Chair, Humanities and Social Sciences Library (Library West)

POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT POSITION: Chair, Humanities and Social Sciences Library (Library West) RANK: Chair and Associate University Librarian or Chair and University Librarian REPORTS TO: Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources and Services SALARY: Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials. Minimum salary at the Chair and Associate University Librarian rank is $80,000 (inclusive of administrative stipend.) Minimum salary at the Chair and University Librarian rank is $87,000 (inclusive of administrative stipend.) REQUISITION #: 0906001 DEADLINE DATE: September 15, 2014 Please note that this posting has specific instructions for the submission of application materials - see our website at: or the APPLICATION PROCESS section below for further details. Failure to submit the required documents may result in the application not being considered. JOB SUMMARY The George A. Smathers Libraries seeks an experienced manager focused on collaboration and user services to advance the research enterprise and foster a climate of scholarly inquiry and student achievement in support of the humanities and social sciences. The Chair of Library West is a tenure track faculty position that provides leadership for all aspects of Library West collections relating to the humanities and social sciences, including collection development; reference, instruction, circulation services and outreach services, as well as organization, maintenance, and preservation of collections. Working closely with the Associate Chair, responsibilities also include building and space management, personnel management and supervision, and the collaborative development of digital library initiatives. The position oversees a materials budget of over $800,000 as well as additional funding from endowments and for multidisciplinary databases. The Chair works collaboratively with departmental colleagues to assess strengths and weaknesses in the various collections, to determine priorities, to establish policies, and to develop departmental service plans that enhance and support the academic mission of the University. The Chair plays a key role in the evaluation of emerging library technologies and encourages student and faculty use of web-based and instructional technologies. The Chair serves as liaison for development opportunities relating to the department’s collections in both the public and private sectors and plays a major role in publicizing and expanding local and national awareness and use of the department’s collections. The Chair serves as a member of the Libraries’ management team (Library Council), sharing responsibility for the overall strategic direction of the University Libraries. The Chair serves on appropriate University and Library committees and pursues professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion. To support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the Chair of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in work activities. RESPONSIBILITIES Branch Management • Works with departmental faculty and staff, as well as the university community, to define needs, set priorities, develop policies, and establish goals, objectives, strategic plans, and budgets to ensure effective management and development of the services and collections. Keeps abreast of national developments in the administration of academic research collections, particularly in the areas of humanities and social sciences collections. • Provides general guidance for collection management efforts. Monitors collection development decisions and budgets. In consultation with faculty, allocates available collection management funds in support of the collections. • Oversees and coordinates the work of 16 faculty and 17 paraprofessionals with direct supervision for 8 faculty and 3 paraprofessionals. • Organizes and coordinates departmental initiatives for research services, public programs and exhibit series, advanced reference services, bibliographic instruction, and automated data retrieval services. • Oversees assessment initiatives within Library West and analyzes departmental programs. Reports on accomplishments, creates strategies for improvements in quality of services, and defines resource needs. • Responsible for building and space management, security, and maintenance, including seating for 1,400 patrons and 217 public computers with over 1.4 million visitors a year. • Fosters an atmosphere of collegiality, innovation, and assessment. Plays a strong role in maintaining effective communication within and beyond the department. Promotes and sustains effective working relationships within a diverse multicultural environment. • Organizes and maintains a systematic program of regular contact with appropriate academic and library faculty. Keeps informed on the development of academic programs to ensure that the department’s collection management, public service, and development programs support University curriculum and research needs. Helps foster synergies across the humanities and social sciences academic departments and the libraries. • Within and beyond the university community, develops and encourages activities promoting the awareness and use of humanities and social sciences collections. Develops and enhances services and programs that actively promote the Library throughout the community. Plays a key role in promoting instructional services to campus constituencies and encouraging the integration of library resources and research skills into the academic curriculum. Collaboration • Works with departmental faculty to identify and prioritize areas for which external support is needed. Works closely with the Libraries' Development Office (Development Officers and Public Information Officer) to organize fundraising and donor relations activities. Provides liaison assistance with the identification, cultivation and solicitation of potential donors. Coordinates departmental participation in library development efforts. • Collaborates with internal library partners such as the Digital Services and Shared Collections Department and other branches/units on projects of shared interest and mutual benefit. • Actively participates in the cooperative management of the Libraries through service on the Library Council (library deans/administration and the chairs of departments), and other library consultative bodies. Participates in University of Florida committees as appropriate. • Represents the Libraries in appropriate university, local, state, regional, and national bodies. QUALIFICATIONS Required: • A Master’s degree in humanities and social sciences field or Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or international equivalent. • Appointment at the Chair and Associate University Librarian rank requires a minimum of 8 years of relevant experience, including 5 years of managerial experience. • Appointment at the Chair and University Librarian rank requires a minimum of 12 