(EXTENDED DEADLINE) Dean - Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in Carbondale Illinois

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Southern Illinois University-Carbondale

Carbondale, Illinois

United States

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SIU Carbondale invites nominations and applications for Dean of Library Affairs. The Dean is the chief administrative officer of Library Affairs and reports to the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The successful candidate is expected to bring a vision for the future that will inspire his/her colleagues to pursue a higher standard of excellence for teaching/librarianship, service, and scholarship. S/he should also encourage and lead the faculty, students, and staff to greater academic excellence.

The library services of SIU Carbondale are centralized in Morris Library. The Library holds almost 3 million volumes, 3.6 million microform units, over 30,000 current periodicals and serials, and a wide-range of electronic resources and databases. The Library's main units are Information Services (Circulation, Geospatial Resources, Government Information, Periodicals and Special Formats, and Reference and Instructional Services), Support Services (Information Resources Management, Collection Development, and Systems), the Special Collections Research Center (Manuscripts Archives, Political Papers Archives, Rare Books, Records Management, and University Archives), the Center for Dewey Studies, and the University Press. As the center for access to academic information and collaborative learning outside the classroom, the Library provides assistive services to all students, faculty, and staff through its reference services, information literacy instruction, technical support, and geographic information systems; further, in its space, the Library hosts the University Honors Program, Writing Center, MathLab, Center for Learning Support and Testing Services, and Center for Teaching Excellence. Morris Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois, and the Greater Western Library Alliance. Librarians at SIU Carbondale are faculty and are covered by collective bargaining. Additional information about SIU Carbondale and Library Affairs is available online at http://www.lib.siu.edu.

The Dean contributes to the University's academic and development missions, including: enhancement and support of quality academic programs and scholarship/creative activity; strategic planning, budgeting, and program development; faculty and staff development; support for campus recruitment, enrollment, and retention efforts; enhancement of SIU Carbondale's tradition of serving minority, international, first-generation students, and students with disabilities; and resource development through fundraising and an increase in external grants.

REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must possess an earned master's in library and/or information science from an ALA-accredited library program or foreign equivalent. A doctorate in library and/or information science or second master's degree is preferred. Applicants must have at least ten years of professional academic library experience, including at least five years in a position of significant upper-level administrative responsibility; an outstanding publication record and a demonstrated record and commitment to securing external funding; a distinguished record of teaching/librarianship, research/creative activity, and service consistent with the qualifications for appointment at rank of Professor with tenure in Library Affairs at SIU Carbondale; significant experience with current and emerging information technologies and trends in the profession; a demonstrated commitment to teaching pedagogy and student success through library services and programs; leadership ability in the integration of new technologies with traditional materials and services to fulfill the Library's mission; experience in budget, planning, personnel, student matters, and promotion and tenure review; and active participation in state, regional, and national library and professional organizations and activities. Applicants must also demonstrate excellent organizational and communication skills; the ability to articulate effectively the Library's mission to students, faculty, alumni, external funding agencies, and other decision-making bodies; demonstrated ability to develop and sustain collegial and productive relationships with on- and off-campus constituencies, funding sources, and fundraising sources on behalf of the Library; and a commitment to high standards in education, cultural diversity, and equal opportunity.

This is a security-sensitive position. Before any offer of employment is made, the University will conduct a pre-employment background investigation that includes a criminal background check.


  1. Serve as an officer of the University with a commitment to the goals and aspirations of SIU Carbondale, as set forth under the leadership of the Chancellor.
  2. Serve as a member of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Deans' Council.
  3. Represent Library Affairs as an ex-officio non-voting member of the Graduate Council.
  4. In a spirit of shared governance, conduct the affairs of the Library in accordance with all relevant State statutes, the directives of the Illinois Board of Higher Education, the Statutes and Bylaws of the SIU Board of Trustees, fiscal and administrative policies of the University under the leadership of the Chancellor and direct supervision of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and in conformity with the Library's Operating Paper, the SIU Carbondale Employees Handbook, and all relevant collective bargaining agreements.
  5. Represent the Library's interests and perspectives while serving as official spokesperson between the Library and other units within the University, as well as with off-campus constituencies.
  6. Enhance and inspire an academic climate that will foster excellence in teaching/librarianship, externally-funded research/creative activity, and scholarly activity, including intellectual property development, and service. Support involvement and contributions by faculty, staff, and students in both institutional and professional service, as well as encouraging a well-rounded personnel development program.
  7. Facilitate the implementation of the Library's mission, vision, goals, and strategies to focus resources; and mobilize faculty, students, and external groups to achieve high performance.
  8. Allocate resources in the most effective way that supports the goal of academic excellence in services and collections. Specifically, the Dean will develop, review, and approve all academic planning, departmental budgets, and fiscal plans, their incorporation into a Library budget, and the implementation of programs within the approved budget framework.
  9. Provide leadership in personnel actions relating to recruitment, salary recommendations, appointment, retention, tenure, and retirement, as well as suspension, termination, and related actions for faculty, administrative/professional staff, and civil service staff with the concurrence of the appropriate units or bodies of the Library and in accordance with the University's principles of affirmative action and equal opportunity.
  10. Foster a commitment to diversity and an environment that advances the institution's policies on inclusive excellence and intolerance of discrimination.
  11. Meet or assign a designee to meet annually with all tenure-track faculty for the purposes of performance evaluation; initiate three (3) year reviews of Associate Deans and Directors.
  12. Identify, cultivate, involve, and solicit the community, alumni, and friends of the university in developing and sustaining an active external fundraising program. (For more information on the SIU Foundation, visit http://www.siuf.org/.) Develop external support and funding from foundations and governmental agencies.
  13. Respond to the needs of students and support campus efforts for recruitment, retention, advisement, and placement of a diverse body of undergraduate and graduate students.
  14. Cultivate leadership of faculty and staff and communicate effectively with the faculty and staff of the Library, taking measures to assure that all are informed as to the status, progress, and organization of the Library. Facilitate communication among the various departmental and research center(s) within the Library, between the Library and the Office of the Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and the Chancellor's Office, and between the Library and the broader University.
  15. Coordinate library and library-related informational services and collections with the SIU Law Library, Information Technology, other collegiate and academic units on campus, the SIU Medical School and SIU Edwardsville libraries, and with consortial organizations outside of SIU.
  16. Assist colleges and departments through providing information for program reviews and specialized accreditations. Ensure that library materials and services allow University undergraduate and graduate programs to conform to and, where appropriate, exceed the standards of accrediting agencies for undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs.
  17. Through information literacy programs and library materials and services, encourage and support the development of online courses and degree programs with other collegial units on campus.
  18. Initiate and coordinate the upgrading of the technical infrastructure, including but not limited to computers, software, networks, and ancillary equipment in the classrooms and staff and faculty offices.
  19. Supervise and enhance an administrative network for the implementation of policies formulated within the Library.

Effective Date: The position is available January 1, 2016.

Application Instructions:
Use Institution Website button to the right of this job description, then follow instructions on the jobpage at SIU-Carbondale's website.

SIU Carbondale is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans that strives to enhance its ability to develop a diverse faculty and staff and to increase its potential to serve a diverse student population. All applications are welcomed and encouraged and will receive consideration.

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Employment Type:Higher Education Executives
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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