Central University Libraries/ Scholarly Resources & Research Services - (Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications).
Central University Libraries at Southern Methodist University seeks a strong, creative and energetic leader to serve as Director of the Hamon Arts Library. Hamon is located within and serves students, faculty and staff of SMU's exciting Meadows School of the Arts, which aims to educate visionary artists, scholars, and arts and communications professionals prepared to transform local and global society. The Hamon Arts Library includes extensive online and print holdings relating to the visual and performing arts, as well as the Jerry Bywaters Special Collections Wing and the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection.
The Director of the Hamon Arts Library will provide leadership and expertise in developing programs for effective and innovative delivery of collections and services to faculty, staff and students in Meadows. The position directly supervises three professional subject specialists who, with the Director, provide collection development, reference and instructional services for Meadows departments; two curators of special collections; and three library specialists.
The position reports to the Assistant Dean for Scholarly Resources and Research Services for Central University Libraries. Central University Libraries is committed to supporting SMU's aspiration to become a leading research institution within a dynamic, engaged learning environment and is engaged in positive change in support of the teaching, research and creative needs of student, faculty and staff research on campus.
Primary duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Providing leadership and vision for the collections, services and technology of the Hamon Arts Library;
- Working collegially with staff and faculty in the Meadows School of the Arts to address their information needs and to promote the resources and services of the library;
- Administering the budget of the Hamon Arts Library, including university-allocated and restricted funds;
- Creating and maintaining records, reports and statistics;
- Supervising and encouraging professional development, as well as evaluating the performance of direct reports;
- Writing grants in support of Hamon collections and services;
- Serving on library, school and university committees;
- Other duties as assigned
Master's degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution is required. A Bachelor's degree in an arts discipline is also required.
Graduate degree in an arts discipline is strongly preferred.
A minimum of five years' of increasingly responsible post-MLS experience in an academic library is required, preferably an arts library.
Experience supervising a library professional staff is also required.
Experience in providing reference and user education and in collection development is essential, preferably in an arts library.
Candidates must demonstrate strong verbal and interpersonal communication skills with the ability to work collegially with faculty, staff and students. Must also demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in writing.
Candidates must possess strong organizational and project management skills to effectively develop plans, set goals, prioritize and meet deadlines. Must also possess strong problem solving skills with the ability to evaluate and develop effective solutions.
Candidates must possess strong leadership and management skills with the ability to lead a team. The ability to provide leadership in the innovative effective use of emerging technologies is essential. Willingness to undertake transformative change is essential.
Candidates must possess a strong knowledge of computer based technology and the ability to adopt new technologies. A strong knowledge and understanding of information literacy and reference best practices, current issues and trends is essential. Experience with assessment methodologies is highly desirable.
Deadline to Apply
The position is open until filled.
Please visit our website www.smu.jobs to apply.
Job ID# 1527
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