Dean of University Libraries

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Created: January 19, 2013


Carnegie Mellon University invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of University Libraries. The University seeks an inspiring, visionary library leader with excellent interpersonal skills and management as well as a record of achievement and scholarship in her/his field of expertise. The Dean will foster a work environment that welcomes change and innovation to meet new challenges and that balances traditional library values with evolving roles for libraries in higher education.

We seek an engaging and articulate leader to advocate for the library, its faculty and staff, and its mission. The University Libraries support and collaborate in teaching, learning, and research at Carnegie Mellon across diverse academic programs, curricula, and locations. The University Libraries are comprised of Hunt Library, Roger Sorrells Engineering & Science Library, Mellon Institute Library, the Posner Center, and an off-site storage facility in Pittsburgh; and the Library at the Qatar campus in Education City, Doha, Qatar. In addition, the University Libraries provide services for other global Carnegie Mellon programs.

The Dean of University Libraries, as the chief academic and administrative officer of the CMU Libraries, reports to the Provost in parallel with the deans of the academic schools and colleges. The University Libraries are staffed by 25 faculty librarians and archivists and approximately 60 staff, plus information assistants, interns, and student employees. Library Faculty are appointed and promoted in a Librarian/Archivist track according to the Policy on Librarian and Archivist Appointments. The Dean is appointed to this track and administers this policy.

The Dean will lead and supervise all aspects of the Libraries' operations and programs, including public and technical services, archives, special collections, and information technology. He/she will be responsible for the enhancement and growth of the Libraries' collections. The Dean is also responsible for the cultivation and procurement of requisite resources including fundraising and grant proposals.

The Dean will maintain and advance the University Libraries' reputation as a leader in the arena of digital information resources and technology, its commitment to the advancement of scholarly communications, and its trajectory of responsiveness to user needs, as represented by the new Global Communications Center, located on the newly renovated first floor of the Hunt Library.

The successful candidate should have an ALA accredited MLS degree or other appropriate academic preparation. An advanced degree is preferred. The candidate should have management experience in an academic or research library, and a demonstrated commitment to organizational leadership and mentoring. The candidate should have a record of innovation as applied to contemporary libraries, and an advanced understanding of digital technologies and trends.

Applications are being accepted for this position. Candidate review will begin on February 1, 2013 and will continue until a Dean is named. To ensure priority consideration, all materials should be received by February 15, 2013. Candidates must submit: (1) a letter of application detailing their qualifications for the position, (2) a statement of their vision for the future of University Libraries as well as the approaches they feel are essential to realizing that vision, and (3) a comprehensive curriculum vitae. Application materials must be submitted in electronic form to: Edna Jackson, Director of the Provost's Office, Carnegie Mellon University, Email:


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