Staff - Dean of Library and Learning Support Services

Pecan Campus
Oct 09, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution


The Dean of Library and Learning Support Services is responsible for the administration and operation of libraries, Centers for Learning Excellence, open computer labs, and educational technologies at all South Texas College campuses and service locations. Provides leadership in guiding the library staff as it responds to the evolving higher education environment of teaching, learning and scholarship. Collaborates with various campus constituent groups to recommend and foster the development of the library and other learning support services as a Learning Commons that blends existing library resources with emerging technologies and learning support services to serve as a central hub in support of student learning and student success. Collaborates with campus and academic leaders to foster information literacy and independent learning as key components of student learning. Ensures that libraries, tutoring and other learning support, open computer labs, classroom technology, and special event technology support operate efficiently and meet the needs of students, faculty, staff, and community members. Communicates with other college leaders to improve integration of services to better support student achievement and completion. Supervises all library, learning support, and educational technologies administrative staff.


Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

1.  Provides progressive, team-oriented leadership.

2.  Provides an environment that fosters personal and professional employee development.

3.  Promotes the delivery of quality library and learning support services in a positive, student-focused and learning-centered environment.

4.  Administers all aspects of library and learning support services for the multi-campus district.

5.  Ensures that libraries and Centers for Learning Excellence serve as user-friendly, multimedia learning centers.

6.  Oversees the accreditation process specific to the areas of library and learning support services.

7.  Continually reviews emerging trends in libraries and learning support and recommends appropriate initiatives.

8.  Actively consults with faculty, students, and staff in acquiring library and learning resources and developing learning support programs to serve their educational needs.

9.  Collaborates with academic leaders in integrating information literacy into and across the curriculum in support of the teaching and learning goals and objectives of the college.

10.  Maintains awareness of developments in information technology and instructional media and their relationship to learning support.

11.  Participates in a variety of campus, regional and statewide committees and organizations to represent institutional learning support issues, ideas, and concerns as appropriate.

12.  Participates in district-wide planning activities.

13.  Collaborates with other college administrators to provide robust online library, tutoring, and other learning support services.

14.  Provides leadership in planning and data collection and analysis to support the development and operation of library, learning support, and educational technologies.

15.  Develops and provides appropriate training in conjunction with other departments.

16.  Oversees the development of library, Centers for Learning Excellence, Learning Commons and Open Labs, and Educational Technologies budgets and staffing plans in consultation with the Vice President and departmental directors.

17.  Develops, reviews, recommends, approves, and implements library, learning support, and educational technologies procedures and guidelines.

18.  Represents library, learning support, and educational technologies with various constituent groups, seeks feedback, and communicates about library services, learning support and educational technologies.

19.  Participates in college and division leadership committees and councils.

20.  Supervises all library, learning support, and educational technologies administrative staff.

21.  Serves as Campus Security Authority.

22.  Performs other duties as assigned.


Required Education and Experience:

1.  American Library Association accredited Master’s Degree in Library Science and/or Information Science required; Doctorate Degree preferred.

2.  At least seven (7) years of experience leading library services required.

3.  Experience in a higher education setting, preferred.

4.  Relevant supervisory experience in a related work environment required.


Checks, Certificates, Licenses, and Registrations:

1.  All applicants are subject to a national criminal background check under South Texas College policy.

2.  Security Sensitive position: In addition, subject to federal background check.

3.  Must have valid Texas driver’s license and proof of liability insurance.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

1.  Excellent oral, written, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills.

2.  Strong computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook) and internet research skills.

3.  Knowledge of online library services and systems.

4.  Demonstrated excellence in supervision and interpersonal relations.

5.  Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects that requires demonstrated leadership ability.

6.  Ability to analyze situations quickly and objectively and to determine proper course of action.

7.  Team player with the ability to collaborate with all college departments, functions, and other support services.

8.  Ability to adapt to constant change and periods of fast-paced, high-intensity work situations.

9.  Ability to work evenings and/or weekends as needed; wiling to travel throughout the college district using own means of reliable transportation.

10.  Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with a diverse, multi-cultural college population.

11.  Demonstrated commitment to achieving the vision and mission of South Texas College.

12.  Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents.

13.  Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.

14.  Ability to effectively present information and respond to executive management, faculty, staff, students, public groups, patrons, and/or Board of Trustees.

15.  Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

16.  Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


Physical Requirements:

1.  Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force to move objects.

2.  Perceiving the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction.

3.  Ability to receive detailed information through oral communication, and to make the discrimination in sound.

4.  Ability to make rational decisions through sound logic and deductive processes.

5.  Applying pressure to an object with the fingers and palm.

6.  Picking, pinching, typing, or otherwise working, primarily with fingers rather than with the whole hand as in handling.

7.  Expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word including the ability to convey detailed or important spoken instructions to other workers accurately and concisely.

8.  Standing particularly for sustained periods of time.

9.  Close visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; and/or extensive reading.

10.  Mobility to accomplish tasks, particularly for long distances or moving from one work site to another.


Working Environment:

The above job description is not intended as, nor should it be construed as, exhaustive of all responsibilities, skills, efforts, or working conditions associated with this job.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job.


Equal Employment Opportunity:

South Texas College is an equal education and equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. As an equal education institution and equal opportunity employer, the College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. Discrimination is prohibited and the College will comply with all applicable College policies, and state and federal legislation. This policy extends to individuals seeking employment with and admission to the College.

Title IX Statement:

Title IX of the Education Amendments 1972 (20 U.S.C. s1681 et seq.) and its implementing regulations, 34 C.F.R. Part 106 (Title IX), “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”