University Librarian - Quinnipiac University in Hamden Connecticut

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Quinnipiac University

Hamden, Connecticut 06518-1908

United States


Detailed Job Description

The primary role of the University Librarian is to provide institutional leadership for a university library system that is comprised of undergraduate, graduate, health professions, and law libraries. This leadership role includes development of programs, collections, facilities, and staff to serve education, research and scholarship needs. The University Librarian manages the first three libraries and provides institutional support for the Law Library, whose director reports to the dean of the School of Law.

Quinnipiac University enrolls over 8,000 graduate and undergraduate students in more than 50 majors and 20 graduate programs on 3 closely connected campuses. Upon launch of our Medical School in 2013, QU will be one of only 100 universities in the U.S. with both a Law School and a Medical School.

At the heart of Quinnipiac is our commitment to teaching and collaboration. We foster partnerships among students and with faculty.  


Strategic Leadership:

- Creates an inspirational library learning culture as the University

  transforms to an institution of national prominence
- Facilitates the use of University library resources and encourages

  scholarly activity by implementing leading edge technologies.
- Plays an active role in the design of the North Haven campus, home

  to the new Frank H. Netter School of Medicine, School of Health

  Sciences, School of Nursing, School of Education, and other planned

  graduate programs.
- Develops a mission for the undergraduate, graduate and health

  professions libraries that promotes the University's strategic plans

  and maintains a cooperative working relationship with the Law

- Develops library policies related to copyright and determines

  institutional involvement with regional and national consortia.
- Serves as a catalyst for change by collaborating with faculty to

  expand or advance library services and resources.
- Develops and implements plans for deselection and acquisition of

  library materials in tangible and digital formats.
- Provides access to library collections, university scholarship, and

  resources on the external university web site; develops the library

  portal to educate and inform the University community.
- Identifies and utilizes emerging technologies to provide a state of the

  art library.

Operational Leadership:


- Analyzes, creates and coordinates departmental budget.
- Manages, leads and develops a staff of 12 full-time librarians, 6 part-

  time librarians, and 6 clerical and technical staff, as well as student

  work-study employees.
- Maintains 24/7 operations on Mt Carmel campus as well as extended

  hours on North Haven campus.
- Solicits faculty and student input and recommendations in the

  selection of materials, databases and library applications.
- Maintains and preserves rare book collections, special collections,

  historical archives, and other valued University artifacts.
- Assumes a leadership role to cultivate a "learning commons" culture

  and uses metrics to determine University patron satisfaction with

  library services.

External Representation:


- Establish public relation initiatives to increase public awareness and

  support of library programs and services.
- Represents the university by membership in and participation at

  regional and national associations, conferences and seminars. 

Qualifications & Special Instructions to Applicants

Required Experience:

- An advanced degree in Library/Information Science from an

  institution accredited by the American Library Association.
- Minimum of 10 years of significant higher education experience.
- A record of achievement in managing a complex library environment

  which includes strong financial, technological and personnel

  management skills.
- An ability to embrace change and explore creative state of the art

  library technologies.
- Record of leadership positions and active participation in professional

  organizations of national prominence.  

Desired Experience:

The University Librarian will be a visionary and possess strong leadership traits as well as demonstrate a history of dedication to the profession; and embrace the sense of community that exists at Quinnipiac and the high value that is placed on the student which ensures a student's overall positive experience at Quinnipiac. 

The University Librarian should possess the following personal characteristics: strong collaborating, negotiating and consensus building skills; takes initiative, bring projects to fruition and provide creative and resourceful solutions to complex problems; Excellent interpersonal communications skills, both oral and written; Strong business and financial acumen.

To Apply:

Please attach a resume and thoughtful cover letter that addresses your relevant experience and philosophy of leadership and engagement for a University Librarian.

Quinnipiac University has a strong commitment to the principles and practices of diversity throughout the university community and we welcome candidates who would enhance that diversity.

Keyword Phrases

  • Libraries
  • University Librarian
  • beautiful campus
  • diversity
  • sensitivity to students and spirit of community
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: Not Specified
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
Cover Letter