University Librarian (A17)

USA, California, Azusa
Jan 17, 2018
Azusa Pacific
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Azusa Pacific University is a comprehensive, evangelical, Christian university located 26 miles northeast of Los Angeles, California. A leader in the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities, APU is committed to excellence in higher education. Offering over 80 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs on campus, online, and at seven regional centers across Southern California, APU has been recognized as one of U.S.News & World Report's Best Colleges for seven years running.

Position Title: University Librarian

Position Tracking Number: A17

School/College: Vice Provost for Graduate Programs and Research

Department: University Libraries

Location: Azusa Campus


Azusa Pacific University, one of the nation's leading Christian universities, seeks a visionary and dynamic leader to serve as University Librarian. APU invites applications from candidates who have a comprehensive resume of success in library administration, and who demonstrate exceptional skills and experience that will enable them to provide strong leadership to a research, teaching, and outreach enterprise across multiple campuses. For the past decade, the University has been on a remarkable journey of expansion and growth as a Christian private university. By every measure from student diversity to research grants, APU has enhanced its standing. As the lead administrator of the University libraries, the University librarian will set the standard of intellectual engagement and accomplishment for the University's libraries, archives, and special collections.

Working with talented and accomplished faculty and staff, the University Librarian will provide vision, strategic direction, and operational leadership to meet the University's educational Christian mission and ambitious goals for growth. The University Librarian will create an environment that ensures the highest quality and effectiveness in service. Supporting the University's research mission, the University Librarian will help advance the scholarly activities of the faculty, including supporting interdisciplinary opportunities. He or she will also assure that the libraries play a strong role in supporting faith integration. The University Librarian will be the public voice of the libraries, promoting initiatives within Azusa Pacific University, in the City of Azusa, and across the state and region. Reporting to the Vice Provost for Graduate Programs and Research, this person will work collaboratively with senior administrators and academic leaders across the University.

The successful candidate will be a nationally recognized, entrepreneurial, Christian scholar with demonstrated success as a leader committed to the search for knowledge, a deep understanding of the needs of a research university, strong experience as a seasoned administrator, and the ability to imagine new possibilities for APU's libraries, archives, and special collections.

Education and Experience:

Requires a Master's degree in Library Information Sciences or equivalent from an ALA accredited institution and a second master's degree or a doctorate degree. Candidates should also have at least five full-time years of post-secondary leadership experience or equivalent in academic librarianship.

Workload: Full-time, 12-month administrative position with a concurrent appointment as a faculty member.

Hire Date: July 1, 2018

Mental Demands:

  • Ability to integrate Christian values in all aspects.
  • Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.
  • Ability to collaborate with other faculty and staff and maintain collegial relations.
  • Self-starter, ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.

Additional Information:

Candidates must align with Azusa Pacific University's Christian identity. Faculty members are expected to sign a Statement of Faith (available at http://www.apu/about/believe), to adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook, and to integrate the Christian faith in teaching and scholarship.

Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

Application Procedure:

To review the complete job description and to apply, visit Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled.