Dean, University Libraries

Jul 17, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Long Island University - Dean of University Libraries (

University Overview:
Founded in 1926, LIU is one of America's largest and most comprehensive private universities, with locations and programs spanning the New York metropolitan area, overseas, and online. With nearly 200,000 alumni worldwide, the university offers more than 500 academic programs and educates more than 23,000 students in New York through accredited programs in Brooklyn, Brookville (LIU Post), Brentwood, Riverhead, and Westchester (LIU Hudson). Other academic units include LIU Pharmacy (Arnold & Marie Schwartz College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences), which prepares students for careers in the fields of pharmacy and health care, and LIU Global, which provides a wide range of study abroad options at overseas centers in China and Costa Rica, as well as through programs in Australia, India, South Africa, Taiwan, and Thailand. In addition, LIU hosts NCAA D1 and D2 athletics, the internationally acclaimed Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, and George Polk Awards in Journalism.

Position Details:
The Dean of the University Libraries will lead our award-winning Library Faculty while overseeing library operations for each of our Long Island University campus locations, maintaining a regular presence at both the Brooklyn and Post campuses. LIU's Library facilities include libraries at these two main campuses, as well as smaller collections at the non-residential campuses. The Dean is responsible for all areas of library management and advocacy, including strategic planning, fiscal management, personnel supervision, policy and program development, collection development, public and technical services, and facilities planning. He or she will play a university-wide role in the development and implementation of digital initiatives, scholarly communications, and information technologies to support teaching, learning and research. The Libraries encompass more than 850,000 print and e-books, access to 90,000 periodicals, approximately 180 databases, an institutional repository, and highly distinguished archival and special collections offices.

This position will oversee a full-time staff of approximately 30 librarians and an additional 35 supporting staff members. The Dean will facilitate increased cross-campus collaboration and data-driven decision making while bringing innovative, entrepreneurial, and seasoned leadership to Long Island University Libraries. This individual must be committed to the continuing professional development of library faculty and staff, growing initiatives for University-wide instruction in information literacy, and continuing to foster a service-oriented culture amongst our faculty. Our library staff are actively engaged in research and scholarly communication, and many have presented at conferences both within the U.S. and internationally. Full-time librarians are eligible for the same progression as other faculty members with respect to promotion and tenure.

Education Requirements:
MLS or MLIS from an ALA accredited institution required Doctorate or second graduate degree preferred

• At least five years of senior library administrative experience and a record appropriate to an appointment at senior faculty rank
• A record of mentoring and supporting faculty, demonstrated ability to build a consensus, and effective strategic planning/implementation
• Demonstrated knowledge of emerging library and information technologies capable of transforming scholarly communication and user experience, as well as of trends in higher education as they affect library services
• Evidence of effective budgetary and personnel management/mentorship
• Experience with developing archives, special collections, and open access initiatives
• Strong communication skills and the capacity to develop effective collaborative relationships
with faculty, staff and other user groups
• Theoretical and experiential knowledge of the domain (including areas such as information
technology, scholarly communications, and knowledge organization) necessary to lead the
Library's ongoing growth and development in a complex digital environment
• Strong and consistent public service orientation
• A record of professional engagement at local, regional, and national levels
• Outstanding communication and collaborative skills
• A distinguished record of scholarly research and publication

Date Posted: 01/11/2017
Salary: Commensurate with experience
FLSA: Exempt
Starting Date: As soon as possible
Contact: Please submit an online application at:

Long Island University is an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer


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