Associate University Librarian for Learning Services & Academic Engagement – UGA Libraries

at University of Georgia Libraries (view profile)
Published May 23, 2023
Location Athens, Georgia
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
Cover Letter Requirements Required
Education Requirements MLIS or equivalent
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 135000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency 135000
Hourly or Salary? Salary

Description

The University of Georgia Libraries has expressly engaged Jack Farrell & Associates (www.jackfarrell.com) to find the winning candidate for this important hire. Interested candidates should contact Jack Farrell (jack@jackfarrell.com). See below for more details. Thank you. 

 

The University of Georgia Libraries seeks a forward thinking, inclusive, and collaborative leader to provide strategic direction for teaching, learning, and public services across several library units as the Associate University Librarian for Learning Services and Academic Engagement.

This AUL is a member of the senior leadership team at the University of Georgia Libraries. The position is responsible to the University Librarian and Associate Provost for leading and advising on matters relating to the development and implementation of the mission, goals, and broad policy directions for the University of Georgia Libraries. The Associate University Librarian provides vision and advances high priority initiatives with an emphasis on including research, student success, information literacy, user experience, discovery, and access with direct oversight of several library units and departments, including Access Services, Research and Instruction, Interlibrary Loan, the Miller Learning Center, the McBay Science Library and Music, Art and Education branch libraries. As a senior administrator, this position will work closely with the University Librarian and Associate University Librarian for Collections, Discovery & Digital Scholarship, and the administrative team (including heads of Finance, Human Resources, and IT), in providing leadership in strategic planning, administration and resource allocation.

This is a newly developed position, created as an initial step in an ongoing reorganization. This process began in the fall of 2022 and is being overseen by a working group made up of people from across the organization. The group is considering how the UGA Libraries can grow and change to better meet the needs and priorities of UGA faculty, staff, and students. The AUL for Learning Services and Academic Engagement will play a critical role in recruiting key leadership positions, determining how the UGA Libraries will realign to meet the emerging needs of UGA’s 40,000+ students, the burgeoning research enterprise and the changing landscape of higher education. Relocation assistance to Athens is available to the winning candidate.

The UGA Libraries advance the University of Georgia’s mission by providing the best possible access to recorded knowledge, actively contributing to the success of students and faculty through teaching and research services provided in physical and virtual environments, exemplifying the University’s strategic priority to serve the people of Georgia and beyond, and upholding the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. A member of the Association of Research Libraries with 75 faculty librarians and archivists, 150 staff and nearly 200 student workers, the UGA Libraries receive more than three million visits per year on average and provide services at nine locations across the Athens campus, among them the Main Library, Miller Learning Center, McBay Science Library, Special Collections Libraries and Music, Art and Education branch libraries. The UGA Libraries offer nationally distinctive special collections related to Georgia’s history, politics, and public policy, and preserves one of the foremost media collections in public broadcasting. The UGA Libraries provide IT support for GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online (GALILEO), Georgia’s statewide virtual library initiative, and is home to the UGA Press and Georgia Review literary journal. Please visit libs.uga.edu for more information.

Since our founding in 1785, the University of Georgia has operated as Georgia’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (https://www.uga.edu/). The proof is in our more than 235 years of academic and professional achievements and our continual commitment to higher education. UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA employs approximately 3,000 faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serves in a senior administrative capacity for the UGA Libraries, reporting to the University Librarian and working closely with the administrative team to lead library-wide planning, policy making, and the development and evaluation of services.
  • Envisions and implements strategies that support the research, teaching, and
    learning mission of the University.
  • Provides leadership with regard to strategic planning, budget strategy, policy development, communication strategy, and assessment in support of the UGA Libraries’ mission.
  • Liaises, collaborates, and coordinates with various stakeholders on and off campus to lead public facing services to the UGA community, in order to advance strategic priorities, including research, student success, information literacy, user experience, discovery, and access.
  • Promotes and sustains a positive, equitable, diverse, and ethical workplace culture where the contributions and development of all people are valued.
  • Has direct oversight of specific Libraries’ departments and units, with supervision of approximately 7 direct reports and indirect supervision of 45 FTE. These areas include Access Services, Interlibrary Loan, Research & Instruction, the Miller Learning Center, the McBay Science Library and Music, Education & Art branch libraries.

Commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility:

In connecting the campus and community with knowledge to facilitate learning and growth, the University of Georgia Libraries, including the University of Georgia Press and the Georgia Review, play a key role in advancing the University of Georgia’s commitment to fostering diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility. As part of our Diversity & Inclusive Excellence Plan, the UGA Libraries prioritized broadening support for library-wide diversity, inclusion, equity, and access initiatives. Specific commitments include evaluating practices for hiring employees; expanding opportunities for learning and community building among employees around diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility; and providing training on specific issues such as unconscious bias. The UGA Libraries strives to create a safe, positive, and nurturing environment in which differences among employees are acknowledged, explored, respected, and embraced, and where commonality arises through dedication to a mission rather than through individual conformity.

 

SALARY AND BENEFITS  

Salary will be commensurate with experience.  Minimum salary for this position is $135,000.  UGA librarians are non-tenured faculty members.  UGA offers an attractive benefits program including a choice of health and retirement plans, dental plan, vision plan, tuition remission, paid relocation, 21 days annual leave, 12 days sick leave, and 13 paid holidays.

