distinguished 105-year history, Montclair State University is proud to be a leading institution of higher education in New Jersey. The university's six colleges and schools serve more than 19,000 undergraduate and graduate students in 300 majors, minors, concentrations and certificate programs. Situated on a beautiful, 250-acre suburban campus just 14 miles from New York City, Montclair State combines the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a dynamic, sophisticated, and diverse academic environment.

EEO/AA Statement:

Montclair State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution with a strong commitment to diversity. Additional information can be found on the MSU website at



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