*Director of Library & Knowledge Commons, Harold F. Johnson Library,
Hampshire College*

Hampshire College, an independent, innovative liberal arts institution and
member of the Five College consortium with Amherst, Smith, and Mount
Holyoke Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, invites
applications for the position of director of the library and knowledge
commons. The College is located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley in Western
Massachusetts and contributes to the rich cultural environments of the
college towns of Amherst, South Hadley and Northampton.

The director of the library and knowledge commons has chief responsibility
for all library services and helps to carry out the mission of the library,
as such, “The Hampshire College Library is a dynamic hub of people,
technology, and information that serves as an incubator of ideas across all
disciplines. Educating for change demands comprehension of the past and
vision for the future.  The library’s innovative risk-taking intellectual
environment fosters new ways of creating knowledge and understanding.”  The
director plans, organizes coordinates and directs all aspects of library
services in support of Hampshire's academic mission in a unique, “do it
yourself” educational environment.  The director brings creative problem
solving to leverage available resources and ensure broadest access to
relevant resources in support of Hampshire’s unique curriculum.

The director of the library and knowledge commons attracts, develops and
supervises an engaged professional and support staff that includes liaison
librarians and staff in acquisitions and technical services, discovery,
access services, archives, media, advanced media, and the gallery.  They
work within the Five College library consortium to develop shared access to
collections and services; identify and engage partners to participate in
development of the library “knowledge, community and technology commons,” a
hub of extended academic, community-engaged and technology resources in the
library that directly support student academic success; and lead the
integration of library and technology services with assistance provided by
the Writing Center, Transformative Speaking Program, Quantitative Resource
Center, and Center for Academic Support and Advising. The director will
identify and modify library spaces to support evolving library services;
identify necessary resources; and make judicious use of existing
institutional resources in support of the library and knowledge commons.
Responsibilities will include budget planning, oversight, documentation,
and outcomes. The director of the library and knowledge commons serves as
spokesperson, both on and outside of campus.

*Current and ongoing initiatives the Director will advise and support
include the Five College Compass: Digital Collections
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collaborative digital library service with Mount Holyoke and Smith Colleges
and the Five College implementation of FOLIO and EBSCO beta hosting
services for this new open source library services platform

An advanced degree with a minimum of ten years of job related experience is
required. Qualified candidate will have an extensive knowledge of
collection management and discovery systems, library and archival
cataloging, and metadata standards. Candidate must have the ability to
collect and analyze data, project and forecast trends for libraries in
higher education  with solid interpersonal, leadership, analytical, problem
solving, organization, communication (written & oral), computer and
administrative skills. This position requires strong management skills and
an obligation to stay informed and abreast of trends and best practices in
libraries and in higher education. A commitment to working with people from
diverse backgrounds and the ability to foster an inclusive library culture
is essential.

This is a full time, benefited position. Hampshire College offers a
competitive salary and excellent benefit program. Please submit your cover
letter, resume and names/phone numbers of three professional references via
our website at

Hampshire College is an equal opportunity institution, committed to
diversity and inclusion in education and employment.


Abigail (Abby) S. Baines

Systems & Discovery Librarian

Harold F. Johnson Library

Hampshire College