 

QUALIFICATIONS

Additional Requirements:

  • At least seven years of relevant experience related to the research lifecycle and/ or advancing teaching in higher education, including demonstrated experience in research services, user/access services and/or instruction in libraries, academia, or other settings.
  • Five or more years of significant and progressively responsible management and leadership experience in an academic library.
  • Candidates will be considered at the rank of Librarian I, II, III, or IV. For more information about the requirements for the Librarian ranks, please see the Guidelines for Librarian/Archivist Faculty Rank and Promotion: https://www.libs.uga.edu/employee-resources/committees/promotion/ranks

Relevant/preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification:

  • Five or more years of experience leading user-centered service initiatives in a library setting.

 

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies:

  • Knowledge of emerging trends in higher education and new developments in research, instruction, access services, student success initiatives, and the use of information technology in support of a library’s mission.
  • Ability to lead organizational change, engage in big picture thinking and build consensus around a strategic vision.
  • Knowledge of trends and issues that relate to innovative approaches to student learning and success.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships, facilitate internal communication and coordinate efforts across library departments
  • Collaboration with campus partners and external stakeholders.
  • Understanding of the value of diversity, inclusion and accessibility in an academic setting, with particular regard for the management and delivery of information resources
  • Knowledge of a wide range of library and information technology resources, services, and operations.
  • Effective project management skills.
  • Ability to effectively supervise, mentor, and support professional growth among library faculty and staff.
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to adapt to a rapidly changing environment.

 

The University of Georgia Libraries wish to emphasize that preferred qualifications are not required and we are committed to helping our future colleagues develop preferred knowledge, skills and abilities. Applicants are encouraged to communicate the ways in which their work meets required or preferred qualifications in ways that may not be obvious.

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.  Persons needing accommodations or assistance with the accessibility of materials related to this search are encouraged to contact Central HR (hrweb@uga.edu). Please do not contact the department or search committee with such requests. 

 

About the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities, is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education (https://www.uga.edu/). UGA is currently ranked among the top 15 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,700 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 40,000 students including over 30,000 undergraduates and over 10,000 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 18 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About University Libraries

The UGA Libraries advance the University of Georgia’s mission by providing the best possible
access to recorded knowledge, actively contributing to the success of students and faculty through teaching and research services provided in physical and virtual environments, exemplifying the University’s strategic priority to serve the people of Georgia and beyond, and upholding the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. A member of the Association of Research Libraries with 75 faculty librarians and archivists, 150 staff and nearly 200 student workers, the UGA Libraries receive more than three million visits per year on average and provide services at nine locations across the Athens campus, among them the Main Library, Miller Learning Center, McBay Science Library, Special Collections Libraries and Music, Art and Education branch libraries. The UGA Libraries offer nationally distinctive special collections related to Georgia’s history, politics, and public policy, and preserves one of the foremost media collections in public broadcasting. The UGA Libraries provide IT support for GeorgiA LIbrary Learning Online (GALILEO), Georgia’s statewide virtual library initiative, and is home to the UGA Press and The Georgia Review literary journal.

About the City of Athens

Just 65 miles northeast from Atlanta, Athens is a vibrant college town filled with creative
energy. The city is located along the North Oconee River in Clarke County, in northeast
Georgia just below the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and only a few hours’ drive
from the Atlantic coast. In 1801 it was chosen as the site of Georgia’s first state college and named Athens after the city in Greece. Today, Athens is considered one of the hippest small cities in America as well as one of the most progressive cities in the South.

Nicknamed the Classic City, Athens is best known for great music, a happening food scene, and of course the Georgia Bulldogs, winners of the 2021 and 2022 College Football National Championship. In the spring, the city’s Twilight Criterium, one of the country’s largest cycling events, attracts both cyclists and spectators. Athfest, a local music festival held on outdoor stages and in venues around town takes place each summer, and the Hot Corner Festival celebrates the African American business community and culture each June. On autumn Saturdays the town swells as football fans flock to cheer on the University of Georgia Bulldogs. In recent years the town is becoming known around the Southeast as a beer destination, complete with great breweries like Creature Comforts and Terrapin. Filled with historic architecture and home to the State Botanical Garden of Georgia, Athens is a unique blend of traditional heritage and trend-setting southern culture.

In 1990 the city of Athens and Clarke County combined to form a unified government. Home to more than 100,000 residents, the top three employers include the University of Georgia, Piedmont Regional Healthcare System, and the Athens-Clarke County School District. With more than 12,000 enrolled students, the Athens- Clarke County School District is proud to serve a diverse population across 14 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, and 2 high schools, as well as an early learning center and community career academy.

 

 

NOTE: The University of Georgia Libraries has expressly engaged Jack Farrell & Associates (www.jackfarrell.com) to find the winning candidate for this important position. Interested candidates are asked to provide a CV, a 2-page cover letter and a 1-page diversity statement by email to Jack Farrell (jack@jackfarrell.com).

The cover letter should address the following: 1) why are you interested?; 2) how are you qualified?;  3) what might the Learning Services & Academic Engagement unit look like in several years under your stewardship?   

The diversity statement should (in one page) describe your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Candidates are encouraged to submit their materials by June 23, 2023, however, the position will remain open until filled. Please direct further questions to Jack Farrell (jack@jackfarrell.com). Thank you.