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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Dir of Univ Libraries, Yeshiva Univ (NY)

Director of University Libraries, Yeshiva Univ – NY

The Director of University Libraries at the Yeshiva University will provide leadership, management and supervision of the university libraries. This includes management/oversight for collection development functions including acquisitions, processing and cataloging for print and digital resources.

Working closely with the Office of Academic Affairs, the Director will create opportunities for vibrant, robust partnerships with faculty, students and other patrons to actualize the library as a center of teaching and learning while meeting the challenges of providing information access and stewardship in the 21st century.

  • Lead strategic planning efforts, policy development, and institutional effectiveness initiatives within the Library
  • Oversee the daily operations of the libraries, coordinating technical and public services functions, including cataloging, acquisitions, circulation, and student technology support
  • Maintain awareness of and engagement with new and innovative technologies, resources and services in order to anticipate needs and identify possible solutions
  • Lead library facilities planning activities working with other university units to evaluate and meet current needs as well as anticipate and plan for the future
  • Manage major projects related to library services and programs
  • Work collaboratively with faculty to manage the development of electronic and print collections
  • Evaluate and monitor work processes; make changes and improvement in services, policies and procedures; ensure development and dissemination of related instructions and information
  • Ensure maintenance and enhancement of the integrated library system, including circulation, acquisitions and cataloging systems, web-based public access catalog and reporting functions; library database resources, including commercial and locally-developed databases; and library Web and portal pages
  • Provide reference service, bibliographic instruction and direct public service to promote the use of library resources
  • Prepare library budgets including analysis of individual program needs and allocation of capital, equipment, instructional, and other resources. Plan for long-range expenses and operational needs of the department
  • Foster support and act as an advocate for information literacy and library programs among the campus community, collaborating with faculty and other departments to coordinate efficient service delivery
  • Master’s degree in Library Science, Ph.D. or other appropriate advanced degree(s) and 7-10 years of experience in a large research library system
  • Prior experience with Jewish and rare book collections is essential
Skills and Competencies
  • Influences the behavior of others through effective communication
  • Identifies and cultivates relationships with key constituents across campuses, functions and levels, as well as external contacts
  • Assures that effective controls are developed and maintained to ensure the integrity of the organization
  • Understanding the comprehensive mission and philosophy of the university
  • Ability to manage multiple high priority projects and successfully plan, execute and evaluate new services and initiatives
  • Ethics, integrity and sound professional judgment
  • Ability to effectively communicate, motivate and collaborate with faculty, staff, administrators, students, external suppliers and constituents
  • Strong, effective written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of current and emerging trends, standards, technologies and best practices in library services
  • Experience with server management (LMS;) programming and applications for library data
Scope of Responsibility

The Director will be responsible for the Heidi Steinberg Library, the Pollack Library and the Mendel Gottesman Library of Hebraica/Judaica as well as the Special Collections. This includes a team of 10 management staff, 8 unionized professional librarians and support staff across the university campuses.

The Director will manage a budget of approximately $3.8M.

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