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Dean of Library

Lamar University
Beaumont, TX

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Institution Type
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Position Title:

Dean of Library



Position Type:



Library Services Dept

Job Summary/Basic Function:

Position Summary

The Dean leads the library in its mission to meet the needs of Lamar University faculty, staff, and students, articulates a strategic vision, and serves as advocate for the library within the university and larger community.

The Dean of the University Library is the chief administrator for the Mary and John Gray Library. The Dean reports to the Associate Provost for Academic Affairs.

Academic Administration

● Facilitates the continuing transformation of the Gray Library into a knowledge common that integrates diverse resources, seeks new opportunities, engages with the community, collaborates with university units, and sustains vibrant research and learning community.● Creates an environment that facilitates learning, research and scholarly activity with an understanding of innovative and traditional methods of information dissemination.● Establishes a shared vision that promotes the University’s and the Gray Library’s missions.● Implements a clear and concise strategic plan to advance that vision.● Supports a culture of collegiality and collaboration.● Communicates internally and externally regarding the Gray Library.● Develops strong relationships with Deans of other units, the Provost, President and other University administrators. Services on Academic Affairs Council and other committees and councils, as delegated by the Provost.● Develops and maintains good relationships with students, faculty, staff and the community.● Promotes and advocates for library programs that address the needs of students, staff, faculty, and the community.
Operational Administration

● Works with library and department heads, as well as external sources, to identify, evaluate and implement programs that improve services and facilities, enhance the quality of resources and increase operational efficiency within the libraries.● Functions as chief fiscal officer and provides clear communication about the budget.● Delegates authority to others for specific administrative tasks.● Recruits, retains, and leads high-quality faculty and staff.● Creates an environment which supports professional advancement.● Acts as an advocate for the Gray Library and its faculty and staff.● Fosters professionalism and a positive work/learning environment in the Gray Library.● Enforces Lamar University, academic affairs, and Gray Library policies and regulations.

External Representation

● Represents and promotes the Gray Library, formally and informally, to the University, community and the world.● As Library Dean, oversees the provision of information resources and services in support of students, faculty and staff at the Lamar Institute of Technology● Participates actively in local, state and national library organizations.

Knowledge and Abilities

● Broad and detailed knowledge of higher education and library management principles.● Ability to foster and maintain positive relationships with faculty, staff, and students.● Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously within shifting priorities.● Ability to meet timely and critical deadlines.● Ability to view problems and solutions from multiple perspectives, e.g., student, faculty, administrators.


● Excellent communication and presentation skills● Experience in the development of presentations, reports, and memoranda

Minimum Qualifications:

Minimum Qualifications

● A terminal degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited institution or international equivalent. Degree must be conferred at the time of application.● Three to five years of experience in library administration.● Three to five years of supervisory experience.

EEO Statement:

Lamar University is An Equal Opportunity Employer

Veteran's Preference Statement:

Lamar University is proud to provide employment preference to veteran applicants in accordance with Texas 805 Government Code, Section 657.003.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preferred Qualifications

● A Ph.D. or an additional advanced degree preferred. Degree must be conferred at the time of application.● Five to seven years of experience in library administration.● Five or more years of supervisory experience.

Security Sensitive Statement:

This position is security-sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of the Texas Education Code §51.215, which authorizes the employer to obtain criminal history record information.



Posting Date:


Open Until Filled:


Special Instructions:

Deadline to Apply

The search committee will review applications until the position is filled; however, for best consideration, applications should be provided by January 1, 2024.


Texas Roots. Infinite Possibilities.

Lamar University students enjoy small classes where they can build lasting friendships with professors and peers. The 270-acre campus is in Beaumont, Texas, located about 90 miles east of Houston and 25 miles west of the Louisiana border. A comprehensive public university, Lamar gives students a chance to explore a variety of interests to prepare them to succeed in whatever fields they choose.


A member of the Texas State University System, Lamar University offers 63 undergraduate, 47 master's and nine doctoral degree programs. The university has more than 13,000 students enrolled in five academic colleges - Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering, Fine Arts and Communication. Lamar also offers the College of Graduate Studies and academic programs such as the Center for General Studies.

Students have access to numerous opportunities for scholarships, undergraduate research and study abroad programs. Lamar University students have: 

  • Performed research for NASA and flown experiments on NASA reduced-gravity flights.
  • Presented original research at academic conferences as undergraduates in fields including mathematics, business and sociology.
  • Enjoyed a 73 percent acceptance rate to medical and dental schools in recent years, compared to a 39 percent acceptance rate statewide.
  • Gone on to lead major companies and make a name for themselves in fields from art and music to nursing and engineering.


Students can participate in or cheer on their peers in more than a dozen NCAA Division I sports. Last year, the Cardinals were Southland Conference champions in men's golf, cross country and women's tennis. The volleyball and men's basketball teams were regular season co-champs and the women's basketball team was Southland Conference East Division champion. The LU baseball program has produced several major leaguers. The women's soccer program is entering its second season. The golf team has topped national rankings in recent years.

LU is beginning to rebuild a football program. A coach was hired in 2008. The stadium and athletic complex are being renovated, and the Cardinals plan to return to the gridiron in 2010.

Campus Life

A building boom at Lamar University in the past decade has given students access to state-of-the art facilities for learning, playing, dining and living.

Residents of Cardinal Village, the modern residence halls, have private bedrooms, high-speed Internet and amenities including an outdoor pool, basketball courts and community centers. The new dining hall offers a bistro ambience with international and American cuisine.

Working out in the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center is like a trip to an exclusive gym where students have an automatic membership. Features include a 43-foot climbing wall, an elevated jogging track, new cardiovascular and weighttraining equipment, and courts for sports such as basketball, racquetball and indoor soccer. Competitive types can participate in intramural sports ranging from basketball and flag football to dodgeball, cricket and pool.

Making friends and building a social network is easy at Lamar with more than 100 clubs and organizations registered on campus. Through campus organizations, students can:

  • Join a fraternity or sorority
  • Get involved in community service
  • Delve into a cause
  • Nurture spiritual beliefs
  • Start networking in future professions
  • Do all of the above.

LU is a short drive from many outdoor adventures: a day at the beach, canoeing or fishing on area rivers and bayous, hiking in the Big Thicket National Preserve. Shopping and entertainment options also are nearby including theaters, museums and live music venues large and small.


Lamar University was founded in 1923 as South Park Junior College a few blocks from the current location. The name changed to Lamar College in 1932 to honor Mirabeau B. Lamar, second president of the Republic of Texas and the "Father of Education" in Texas. In 1951, the school became Lamar State College of Technology, a state-supported four-year institution, the first junior college in Texas to make such a transition. The name changed to Lamar University in 1971. The university joined the Texas State University System in 1995.


Visit campus to learn more about all Lamar University has to offer. Guided campus tours normally are scheduled at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Monday through Friday.

To arrange a campus visit, call (409) 880-8316 or e-mail

To apply for admission, financial aid and scholarships, go to


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