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About Us

Director of the Library

Type:  Administrative

Status: Full-time, Salaried 

Start Date: January 1, 2020, or alternative date as mutually agreed upon

Lake Forest College seeks a visionary and collaborative leader to guide the organization in a rapidly changing information environment. The next director will ensure that the library of tomorrow remains a cornerstone of the evolving campus experience, while promoting the strategic use of the library’s services and areas to advance the overall mission of Lake Forest College. Reporting to the Provost and Dean of the Faculty, the director’s leadership and vision will be sought regularly as the College advances academic and administrative initiatives. The director will be a strong communicator who has a proven track record of working with different campus constituencies in service of the student experience.

This new position is the result of a strategic decision made to split the Office of Library and Information Technology into two distinct divisions, Information Technology Services and Library Services. The hiring of a Chief Information Officer was completed in the summer of 2018.  

During the fall 2018, the Donnelley and Lee Library underwent a self-study with outside reviewers. The comprehensive review looked at library services, communication, facility and space usage, and staffing in terms of archives & special collections, circulation, classrooms and group study space, instruction interlibrary loan, makerspace and virtual reality lab, collections, media services, reference and research, technical services, and course reserves, among many other areas. Following this review, the library has increased collaboration and focused the organization toward new strategic direction and established its new relationship with Information Technology Services, co-located in the building. In 2018, The Princeton Review rated Donnelley and Lee as a Top 20 College Library.

A highly selective liberal arts college located on Chicago’s North Shore, Lake Forest College enrolls approximately 1,600 students from more than 40 states and from more than 70 countries. Lake Forest is one of the most diverse small colleges in the Midwest with nearly 40% of our student body comprised of domestic minority and international students. Lake Forest College embraces diversity and encourages applications from women, members of historically underrepresented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

 

CORE DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Provides visionary leadership in all aspects of future library development and leads strategic and tactical planning to address institutional goals designed to foster innovation, prioritize initiatives, and manages current resources that assure continued high-quality services.
  • Focuses the library on supporting the experience of our diverse student body in all aspects of its operation.
  • Reviews existing programs and develop new strategic initiatives; update/revise staff duties as appropriate, creating new opportunities to better address the needs of the library’s users.
  • Engages all constituencies with a collaborative communication style to develop a forward-thinking shared vision for the library in relation to strategic planning; formalizes a communication structure to accomplish this goal.
  • Continually reviews and re-imagines best use of building space, including student use of study spaces, collection needs, patron counts, classroom usage, circulation data, etc. to better anticipate and address needs of users.
  • Leads initiatives to further assess collections, digitization projects, and collection deselection, as warranted by library needs and future directions.
  • Enhances as part of a strategic vision, e-book collection and usage, open source resources for students and faculty, including course reserves, and developing a strategy to inform faculty and students of the related vision.
  • Further improves a robust student employment program within the context of a highly diverse campus community.
  • Develops library instructional offerings, potentially expanding programming for students and faculty on topics like Open Access, copyright, fake news vs. real news, and information literacy.
  • Forecasts and manages annual budget process for library materials and services.
  • Promotes collaborations among academic and administrative constituents to advance the organization’s mission.
  • Supports continued participation in local, state and national library consortia.
  • Performs other duties and responsibilities as required, assigned, or requested. 

 

CORE QUALIFICATIONS

  1. Education/Training and Certification

An American Library Association-accredited master’s degree and relevant experience in higher education.

  1. Experience

A record of increasingly responsible experience in an academic library with demonstrated success in proactively managing rapidly evolving services and programs. Understanding of current and emerging trends and issues and their impact on library services. Facility with managing significant budgets.

  1. Leadership

Mentors, motivates and encourages employees to achieve mission success in a diverse higher education context, facilitating the work of employees by establishing priorities and creating efficient work structures and processes, and building consensus.

  1. Strategic Thinking

Maintains long-term focus and understands trends impacting higher education and issues relevant to the entire college, and acts as a catalyst of change.

  1. Excellent knowledge of collection management and digitalization

Awareness of needs and trends that maximize service to library users while keeping pace with changes in the field.

  1. Solid understanding of budgeting and business operations

Effectively allocates available funds, equipment, time and human resources, providing budgetary recommendations and adjusting operations to work with assigned budgets.

  1. Communication, Teamwork, and Collaboration

Proven team building success in a diverse environment with an ability to develop, mentor, motivate and lead employees in a collaborative environment that fosters teamwork and excitement toward implementing a new vision.

  1. Performance Management

Establishes short and long-term strategic goals and assigns employee responsibilities appropriately, setting clear employee expectations and addressing performance issues in a timely manner.

  1. Planning, Organizing and Accountability

Multi-tasks effectively in an environment characterized by multiple complex factors, competing priorities, ambiguous situations and resource challenges.

  1. Initiative, Problem Solving, and Decision Making

Identifies a problem, obstacle or opportunity and takes action to address it, demonstrating consistent logic, rationality, and objectivity in decision making

Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to librarysearch@lakeforest.edu. Review of applications will commence on October 18, 2019.