A cover letter and contact information for three references are required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experiences that directly relate to this position. Please apply with a single document that includes a cover letter, resume, and list of references.
The University of Michigan-Dearborn seeks a creative, dynamic, and collaborative professional to serve as the Department Head for the Library Research Center. This position is a member of the senior management team of the library and the ideal candidate will bring substantial management experience, academic library knowledge, and programming experience to the position.
The Library Research Center (LRC) Department Head is responsible for day-to-day operations including direct supervision of all librarians within the department. This position reports directly to the Associate Director for Public Services. The Library Research Center’s team of highly skilled and innovative librarians collaborate together and across the library to support the educational and research goals of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The Library Research Center uses an embedded model of library service, where librarians work in close partnership with their academic programs to develop, implement, and assess initiatives around their instruction and research needs.
Participate in the development and execution of departmental and library strategic plans and roadmaps to ensure that the Library Research Center fully supports the established missions and initiatives of the campus and library
Lead or coordinate the project management of special activities of the library, especially as related to teaching, learning, research, and access to services
Provide direct, personal supervision of all departmental librarians (6 FTE) including ongoing mentoring related to the embedded librarian model and career advancement guidance
Conduct regular departmental meetings to inform and be informed
Research and monitor trends in research education, new technologies, and opportunities for services that align with library and campus goals
Serve as a member of the library’s Leadership Team and university-wide committees as appropriate
Collaborate with the User Services Department to provide effective research instruction and support for students
Compile statistics for administrative reports and contribute to assessment reports that document the library’s impact on student and faculty success
Foster a creative, collaborative work environment
Work with direct reports to develop or identify specific training for staff based on need
Participate in succession planning and management initiatives as appropriate
Maintain current librarian position responsibility statements and job descriptions for employees within the unit. Review requests for new positions/reclassifications and submit to the Library Director for approval. Consult with other library departments and Human Resources as required
Oversee and analyze the effectiveness of processes within the Library Research Center department
Support the Director and Associate Director in establishing and maintaining communication within and between departments to facilitate the work of the library and ensure library staff is informed of the Library Research Center department’s activities and initiatives
Work with the administrative team to ensure that library documents, policies and procedures for processes and services are current
Oversee a core collection of print and online resources in the subject areas of history, political science, public administration, and urban & regional studies
In support of digital education efforts, offer customized instruction to faculty and students on library resources through classes, group training sessions, and library instruction aids, including web-based guides
A graduate degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution
Three or more years of management experience in an academic library at an accredited institution serving a diverse population and collaboration with faculty on education, research and teaching
Experience and demonstrated skill in supervision, including hiring, training and development, organizing workloads, delegating responsibility, providing guidance and direction, monitoring and evaluating performance, and coaching and counseling
Ability to be proactive, flexible, and collaborative as a manager in order to accomplish departmental, library, and institutional goals
Experience partnering with faculty to support their research and teaching needs
Undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the social sciences (history, political science, public administration, or urban & regional studies) or a minimum of three year’s experience as a Social Sciences Librarian in an academic setting
Experience with current web and instructional technologies, designing teaching modules or courses
Familiarity with a learning management system (e.g., Canvas) or content management system (e.g., LibGuides)
Monday-Friday, Weekends and evening hours as needed
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
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About University of Michigan - Dearborn
The University of Michigan-Dearborn is an interactive, student-centered institution committed to excellence in teaching and learning.We offer undergraduate, graduate, and professional education to a diverse, highly motivated, and talented student body. Our programs are responsive to the changing needs of society; relevant to the goals of our students and community partners; rich in opportunities for independent and collaborative study, research, and practical application; and reflective of the traditions of excellence, innovation, and leadership that distinguish the University of Michigan.