years of relevant experience, including 8 years of managerial experience. • Excellent analytical, planning, interpersonal and communication skills. • Demonstrated success in human resources management and staff development, including the ability to foster an environment of collaboration, innovation, and continuous improvement. • Experience in developing and evaluating user services in academic libraries. • Experience in resource allocation and budget preparation. • Broad understanding of digital scholarship as well as current and emerging information technologies in academic libraries. • Experience in team-oriented project management. • Knowledge of current trends in academic and scholarly resource management. • Ability to adapt and work creatively in a complex, rapidly changing academic environment. • Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion as outlined at Preferred: • Master’s degree in humanities and social sciences field and Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or international equivalent. • Demonstrated record of leadership and achievement in librarianship, including mentoring, scholarly work, and professional/institutional service. • Proven success with fundraising and grants development and management. • Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work. • Ph.D. in relevant field. THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA The University of Florida (UF) is a major, public, comprehensive, land-grant, research university. The state's oldest and most comprehensive university, UF is among the nation's most academically diverse public universities. UF has a long history of established programs in international education, research and service. It is one of only 17 public, land-grant universities that belong to the Association of American Universities. UF traces its beginnings to a small seminary in 1853 and is now one of the largest universities in the nation, with more than 50,000 students. For more information, please consult the UF homepage at GEORGE A. SMATHERS LIBRARIES The libraries of the University of Florida form the largest information resource system in the state of Florida. The UF Libraries consist of seven libraries; six are in the system known as the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida. The libraries hold over 5,800,000 print volumes, 8,100,000 microfilms, 630,000 e-books, 121,016 full-text electronic journals, 889 electronic databases, 1,300,000 documents and 766,000 maps and images. The libraries have built a number of nationally significant research collections, including the Latin American, Judaica, Florida History, Children’s Literature, and Maps and Imagery Collections. The Smathers Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), and LYRASIS. The library staff consists of more than 400 FTE librarians, technical/clerical staff and student assistants. The organizational chart is available at HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES LIBRARY (Library West) The Humanities and Social Sciences Library (Library West) is the largest branch library on the UF campus, with 14 faculty and 16 staff members, seating for 1,400 patrons, and 217 public computers, including iPads and Netbook laptops. Last year, Library West received over 1.4 million visitors. Renovated in 2006, the branch offers 16 group study rooms, 3 media rooms, including video conferencing facilities, faculty and graduate carrels as well as a limited-access floor for graduate students. Two classrooms are available, one with auditorium-style seating and the other with 19 computers for hands-on instruction. Within the branch, there are four functional units: Research Assistance, Instruction and Outreach, Collections, and Circulation; these units are managed by coordinators who oversee the daily functions. Programs and lectures are scheduled throughout the year in the Information Commons area. The branch is also home to the Libraries Administration, Human Resources and Fiscal Services, Library Facilities Planning, and the Access Support unit providing ILL and Reserves services for all branches. A Starbucks is located in the building. Organizational chart available at: COMMUNITY Gainesville, Florida and the surrounding community are home to approximately 240,000 people and both the University of Florida and Santa Fe College. Situated just over an hour from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, the city is surrounded by over 40 nature parks, including many spring-fed lakes and rivers. In 2007, Gainesville was ranked as the “Best Place to Live and Work” by Frommer’s Cities Ranked and Rated and as one of the “Best Places to Live and Play” by National Geographic Adventure. Gainesville is known as an innovative municipal government and an innovative city. Gainesville continues to receive national recognition as a top-rated city. Some of Gainesville's accolades are listed at the Gainesville Awards and Recognition link. A recent article in Florida Trend Magazine offers an in depth Community Portrait of Gainesville and the University of Florida. Gainesville was featured in the Top 100 Best Places to Love 2014 on Livability, America’s Best Places to Live & Visit. The area has numerous cultural institutions and is a haven for sports fans. Jacksonville, Orlando, Tampa, Tallahassee, and St. Augustine are all within a two hour drive. BENEFITS Vacation days, paid holidays, and sick leave days; retirement plan options; insurance benefits; tuition fee waiver program; no state or local income tax. Prospective employees should review the information about employment and benefits at UF available at APPLICATION PROCESS The University of Florida is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and minority group members. We are dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic environment; we strongly encourage applications from women, members of underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. As part of the application process, applicants are invited to complete an on-line confidential and voluntary demographic self-disclosure form, which can be found at: This information is collected by the University of Florida's Office of Human Resources to track applicant trends and is in no way considered by the Smathers Libraries in the selection process. Please submit application materials via e-mail. Send, as attachments (MS-Word and PDF format preferred), a cover letter detailing your interest in and qualifications for this position; a written statement regarding “What is your vision of digital services for the humanities and social sciences at a large research university?” (250 words); your current resume and a list of three references including their address, telephone and email information. Complete application due by August 18, 2014 (applications will be reviewed beginning July 15, 2014). Please initiate your application at: Submit all other application materials via e-mail as attachments (MS-Word and PDF format preferred) to Bonnie Smith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at