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Associate Librarian for Access and Collection Strategies

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Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Position Details

Position Information

Position Title Associate Librarian for Access and Collection Strategies
Department Library, Administration
Position Number 1001122
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Associate Librarian for Access and Collection Strategies

Dartmouth College Library seeks a creative, experienced, and forward-thinking leader to develop and implement effective strategies for the access, discovery, development, and management of its collections and information resources in support of Dartmouth’s mission. In a rapidly changing information landscape, the Associate Librarian for Access and Collection Strategies (“Associate Librarian”) will provide deep expertise and active engagement with key stakeholders across Dartmouth and beyond to ensure that Dartmouth scholars are connected to information resources critical to their research, teaching, and learning, whether these resources are held locally or remotely, in print, digital or other formats. The Associate Librarian will bring innovation and ingenuity to the challenge of balancing traditional and emerging collection activities. S/he will also be the Library’s principal liaison in national and international partnerships, maintaining current and developing new consortial licensing agreements and collective collecting initiatives.

In addition to being the expert on access and collections strategy, the Associate Librarian will also serve as a critical member of the Dean of Libraries’ collaborative senior leadership team. The new Dean joined Dartmouth in December 2016, and is currently building a team of strategic, innovative, and action-oriented library leaders. The Associate Librarian will have the opportunity to participate in wide-ranging strategic planning, policy development, and resource allocation decisions and to contribute to the overall advancement of library programs and services in keeping with the mission and vision of Dartmouth College.

Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world’s greatest academic institutions. The Dartmouth Library is dedicated to supporting teaching, learning, and research and works in partnership with the students and faculty of the School of Arts & Sciences, the Thayer School of Engineering, the Tuck School of Business, the Geisel School of Medicine, and the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. Dartmouth Library is supported by a highly committed professional and support staff of about 170. The Dartmouth College Library is a member of the Ivy Plus Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, CRL, NERL, HathiTrust, DPN, and the Library Publishing Coalition.

Approximately 70 FTE’s of experienced and talented personnel currently work within the following divisions, which report up to the Associate Librarian: Access and Delivery Services, Acquisitions and Collection Assessment Services, Cataloging and Metadata Services, Preservation Services, and Records Management.

Please send nominations, applications, and queries in confidence and electronically to:
Sue May, Partner
Matthew Bunting, Managing Associate
Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP
DartmouthCollections@storbecksearch.com

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Position Purpose

Dartmouth College Library seeks an experienced leader to develop and implement effective strategies for the access, discovery, development and management of its collections and information resources in support of the mission of Dartmouth. In a rapidly changing information landscape, the role holder will provide deep expertise and active engagement with key stakeholders across Dartmouth and beyond to ensure that Dartmouth scholars are connected to information resources critical to their research, teaching and learning, whether these resources are held locally or remotely, in print, digital or other formats. The Associate Librarian will bring a collaborative approach to setting clear priorities to manage traditional as well as emerging collection activities. S/he will also be the Library’s principal liaison in national and international partnerships in respect of consortial licensing agreements and collective collecting initiatives.

In collaboration with the Dean of Libraries and the senior leadership team, s/he will share responsibility for strategic planning, policy development, resource allocation, and decision making for advancing library programs and services that align with the mission and vision of Dartmouth.

Skills & Knowledge

• Demonstrated ability to provide strategic leadership, vision and direction in a complex organization.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Ability to define and articulate goals, set priorities, and evaluate impact and results.
• Demonstrated project management, analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Demonstrated knowledge of best practices and current trends in both digital and physical resource management and operations.
• Experience with collaborative collection development and network level collection programs.
• Knowledge of developments and issues in scholarly communications as these impact on long-term collection strategies.
• Ability to thrive in an environment of change, and to foster that resilience in others.
• Ability to work collaboratively in a complex environment.
• Familiarity with emerging trends in integrated library systems and information management technologies and discovery.
• Understanding of intellectual property issues and their impacts on access to information.
• Familiarity with trends in preservation and conservation with particular emphasis on digital preservation.
• Commitment to diversity and to serving the needs of a diverse community.

