Director of Library Services

Fayetteville State University
Location (City, State): 
Fayetteville, North Carolina

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit:

The mission of the Charles Waddell Chesnutt Library is to support the University in its educational, research and cultural endeavors through careful selection, acquisition, organization, and interpretation of information resources. In addition, the Chesnutt Library assumes its special role as a major cultural resource for the community and the region at large.

Primary Purpose of the Position:

The role of the Director of Library Services is to provide effective administration and leadership for the academic library function that support the teaching, research and learning goals of the university. The Director is responsible for ensuring and evaluating the implementation of existing and emerging technologies that improve the delivery of library services, operations and resources. The director ensures that the library’s strategic plan supports the goals of the university and is implemented and revised as required.

The director evaluates the collections, manages the budget, supervises appropriate staff and ensures that high quality programs and services are available. In addition, he/she will partner with faculty, staff, student representatives and other administrative officials in developing new library programming. The director will lead the charge to provide effective information literacy programming for both students and faculty.

Duties and Responsibilities:

• Provides strategic leadership for all functions of the library in collaboration with other academic units, faculty, staff, and students and in support of the FSU strategic plan.
• Serves as the chief administrator and primary advocate for the Chesnutt Library;
• Guides planning and implementation of library policies;
• Provides information and reports as required by FSU, academic Affairs, UNC General Administration and other agencies on the status of the library;
• Establish a process of ongoing review, assessment and continuous improvement of library programs, resources and services.
• Ensures that the library has appropriate staff to carryout its functions and provides appropriate training and/or opportunities for the staff.
• Manages the budget and ensures effective and efficient use of fiscal resources.
• Ensures that information, digital, and technology resources of the Chesnutt Library remain up-to-date and meet the needs of 21st century users.
• Creates an active learning environment that encourages faculty and students to utilize the library as a Learning Community.
• Demonstrate organizational and academic leadership abilities;
• Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of current issues and trends in academic librarianship and in higher education;
• Proven ability to work collaboratively with library staff, faculty, students, and administrators;
• Excellent communication, written interpersonal skills.
• Familiar with best practices associated with the success of libraries that create engaged learning environments for students.
• Demonstrated innovation and creativity in library leadership roles
• Knowledgeable of program assessment for libraries.

Minimum Requirements:

Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited program.
Minimum of five years of progressively responsible experience in an academic library with at least two years being in a supervisory role

Preferred Qualifications:

Professional doctorate from an accredited program