Dean of the University Libraries

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Created: January 7, 2013


Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves more than 12,000 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan, non-residential campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, and veteran status. See complete policy statement.

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT:  July 1, 2013

RESPONSIBILITIES: The Dean of the University Libraries is the chief academic officer of the University Libraries and is responsible to the President and the Provost/Vice-President for Academic Affairs of the University. The Dean provides innovative leadership in managing all library operations including development and implementation of strategic plans, policy formation and implementation, budget, personnel, and grant administration. The Dean reviews internal policies, the mission and goals of the University Libraries to insure that they are in accord with those of the University and the Board of the Trustees. The Dean represents the University Libraries on committees in the central administration and University. In consultation with the faculty and staff, the Dean carries out the policies supporting the institution’s educational mission with a commitment to excellent public service; the ongoing integration of electronic resources with traditional library collections and services; the formulation, implementation, and delivery of library services. The Dean fosters regional and statewide cooperation in sharing of library materials, networking, and collection development. The Dean addresses the instructional and scholarly needs of students and faculty. The Dean is charged with the overall responsibility for recruitment, evaluation, retention of the library personnel; promotion of professional development of the faculty and staff through grants or reassigned time in consultation with the appropriate committees; communication to and among the Library’s personnel and the administration developing a climate for good faculty and staff morale. The Dean leads fundraising, development, and leads promotional activities for the University Libraries; the Dean teaches and engages in scholarly activities as appropriate.

RANK & SALARY:  Professor, with tenure. Salary competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Western Illinois University offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes domestic partner benefits. For full benefits information see:

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:  MLS from an ALA-accredited institution and a doctoral degree with a demonstrated record of scholarly and professional achievement that would qualify the candidate for tenured faculty appointment at the rank of full professor; evidence of progressively responsible administrative experience in an academic or research library; proven commitment to fostering diversity; excellent written and oral communication skills; record of an ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with university and community constituents; proven commitment to shared decision making and governance; and familiarity with and understanding of the application of technology to enhance learning in higher education.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  Experience with strategic planning, analysis, budgeting, supervising, organizational skills, public relations; demonstrated creative leadership in a dynamic and fluid teaching, learning, and information environment; success in developing external sources of funding; experience with a multi-campus environment; and demonstrated experience in designing transformative workspaces.

Additional Information:
DEPARTMENT:  WIU Libraries employs 17 faculty and 40 civil service employees. University Libraries provides research assistance; instruction in library use; group study space; lectures and special events; regional archives; participates in the federal and Illinois depository library programs; and also serves as a Patent and Trademark Resource Center. The libraries house an extensive collection and offers online database access to thousands of academic periodic journals and publications. The Leslie F. Malpass Library in Macomb is the main branch and provides an inviting environment for research and study. The Macomb campus also has three specialized branch libraries for music, curriculum, and physical sciences. The WIU-Quad Cities campus houses a branch library and provides access to the same materials as the Macomb libraries. The annual budget is $4.9 million. WIU is an AFT-affiliated collective bargaining campus. Library faculty workload and evaluation procedures are comparable to the teaching faculty (see CRL News, May 1996, p. 278).

UNIVERSITY:  Recognized as a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review and one of 37 public universities ranked a top tier "Best Regional University" by U.S. News & World Report, Western Illinois University (WIU) serves nearly 13,000 students in the heart of the Midwest through its traditional residential campus in Macomb and its metropolitan, non-residential location in Moline, Illinois.

The WIU-Macomb and -Quad Cities campuses are comprised of accomplished faculty, state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and a wide range of academic and extracurricular opportunities. Western is a comprehensive university offering 66 undergraduate and 38 graduate degree programs, including a doctorate in education. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 16:1, the University's 666 full-time faculty members teach 94 percent of all undergraduate and graduate courses, in addition to 10 pre-professional degree programs and 17 certificate programs.

Western offers a broad-based athletics program, sponsoring 20 NCAA Division I intercollegiate varsity sports. Football competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision through the Missouri Valley Football Conference; all other varsity sports compete at the Division I level through The Summit League. WIU is the cultural center of the region. University Libraries house an extensive collection and offer online database access to thousands of academic periodic journals and publications.

WIU-Macomb, IL (Student Population: 10,423): A traditional, residential four-year campus with select graduate programs, WIU-Macomb is located in the heart of west central Illinois in Macomb (population 20,000). Macomb is an Amtrak city with twice-daily service to Chicago. Macomb is located approximately 75 miles from the Quad Cities International Airport (Moline, IL) and 70 miles from the Greater Peoria Regional Airport (Peoria, IL).

WIU-Quad Cities (Student Population: 1,235): The only public university in the Quad Cities area, WIU-QC offers select undergraduate and graduate programs, including a doctorate in education, at its metropolitan, non-residential campuses in Moline, IL (population 44,000). The Quad Cities (population 376,000) rests on the banks of the Mississippi River and is comprised of Moline and Rock Island in western Illinois and Davenport and Bettendorf in eastern Iowa. The Quad Cities is home to the Quad Cities International Airport.

Western Illinois University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Information about the Commission may be obtained by visiting

Application Instructions:
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1) letter of application, 2) current curriculum vita, 3) copies of transcripts (official transcripts will be required of interviewees), and 4) contact information (including e-mail addresses) of three professional references.  For more information contact: Dean William T. Clow, Chair, Library Search Committee, 115 Browne Hall, College of Fine Arts and Communication, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455

Screening of applicants will begin on February 11, 2013 and continue until the position is filled.

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