Associate Dean for Libraries Information Technology Services

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Created: March 3, 2013


Western Michigan University (WMU) Libraries seeks an innovative and collaborative leader to serve as Associate Dean for the Libraries Information Technology Services. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to lead strategic and sustained technological innovations, and to coordinate their operations and assessment.  The Associate Dean will play a key role in improving collaborative user-focused information technology services that contribute to the success of WMU students, faculty, and staff through continuous evaluation of their impact and value in supporting the University’s mission, its evolving academic programs, research interests and user needs.  The Associate Dean is part of the Administrative Team and reports to the Dean of the University Libraries, who is committed to building and supporting an active, responsive, globally-engaged, twenty-first-century library.


Direct information technology strategic planning, budgeting, and goal-setting initiatives to enhance the Libraries effectiveness as an innovative learning and discovery center consistent with the teaching, technological, and scholarly demands of a dynamic research institution.
Lead the Libraries information technology staff (Digitization, Systems, Technology, Web Operations; 2 Faculty and 6 Staff members) in a customer-centered approach to serving the digital information needs of the University.
Plan, develop, implement, and evaluate technology infrastructures and services that support discoverability and usability, integration with learning technologies, and enhanced information applications.
Support the technological needs of the Libraries by administering the implementation and assessment of technology management, programs and services, including data handling and reporting.
Collaborate with other university constituencies to support the teaching, scholarship, and service goals of the institution.
Demonstrate an intellectual curiosity and ability to engage with new education technologies, be involved in other aspects of university life, including serving on committees, conducting research, and engaging in scholarly communications.

Qualifications:  Required

MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program with additional formal education in computer science or related field.
Minimum of six (6) years of increasing administrative responsibility in an academic library, demonstrating leadership and supervisory skills, strategic planning, services assessment and budgetary responsibilities.
Experience and proficiency administering information technologies, automated library systems, and data management.
Record of accomplishment in applying emerging information technologies to library operations.
Strong conceptual understanding of cloud computing, database management, and knowledgebases.
Demonstrated ability to conceive, articulate, and implement a vision for the future of library resources and services.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills and a demonstrated ability to facilitate technical communication among a variety of stakeholders.
Ability to work collegially with internal and external campus constituents.
Strong commitment to diversity and the ability to interact effectively with diverse cultural and ethnic groups.
Strong commitment to collaboration, a respectful work environment, participatory management, teamwork, and customer relations.
Record of professional recognition that warrants rank of tenured associate professor.

Qualifications: Preferred

Working experience with MARC and knowledge of new standards and data models such as RDA, FRBR, and Linked Data.
Experience with server management, networking, programming and applications such as Oracle, Microsoft Access, SQL, UNIX, and API’s.
Master’s degree in Computer Science or similar information technology field.
Development and grant - writing experience.
APPOINTMENT AND COMPENSATION:  Full-time twelve (12) months fiscal year appointment.  Minimum: $90,000 for Associate Dean position plus generous benefits.  Rank and salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.  While the position is an administrative appointment, faculty will have input in the hiring process, and the continuing evaluation process.

PROCEDURES: Cover letter, vita, and the names and phone numbers of three (3) references should be sent online to: Applications should be received by March 31, 2013.  Review will continue until the position is filled.

WMU, located in Southwest Michigan, is a vibrant, nationally recognized learner-centered research institution with an enrollment of nearly 25,000.  WMU delivers high-quality undergraduate instruction, has a strong graduate division, and fosters significant research activities.  The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activities.

Western Michigan University (WMU) seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of learning and growing in wisdom.  WMU is strongly dedicated to the pursuit of excellence by including and integrating individuals who represent different groups as defined by race, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, age, disability, national origin, religion and veteran status.

Western Michigan University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer consistent with applicable federal and state law.

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