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Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Review of applications will begin on January 29, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Position Information

Position Information

Job Posting Number S00540
Position Title Caleb T. Winchester University Librarian
Department Libraries-1060
Job Category Staff Posting
Position Type Full-Time
Position Details

Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Caleb T Winchester University Librarian has primary oversight for the Wesleyan University Library, and focuses particularly on library wide goals, objectives, and outcomes that support the institution.

Wesleyan’s Library has holdings of more than 1.6 million items in a variety of formats, including a rapidly growing collection of electronic resources, extensive holdings in art, music, and government documents, and rich special collections and archives. The wide array of resources stems from its two separate libraries (Olin Library and the Science Library) as well as its participation in the CTW library consortium with Connecticut College and Trinity College. The library provides strong support for the university’s educational mission and plays a central role in teaching, learning and research of faculty and students.

The University Librarian serves as the main public voice for the Library and participates actively in many collaborations both on and off campus. The University Librarian directly supervises the work of the Library leadership team of two Associate University Librarians, the Science Librarian, and the Director of Special Collections & Archives, who manage the day to day operations of their respective areas. The University Librarian also supervises the Archaeological Collections Manager and the Curator of the Davison Art Collection.

Primary responsibilities include:

Articulate, advocate for, and implement a clear and compelling vision for the role and future of the library in the university’s educational mission.

Raise the profile and impact of the library on campus.

Provide visible leadership that unites and empowers the librarians and library staff to discover, explore and deliver useful, innovative library services to the community.

Identify opportunities and strategies for librarians and library staff to become even more integral parts of the university and wider community

Provide library management – financial, technical, and interpersonal

Support transparent, collaborative management and staff training and development.

Utilize data in decision-making for library services and for the establishment of priorities.

Build effective working collaborations with multiple internal constituencies, including librarians, library staff, faculty, students, staff, and administration.

Collaborate with Information Technology Services to strengthen the use of technology and information literacy to support teaching, learning and research.

Partner with university development officers to seek out and obtain appropriate sources of capital for the development of the University Library; assist in preparing written proposals for fundraising from foundations, corporations, and/or individuals.

Strengthen external partnerships and relationships, including with other academic institutions and professional associations.

Provide leadership in redesigning existing physical resources in ways that support and encourage the best utilization of space

Develop strategies to evaluate and enhance the pedagogical value of the university’s physical and digital collections. Enhance the application of new technologies in support of scholarship, teaching and learning.

Develop a compelling vision and strategic plan for acquiring, promoting and preserving intellectual content.

Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in Library Science or in Library and Information Science or in a related subject and at least seven years of progressively responsible administrative experience in libraries or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Demonstrated track record of innovation, creativity, and invention

Demonstrated experience in meeting strategic goals and the ability to translate vision into reality while championing best practices.

Proven ability to inspire innovation and provide sophisticated executive direction

A successful history of staff development and team building, including a demonstrated commitment to building and supporting diverse staff

Proven ability to delegate effectively but work collaboratively both within and outside the library.

Proven ability to develop and sustain relationships with administrators, deans, faculty, staff and students

Demonstrated knowledge of current library functions and issues facing academic research libraries in areas such as collection development, evaluation and management, technology integration, publishing, and open access.

Experience managing and supporting rapidly changing user needs and expectations.

Experience managing both people and processes.

Prior experience managing budgets, grant writing and fundraising.

Demonstrated knowledge of emerging digital technologies and their potential within the domains of scholarship and scholarly communication

Demonstrated effective communication and interpersonal skills with the ability to communicate successfully within the library, across the campus community and externally

Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Excellent public speaking skills.

Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact openly with individuals of different backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications

Demonstrated track record as a change agent

Experience in academic research library leadership

A varied career in librarianship

A distinguished track record of scholarly and professional accomplishments.

Experience in space planning and utilization
Demonstrated experience representing the University effectively for purposes of engagement, outreach, development and inter-institutional cooperation

Experience using social networking, and other forms of technology for social media outreach and to deliver information services to library constituents

Management Competencies Build effective teams, Command skills, Direct others, Inform others, Innovation management, Motivate others, Project management
Competencies Action oriented, Business acumen, Composure, Creativity and innovation, Customer focus, Dealing with ambiguity, Decision quality/ judgment, Functional/technical skills, Interpersonal skills/savvy, Integrity and trust, Listening skills, Peer relationships, Personal accountability, Respects diversity, Commitment to sustainability
Special Instructions to Applicants

Review of applications will begin on January 29, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

Additional Information

Any and all offers to external applicants are contingent on the candidate’s completion of a pre-employment background check screening to the satisfaction of Wesleyan University.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Please briefly describe your approach to leadership in the library environment. Illustrate your approach with a few specific examples drawn from your career.

    (Open Ended Question)

  2. * In managing people, there are inevitably moments of extreme stress or crisis. Tell us about one such crisis and how you resolved it.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Please tell us how you specifically heard about this position? ( e.g CareerBuilder, LinkedIn, Higher Ed, InsideHigher Ed, CT.Jobs etc.)

    (Open Ended Question)

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents