Job Details

Texas Tech University
  • Position Number: 1872782
  • Location: Lubbock, TX
  • Position Type: Deans - Other

Dean of Libraries

Position Description
Principal academic and administrative officer of the University Libraries. The chief responsibility is to provide overall leadership for faculty, staff, and operations of the Libraries in accordance with established guidelines, governmental regulations, and the mission of Texas Tech.

Major/Essential Functions
As the chief academic and administrative officer for the Texas Tech University Libraries, the dean reports to the provost and senior vice president and is responsible for providing overall leadership for the faculty, staff, and operations of the Texas Tech University Libraries.
The dean plays a critical role in enhancing student learning and in advancing the research enterprise as TTU moves to solidify its position as a premier public research university. As such, the dean will provide a clear vision of the Libraries evolving role to directly support and advance the universitys strategic goals and initiatives. The dean also will lead in outreach/service and engagement by defining and communicating the role of the Libraries within the broader academic community and by advocating, both inside and outside the university, for resources necessary to achieve the librarys mission and goals, enhance existing resources, and support the functions and growth of library services. As the libraries are funded primarily by fees, the dean will be responsible for fiscal policies of the libraries and will participate in development and grant activities to bring in additional funds. Day-to-day operations of the Texas Tech University Libraries, such as providing policy for collection development, public and technical services, and facilities planning, also fall within the deans responsibilities.
The chosen candidate will work collaboratively across campus to fulfill the educational and research mission of the university through the provision of both traditional and innovative library resources and services. The successful candidate will be creative and passionate, committed to enhancing student success and development, and to the collaboration and support of research, teaching, and learning within the university and community.
Through forward-thinking leadership, the dean will position the library to respond successfully to the challenges and opportunities facing contemporary higher education. The dean will lead the library faculty through focused collaboration on a shared vision of progressing the Libraries into a facility that students, staff, and community come to view as a valued and irreplaceable source vital to their educational needs.

Required Qualifications
  • Earned MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited university is required; in addition, a doctoral degree in library/information science or other discipline is preferred
  • Five to eight years of progressive experience in university library with a least five years of successful library administrative experience, including personnel management and management of complex budgets
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience with library and archival operations, including collection development and management, library technologies, library instructional services, and data management
  • Demonstrated knowledge and/or experience with emerging technologies and innovative initiatives that promote creative use of technology and electronic resources
  • A record of scholarly achievement commensurate with appointment to the rank of professor

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience in an ARL library and at a R1 university
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic plans that reflect a shared vision
  • Demonstrated ability to develop innovative and evolving systems, technologies, services, and spaces in support of a R1 academic library
  • Demonstrated experience in the development and management of special collections, research services, digital services, makerspaces, and computer labs; experience optimizing space while managing growth
  • A record of commitment to student learning and engagement
  • Demonstrated commitment to shared governance and transparency; experience involving faculty, staff, and students in decision making
  • Demonstrated experience supporting and advancing the professional development of library faculty and staff; experience developing and advancing the scholarly activity of faculty-ranked librarians and archivists; experience with faculty evaluation, promotion and tenure.
  • Evidence of ability to form collaborative relationships across disciplines
  • Experience developing and maintaining successful relationships with campus library committees, community organizations, Friends of the Library, and other partners
  • Demonstrated ability to secure external funds, including grants; proven track record of fundraising
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Effective communication, interpersonal, and relationship-building skills; ability to foster and inspire collegiality, cohesion and trust; ability to unite constituents with different perspectives

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As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minorities, women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.

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