Director of Library Services

Mason City, Iowa
Oct 18, 2019
Executive Administration Jobs
C-Level & Executive Directors
Institution Type
Community College

Basic Function:The Director of Library Services works collaboratively with faculty and others to develop, support, and assess library services and programs that foster and optimize student success. Contributes to the growth of the institution, supports the mission, vision, and strategic plan of the College, facilitates the academic goals of the College, and engages with emerging technologies and best practices in information literacy by delivery research support and instruction for students and faculty in both traditional classroom and online learning environments.

Salary and Benefits: Salary based on experience. Fringe benefits of Blue Cross/Blue Shield major medical health insurance, eye care, dental, life and disability insurance. Retirement benefits as provided by Social Security and IPERS or TIAA.

Qualifications: Masters in Library and Information Science (MLIS) or equivalent from an ALA accredited college or university is required. Arrive on time for work, attend work regularly, and successfully complete the responsibilities of the position. Maintain effective professional relationships with staff, students, faculty, and other NIACC stakeholders. Ability to be attentive to detail, to accurately follow written and oral instructions, and to work independently. Ability to communicate effectively with individuals from diverse ethnics, racial, socioeconomic, gender and disabilities populations. The ability to deliver instruction in multiple modes and showcase library resources and technology to diverse population are of utmost importance. Experience with or interest in digital tools such as wikis, podcasting or any technology supporting digital scholarship is helpful. Physical requirements include excellent verbal and written communication skills. The ability to understand words and respond effectively and appropriately. Visual acuity to view a computer terminal. To use appropriate judgment and to apply tact and courtesy in difficult situations.


  • Develop and lead library instruction sessions targeted to specific student learning outcomes and research assignments.
  • Serve as an embedded librarian in introductory courses.
  • Coordinate library instruction scheduling: receive request forms, assign classes, maintain calendar.
  • Conduct drop-in research support workshops based on the needs of the College.
  • Devise measuring tools to assess the effectiveness of library instruction and revise them as needed.
  • Collect, analyze, and report assessment results.
  • Develop online tutorials, research support modules, workshops, and outreach activities to support research skills at all levels.
  • Support student organizations and activities.


  • Develop programming to foster faculty adoption or creation of open educational resources (OER). Assist faculty with integrating research-based assignments and information literacy learning objectives into their curriculum.
  • Serve as the Library Liaison to the College.
  • Conduct faculty-directed workshops in conjunction as required/requested.
  • Engage and collaborate with faculty members, the Office of Online Learning, the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), the Marketing Department, and other areas to promote library resources and services, and to develop new resources and services to meet student and faculty needs. Including leveraging library web pages and social media and engaging in outreach activities.
  • Ensure that high customer service standards are maintained at all times, provide an inviting, engaging, and helpful atmosphere for all library patrons, and guide efforts to ensure the physical and online library environment are attractive and welcoming places for study, research, and learning.
  • Answer questions and provide hands-on technology and research assistance at the Reference Desk.
  • Assist patrons remotely via chat, e-mail, Google handouts, and other potential communication tools.


  • Oversee all aspects of the library administration (daily operations, budget development and implementation, facilities management, etc.)
  • Develop, implement, and assess goals and action plans in support of the College's mission and strategic planning, reporting results as part of the College's continuous quality improvement processes. Maintain library records and statistics, producing monthly and annual library internal, state and federal reports.
  • Maintain and manage the archives collection and integrated library system, and library collections (select information resources and materials, manage donations or gifts, weed library materials, catalog library materials using OCLC, etc).
  • Attend departmental and institutional meetings. Participate, as possible, in professional development activities at the College and within state and regional organizations. Serve actively on institutional committees.
  • Prepare and recommend an annual budget on current needs and requirements of effective operations and ensures operations stay within finalized budget parameters.
  • Provide guidance for the Common Read Selection Committee and maintain the selection of titles under consideration.
  • Supervise and mentor library staff by arranging optimal work schedules, maintaining coverage in the event of absences, and provide professional development opportunities.
  • Keep informed about current and developing issues related to copyright law, as it pertains to course materials in online and face-to-face courses, training and working with faculty members, and other offices to ensure that required permissions are acquired and documented, and that terms of copyright permissions are followed.
  • Explore, remain current, evaluate, and make recommendations regarding promising practices and trends related to library services.
  • Facilitate the annual inventory of library materials, processing and circulation of library resources, interlibrary loans, stack maintenance and preservation, and maintenance of the OCLC Union List of Serials.
  • Perform other responsibilities as assigned by the Vice President of Academic Affairs.
  • Perform in a manner that strengthens the coordination of all organizational components of the College, including opportunities for student recruitment.

NIACC Core Principles:

All employees are expected to adhere to all NIACC policies and procedures. NIACC administration, faculty, and staff value a positive working environment and an environment of mutual respect, therefore all employees are to maintain a positive attitude and respect for others when working with all NIACC departments, employees, students, partners, and the public.