Head Branch Libraries/ Assistant or Associate Librarian - Miami University in Oxford Ohio

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Miami University

Oxford, Ohio

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Job ID:  1899

The Miami University Libraries are seeking a proactive, innovative, service-centered professional to serve as the Head of Branch Libraries (HBL).  Reporting to the Assistant Dean, the Head will supervise the operations of the Business, Engineering, Science and Technology Library (B.E.S.T.)  Along with B.E.S.T., the department includes the  Amos Music Library and the Wertz Art/Architecture Library.  The HBL provides leadership and vision for the department and oversees and ensures the maintenance of high standards for all department activities. The Head participates with other library department heads and library administration in the development and management of customer focused library services.


The HBL is responsible for personnel supervision and management of three Oxford campus-based branch libraries currently consisting of 8 librarians and 9 staff members plus student assistants.  The HBL supervises all department functions including circulation, reference, research assistance, instruction, facility management, and specialized services such as 3D printing.  The HBL works in concert with other library department heads and library administration to foster a collegial environment with a view of the Libraries as a seamless system. 

The successful candidate adheres to University and Library policies, standards and best practices, demonstrates the ability to build successful working relationships with a wide variety of people and is active professionally representing the department and the Libraries at the state, regional and national levels.

Miami University is finalizing a strategic plan targeting the year 2020, and the Head of  Branch Libraries will be responsible for ensuring the department's successful participation in the Libraries' strategic plan activities.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution; five years of increasingly responsible professional experience in a branch library discipline in an academic institution as well as knowledge of STEM-related fields; ability to provide leadership and vision; strong commitment to public services and user-centered reference, instructional services, and collection management; ability to successfully supervise and mentor branch library personnel; skill in developing and managing  collections resources primarily in digital and print formats; demonstrated knowledge of and experience with evolving digital resources; ability to work creatively, collaboratively, and effectively and to promote teamwork, diversity and inclusiveness within the Libraries and the campus; excellent organizational, planning, and project management skills; excellent oral and written communication skills and ability to work effectively with culturally diverse library users and colleagues; demonstrated ability to meet the criteria as outlined in the Librarians' Appointment, Rank, and Promotion System (LARPS) for continuing contract and promotion. Rank of appointment dependent upon qualifications.

Preferred Qualifications

Successful experience supervising librarians, managing a facility and a budget as well as knowledge of scholarly communications and intellectual property issues.

Special Instructions to Applicant

Cover letter should address the relevant five years of increasingly responsible professional experience.

Miami University, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with smoke- and tobacco-free campuses, is committed to a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities, females, veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Keyword Phrases

  • BEST Library
  • #1 Nationally for best teaching
  • Opportunities for growth and advancement
  • Inclusive, equitable working environment
  • Libraries
Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: See Job Description
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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