Associate Library Director

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Created: October 22, 2012


State University of New York at Oswego seeks a progressive, enthusiastic Associate Library Director to help define the vision for Penfield Library's future and to lead in developing and enhancing library services and programs. Reporting to the Library Director, the Associate Director will be actively engaged in projects including assessing and improving key services, expanding support for online and global learning experiences, and planning for building renovations.

Review Date: Review of applications will begin December 1, 2012, and will continue until the position is filled.

Salary: Commensurate with rank and experience.

Date of Appointment: May 1, 2013

Description of Responsibilities: The responsibilities of this position include:
· Coordinate library assessment efforts, in support of institutional priorities.
· Coordinate library communications and promotion, including social media and participation on website development team.
· Serve as liaison to student community for building use, service learning experiences, and development of new services.
· Key member of library renovation team, assisting with planning, oversight of construction and building management issues.
· Partner with Library Director to develop and oversee library programming, including programs promoting global/multicultural awareness.
· In the absence of the Library Director, responsible for all operations of the library, staff supervision, and representation of the library at college functions.
· Oversee hiring and evaluation for classified staff, in cooperation with librarian supervisors,
and part-time librarians.
· Serve on the Library Advisory Board and appropriate library and college committees.
· Serve as liaison to assigned academic departments, with responsibility for subject specialized collection development and instruction.
· Participate in Research Help Desk rotation for on-site and electronic reference, including some evening and weekend shifts.

Required Qualifications:
· A Master's degree in Librarianship/Information Sciences from an ALA accredited program.
· Five years of experience leading and supervising professional staff, including a strong record of effective project leadership, problem solving skills, and engagement with complex issues in a changing environment.
· Demonstrated ability to innovate, and to maximize the benefits of new technology for librarianship, teaching and scholarship.
· Demonstrated organizational and planning skills.
· Experience in various areas of library operations, including some work in public services.
· Scholarly and/or professional contributions appropriate to level of experience.
· Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written word with key constituencies -- including faculty, staff, and students; and the ability to facilitate communication.
· Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues.
· Strong service orientation.
· Experience working effectively with diverse populations.

Preferred Qualifications:
· Experience working in an academic library.
· Experience leading library-wide promotion and/or assessment efforts.
· Successful grant writing experience.

To Apply: We accept online applications only. Submit a letter of application addressing qualifications, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three current references electronically to

Official transcripts are required prior to hiring.

Description of Department: Penfield Library is an active partner in the teaching and learning process, connecting members of the SUNY Oswego community with meaningful resources, user-centered services and engaging spaces. The professional staff includes 15 full-time librarians, several part-time adjunct librarians and 15 full-time support staff. Additional information about Penfield Library can be found at

Description of SUNY Oswego: Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in Central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" in U.S. News America's Best Colleges in 2010 and a "Best Northeastern College" by Princeton Review every year since the first edition in 2003, Oswego offers its 8300 undergraduate and graduate students preeminent academic programs in business, teacher education, and the arts and sciences. The College's success is built on providing students outstanding educational experiences with attention to liberal arts and sciences foundations, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. The emphasis on faculty-mentored student research is evidenced by Quest, a College-wide day spotlighting original student research, a Summer Scholars Program, which awards stipends to students engaged in independent research and creative work at the highest levels, and the Global Laboratory, a STEM based research abroad program at top-ranked universities around the world. SUNY Oswego is an unusually collegial and vibrant community and is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities.

Additional information about SUNY Oswego can be found at

SUNY Oswego is committed to enhancing its diversity. SUNY Oswego is an Affirmative Action Employer and encourages applications from professionals of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. In accordance with INS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States, per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office.


Published: Monday, October 22, 2012 19:52 UTC

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