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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

F/T - Dir. Teaching, Research and Learning Services, U. Penn (Philadelphia)

Dir. Teaching, Research and Learning Services, U. Penn – PA

The University of Pennsylvania seeks a Director of Teaching, Research and Learning Services, reporting to the Vice Provost and Director of Libraries.


Responsible for the teaching, research and learning services of the Penn Libraries including campus wide courseware management, research and instructional services, two learning commons, ten departmental libraries and a digital media lab. Manages day-to-day operations, sets policies, coordinates services, creates long-term strategic plans, develops partnerships and, as part of the Director’s cabinet, shares responsibility for the overall operations of the Penn Libraries.

Coordinates the implementation and assessment of programs and services that enable scholarly research, support advancements in pedagogy and enhance the learning experience at Penn.

Fosters the development of new public service programs that engage the entire Penn community while recognizing and addressing the specific needs of individual schools and/or disciplines.

Oversees the management of ten departmental libraries.

Participates in the Libraries’ senior management team; is responsible for system-wide policy, planning and administration.

Collaborates with colleagues in the academic community at Penn to think creatively about the implementation of educational technology and optimize the use of courseware on campus, and develop effective programming for innovative learning spaces such as the Weigle Information Commons, the Education Commons and the Collaborative Classroom.

Leads a team of expert, innovative and service-oriented librarians in developing and delivering cutting edge services that support 24×7 library use.

Working with senior colleagues, develops programs for innovative and ergonomic renovation of library space.

Assesses and monitors the quality, effectiveness and outcomes of programs and services.

Stretches the reach of the Penn Libraries through involvement with local, regional, state and national organizations and by fostering and supporting consortial initiatives that cut across the spectrum of public services.

Assists in fundraising activities in support of the Penn Libraries.


Master of Library Science, or its equivalent in theory and practice, is required; an additional graduate degree is preferred.

A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible and productive library experience in public services.

An understanding of research universities, their organization and function and current issues in higher education.

A working familiarity with courseware systems and the evolving pedagogical landscape in higher education is highly preferred.

A record of excellent working relationships with faculty, students, library staff and administrators.

A vision for the future of university research library services.

A record of collegial leadership in initiating and implementing user-based library services and programs.

An ability to be effective in system-wide planning, oversight and administration of the Libraries while working collaboratively and effectively across divisional lines.

Excellent communication skills and the ability to engage staff at all levels of the organization.