Dean of the Library

Buies Creek, North Carolina
Dec 21, 2017
Executive Administration Jobs
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Dean of the Library


At Campbell University in North Carolina


Campbell University, a leading private university in North Carolina, seeks a visionary, collaborative leader to serve as the Dean of the Library on its historic campus, located in Buies Creek, 30 miles outside of Raleigh. Applications and nominations are now being accepted.


Complete information is available in the Search Profile –


The Opportunity

Celebrating its 130th year, Campbell University is a private university of the liberal arts, sciences, and professions that embraces its Christian heritage, yet sees no conflict between a life of faith and a life of inquiry. Located in the Research Triangle region of North Carolina, the university enrolls more than 6,800 students across five campuses throughout the state and online. More than 100 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degree programs are offered within the university’s eight schools.


In recent years, Campbell has experienced unprecedented growth. By leveraging the success of its law and pharmacy schools, the university has addressed the shortage of professionals in other critical fields, such as health and medicine. Campbell opened the Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine in 2013 and recently added graduate degree programs in physical therapy, physician assistant, public health, and undergraduate degrees in nursing and engineering.


Fueled by a higher calling, Campbell provides a transformational learning experience that prepares students for servant leadership and equips them with skills and habits to make a difference in the lives of others.


The Dean of the Library provides innovative leadership for library services, programs, and resource management in support of student learning, academic programs, and faculty teaching and research.  Reporting to the Assistant Provost for Administration, the Dean oversees the operation of the university library, which includes the Curriculum Materials/Media Center, and coordinates with the Dean of the School of Osteopathic Medicine in overseeing the operation of the Medical Library. 


The Dean leads a team of twelve full-time professional librarians and eight full-time staff with the assistance of an Associate Dean and three department head librarians.


The Dean will be expected to perform the following specific roles:

  • Provide leadership in the development and fulfillment of the library’s vision that supports and extends that of the university.
  • Provide leadership to library faculty and staff for the achievement of strategic goals and initiatives.
  • Promote and advocate for library programs that advance student learning and facilitate faculty and student research and scholarly activities.
  • Lead the continuing effort to create a student-centered environment that encourages academic excellence and collaboration.
  • Work productively with all library constituencies to improve library services and facilities, enhance the quality of resources, and increase operational efficiency.
  • Serve as the library’s representative to the university and external communities.
  • Oversee the library’s assessment efforts to enable data-informed decision making.
  • Provide leadership in the recruitment, mentoring, and retention of a strong, service-oriented library faculty and staff.
  • Plan and manage effectively the financial resources of the library, identify and cultivate external funding sources, and advocate for library needs.
  • Serve on university committees.
  • Perform other duties assigned by the Office of the Provost.



The Dean must hold a master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program. A doctoral or second master’s degree is desirable.


A record of success in increasingly responsible positions as a library administrator, with at least five years of upper-level leadership and supervisory experience in an academic library setting, is required.


The candidate will have the following qualifications:

  • Extensive experience in long-range planning, budgeting, evaluation, and assessment of library services
  • Active participation in state, regional, and/or national library and professional organizations
  • Distinguished record of librarianship, scholarship/creative activity, and service



  • Proven ability to work collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, and administrators
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal skills: working collegially, excelling in oral and written communication skills, inspiring confidence and trust, and maintaining a positive and empowering work culture
  • Ability to organize, direct, prioritize, and delegate work appropriately
  • Significant understanding of regional and programmatic accreditation requirements
  • Awareness of trends and practices in teaching and scholarly research
  • Knowledge and understanding of current issues and trends in academic librarianship and higher education


Wiggins Memorial Library

The Wiggins Memorial Library serves as the main library of the university.  It supports students and faculty in all disciplines across campus. Resources range from books and periodicals to online resources and media and technology materials.


The library moved into its current location in 2010 and was named Wiggins Memorial Library in memory of Dr. Norman Adrian Wiggins, the president of Campbell from 1967-2003, and in honor of his wife, Dr. Mildred Harmon Wiggins. The library reflects the Wiggins’ passion and vision for education, providing a dynamic learning environment for students and serving as the center of the university’s intellectual life.


The Wiggins Memorial Library collection currently holds:

  • more than 580,000 print and e-book volumes
  • more than 120,000 print and electronic serial subscriptions
  • more than 178,000 microforms
  • more than 160,000 media materials


The building provides spaces for individual and collaborative study, and experienced librarians are available to assist students in their utilization of information.


Campbell has two additional libraries. The Norman A. Wiggins School of Law Library is open for research purposes to all students of the University, but all materials must be used on site. The library is located at the School of Law in Raleigh, N.C.  The Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine Library is located in Leon Levine Hall of Medical Sciences in Lillington, N.C.


Buies Creek/Raleigh, N.C.

Buies Creek, N.C., has a population of nearly 3,000 residents. The community is just 30 miles south of Raleigh.


The capital and second largest city of North Carolina, Raleigh is a diverse, urban community.  It is located within easy reach of the Atlantic coastline and the Blue Ridge Mountains.


The Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill has been recognized repeatedly for the opportunities it provides to students and young professionals. The well-known Research Triangle Park is an international center of medical care and research with one of the nation’s highest concentrations of physicians and health care professionals.


Applications & Nominations

Confidential inquiries are welcomed; nominations are invited.

  1. Application packet must include: a) Letter of interest, b) Current resume/curriculum vitae, and c) At least three references with full contact and e-mail information (References will not be contacted without applicant’s consent.).
  2. Submit application packet to [email protected]  


Submit nominations to [email protected] with contact and e-mail information on the individual being nominated.


For best consideration, submit applications by February 19, 2018.


Emily Parker Myers, CEO of Myers McRae Executive Search and Consulting, is assisting Campbell University with this search.


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Campbell University is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We maintain a continuing policy of nondiscrimination in employment. It is our policy to provide equal opportunity in all phases of the employment process and in compliance with applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Accordingly, the University is committed to administering all educational and employment activities without discrimination as to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, ethnicity or national origin, religion, disability, genetic information, protected veteran status and any other characteristic protected by law, except where appropriate and authorized by law. This policy of nondiscrimination shall include, but not be limited to, the following employment decisions and practices: hiring; upgrading; promotions; demotions or transfers; layoffs; recalls; terminations; rates of pay or other forms of compensation; selection for training, including apprenticeship; and recruitment or recruitment advertising.


Employees and applicants of Campbell University will not be subjected to any form of harassment or discrimination for exercising rights protected by, or because of their participation in, an investigation or compliance review related to Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, Executive Order 11246, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974, the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998, or any other federal or state nondiscrimination law, rule, or regulation.


Campbell University also maintains affirmative action programs to implement our equal employment opportunity policy. Employees or applicants who wish to review appropriate portions of these affirmative action programs may schedule an appointment to do so by contacting the Vice President for Business and Treasurer at the Buies Creek campus, during normal business hours.

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