Purpose: Head of the library.  Evaluates, plans, implements, and administers a program of information services to support the University’s instructional programs.



  • Responsible for management of the library and serves as part of a campus-wide management team of information professionals charged with planning and implementing a comprehensive information infrastructure for the University. 
  • Manages department resources:  ensures efficient use of department resources (personnel, space, funds); evaluates new computer/technology applications for department functions and plans implementation; implements and evaluates a planning process and document for the library services program; implements short term and long range plans for department program to meet the needs of the institution's instructional programs; establishes policies for the department; approves and coordinates department priorities; analyzes and resolves problems.
  • Provides leadership: hires/dismisses, supervises, and evaluates staff; interprets goals and policies; communicates effectively and in a timely manner with department staff, the Provost, and other University departments.
  • Serves as primary liaison to library services for students, faculty, and staff. Proactively solicits input from and meet patron needs including hours open to the public, collection requirements, information literacy, etc.  Assesses the impact of academic program changes and makes appropriate service level changes. Is a positive influence for the effective use of information retrieval and technology to the campus community.
  • Supervises and coordinates the public services, electronic resources, and technical services functions; performs collection development and acquisitions duties; oversees the implementation and evaluation of automation projects; ensures that staff is educated and trained on new automated functions and technology; supervises daily operations of department.
  • Provides instructional services: supports library instruction program.
  • Serves as Copyright Officer for the University. 
  • Represents University for administrative OhioLINK duties.
  • Administers University Archives.
  • Collaborates with librarians, ISS staff, and teaching faculty regarding the use of electronic information sources.
  • Engages in personal professional development to stay current with the demands of the position by actively participates in professional library associations and committees and by attending professional workshops and conferences.
  • Performs additional related duties as assigned by the Provost. 
  • Contributes to team effort by welcoming new and different work requirements; exploring new opportunities to enhance the services of the division.
  • Serves on University committees as requested.
  • Attends and actively votes at Faculty Assembly meetings.
  • Conducts research and pursues scholarship opportunities.
  • Engages in academic citizenship.

Supervision Exercised: Professional staff of 4, support staff of 1



Education: Masters of Library Science from an American Library Association accredited institution is required.

Experience: At least 5 years of academic library experience is required.  Three years of supervisory and collection development experience is preferred. 

Specialized Training: Comprehensive knowledge of reference sources, online searching, search strategies, and library instruction methods is preferred.



Customer Service:

  • Exhibit a customer first orientation in providing exceptional service in all responsibilities and interactions demonstrating versatility in handling people and situations.
  • Adapt willingly and quickly to changing priorities, responsibilities, and faculty, staff, and student needs and expectations; anticipate and identify faculty, staff, and student needs.
  • Available for days, evenings, and weekends as required by Information Desk duties.


  • Develop and nurture an effective, productive and respectful rapport and working relationship with students, faculty, co-workers, maintaining appropriate level of professionalism.
  • Demonstrate highest regard for confidentiality of information.
  • Communicate information clearly and concisely and listen well to others.
  • Must possess strong communication skills.


  • Maintain a high level of accuracy, consistently reviewing work to detect errors, oversights or omissions.
  • Ensure accuracy of information that is provided to others.


  • Communicate, cooperate and collaborate with others to achieve common departmental, division, or University goals.
  • Willingly assist in various responsibilities as appropriate during high service demand times.


  • Take immediate and independent action when necessary assuming initiative for creative problem solving.
  • Accomplish tasks with follow through to completion.
  • Adapt willingly and quickly to changing priorities, responsibilities, and functions within department and/or position.


  • Must possess aptitude for technological development and its implications for appropriate automation of office.


Work Environment, Physical Demands: Standing or sitting in one position for long periods; computer data input; multiple concurrent tasks with constant service interruptions; high level customer contact; strict confidentiality; detailed work.

To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and contact information with three professional references via e-mail to: libraryposition@msj.edu. Please include “Attn: Director of Library Services” in your subject line. A review of resumes will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

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