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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

F/T - Associate Director for Collections - University at Albany, SUNY

POSITION: Associate Director for Collections
The University at Albany, SUNY, invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Director for Collections. Reporting to the Dean and Director of Libraries, this senior administrative position is responsible for building, assessing and managing the Libraries’ print and electronic collections, managing a $5 million acquisitions budget, and supervising, coordinating and evaluating the work of the Libraries’ subject specialists. Responsibilities also include oversight of gifts, Special Collections, University Archives, and the Preservation Office. As a member of the senior administrative group, the Associate Director shares responsibility for developing and implementing the mission, goals and broad policy directions for the University Libraries.
Albany is looking for an experienced, creative leader with a keen sense of the evolving role of research libraries in the digital age and demonstrated knowledge of best practices and current trends in collection management and scholarly communication. The Associate Director works actively with academic schools and departments to determine selective areas of excellence and growth to be reflected in the Libraries= collection investment. S/he is responsible for coordinating initiatives with other associate directors and library managers, advising and mentoring junior faculty, and promoting staff professional growth. S/he represents the Libraries on collaborative projects with other campus units and other libraries. The Associate Director demonstrates commitment to personal professional development through scholarly research and publication, presentations, and participation in national professional associations.
Required: Graduate degree in librarianship from an ALA-accredited institution and from a college or university accredited by a U. S. Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization. Successful, progressively responsible experience in developing research library collections; management and supervisory experience; and, a track record of creativity in developing library programs. Strong analytical and budget management skills. Demonstrated ability to work across organizational boundaries and to lead effective teams and manage change. Working knowledge of the scholarly publications market, scholarly communications trends, the open access movement, digital repositories, and library technical services and resource sharing. Must demonstrate: strong service orientation; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to organize and plan; leadership ability; and ability to use library and office computer applications. All applicants must address in their cover letter their commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action and their ability to work with a culturally diverse population. All applicants must have a record of publication and service that meets the Libraries’ criteria for appointment at the academic faculty rank of Associate Librarian.
Preferred: Subject specialization or an additional graduate degree; experience working in a public institution and unionized environment; and, grant writing experience.
Calendar year appointment and tenure-track position; sick leave and annual leave at 1.25 days each per month; health insurance, dental, vision and prescription coverage. TIAA/CREF or New York State Employees’ Retirement available (employee contribution rate 3% for the first 10 years).
by April 30, 2010, providing your resume, a cover letter, and the e-mails, street addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references.
Anna Z. Radkowski-Lee, Library Personnel Officer, University Libraries - UL 112, University at Albany, SUNY, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12222,
Albany’s University Libraries, a highly valued partner in teaching and research at the University, serve a campus community of 18,000 full-time and part-time students and 2,300 faculty and staff and a broader regional, national and international community. The Libraries employ a dynamic and knowledgeable staff of 121 and 200 part-time student assistants to provide excellent services to a campus community that makes heavy demands on these services. Collections exceed two million cataloged volumes and the Libraries offer a full spectrum of resources, from rare books and manuscripts to electronic resources. Librarians work closely with teaching faculty to offer user education and information literacy instruction.
The University Library, located on the main campus, is a 175,000 square feet, 4 story building. It contains fully networked library classrooms and laboratories, a 60-seat computer user room, and an interactive media center. The Dewey Graduate Library on the Rockefeller College campus serves the graduate schools of Criminal Justice, Public Administration, Social Welfare and Information Studies. The Science Library, opened in September 1999 on the main campus, houses the Science Library, the M. E. Grenander Department of Special Collections and Archives, and the Library’s Preservation Department. All three libraries house Information Commons that were developed in partnership with campus Information Technology Systems.
The University Libraries are a member of the Association of Research Libraries. Minerva, the Libraries’ ILS, runs on the Ex Libris Aleph library management system. The Libraries are currently engaged in digitizing selected collections related to the history of the University and, in partnership with other units on campus, are making digitized images and audio and video files available on the Web using LUNA Insight. Additional information about the University at Albany Libraries is available at http:/
Located in the state capital of New York, the University at Albany is an internationally recognized public research institution. Students choose from more than 100 undergraduate majors and minors and 120-plus graduate programs. Many of these programs are nationally ranked, including the College of Nanotechnology Science and Engineering which ranks number one in the world. In every area of study, students are instructed by faculty who are world-class scholars and teachers - many actively engaged in life-enhancing research. As mentors, they provide numerous student-research opportunities at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, inspiring students to advance their skills and aspirations.
The Capital Region includes the cities of Albany, Schenectady and Troy, and has a population of approximately 875,000. It is located within a short distance to the Catskills, Berkshires and the Adirondacks, the largest wilderness area east of the Mississippi River. Major ski areas such as Gore, Hunter and Mt. Snow are within easy commuting distance. Saratoga Springs, 25 miles to the north, is internationally known as a sport, concert and cultural center. The Berkshires to the east are popular with nature lovers, outdoor recreationists and as a center for visual and performing arts.