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Chair of the Public Services Department  « Position Deleted on 6/12/2013 »

Institution: Indiana State University
Location: Terre Haute, IN
Category:
  • Admin - Libraries
Posted: 12/22/2012
Application Due: Open Until Filled
Type: Full Time
Salary: $80,000 to $85,000 USD Per Year
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Indiana State University's Cunningham Memorial Library invites applicants for the position of Chair of the Public Services Department. Salary: $80,000 - $85,000, commensurate with qualifications.

Join an exciting campus community. Enrollments are up, we have just completed a successful comprehensive fundraising campaign, and we have been designated a "Best in the Midwest" for the eighth consecutive year by Princeton Review. Indiana State University has a strategic goal to employ and retain highly qualified faculty from underrepresented groups. Our city, a regional hub for commerce, arts, sports, cultural events, and medical services, received the "Indiana Community of the Year" award in 2010. And the Library is at the heart of this exciting campus of 12,000 undergraduates and graduates. The Library's motto is "Your campus living room," and that is what we strive to be -the gathering place for campus. We offer many resources for our users with more than 1.3 million items in our collection including 140,000 e-books and 71,000 e-journals/databases.

Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, this newly created 12-month senior position provides leadership and administrative oversight of librarians and staff in the Public Services Department. This position combines two formerly separate department chairs, Reference/Instruction and Circulation. The Chair will lead the change and work with staff to meld the two departments into one dynamic unit.

The Chair maintains confidentiality in all personnel and budgetary matters. The Chair provides direction, supervision, management, and leadership for reference, instruction, circulation, fines and fees billing, print and electronic reserves, stacks, and access services. In addition, the Chair co-supervises the Writing Center staff with the chair of the English Department.

The Chair also facilitates a collegial work environment; evaluates needs, processes, and staffing requirements; cultivates and promotes interdepartmental communication and civility; and collaborates with colleagues in library-wide planning, budgeting, and policy development.

ISU librarians are expected to participate in university and library governance and to engage in professional activities, including research and publication, in order to attain tenure and promotion.

Requirements:
ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent terminal degree by the date of appointment. Minimum of three years managerial experience in a library public services area.

For a complete position description, including qualifications, see http://jobs.indstate.edu.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled, but those received after February 15, 2013 cannot be ensured full considerdation. To apply for this position, submit a cover letter, resume, and reference contact information to http://jobs.indstate.edu.

Indiana State University is an EEO/AA employer and is committed to recruiting and retaining minority faculty and staff

Basic Purpose & Scope: Reporting to the Dean of Libraries, this 12-month senior position provides leadership and administrative oversight of librarians and staff in the Public Services Department. The Chair maintains confidentiality in all personnel and budgetary matters. The Chair provides direction, supervision, management, and leadership for reference, instruction, circulation, fines and fees billing, print and electronic reserves, stacks, and access services. In addition, the Chair co-supervises the Writing Center staff with the chair of the English Department.

The Chair also facilitates a collegial work environment; evaluates needs, processes, and staffing requirements; cultivates and promotes interdepartmental communication and civility; and collaborates with colleagues in library-wide planning, budgeting, and policy development.

ISU librarians are expected to participate in university and library governance and to engage in professional activities, including research and publication, in order to attain tenure and promotion.

Responsibilities:
1. Develop, direct, and assess innovative, user-oriented public services

2. Integrate information technologies, including virtual and distance learning, to enhance services and user tools

3. Provide leadership and actively engage staff in working with faculty as partners to develop library services that blend instruction, instructional design, experiential learning, and technology in the classroom

4. Lead library faculty in integrating information literacy into the university curriculum

5. Prepare regular and on-demand department reports, including strategic plans, annual goals, and annual reports

6. Foster a collegial, civil environment

7. Write grants and assist others in the department in their grant writing efforts

8. Pursue and implement emerging technologies

9. Serve as a member of library administrative committees as well as other library and university committees

10. Work some evening and weekend hours

11. Attend applicable meetings, workshops, and seminars on campus, regionally, nationally, and internationally

12. Engage in professional activities, including research and publication, in order to attain tenure and promotion

13. Other duties as assigned

Required Education: American Library Association accredited degree in Library Science or equivalent terminal degree

Required Skills: We seek faculty who value quality instruction, thrive in a collaborative environment of scholars, embrace experiential learning and community engagement in the educational experience, desire to mentor diverse students, and integrate multicultural content into their teaching.

Demonstrated experience in reference service and library instruction

Strong commitment to public service

Excellent interpersonal skills

Ability to work effectively and creatively and to interact collegially with colleagues, staff, faculty, students, and other users

Ability to function effectively in a multi-cultural environment

Initiative to be a self-starter

Ability to work independently and in a team environment

Strong organizational skills

Knowledge of trends in provision of library services

Strong computer skills and ability to use technology effectively; experience with integrated library systems

Ability to adapt to technological and organizational change

Ability to serve in professional community outreach roles

Ability to work a flexible schedule that includes evenings and weekends

Excellent written and oral communication skills including the ability to interact effectively with a wide variety of individuals both internal and external to the library

Knowledge of emerging trends in reference and instruction services as well as the ability to demonstrate and communicate those developments clearly and concisely

Commitment to helping others further their professional development and growth

Demonstrated knowledge of best practices and trends in information literacy instructional methodologies, and assessment

Demonstrated ability to prioritize and coordinate work among different projects

Ability to direct, supervise, and evaluate the work of others

Ability to provide leadership in a busy environment of continuous change

Ability to mentor librarians and staff in order to develop their own personal strengths and goals

Ability to prioritize the work of others

Ability in using assessment tools

Ability to delegate

Ability to think creatively and demonstrated openness to new ideas

Ability to lead library faculty in integrating information literacy into the curriculum

Ability to collaborate with other units on campus in support of faculty teaching and student learning

Required Experience: Minimum of three years managerial experience in a library public services area

Preferred Education: Second Master's degree

Preferred Experience: Experience in reference, circulation, reserves, stacks supervision, and/or billing

Experience with course management systems

Knowledge of outcomes assessment techniques

Record of involvement in professional library organizations