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Job Announcement – Lincoln University Library Director



Lincoln University invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the Library. This is an exceptional opportunity for a talented and adept leader to continue to advance the Inman E. Page Library as an integral part of the Lincoln University educational experience and to collaborate on a vision for the evolving role of the library in learning, teaching and research at the university.

Page Library seeks to be the collaborative intellectual center of the campus and an invaluable resource for students and faculty as well as for outside scholars and community members. The next director has the unique opportunity to shape the development and growth of the library and to re-imagine the strategic goals of the library going forward. The next director should be ready to develop and implement a shared vision for the library that will support the university’s academic mission, lead a strong and talented library staff and judiciously manage the libraries resources. The director will collaborate closely with faculty and administrators to align and integrate the library with academic life on campus.

The successful candidate will bring a deep understanding of technological innovations and challenges facing academic libraries today; a strong commitment to intellectual diversity and inclusion; and a passion for the mission and goals of an outstanding liberal arts and research university.

The candidate will have experience in the development and expectations of a strategic vision, a record of successful staff development and team-building, the expertise to balance support for the library’s traditional services with the development of new approaches to teaching, learning, scholarship and dissemination of knowledge.

In summary the new director is expected to –
• Develop and articulate a vision and long-term plan for library
• Initiate and strengthen collaborations with faculty and other departments on campus
• Provide inspiring leadership and support to dedicated staff
• Value and advance diversity
• Guide the continuing evolution of academic information services and adoption of new technologies
Qualifications –
• MLS from an ALA- accredited program or other appropriate degree required; an additional master’s degree or PhD is preferred
• 5 years minimum of progressively responsible library work experience required
• Evidence of effective budget management skills
• Knowledge of assessment tools and use of d a ta to evaluate programs and services
• Strong understanding of the issues of scholarly communication and open access and other challenges facing the 21st century academic library
• Proven involvement and leadership at national and regional levels on academic library issues
Submit Lincoln University employment application, resume/curriculum vita, official transcript of highest degree earned, five letters of recommendation and letter of application to: Human Resource Services, Lincoln University, 101 Young Hall, PO Box 29, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0029 or email: HRS@lincolnu.edu Lincoln University is “An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/ADA Employer.”