Minimum Experience

• 7 years of progressively responsible experience in academic or research libraries, including substantial experience in supervision and management.
• Experience working with key stakeholders in planning and delivery of user-centered collections and services.
• Demonstrated experience in building effective partnerships and working collaboratively with key partners internally and externally.
• Experience with administrative activities in academic libraries, including developing and tracking budgets, developing user or staff policies, and tracking and analyzing assessment or other data sources as part of program assessment.
• Experience of obtaining grant funding and managing grant funded projects highly desirable.

Minimum Education

ALA accredited Master’s degree in library or information science or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Advanced graduate degree in a relevant area preferred.

SEIU Level Not an SEIU Position
FLSA Exempt
Employment Category Regular Full Time
Department Contact for Cover Letter Please send nominations, applications, and queries in confidence and electronically to: Sue May, Partner Matthew Bunting, Managing Associate Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, LP DartmouthCollections@storbecksearch.com
Equal Opportunity Employer

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.

Special Instructions to Applicants

Employment in this position is contingent upon consent to and successful completion of a pre-employment background check, which may include a criminal background check, reference checks, verification of work history, and verification of any required academic credentials, licenses, and/or certifications, with results acceptable to Dartmouth College. A criminal conviction will not automatically disqualify an applicant from employment. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Key Accountabilities

Key Accountabilities

Strategic Planning
• Leads long-range planning to develop and maintain enduring, accessible collections and information resources in support of Dartmouth’s research, teaching, learning, and outreach goals.
• Together with the Associate Librarian for Research and Learning, provides guidance and frameworks that will ensure a holistic approach to scholarly resources across the developing publishing landscape and the full research life cycle.
• Collaborates with the Associate Librarian for Digital Strategies to develop innovative methods of resource discovery and use of digital collections.
• Directs evaluation strategies in order to ensure that collections are a dynamic part of proactively aligning the Library’s activities to the objectives and priorities of Dartmouth.
• Partners with key stakeholders to identify, develop and support emerging local collection priorities and to build on existing internal and external collaborations.
• Provides direction for the expansion and development of resources sharing initiatives.
• Contributes to the development of programs to manage digitized and born-digital materials across their life cycle.
• Oversees all collection activities related to the general, special, and archival collections as well as records management.
• Sets priorities for system wide collection management activities such as reformatting, deaccessioning, and transferring low use materials to off-site facilities.

Leadership
• Leads the Library’s access and collections programs including: acquisitions, resource licensing, cataloging and metadata creation, collection assessment, access and delivery, preservation, conservation, and reformatting, and management of College records.
• Inspires a team of creative and dedicated library staff to develop and provide effective access and collection services for library users on and off campus.
• Fosters an environment that supports creativity, innovation, risk taking, and continuous program assessment.
• Directly supervises, provides leadership, and sets priorities consistent with Library and Dartmouth goals for direct reports.
• Leads the Library’s collections development and management program; in conjunction with the Associate Librarian for Research and Learning develops mechanisms to facilitate joined-up approaches to library liaison and collection development work.

Partnerships
• As the principal liaison, represents the Library as an active partner in consortia and regional, national, and international collection programs.
• Plans and executes joint collection development, access, management and resource sharing programs and manages effective working relationships with peer institutions.
• Explores new partnerships in support of Dartmouth’s mission and goals.

Budget & Finance
• Strategically allocates annual budgets and manages collections related general funds and restricted funds aligned to strategic objectives and priorities and compliant with Dartmouth policy and practice.
• Assesses and evaluates the effectiveness of the collections program and allocates resources to meet the research, teaching and learning needs of the Dartmouth community.
• Negotiates financial, collaborative, and consortial arrangements to the best advantage of the Library and Dartmouth.
• Identifies grant funding opportunities to advance stated goals.
• Contributes to the Library’s fundraising and development agenda.

-- Performs other duties as assigned

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Writing Portfolio
  3. Additional Document #1
  4. Additional Document #2

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