Associate Dean of Libraries for Content Services and Strategies

Nov 08, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Description: Loyola University Chicago (Loyola) seeks nominations and applications to identify innovative, flexible, and forward-thinking candidates for the position of Associate Dean of Libraries for Content Services and Strategies. This position will provide leadership within the library, work collaboratively across campus, and engage with the local community and national and international partners to develop and manage the libraries' collections of scholarly information resources in support of Loyola's teaching, learning, research, and service missions. Environment Founded in 1870, Loyola is one of the nation's largest Jesuit, Catholic universities. Loyola is a private, not-for-profit institution consisting of eleven schools and colleges with four locations in Chicagoland and a campus in Rome, Italy, providing educational services to approximately 16,000 students in undergraduate degree, graduate, and professional degree programs. The University enjoys robust enrollments, an outstanding reputation for the quality of its teaching, and an increasing level of excellence in research. In 2011, it successfully completed and surpassed a $500 million comprehensive campaign goal. Recognizing Loyola's excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has consistently ranked Loyola among the "top national universities" in its annual publications. Like the University itself, Loyola's libraries are in a growth mode with new facilities and initiatives, such as the eCommons, Loyola's institutional repository. With the opening of the $32 million Information Commons on the Lakeshore Campus in 2008, Loyola has one of the finest and most advanced academic library facilities in the Midwest. In addition to the Information Commons, the University Libraries includes Cudahy Library and an offsite storage facility at the main campus in Rogers Park, the Lewis Library at the Water Tower Campus in downtown Chicago, and a library at the John Felice Rome Center. The University Libraries has an annual materials budget exceeding $6 million. Collections include more than two million volumes, 430 databases, 60,000 journals, and a variety of physical and streaming media resources. The Libraries has an active Friends group and sponsors frequent cultural programs for the Loyola community and its neighbors. For additional information, please visit Responsibilities Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the incumbent will work closely with library subject specialists to envision and build robust and responsive collections that contribute to student success and faculty productivity. S/he will provide leadership for and direction to library departments, committees, and groups engaged in content acquisition, licensing and renewal, metadata creation and management, resource access maintenance, and materials processing and preservation. Additional leadership opportunities may be available, depending on interest, aptitude, and experience. As a member of the libraries administrative team, the associate dean will work to effect a user-focused agenda in support of teaching, learning, and research; ensure organizational efficiency and effectiveness; share responsibility for policy formulation, resource allocation, and organizational development; contribute to shaping strategic initiatives; and play a key role in establishing priorities, assessing outcomes, and accomplishing the vision for the Libraries' future, in alignment with the University's strategic plan. In concert with Loyola's Jesuit values, the associate dean will consistently promote teamwork, respect, diversity, and inclusiveness.

Qualifications: * Master's degree or above from an ALA-accredited library and information science program or in a relevant discipline or professional area * Solid understanding of current issues and emerging trends in higher education and academic libraries, including in collections strategies * Clearly articulated commitment to the library as a holistic, user-focused organization, unifying programs, collections, and space as essential components of service * Demonstrated successful, progressively responsible professional experience in an academic library or research environment, with evidence of effectively working both solo and as part of a team and setting priorities * A minimum of 10 years at the level of middle manager or above, in units responsible for developing, managing, and/or mediating the use of library collections in all formats, with significant experience supervising staff, delegating responsibility, and mentoring * Experience managing collections budgets and assessing fund allocations * Familiarity with resource sharing through consortial and multi-institutional programs * Strong leadership skills, including a commitment to equity, shared responsibility, and accountability * Robust interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to serve as a spokesperson, representative, and advocate for the Libraries * Experience with strategic planning * Demonstrated willingness and ability to lead and participate in organizational change, innovation, and healthy risk taking * Consistent record of professional contributions in the areas of scholarship and service * Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusiveness * Resonance with the Jesuit, Catholic dimension of the institution Preferred qualifications * Additional advanced degree * Working knowledge of Alma/Primo * Experience with project management * Familiarity with process improvement techniques * Involvement with library advisory boards * Experience with outreach, promotion, and marketing

Job Category: University Faculty

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