Lead, manage and coordinate the acquisition, management, organization of and
access to traditional and digital collections for the Smith College Libraries.
Manage a $3.4 million materials budget. Collaborate with library leadership
and staff to realize the vision and mission of the Libraries. Participate in
research, teaching and learning services.
Duties and Responsibilities
Leadership & Planning: Actively contribute to library-wide strategic planning,
policy development, assessment and resource management. Demonstrate leadership
in and commitment to the concepts and practices of the learning organization
throughout the libraries.
Develop and sustain a vision for Discovery & Access that supports the
Libraries' overall mission and vision. Develop strategic plans and
initiatives. Collaborate effectively to strengthen and develop services in
response to user needs, new opportunities, evolving technologies and trends in
academic libraries and higher education.
Management: Lead, guide and support all operations and services for acquiring,
processing, providing intellectual access, organizing, managing, delivering
and preserving print and electronic collections. Experiment with new
approaches to these services. Fully implement and utilize the features and
functions of associated library systems and software. Manage and control a
$3.4 million library materials budget in conjunction with the Coordinator for
Collection Development. Engage with students and faculty to ensure services
successfully meet current and emerging needs.
Achieve operational excellence through effective allocation of resources,
continuing assessment and adoption of best practices. Actively promote
teamwork, collaboration, continuous learning and staff development within the
framework of a learning organization. Foster open, active and participatory
communication within the group across the Libraries and with partners outside
the Libraries and the College. Supervise 7 FTE
Teaching/Learning/Research: Actively support reference, research, teaching and
learning for faculty and students. Collaborate closely with academic
departments and individual faculty in assigned subject areas. Participate in
the work of the Libraries through service on library-wide and Five College
committees. Engage in professional activities, and keep current with emerging
practices, methodologies, and technologies. Perform related duties as
Master's degree from an ALA-accredited program; 5 years of progressively
responsible experience in planning, implementing, and managing discovery and
access services; substantial supervisory and leadership experience; solid
subject knowledge in liberal arts disciplines; or an equivalent combination of
education and experience.
Skills: Ability to think strategically at both a systems level and the group
level. Ability to apply critical, analytical and innovative thinking to work.
Ability to successfully manage projects, prioritize work, and identify and
solve problems. Excellent written and oral communication skills. Demonstrated
ability to work in a collegial and collaborative environment. Demonstrated
continuous learning of new skills, their application and sharing with
colleagues. Familiarity with best practices in access and technical services
and resource sharing.
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