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The A.J. McFadden Dean of The Claremont Colleges Library

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The Claremont Colleges invite nominations, expressions of interest, and applications for the position of the A.J. McFadden Dean of The Claremont Colleges Library. The Dean will provide innovative leadership and a forward-thinking approach for positioning the Library to respond successfully to the challenges and opportunities impacting The Claremont Colleges.

The Claremont Colleges

The Claremont Colleges is a consortium of five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions, and The Claremont Colleges Services (which provides shared institutional support). The undergraduate colleges include Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, Pomona College, and Scripps College. The graduate institutions include Claremont Graduate University and Keck Graduate Institute. Each academic institution has its own campus, students, faculty, administration, and distinctive mission. Undergraduate students can register for courses throughout the consortium, with more than 2,000 courses offered each year. Six of the seven campuses are contiguous, with the seventh being only a short distance from the others. The seven institutions feature rigorous curricula, small classes, distinguished professors, and personalized instruction; the residential college community provides intensive interaction between students and faculty. With 7,700 students and 3,600 faculty and staff located on more than 560 acres of land, the consortium supports a wide variety of intellectual, cultural, and social activities. For more information about The Claremont Colleges, please visit http://www.claremont.edu/.

The Claremont Colleges Library

The Claremont Colleges Library supports the seven Claremont Colleges and is organized into five divisions plus the Dean’s Office. These divisions, each led by a Director, include: Digital Technologies and Scholarship; Research, Teaching, and Learning Services; Scholarly Information Resources; Special Collections and Libraries; and User Services and Resource Sharing. A sixth Director, who is part of the Dean’s Office, is responsible for Organizational Planning and Assessment. The Directors work collaboratively with the Dean to plan for and deliver library services to the community.

Collections, services, and staff are housed in the Honnold/Mudd Library, which is centrally located within The Claremont Colleges. (The Library contracts with an off-site book storage facility for low-use materials.) The Library houses three consortial initiatives: the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Consortial Academic Collaboration, and EnviroLab Asia. Digital Humanities at The Claremont Colleges, a grant-funded project, is also located in the Library. The Library is a member of several organizations that help expand access to resources for the community. These include the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium, the Center for Research Libraries, the Greater Western Library Alliance, the Coalition for Networked Information, SPARC, and the Oberlin Group. Librarians and staff are active professionally and contribute to the profession through committee service, publications, and other activities. Because The Claremont Colleges Library serves seven distinct institutions, librarians and staff are also active in single-campus initiatives and intercollegiate committees and programs. The Claremont Colleges maintain several smaller libraries, such as the Denison Library at Scripps College, that are funded and administered separately from the Claremont Colleges Library, but that collaborate and partner with the Library. For more information about The Claremont Colleges Library, please visit https://library.claremont.edu/.

Position Summary

The Dean of The Claremont Colleges Library serves as leader and an engaged advocate committed to supporting the material and programmatic needs of the Library’s many stakeholders. The Dean is responsible for all areas of library administration, including managing the resources necessary to achieve the Library’s mission and goals, policy and program development, strategic and long-range planning, fiscal management, personnel supervision, integration of emerging technologies, and the development of collaborative relationships.

Governance of the Library is established in the “Agreement Regarding the Claremont Colleges Library,” which designates a “lead college” for the Library.  The lead college is currently Pomona, but over time that responsibility may rotate to another consortial institution.  Under this agreement, the Dean has a dual-reporting structure: to the chief academic officer of the lead college, who advises on and oversees strategy; and to the CEO of The Claremont Colleges Services, who oversees operational issues. In addition to the formal reporting structure, the Dean maintains close working relationships with the chief academic officer of each of the colleges and with the senior leadership of The Claremont Colleges Services.  The Dean also builds relationships with the senior leadership teams at the colleges, as well as with faculty, staff, and students.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate will:

  • have an MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution;
  • possess substantial leadership experience, including the management of professional librarians and staff in an academic library;
  • be committed to building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive workforce;
  • demonstrate effective budget management skills and experience;
  • have the ability to develop with consortial colleagues a distinct and compelling case for supporting the Library, both from within The Claremont Colleges and through external grant funding and gifts-in-kind;
  • be a strong, effective, and collaborative communicator who supports a thriving and diverse scholarly community;
  • exhibit experience with effective assessment for continuous improvement;
  • be highly conversant in current trends in scholarly communication, open access, and research support;
  • have a record of successfully implementing strategic programs to achieve institutional planning goals;
  • possess a strong understanding of the Library’s role as an educational partner within the consortium.

To review the full position profile and list of qualifications, please visit https://www.storbeckpimentel.com/pd/TCCL/Dean.pdf.

Application and Nomination Process

The Search Committee will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue to accept applications and nominations until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae and a letter of interest describing relevant experience. Submission of materials via e-mail is strongly encouraged. Nomination letters should include the name, position, address and telephone number of the nominee. All nominations and applications will be handled in confidence.

Applications and letters of nomination should be submitted to:

Alberto Pimentel, Managing Partner

Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates

6512 Painter Avenue

Whittier, CA  90601

Email: [email protected]

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Posted: 2/11/2019
Application Due: 4/12/2019
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