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The Dean of the Library and Learning Resources

Saint Martin's University
LACEY, WA Full time
Posted on January 10, 2018

The Dean of the Library and Learning Resources


The Dean of the Library and Learning Resources serves as the chief administrative officer of the O’Grady Library and provides leadership, strategic vision, and effective management of all programs, services, and collections.

The Dean of the Library supervises a staff of three librarians, three regular staff, and over 25 students, as well as the emerging Learning Commons.  The Library supports undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in their studies and research.

This position requires a passion for teaching and learning and a commitment to the highest values in academic leadership and professional conduct. The dean will collaboratively set a strategic direction for the O’Grady Library, manage and generate financial resources to support and enhance library services and resources, and represent the library and university effectively in regional, national and global venues, including active participation in one of the nation’s largest and most innovative library consortia—the Orbis Cascade Alliance. The dean will promote greater collaboration among the library, the Center for Student Learning, Writing, and Advising, and other academic centers or offices on campus that focus on student learning. The dean will also support the creation of an institutional repository to disseminate university scholarship.

The dean is responsible for day-to-day operational management of the library: budgeting, acquisitions, building management, personnel development, and other tasks to ensure the library’s continued stability and seamless functioning. Finally, the dean participates in instruction and collection development as a library liaison to selected academic departments.  The Dean of the Library reports directly to the Provost and serves on the Provost Council and other university committees.

Required Qualifications:

  • An MLS from an ALA accredited institution
  • Five years of experience in positions of leadership in an academic library
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Support for the Catholic, Benedictine mission of the university

Desired Qualifications:

  • A second graduate degree in a discipline relevant to the university
  • Experience with learning commons or learning resource centers based in the library
  • Experience with institutional repositories

Application Process

Send a cover letter, CV, and list of five references to  Questions may be addressed to the search committee chair at the email above.  Review of applications will begin January 17, 2018. The successful candidate is expected to begin work on July 1, 2018.

Candidates must have valid documentation permitting them to work in the US from the date on which the appointment at Saint Martin’s takes effect. The position is subject to final budgetary approval. Finalists must provide official transcripts of graduate degree(s) and must pass a background check.

About Saint Martin's University

Saint Martin’s University is an independent four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 380-acre wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares students for successful lives through its 22 majors and 9 graduate programs spanning the liberal arts, science, mathematics, business, education, and engineering. Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its extension campuses located at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.