Library Director

Biola University
La Mirada, CA

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Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Library Director

Biola University and the Library:

 Located in the suburbs of Los Angeles, Biola University is a nationally ranked university that was established in 1908. The university has nine schools offering degrees in the arts and sciences as well as professional degrees in education, nursing, music, psychology, and pastoral ministry. Several doctoral degrees are offered, including the Ph.D. It is accredited by WSCUC and maintains several professionally accredited academic programs.

Biola is a Protestant, theologically conservative, private Christian university that is not affiliated with any specific denomination. Biola is a community where all faculty, staff, and students are professing Christians. Biola faculty are committed to the integration of faith and learning and endorse the university’s doctrinal statement. Biola is also committed to diversity and seeks employees who can contribute to multicultural understandings.

The Biola Library moved into a new building in 2001 and is one of the largest buildings on campus, with approximately 98,000 square feet. As the only university library, it serves approximately 5500 undergraduate and graduate students as well as faculty and staff. It houses the Information Commons, Library Makerspace, Tech Commons, Rhetoric & Writing Center, Learning Center, Office of Academic Research & Grants, Office of Innovation, Office of Faculty Advancement, and Heritage Cafe.

The mission of the library is to provide access to knowledge and information to serve the research, teaching, and learning needs of the university community; facilitate the integration of on-campus and online curricula with relevant resources and robust library services; and support the university mission by fostering biblically centered scholarship. Biola University seeks to develop diverse staff and faculty who represent the diversity of our local community and broader faith community, of which we are a part.

The Library Director oversees the functions of the library and supervises approximately 15 faculty and staff, including 7 library faculty and the Administrative Coordinator. Biola University has a policy for Library Faculty, and eligible library staff may apply for Library Faculty appointment.  The Library Director reports to the Senior Associate Provost.

We seek a Library Director who can develop and implement a vision and innovative strategic plans that prepare the library to function well in the future, especially in these changing times in higher education. This may involve changing roles, reimagining and evaluating space utilization, and fostering collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to meet the changing needs of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and public. In light of the pandemic’s impact on academic libraries—and higher education in general—the successful candidate will be able to leverage this disruption to make the library a leader on campus by fully supporting the evolving modes of research, teaching, and learning.

Overall Function:

 Provide collaborative, servant leadership to the faculty and staff of the library, facilitating a trusting and supporting team environment and modeling self- and other-awareness that facilitates healthy interpersonal dynamics and conflict navigation. The Library Director will initiate, establish, and foster communication and teamwork by maintaining a positive, cooperative, and productive work atmosphere inside and outside the university. This will require development of a 3-year strategic plan to facilitate these characteristics and align the Biola library with New Model Library best practices.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Serve as the public face of the Biola Library, and interact with students, faculty, senior administration, staff, and the Biola community to ensure that the needs for information resources in support of teaching, learning and scholarship are met.Oversee library faculty and staff, including hiring, direct supervision, review, and work plans and assignments.Advocate for library and archival needs, budget, and strategy; effectively allocate and manage financial and other resources, including contracts, budgetary requests, and appropriate allocation of other resources to achieve the mission and goals of the university.
  • Administer policies (develop, revise, articulate, and disseminate) that promote the well-being and functioning of the library.
  • Provide strategic guidance for the development of library and archival print and digital collections, integrating traditional and new forms of publication, vendor platforms and services, archival practices, preservation, and digitization.Support faculty scholarship and discovery through collections and research support.In collaboration with library faculty and staff, oversee the development and management of the library and archival technological environment, identify information technology needs, and integrate new technologies to support the mission of the university.In partnership with the faculty, advocate for information-literacy instruction embedded in the general education (Core) curriculum and for similar instruction throughout undergraduate and graduate programing, including support of diversity and global emphases, that enables an exceptional scholarly community.Facilitate excellence among the library faculty in librarianship, scholarship, spiritual formation, integration of Christian faith and learning, and institutional citizenship.Support and advocate for library faculty in the promotion process.Lead and encourage assessment activities at all levels. Collaboratively develop strategies for ongoing improvement based upon best practices and assessment data.
  • Represent the library on institutional planning and academic leadership teams. Represent the university to various external consortia and associations.
  • Qualifications:

    ●      Minimum of a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from a program accredited by the American Library Association or foreign equivalent. An additional doctorate is desirable.

    ●      Minimum of 7 years of experience working in libraries.

    ●      Minimum of 5 years of leadership and administrative experience in a library.

    ●      Demonstrated service orientation and proven ability to promote libraries' role in the teaching/learning process.  

    ●      Experience managing employees with a commitment to diversity, teamwork, and service excellence.

    ●      Demonstrated success in leadership and administration of an academic library and archives with the visionary, relational, and entrepreneurial gifts that enable these units to thrive in a continually evolving environment.

    ●      In-depth understanding of academic library and archival resources and services; thorough grasp of ongoing developments in academic libraries and archives, higher education, academic technology, and related spheres; and ability to describe their role in a university to a variety of stakeholders.

    ●      Strong interpersonal, organizational, and analytical skills with a track record of representing a library to internal and external constituents.

    ●      Experience with evidence-based decision making that produces high quality services.

    ●      Experience with information technologies and automated library systems.

    Full-time, Salaried Position

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