Dean of Libraries

University of North Texas
Denton, Texas
Mar 30, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Dean of Libraries
University of North Texas

The University of North Texas (UNT) seeks an innovative and experienced candidate for Dean of Libraries. The Dean will provide strategic direction and vision for the library, working with talented and accomplished librarians, staff, faculty, and students to meet the university's educational mission and ambitious goals for growth. This position reports to the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs and is a member of the Dean's Council.

The University of North Texas Libraries, serving the largest and most comprehensive university in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro area, have pioneered efforts to foster the transformation of libraries and of scholarly communication, including becoming the first public university in Texas to adopt a campus- wide open-access policy, hosting an annual open-access symposium with speakers from around the world, and co-founding the Library Publishing Coalition. With four physical locations (Willis Library, Eagle Commons, Media and Discovery Park) on campus and an even larger digital footprint, including digital-library collections of over 10 million items, the UNT Libraries are a world leader in web archiving -- the first non-federal library to participate in the Federal Information Preservation Network (FIPNet) and to be designated an affiliated archive of the National Archives and Records Administration. UNT's dean of libraries is the driving force behind the Cross Timbers Library Collaborative, which brings together library staff from across the region for professional development and collaboration. The Libraries receive about $1 million per year in funding from grants and foundations.
Last year, over 1.5 Million people walked through a UNT Library doorway. The library provided over 8,611 reference consultations, circulated over 253,777 items, and there were 7.9 million uses of digital libraries items in our online collections.

Applicants must have an ALA-accredited MLS or MIS or related advanced degree with a terminal degree strongly desired. The candidate must have senior level experience in progressively responsible library management, with preferably five or more years at the Assistant/Associate Dean/Associate University Librarian level or higher in an academic or research library.  Applicants must have demonstrated capacity to effectively lead library staff and manage complex projects, and an understanding of current issues and trends in the field.

The Committee will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled.
Screening of candidates will begin immediately. For best consideration, applications should be provided by April 24, 2017.  An application should include a letter describing relevant experience and interest in the position; curriculum vitae/resume; and names, titles and contact information of five references. Electronic submission of candidate materials in PDF format is preferred. Individuals wishing to place names in nomination should submit electronically a letter of nomination to include the name, position, address, and telephone number of the nominee. Greenwood/Asher & Associates is assisting the University of North Texas in the search. Applications and letters of nominations should be submitted to:

Betty Asher
Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.
42 Business Center Drive, Suite 206, Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Phone: 850.650.2277 ▼ Fax: 850.650.2272
Email:  [email protected]

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