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CODE4LIB  March 2012

CODE4LIB March 2012


Position Posting - IDS Project Executive Director


Cyril Oberlander <[log in to unmask]>


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Hello Everyone,


SUNY Geneseo and the IDS Project are announcing a unique opportunity to lead
an award-winning, innovative and transformative library cooperative known as
the Information Delivery Services (IDS) Project. We are looking for a new
leader of this rapidly evolving and growing collaborative enterprise.  The
IDS Project focuses on collaborative problem-solving and technology
developments that produce high-impact results both locally and nationally in
resource sharing, acquisitions, collection development, search and
publishing services.  If leading collaborative teams, developing innovative
technology and organizing a national conference recognized for its community
and innovation interests you, we hope you will seriously consider this
opportunity to join us. Full details about the position and the organization
are available at:   

If you have any questions about the IDS Project and this position, please
feel free to contact me.


Cyril Oberlander
Interim Director
Milne Library, SUNY College at Geneseo
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
TEL: 585-245-5528
FAX: 585-245-5769
Skype: cyriloberlander
AIM: electronicCyril


PS: Apologies for any duplicate posts

Position Description:

The State University of New York (SUNY) at Geneseo seeks an Executive
Director to lead the Information Delivery Services (IDS) Project, <>  a dynamic, expanding,
nationally-recognized resource sharing cooperative of 72+ academic and
research libraries throughout New York State (list of current members
<> ).
The IDS Project is a special statewide program implemented and administered
since 2004 within Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo. IDS Project members
incorporate a strong identity as a unified community of trust and support
that shares a combined collection of over 40 million volumes and hundreds of
thousands of articles. A major goal of the Project is to continually develop
and objectively evaluate innovative resource-sharing strategies, policies
and procedures that will optimize mutual access to the information resources
of all Project libraries. Member libraries agree to commit to a common set
of performance benchmarks and do not charge each other for ILL transactions.
The open source software and organizational strategies developed by the IDS
Project are being adopted by several other regional library consortia. The
IDS Project Executive Director reports to the SUNY Geneseo Milne Library

Specific Responsibilities: 

1.      Provide strong programmatic and administrative leadership in guiding
the future of resource sharing among New York State libraries 

2.      Provide overall organizational management of the IDS Project's
operation and services 

3.      Monitor Project budgets and expenditures, and develop additional
funding streams to support IDS Project, including sponsorship, grant
proposals, cost-recovery models & vendor exhibit/sponsorship fees 

4.      Guide development and provide overall supervision of a variety of
IDS Project events, including institutes, webinars, workshops, and an annual
summer conference attended by 275+ 

5.      Effectively market and communicate the vision of a unified community
of trust and support, focused on constant development of innovative resource
sharing services within the IDS Project 

6.      Coordinate periodic review and enhancement of IDS Project's
strategic plan with the IDS Project Council and IDS Project Administrative

7.      Lead Project Administrative Team meetings and provide overall
direction of various Project teams involved with the mentor/training
program, technology development, and other cooperative team assignments 

8.      Leverage strong partnerships with other library organizations
throughout New York State. 

9.      Represent the IDS Project via active participation and making
presentations at regional, state and national association meetings and

10.  Recruit new libraries to join the IDS Project and work with
stakeholders to recruit librarians from member libraries to participate in
Project teams 

11.  Provide excellent administrative leadership to several simultaneous
resource sharing projects 

12.  Stay current with research and trends regarding resource sharing
technology and best practices 

13.  Monitor Project-wide adherence to IDS Project contractual benchmarks 

14.  Oversee IDS Project Web presence, including enhancement and redesign of
IDS Project website 

15.  Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate 35 hour/week administrative

16.  Collaborate with Milne's Library Administrative Aide and Business
Manager on IDS Project issues 

17.  Contribute to the development of state and regional planning of library

18. Continue to develop strategic partnerships with IDS Project partners

Required Qualifications: 

.         ALA accredited Masters in Library/Information Science or other
applicable advanced degree 

.         Minimum of five years of professional library or resource-sharing
consortia experience 

.         Demonstrated administrative leadership and project management 

.         Strong oral & written communication skills, interpersonal
relations, team-building 

.         Demonstrated experience with developing successful innovative
programs or services 

.         Administrative attributes including vision, creativity,
enthusiasm, political acumen, and collaborative & consensus building skills 

.         Strong background in library technology that permits collaboration
with application technology developers 

.         Experience in assessing how technology can be optimally applied to
resource sharing and coordinated collection development initiatives 

.         Willingness to travel 

Preferred Qualifications: 

.         Evidence of sustained professional networking and involvement in
regional, statewide, and national resource-sharing organizations 

.         Experience working with multi-site distributed teams 

.         Experience working with software development teams 

.         Experience developing and working with library partnerships,
cooperatives, and vendors 

.         Strong skills in building and continually supporting collaborative

.         Thorough knowledge of current trends and best practices in library
resource sharing 

.         Strong analytical and presentation skills; able to analyze and
present data and trends in a variety of venues 

.         Experience in developing and sustaining relationships within the
library, information, and technology marketplace 

 Salary and Benefits: 

.         Salary: Minimum salary is $65,000

.         Position is 12-month, full-time position as SUNY Geneseo
professional employee 

.         Initial 2 yr. contract renewable upon positive review, now funded
for a total of 5 years. 

.         Comprehensive SUNY benefits package 

.         Relocation expenses 

.         21 vacation days, 12 holidays, and sick leave 

.         Financial support for continuous professional development 

Application Procedure: 

To apply, visit and submit an on-line professional
application, cover letter, resume, contact information for at least three
professional references and transcripts (unofficial accepted until
employment offer). Application review will begin by April 16, 2012 and
continue until the position is filled. All applicants are subject to drug
and criminal background checks. 

SUNY Geneseo is a highly selective public liberal arts college with a rich
tradition of academic excellence. It is consistently ranked among the best
public undergraduate institutions in the country. The campus of
approximately 5000 students is located in the historic, pastoral village of
Geneseo in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of Western New York,
conveniently located close to the city of Rochester. SUNY Geneseo is a
member of the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges, a national alliance
of leading liberal arts colleges in the public sector.

SUNY Geneseo is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed
to recruiting, supporting, and fostering a diverse community of outstanding
faculty, staff, and students.

Cyril Oberlander

Interim Director

Milne Library, SUNY College at Geneseo

1 College Circle

Geneseo, NY 14454

TEL: 585-245-5528

FAX: 585-245-5769

Skype: cyriloberlander

AIM: electronicCyril


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