University Librarian

Job description

Florida’s only public university exclusively teaching science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) is looking for exceptional candidates to serve as the University Librarian.

Florida Polytechnic University opened its doors in 2014 to educate the next generation of high-tech business leaders in the STEM fields. The University emphasizes project-based learning and grounds its classes in real-world application. It was granted regional accreditation in 2017 by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Florida Poly’s innovative approach to higher education allows students to learn strong fundamentals within a traditional university department structure, while giving them opportunities to apply their learning through research and projects in emerging high-tech concentrations like Cyber Security, Big Data Analytics, Machine Intelligence and more.

Lakeland, home to Florida Polytechnic University’s modern campus, is located along the I-4 High Tech Corridor halfway between Tampa and Orlando. Our central Florida community combines small-town comfort with big-city culture. Florida’s High Tech Corridor is home to 11,000 high-tech businesses, and Polk County alone has more than 600,000 residents, four universities and one state college. Lakeland is just a 45-minute drive from Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, professional sports teams, and thriving performing arts centers.

The University Librarian is responsible for the operations and implementation of Florida Polytechnic University digital collections and on-campus library services as well as academically-focused programming.  This position also manages the FIPRI (Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute) library.

 Job Description    


·         Establish forward thinking long-term goals, policies, and procedures for the library in accordance with the institution's mission and goals;

·         Establish combined vision for the Florida Poly digital library and Florida Industrial and Phosphate Research Institute (FIPRI);

·         Work closely with Florida Academic Library Services Cooperative (FALSC) to best utilize the resources and partnerships available through FALSC;

·         Collaborate with faculty, staff and students to assess, create, oversee and leverage innovative collections;

·         Collaborate with faculty and staff to support research initiatives at Florida Polytechnic University;

·         Deliver information services through reference, bibliographic instruction, searching of electronic resources, and through the creation of research and collection guides;

·         Maintain vendor relationships, participate in consortia for resource sharing and develop/utilize new models to obtain resources;

·         Prepare and recommend annual budget; monitor budget expenditures; solicit alternative funding sources; assist with grant preparation and writing;

·         Prepare regular reports;

·         Collect and analyze research data relevant to the campus community;

·         Manage textbook initiatives including open educational resources;

·         Lead and actively participate in professional organizations that directly impact the library’s evolution and the professional development of the staff;

·         Serve as campus contact for copyright and Intellectual Property queries, raise awareness of copyright issues in classrooms and with materials, facilitate the negotiation of intellectual rights management and obtaining of permissions;

·         Other duties as assigned.



·         Experience in developing new services in an academic setting.

·         The ability to manage projects and people in an environment of continuous change and improvement.

·         A clear vision of how information services can contribute to a learning community.

·         A proven, strong service orientation.

·         An understanding of trends in information and educational technology.

·         The ability to oversee, develop and deliver instructional services.

·         Dependability, creativity, good judgment, professionalism, and dedication to sound principles of student development are paramount among necessary characteristics for this position.

·         Disposition and proven work ethic to handle busy work cycles that include evenings and weekends.



·         ALA Accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science and additional Master’s or doctorate.

·         A record of scholarly achievement and productivity.

·         Five years of academic library administrative experience at the level of assistant director, director, or dean, including supervisory experience, long-range planning, budgeting, evaluation and assessment.

·         Knowledge of library technologies and trends. Library management knowledge. Knowledge of higher education technology trends. Ability to manage and lead collegially.

·         Demonstrated ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff of diverse backgrounds including sensitivity to their needs and concerns.



  • Must possess a valid driver’s license.
  • This position requires a criminal background check.
  • This position is subject to federal and state privacy regulations.


NORMAL WORK SCHEDULE:  This position is salary exempt.  The normal work schedule is Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., however, occasional overtime (weekends and evenings) may be required.

TARGET HIRING SALARY:  $73,510 - $76,420, commensurate with experience.

APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE:  The position is open until filled.

APPLICATION PROCESS: All Applicants are required to submit the following in PDF format:

  • Cover letter and Curriculum Vitae
  • List of at least 3 professional references (names and contact information)




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Posted: 10/11/2018
Application Due: 12/10/2018
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