Harvard University Graduate School of Design Librarian/Assistant Dean for Information Resources
The Harvard Graduate School of Design seeks an experienced, energetic professional with demonstrated managerial skills to lead its Frances Loeb Library. Reporting to the Executive Dean, oversees the management of the Frances Loeb Library in support of the intellectual mission of the Graduate School of Design. Provides vision in implementing strategies that utilize both traditional and innovative information resources to enrich teaching and further the academic agenda of the GSD’s faculty and students; Collaborates with faculty, staff and students to assure fulfillment of the educational goals of the School; Oversees the operations and management of the library, establishing policy and formulating operating procedures in support of overall goals; Prepares long and short range strategic plans for the library, including space planning, the integration of new technologies and the improvement of services to users; Provides leadership to a staff of approximately 16, in the departments of Public Services, Technical Services and Collections Management, Visual Resources, Special Collections, Conservations, and the Digital Design Information Group; Manages the library budget; Determines fund-raising needs, and with the aid of senior library staff, development staff, and Friends of the Frances Loeb Library and its Council, plans and implements a variety of fund-raising activities in support of pre-determined goals; Participates as an Assistant Dean in planning for long-range education, research, financial and administrative objectives for the School and in developing strategies, options, cost estimates and implementation processes for information services to support; Represents the Library and the Graduate School of Design on the University Library Council and other university-wide committees, as well as in national and international activities.
The ideal candidate will be a leader with experience working in a team-based environment; they will have strong management and decision making abilities; they will be a creative thinker with the ability to provide vision and strategic direction; the ability to interact effectively with a broad clientele including faculty, students and art and design professionals; the ability to foster collegiality and flexibility in others. In addition, the candidate should have the following qualifications: Master’s degree in Library Science, or PhD or equivalent; solid knowledge of architectural and urban topics; minimum of 10 years of managerial library experience; thorough understanding of many areas of a library’s operations as evidenced by a history of increasingly responsible library positions; ability to identify and solve problems with diplomacy and creativity; demonstrated history of strong management, supervisory and organizational skills, with excellent written and oral communication ability; experience in planning and implementing the provision of electronic resources and services to library users; integrity and collegial disposition are essential; demonstrated ability to cultivate friends and donors, and the ability to lead in a team environment.
To apply for this position, please visit http://www.employment.harvard.edu/ (Auto req ID #20632BR).Qualified candidates will be invited to interview with the GSD search committee during their visit to Boston for the ARLIS Conference in April.