13556: Dean of UO Libraries and Philip H. Knight Chair

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Dean of UO Libraries and Philip H. Knight Chair - Archive
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Posting: 13556
Location: Eugene
Closes: 2014-05-13

The University of Oregon, a distinguished public research university in Eugene, Oregon, seeks applications and nominations for the position of Dean of the University of Oregon Libraries and Philip H. Knight Chair.  The successful candidate must be committed to supporting the mandate of a research university with the highest level of research performance.  The new dean will be expected to lead our excellent UO Libraries further into the transitions and challenges facing research libraries in the 21st century.

The Institution

Founded in 1876, the University of Oregon is the state’s flagship institution of higher education, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and classified in the top category of research activity by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.  The University is known for its unique combination of academic quality, culture, quality of life, size and community (see uoregon.edu).

The University currently enrolls approximately 24,500 students, including 20,600 undergraduate and 3,800 graduate and professional students, and offers 300 comprehensive academic programs.  This is a pivotal moment for the new dean and the campus.  Our recently appointed president, Dr. Michael Gottfredson, will be leading the University into a new era while working with our first independent governing board and our newly formed faculty union.

The Location

Eugene is Oregon’s second-largest city.  The greater Eugene area has a population of about 250,000 and balances affordability with natural beauty and an exceptional quality of life.  Nestled between the Pacific coast and the Cascade mountain range, Eugene is often described as one of the most livable communities in the country and is considered an excellent place to raise a family.  Within easy driving distance are Portland, the major metropolitan area, and Bend, the state’s fastest growing city and a popular mountain resort area.  Beyond its tradition of academic excellence and commitment to liberal arts education, the 295-acre campus offers immediate access to extensive cultural and outdoor recreation.  The climate is generally mild.  Eugene is home to a number of high-quality music, drama and arts organizations, including the world-renowned Oregon Bach Festival.

The Libraries

The University of Oregon Libraries belong to the prestigious Association of Research Libraries (ARL)—a nonprofit organization of 123 libraries at comprehensive, research-extensive institutions in the US and Canada that share similar research missions, aspirations, and achievements.  Within the region, the Libraries have played a leadership role in collaborative models, including the formation of the Orbis-Cascade Alliance, which is now a consortium of 37 institutions in the Pacific Northwest.  The Alliance is pursuing an aggressive strategic plan that includes a shared integrated library system, shared ownership of e-resources, and shared workflows.  It is considered a national model.

Consisting of the Knight Library, branch libraries, and an extensive online presence, the University of Oregon Libraries are valued for their responsiveness to campus priorities, strong collaborative approach to collection development, shared access, and support for instructional technology.  Our rich Special Collections and University Archives hold unique manuscript materials, photographs, and books, with strengths in Oregon history, politics, and culture; children’s literature; feminism; and popular literature. Signature services include a vigorous resource sharing program; newly-formed Digital Scholarship Center; and a robust partnership with the Network Startup Resource center http://www.nsrc.org/.  Non-traditional services provided by our Libraries include: campus records management; campus support for instructional technology, including classroom equipment, computing labs, video production broadcasting, course management support, and media and instructional design. 

Current strategic initiatives include creation of a five-year plan for storage, curation, and management of digital collections; renovation and expansion of the Science Commons and Research Library (2015); selection and implementation of a new learning management system (2015); and an assessment of campus readiness for implementation of federal mandates in terms of systems, support, and workflow.  The University conducted an external review of the Libraries in Spring 2013, and the Library system is now pursuing a review of its curriculum.

The Dean of Libraries reports directly to the Senior Vice President and Provost, sits on the Academic Leadership Team along with the other deans, and plays a key role in academic planning and campus fundraising.  The Library system has a total budget of $26 million (including state and private funds).  The staff comprises 48 non-tenure-track faculty, 34 officers of administration, 88 classified employees, and 314 student employees. 

Responsibilities and Key Priorities for the Dean of Libraries

  • Provide transformational leadership to innovate and change current models as needed

  • Develop and implement the University and Libraries’ strategic plans in support of the University’s academic priorities, curricula, and research.

  • Seek new development opportunities for the libraries, create fund-raising priorities, and provide stewardship for donors, in collaboration with University Advancement.

  • Provide leadership for and collaborate with other campus units on the implementation of new technologies to support teaching, learning, and research across campus.

  • Educate and inspire the University community concerning issues in academic library services, collections, and spaces.

  • Continually align Libraries’ services to meet the needs of diverse constituencies and support a broad range of research interests and programs, including work related to underrepresented population groups.

  • Hire top librarians and staff and invest in their professional development and retraining.

  • Complete on-going implementation of first collective bargaining agreement for faculty.

  • Work closely with consortial partners in the Pacific Northwest to develop shared services and collections.

Professional Qualifications and Experience

Minimum Qualifications

  • Masters degree from an ALA accredited program or other relevant degree

  • A record of scholarly achievement and professional service

  • Evidence of increasing responsibility in leadership and management in a research library

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the fundamentals of fundraising and development and the capacity to raise substantial resources for the Libraries

  • Evidence of excellent collaboration and team-building skills in a complex working environment

  • Evidence of success in fostering a diverse staff and in serving a broad community

  • Experience with emerging technologies for teaching and research

  • Success in managing large and complex budgets

  • Proven success as an effective communicator, with excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to adapt approach, language, and style to different audiences

Desired Qualifications

  • A doctoral degree or a second Masters degree

  • Ten years or more of increasing responsibility in library management positions

  • Strong portfolio management experience

  • Experience with library space planning, expansion, or redesign projects

  • Demonstrated experience and leadership in developing collaborations regionally, nationally, or internationally

  • Demonstrated fundraising success

Applications, Nominations, and Inquiries

Inquiries, nominations, and applications should be submitted electronically to uolibrarian@uoregon.edu.  Applications must include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae or resume and contact information for five professional references.  Review of applications will begin on February 3, 2014.  Reference letters will be required of finalists.  The position will remain open until filled.

This position is subject to a criminal background check.

The University of Oregon is an equal-opportunity, affirmative-action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.