Associate Dean for Resources and Digital Strategies

at Western Michigan University
Location Kalamazoo, Michigan
Date Posted April 25, 2018
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
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Western Michigan University (WMU) Libraries seeks an innovative, collaborative, and service-oriented leader as Associate Dean for Resources and Digital Strategies, to direct its Research Services, Resource Management and Information Technology Services departments.

Reporting to the Dean of University Libraries, this key administrative position supports the Libraries’ mission, vision, and strategic goals. The Libraries have recently implemented a new organizational structure and strategic plan, which offers an experienced professional an opportunity to envision and develop collaborative relationships among collections, technologies, and scholarship.

The Associate Dean serves in a co-chair capacity alongside the Associate Dean for Education and User Services, allocating the workload for and evaluating a team of faculty librarians responsible for research programming and curation and collections access. As a member of the administrative team, the Associate Dean actively participates in developing a user-focused approach to library administration, including library-wide planning, assessment, budgeting, and decision-making. The position is a full-time, fiscal year, tenured administrative appointment.


  • Serves as an active member of the University Libraries’ leadership team, participating in strategic planning, assessment, budgeting, and broad decision making
  • Leads the Resource Management department, which includes acquisitions, cataloging, metadata, electronic resources, collections, serials, and stacks
  • Leads the Research Services department, which includes digitization, data management, scholarly communication, government information, University archives and regional history collections, special collections and rare books
  • Leads the Information Technology (IT) Services department, which includes web content and strategy, IT support, systems administration, and programming
  • Models effective planning and project management skills
  • Serves as co-chair of University Libraries faculty, allocating faculty librarian workload and evaluating performance for tenure and promotion reviews
  • Informs and supports the efforts of the Instruction & Outreach and User Services departments
  • Fosters collaboration across all library departments and between the Libraries and the university
  • Actively anticipates and supports emerging trends in the fields of technical services, collection management, digital scholarship and information technology and implements innovative responses to address changing needs
  • Represents the Libraries on appropriate groups and committees and serves as a substitute for the dean when needed
  • Conducts research and engages in scholarship to advance the Libraries and the profession
  • Participates in appropriate state, regional, and national professional associations
  • Represents the Libraries in state and national consortia

Qualifications and Experience

  • A Master of Library and Information Science (or the equivalent) from an ALA-accredited program
  • At least five years of progressively responsible work experience in an academic or research library setting related to resource management, collections, or information technology
  • Supervisory and leadership experience
  • Demonstrated assessment experience and analytical skills
  • Ability to foster a collaborative team work environment, manage change, and resolve conflict
  • Demonstrated experience and skill in cultivating partnerships and collaborations with individuals and groups within and beyond the library
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trends and issues in academic libraries specifically and in higher education generally
  • Demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive, diverse work environment
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Flexibility and an ability to adapt to changes in a fast-moving, dynamic organization
  • Record of significant scholarly and professional activities and research that warrants tenure at the rank of associate professor or higher

Please visit for further information regarding the position and application procedures.

Salary:  Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience, with an excellent benefits package.

Procedures:  A cover letter, vita, and list of references must be submitted online to WMU's career and job posting website:

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin May 21, 2018. The posting will remain open until the position is filled.

Expected Start Date: September 1, 2018

With more than 1.5 million titles, and almost 500 databases, Western Michigan University Libraries is the fourth largest university library system in Michigan and among the top 100 in the country with active instructional and collection development programs.  The WMU Libraries are housed at four locations:  Dwight B. Waldo Library (Main), the Charles C. and Lynn L. Zhang Legacy Collections Center, the Gary and Rita Swain Education Library, and the Harper C. Maybee Music and Dance Library.

Western Michigan University (WMU), located in Southwest Michigan, is a vibrant, nationally recognized student-centered research institution with an enrollment of nearly 25,000. WMU delivers high-quality undergraduate instruction, has a strong graduate division, and fosters significant research activities. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching has placed WMU among the 76 public institutions in the nation designated as research universities with high research activities.

WMU is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, protected veterans, individuals with disabilities and all other qualified individuals are encouraged to apply.

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