Head of the Library of Architecture, Design and Construction - Auburn University Libraries

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Location: Auburn, Alabama
Salary: $65,000 +
Employment Term: Full-time tenure track faculty position
Employer Contact: Please contact George Stachokas at george.stachokas@auburn.edu if you have any questions regarding your application for this position. 
Position Summary
Auburn University Libraries seeks an energetic and user-centered professional to guide and direct the services of the Library of Architecture, Design and Construction. This individual will assist in implementing best practices and innovative and adaptive strategies to support Auburn University’s excellent teaching and growing research enterprise as a recently designated R1 institution with very high research activity. Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, the Head of the Library of Architecture, Design and Construction will be responsible for administrative and operational oversight of the branch library as well as to establish and maintain effective partnerships with the academic departments in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction. Central to this position is innovative and effective liaison services to the faculty, staff, and students in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction. This twelve- month tenure-track faculty position requires professional and scholarly activity as well as service on library and university committees.
MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES:
    • Develop, manage, and evaluate the collections, programs, spaces, and services of the Library of Architecture, Design and Construction.
    • Recruit, hire, train, supervise, and evaluate staff and graduate student assistants in the Library of Architecture, Design and Construction.
    • Maintain effective service environments, both physical and virtual, including reference and research consultations.
    • Select materials to support research and teaching in the College of Architecture, Design and Construction; coordinate collection development policies and strategy with the Libraries’ Collections Strategist and serve as member of the Collection Development Group.
    • Provide information literacy instruction for architecture, building construction, environmental design, graphic design, industrial design, and landscape architecture programs.
    • Serve as liaison to the College of Architecture, Design and Construction for outreach activities and engagement with faculty, staff, and students. For more information about the College’s programs, see: https://cadc.auburn.edu/cadc/academics/.
    • Serve as a member to the Libraries’ Leadership Group.
    • As a member of the Libraries Faculty, serve the University, contribute to the profession, and engage in professional development.
    • Some night and weekend duty may be required.

Job Description Summary

SALARY / BENEFITS: Starting salary of $65,000. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience/qualifications. This is a twelve-month tenure-track position. Benefits include 20 days of vacation leave/12 days of sick leave per year; participation in State Teachers’ Retirement System (mandatory); additional voluntary retirement plans available; health/dental/life/disability insurance.


Auburn University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), HathiTrust, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), and other organizations of academic institutions. The Libraries completed a strategic plan in alignment with the Auburn University Strategic Plan 2019 – 2024 which is available at: https://www.lib.auburn.edu/strategicplan/AUL_Strategic_Plan_2019-24.pdf.

Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. Auburn University is listed among the nation’s best public universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual Best Colleges edition for 2022, ranking 42nd among public schools and 99th among all universities in the country. Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctor’s degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its Fall 2021 enrollment of 31,526 students includes 24,931 undergraduates and 6,595 graduate and professional students. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, its positive work environment, its student engagement, and its beautiful campus.

Auburn residents enjoy a thriving community, recognized as one of the “best small towns in America,” with moderate climate and easy access to major cities or to beach and mountain recreational facilities. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama, the combined Auburn-Opelika-Columbus statistical area has a population of over 500,000, with excellent public-school systems and regional medical centers.

Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples. Additional information can be found on our website: http://www.auburn.edu/academic/provost/pdf/guidelines-dual-career-services.pdf.

Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master of Library and Information Science or equivalent from an ALA accredited program at the time employment begins.
  • Experience and/or demonstrated knowledge in one or more of the following areas: providing reference, instruction, collection development, or liaison services.
  • Two or more years of professional experience providing library services for architecture, building construction, design, or other relevant fields.
  • Demonstrated commitment to user-centered services for instruction, outreach programs and training as evidenced by examples from prior work experience.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills; strong and effective written communication skills.
  • Ability to work independently; evidence of ability to initiate and carry projects through to completion.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute collegially and productively in a team environment.
  • Potential to meet university promotion and tenure requirements for library faculty.

Desired Qualifications

  • Supervisory experience including assigning work, managing personnel, and evaluating performance.
  • Advanced degree or credentials in architecture, building construction, design, or other relevant fields.
  • Commitment to excellence in information services and continuous learning to meet the ever-changing needs of a large research university.
  • A record of professional, scholarly research activity.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Application review process begins September 19, 2022 and will continue until a qualified candidate is selected and recommended for appointment. A complete application must include a letter of interest, resume or curriculum vitae, and the names of three current, professional references (please include mailing addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers). The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. For questions, contact the search committee chair, George Stachokas at george.stachokas@auburn.edu.

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