Physical Sciences and Engineering Department Director (UL298)
University of Minnesota 348 reviews - Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN

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-- ALA-accredited Masters degree in Library/ Information Science, or equivalent combination of an advanced degree with relevant experience.

-- Minimum of three years experience in progressively responsible positions within an academic library (or related) environment.

-- Successful leadership experience, including the ability to lead and motivate librarians and staff and the potential for leading transformational change.

-- Demonstrated understanding of physical sciences scholarship and research processes, scholarly communication, publishing, and copyright issues.

-- Demonstrated understanding of pedagogy and educational practices, and emerging library service models including elearning.

-- Experience with liaison relationships, research services, instruction, or content/collections management.

-- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

-- Demonstrated creativity, initiative and self-direction.

-- Ability to respond effectively to changing needs and priorities.

-- Ability to work both independently and in cooperation with colleagues and library users in a diverse, service-oriented, collaborative environment.

-- Understanding of technologies that support research, teaching and learning.

-- Flexibility and openness to change.

-- Undergraduate or graduate degree in a physical sciences or engineering field; or significant discipline-specific experience in an academic library.

-- Experience in developing working partnerships with academic departments and other campus communities.

-- Knowledge of emerging trends in e-science and research services.

-- Evidence of successful and creative management of staff and operations, including the fostering of staff development and growth.

-- Experience in integrating new technologies into the delivery of information services.

-- Experience in grant development.

-- Project management experience.

-- Record of professional activities, including research and engagement in professional organizations.


The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus Libraries seek a forward-looking and creative professional to develop a shared vision of library programs and resources to meet the current and emerging needs of physical sciences and engineering teaching, learning, and research. The Physical Sciences and Engineering Department serves the College of Science and Engineering and works with relevant interdisciplinary programs and scholars across campus. This position reports to the Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning.

The Physical Sciences and Engineering (PSE) Department Director leads, shapes, and oversees the work of seven professionals and nine support staff distributed across three library facilities, with focused programs within Walter Library. The Math Library and daily operations for the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Library report to this Director. The Physical Sciences and Engineering Department also has responsibility for coordinating services in the SMART Learning Commons, and providing leadership for the institutional repository and research services across the division. PSE staff have significant responsibilities in the areas of campus engagement, research services, teaching and learning including e-learning, content and collections management, and scholarly communication.

As a member of the Research and Learning (R&L) Directors group, the Director collaborates with the AUL and other R&L departments to imagine, define, implement, and support the next generation of services, tools, and collections that will enhance teaching, learning, and research. As a member of the Libraries Leadership Council, the Director contributes to Libraries-wide planning, budget allocation, and the development and leadership of major strategic initiatives. The position has a critical responsibility for collaboration and building strong relationships with internal and external stakeholders.

The successful candidate will also contribute to the Libraries, the campus, and the profession, engaging with colleagues nationally as s/he works toward continuous appointment.

Program/Unit Description

The University Libraries are an integral part of campus life and a significant contributor of resources and programs within the metropolitan area, the state, and beyond. The Libraries provide a highly collaborative environment, distinguished by new models for teaching/learning, research support and scholarly communication; innovative web services, significant collaborative digital library development, programs of process improvement and organizational development, and a record of innovative partnerships. Outreach is strengthened by unparalleled infrastructure for resource sharing and information access within the state and region provided by the University Libraries-based Minitex program. The Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), the Center for Research Libraries, the Digital Library Federation, the Digital Preservation Network, and the Coalition for Networked Information, and are a founding partner in the HathiTrust.

Application Instructions

This is a full-time, 12-month, continuous appointment track academic professional position with probationary appointment at the Assistant Librarian rank with the potential for appointment at Associate Librarian. The Libraries offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits and substantial moving allowance.

To Apply:
Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Submit a letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three current professional references at . Please identify cover letter with UL298.

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