Director of the Wolfgram Memorial Library
Widener University seeks a Director of the Wolfgram Memorial Library to serve as a creative and energetic leader of the Library as well as a passionate champion of its staff and resources. With an updated reporting line to the inaugural Vice President for Library and Information Services, the Director is strategically placed to build upon the increased visibility of the Library on campus. Widener seeks a collaborative, imaginative, and thoughtful leader, who will craft and implement a strategic plan that secures the Library’s position as the central hub for learning and collaboration at the University. Supported by a knowledgeable and dedicated team of six faculty librarians and 15 staff, the Director will serve on the Vice President’s leadership team as well as the Provost’s Council, working closely with the deans of Widener’s seven schools to advance the University’s academic mission. The Director will continue to inspire colleagues both within the Library and across campus to partner with each other in new and engaging ways to best serve the needs of Widener’s diverse faculty, students, staff, and community members.
Since its founding in 1821, Widener University has undergone multiple transformations to become a selective, nationally ranked, doctoral university. Today, Widener offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs, as well as certificate programs, to 3,591 undergraduates and 2,811 graduate students across three campuses and online. Widener’s distinctive collection of programs reflects its foundational belief that the liberal arts and sciences and professional/pre-professional programs are mutually reinforcing.
The Wolfgram Memorial Library is a busy hub of academic and social life for Widener students, in part because of the service orientation of its faculty and staff who are dedicated to supporting the teaching and learning of a diverse community of users, both on campus and off. The Library houses both the University Archives and the Sexuality Archives and supports the academic programs of Widener University with a collection of 241,000 volumes, 2,256 current periodical subscriptions, 167,963 microforms, access to over 80 online resources, and a diverse collection of audiovisual and multimedia materials. Library faculty and staff employ both traditional and innovative modalities to serve Widener’s population and produce both traditional educational programming like APA citation style and subject-specific research workshops as well as fun events such as “Hot Pepper Shakespeare” and “Sex in the Library Week.”
The ideal candidate will hold an MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited institution and have significant experience in an academic library, but Widener is committed to diversity in all of its forms and also welcomes interest from candidates with other backgrounds and experiences who bring equivalent skills and insights.
For best consideration, nominations, applications, and queries should be sent in confidence to:
Sue May, Partner
Alyssa Perez, Associate
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP
Widener University is an equal opportunity employer, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment practices on any basis including sex, race, national origin or ethnicity, religion, disability, status as a veteran of the Vietnam era or other covered veteran, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status or other protected status covered by federal, state or local law.