Department Head & Associate/Principal Librarian

Oxford, Ohio
Jul 28, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Miami University Libraries are looking for energetic, innovative and collaborative leaders with a commitment to exemplary customer service, a passion for empowering student success, and a drive to see the future.

Rooted in more than 200 years of tradition, the Miami University Libraries remain a vital contributor to Miami's transformational college experience. Featuring four Oxford-campus locations, the University Libraries align with the values of Miami University by proactively connecting our community with the resources and personalized guidance to empower discovery, creation and success.

In spring 2017, the University Libraries embarked on a master planning process examining every facet of the division and resulting in revitalized service categories, a revamped organizational structure and plans for a future major renovation. As a critical next step of this process, the Libraries are hiring two Department Heads & Associate/Principal Librarians, one to lead the new Create & Innovate department and one to guide the new Access & Borrow department.

Department Heads are responsible for the development of policies, adherence to the University’s and the Libraries’ policies, standards and best practices, the communication of the department's activities, and for mentoring and encouraging the professional development of staff and librarians.  Each Head meets regularly and works collaboratively with fellow department heads in a team environment to help develop and implement the Libraries’ vision and goals.

Department Head & Associate/Principal Librarian, Create & Innovate

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The Create & Innovate Department is charged with enhancing scholarly work at Miami University by anticipating the resources, technologies, spaces and expertise that drive groundbreaking research, creative forms of expression, innovative tools for teaching, and new mediums for sharing our community’s scholarly achievements.

The Department Head of Create & Innovate is responsible for fostering a highly collaborative team, engaging in effective working relationships within the department; setting departmental vision in alignment with libraries strategy; coordination and management of projects, budgets, departmental workflow and service point staffing; and supervision and mentorship of department personnel including hourly staff and continuing contract/continuing contract eligible librarians. This position will lead a new department focused on supporting and enabling student and faculty collaboration, scholarship, creativity and innovation. 

This position will lead a new department focused on supporting and enabling student and faculty collaboration, scholarship, creativity and innovation. The department oversees services that provide specialized tools and resources aimed at supporting a wide range of patron projects and scholarly work, including cutting-edge services in digital scholarship, digital humanities and eScience. Create & Innovate works collaboratively across departments to envision and enhance technology-rich learning spaces. This includes management of existing spaces and services across Libraries’ locations, including the Center for Information Management and Center for Digital Scholarship within King Library’s emerging Learning Commons concept.

Department Head & Associate/Principal Librarian, Access & Borrow

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The Access & Borrow Department is charged with cultivating and seamlessly connecting the Miami community to the materials and digital resources that support academic success and advance discovery. 

The Department Head of Access & Borrow fosters a highly collaborative department, engaging in effective working relationships within the department; developing and maintaining a dynamic, service-oriented department; encouraging and supporting effective cooperation and teamwork across library departments and the university; administering and supervising circulation, reserves, interlibrary loan, stacks maintenance for four Oxford-campus libraries, electronic resources and serial management, cataloging and acquisitions. 

Department Head & Associate/Principal Librarian Responsibilities & Duties

Department Heads provide high-quality, innovative, and user-oriented services to a diverse body of students and faculty through carrying out the following duties and responsibilities:

  • Responsibility for all departmental activities including setting operational goals and evaluating department operations;
  • Collaboratively, with fellow department heads and assistant/associate deans, preparing a long-range vision for the department in support of the University Libraries’ and university’s strategic directions;
  • Providing leadership in developing an effective, collaborative, positive department environment, including selecting, supervising, mentoring, and evaluating staff;
  • Managing change, problem solving, innovating, communicating effectively within and across departments;
  • Maintaining and enhancing professional skills through professional development and pursuing a career path that contributes to academic librarianship through service and scholarship;
  • Cultivating partnerships, promoting the university’s and Libraries’ commitment to diversity, collaborating with faculty and peers, fostering positive relations with faculty, students and staff, and representing the University Libraries to the university community;
  • Staying current on emerging trends and issues while collaborating regularly with leaders within the division to collectively recommend, plan and execute action plans and strategies.

Flexibility and adaptability are key to working in our evolving, fast-paced environment. Both positions report to an Assistant Dean.

Required and Desired Qualifications

Require: Masters’ degree or higher in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution or non-U.S. equivalent; at least 5 years of experience working in an academic, research or special library; familiarity with current and emerging technologies; excellent oral and written communication skills; demonstrated organizational, analytical, and critical thinking skills; demonstrated initiative, the ability to manage multiple projects and a commitment to professional development; demonstrated evidence of strong leadership, management and mentoring skills; demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with other library units; demonstrated commitment to quality customer service; a record of scholarship and professional achievement appropriate for appointment at the rank of Associate or Principal Librarian with continuing contract.

Desire: At least 5 years of experience working in an academic library; at least 3 years of experience supervising librarians; experience working with faculty; experience with grant writing; experience working with diverse groups to reach common goals; experience with systematic reviews and data management; experience assessing services for effectiveness; demonstrated service orientation and the essential ability to build and sustain relationships; demonstrated interest, experience or ability to build inclusiveness.


Submit cover, resume and list of three references to:

Create & Innovate;

Access & Borrow

Inquiries can be directed to Donna Richardson at Review of applications begins on August 15, 2017 and continues until the positions are filled.  

The University is committed to equal opportunity, affirmative action, and eliminating discrimination and harassment. Miami University does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, military status, national origin, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or protected veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, programs or employment practices. Requests for all reasonable accommodations for disabilities related to employment should be directed to or 513-529-3560.

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