Director of Hatch Library

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Company Description:

When Bay Path opened its doors to students in downtown Springfield, MA in 1897, it had a very clear goal: to provide a practical, affordable, and career-oriented education to meet the needs of companies, organizations, and communities. From the beginning, Bay Path prided itself on being entrepreneurial, constantly pushing the boundaries of the academic experience to fit the student. To start them on the road of success. We still do.

Today, that spirit and philosophy is more important than ever in higher education. At Bay Path, it's not just the number and breadth of undergraduate and graduate programs that defines us-and we have many-but it is our ability to connect the classroom to learning to leadership to experience to career that is at the core of what we do best. We know the work that needs to be done.

Bay Path University, an independent and not-for-profit institution, was named Among Fastest Growing Baccalaureate Colleges by the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac, and is a member of the Women's College Coalition. With a main campus in Longmeadow, MA and four satellite locations, (East Longmeadow, Sturbridge, Concord, Springfield), Bay Path offers undergraduate, graduate (for women and men) degrees, and professional certificates.

We're committed to preparing our students to navigate a constantly changing world. Whether it is one of our innovative academic programs, groundbreaking online learning platform, or through our Women as Empowered Learners and Leaders initiative, we educate our students in ways that will help them to grow, learn to adapt, and always to flourish. Be part of the change.

We invite you to visit our website at where you can learn more about Bay Path University.

Job Description:

Bay Path University seeks a new Director of Hatch Library beginning July 2018.  The Hatch Library serves all members of the University community, supports all disciplines and plays a key role in student success. The Director will have significant experience with new and emerging technologies in library spaces and will be able to lead the way in envisioning the role of the library in this new era.  The Director must be able to articulate the role of the library as a part of the entire University information infrastructure, and effectively and proactively manage the Library staff.  The Director is responsible for all aspects of library supervision, administration, leadership, and management that promotes student, faculty, and staff support.

The Director provides leadership to motivate staff to perform at their highest level and develops a teamwork environment within the library and beyond. The director is expected to evaluate program offerings and staff performance; providing leadership to enhance both. The successful candidate must have a broad understanding of operations and concepts in public and technical services, must demonstrate strong managerial, organizational, and planning skills including budgetary skills, effective working relationships with library users, evaluate and manage the staff, and the ability to lead the library to adapt to new and emerging technology. This position is also responsible for oversight of Library staff at other campus locations. 

Specific Responsibilities

  • Provide strategic vision and leadership for Hatch Library in collaboration with Division/University leadership as well as administrators, faculty, staff, and students serving as an advocate for Hatch Library.
  • Advance the University's commitment to new modes of learning including the University's initiative of Open Educational Resources (OER).
  • Collaborate with the University's Center for Online & Digital Learning and with Information Technology Services on the integration of appropriate and emerging technologies and provision of electronic resources to the University community.
  • Oversee the coordination of Hatch Library Services with information services for distance students and faculty at other University campuses.
  • Develop and oversee digital library initiatives while supporting and promoting innovative library information technologies.
  • Facilitate the continuing transformation of the Library into part of a wider "learning commons" partnership that integrates diverse resources, seeks new opportunities, collaborates with the University community and supports a vibrant research and learning environment.
  • Plan, develop, and implement services to meet the University's evolving instructional delivery formats, and locations for all programs.
  • Develop, review, approve and monitor expenditures and recommend budgets.
  • Develop and manage the collections to support instruction associated with all segments of the University and perform other collection development and acquisitions-related activities.
  • Develop and oversee the management of online and digital library resources available to the University community, as well as the Hatch Library website.
  • Select information resources in all formats for all campuses of the University and perform other collection development and acquisitions-related activities.
  • Provide strong leadership and manage Hatch Library personnel activities, including hiring, training, evaluating and ensuring the professional development of library staff at all University locations.
  • Participate with faculty on curriculum, instructional strategies, new technologies, distance learning and online support services, assessment, and policy making.
  • Develop and evaluate the library's vision, mission, goals, and objectives to ensure that resources and services meet the changing needs of students, faculty, and curriculum.
  • Collaborate with campus groups to enhance the library's role in promoting information literacy and active learning and teaching.
  • Assess the effectiveness of the library as an administrative department (institutional effectiveness) and collaborate with faculty to ensure assessment of learning outcomes in information literacy and related areas of the curriculum.
  • Experience with delivering effective reference and instruction services to a wide-range of learners.
  • Represent the Library and University with Cooperating Colleges of Greater Springfield in various resource sharing and cooperative efforts.
  • Attend trainings as required.
  • Maintain active involvement with the University community via committee and task force membership as well as membership and participation in external professional organizations.


  • MLS degree from an ALA accredited program with a minimum of five years related work experience and managerial experience in an academic library setting. 
  • Demonstrated record of progressively responsible library and supervisory experience in an academic setting, preferably in an institution offering graduate degree programs.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead strategic planning to address 21st century challenges.
  • Experience in collection development of print and electronic information resources along with knowledge of advanced information systems.
  • Personnel management experience and strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability in problem solving and conflict resolution.
  • Demonstrated record of fiscal responsibility in managing a complex budget.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of academic librarianship, emerging technologies, innovative library services, information management and web technology.
  • Teaching experience at the graduate or undergraduate levels.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and assignments with high quality and minimal errors.
  • Demonstrated service oriented attitude.
  • Ability to perform work with frequent deadlines and extreme amount of external pressure to complete assignments.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, subordinates and students.
  • Ability to perform work independently, use of good judgment in decision making, maintain confidentiality.
  • Willingness to work flexible and extended schedule including weekends and evenings when necessary.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • A strong commitment to a culture of diversity, respect and inclusion; demonstrated ability to build working relationships with people having a wide variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences different from ones' own.
  • General knowledge of the University's mission, purpose and goals and the role this position plays in achieving those goals.

Additional Information:

Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion
Bay Path University is a diverse community devoted to proactively nurturing a campus-wide culture that promotes and ensures respect, inclusion and safety for all members regardless of race, color, national origin, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity, socio-economic background, or physical ability. We are one University that opens our hearts and minds to conversations, to learning and to creating a community that is welcoming of all. Regardless of position, it is expected that each employee will embrace this commitment and demonstrate an attitude of respect toward and acceptance of all members of our community.

Application Instructions:

Applicants for this position should attach a cover letter resume / curriculum vitae, the contact information for four (4) professional, work related references and any other relevant information pertaining to this position and your candidacy.  Please apply online.  Faxes and emails will not be accepted. 

Bay Path University is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and learning in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, women and all underrepresented backgrounds.  An Equal Opportunity Employer, Bay Path University is committed to fostering diversity in its student body, faculty, and staff. 

Bay Path University will become a smoke- and tobacco-free community as of July 1, 2018. 




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Posted: 1/31/2018
Application Due: 12/28/2018
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