Director of Library and Information Services, Mitchell College, New London CT

Position Summary:

This position provides the oversight, vision and leadership for Library and Information Services (LIS), as its services extend both throughout and beyond the institution.  The incumbent will be responsible for the delivery of services that extend both throughout and beyond the institution, ensuring a supportive and collaborative environment that enables the members of the campus community to access and use information resources and technologies confidently in teaching, learning, research, administration, and outreach.

 

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Leads the organization, which includes Curriculum Support, Educational Technology, and User Services; serves as the primary conduit for the dissemination of internal and external communications as they relate to the College's library and information services.
  • Working closely with the Dean and Instructional Technology Initiatives Coordinator, participates in leading the research, evaluation, and facilitation of innovative applications to meet the diversity of learning challenges inside and outside the classroom.
  • Develops and manages LIS budgets and capital expenditures.
  • Supports and encourages a strong service orientation on the part of the Library and Information Services team for building collegial working relationships campus-wide. 
  • Leads the collection development effort, with particular emphasis on the development of a distinctive and curriculum-focused collection of online information resources.
  • Ensures the integration of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy, one of the College's seven general education abilities, throughout the curriculum.
  • Develops and oversees the LIS Faculty Liaison Program, which promotes a collaborative approach to discipline specific collection development, ICT literacy curriculum development, and educational technology support initiatives.
  • Leads the development and evaluation of Library and Information Services' evolving web presence for the effective delivery of services and resources.
  • Works with the Dean to implement strategies, develop policies, and prioritize expenditures pertaining to traditional, hybrid, and online teaching and learning experiences.
  • Ensures effective partnership with key stakeholders in the design of user-centered student and faculty portals for effective interface with the learning management environment.
  • Promotes the Library as a venue for the arts and the support of co-curricular activities through collaboration with Academic departments.
  • Provides reference and information services as part of the shared Library Service Desk schedule.
  • Participates in the provision of desk-side support for the college community in the use of software applications deployed campus-wide.
  • Represents the College at the monthly meetings of the Council of CT Academic Library Directors (CCALD) and serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Libraries Online, Inc.
  • Represents the Library on the Dean's Council.
  • Other duties as assigned.

 

Physical Demands:

While performing the duties of this position, the employee will be required to regularly stand and walk 50% of their work time.  The employee must also be able to occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 lbs.  Specific vision abilities are also required of this position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Supervision:

This position has oversight for all staff within Library and Information Services. 

 

Required Education and Experience:

  • ALA-accredited graduate degree or ALA-recognized international equivalent.
  • Supervisory, administrative, and management experience in a higher education library setting is preferred.
  • Exemplary communication abilities.
  • Experience in furthering information and communication technology literacy in a higher education environment.
  • Awareness and understanding of current and emerging technologies in higher education.
  • Knowledge of current issues and trends in academic information services such as instructional technology and design, assessment, copyright and fair use, and scholarly communication.

 

Key Skills / Knowledge:

  • Standard computer skills (ex. Microsoft Office suite)
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Communication skills

This is an FLSA exempt (37.5 hr week) position and is paid bi-weekly, as a 100% full-time appointment, with regular College benefits. The salary is commensurate with experience and the start date will be as soon as possible after the close of the search.


For full consideration, please send a cover letter, your CV/resume and 3 references (contact information or letters) to jobs@mitchell.edu. For further information regarding our application procedures, you may visit http://community.mitchell.edu/Employment.

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