Dean of Libraries, Lafayette College

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Published November 9, 2022
Location Easton, PA
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
Cover Letter Requirements Required
Education Requirements MLIS or equivalent
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 175000
Hourly or Salary? Salary


Lafayette College has exclusively engaged Jack Farrell & Associates ( to assist the College in its search for the next Dean of Libraries. Interested candidates should provide a CV by email to Jack Farrell ( Instructions on a cover letter will be provided. Applications will be held and reviewed confidentially.


Lafayette College ( invites nominations and applications for the position of Dean of Libraries. A 2014 winner of the Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), Lafayette Libraries is recognized for its accomplishments in digital scholarship, its pioneering of new models for collaborative content acquisition, its vibrant teaching programs, and, its leadership role at Lafayette in embedding the principles of justice, equity, diversity and inclusion into the daily fabric of the campus community. The College seeks a Dean who can lead the Libraries to new levels of achievement, innovation, and excellence. Lafayette College offers competitive salaries, generous benefits, and relocation assistance is available to the successful candidate.

The ideal candidate must have a strong sense of the role of libraries in the evolving world of knowledge creation and collection and overarching challenges and opportunities, including emerging technologies and digital content, information literacy, preservation of archival and digital materials, and space and facilities. The Dean is actively visible across campus and should be accessible, passionate about the role of the library in a small college environment, and an excellent communicator with diverse audiences.

Main Responsibilities of the Dean

Reporting to the Provost, the Dean of Libraries provides strategic direction and vision for the Libraries. The Dean leads efforts in all areas of library operations, including diversity, equity, and inclusion, digital collection and preservation, information literacy, resource sharing, and space utilization, and facilitates the implementation of the Libraries’ core services and long-term plans. Toward that end, the Dean oversees the Libraries staff of 33 (15 librarians) and has six direct reports. The Dean assesses, develops, and implements resources and services in order to meet the diverse needs of the College community. The Dean manages an annual budget of $5.0 million, with a commitment to fundraising and alternative revenue generation to support library programming, spaces, collections, and technology. The Dean also champions excellence in library staff development by advocating for and promoting librarian and staff professional growth.

As the Libraries’ representative on the Provost’s Council and on committees such as the Educational Policy Committee of the Board of Trustees, the Dean of Libraries is the chief advocate for recognizing the Libraries’ value and impact on student learning, faculty pedagogies and scholarship, and campus engagement. In partnerships with campus stakeholders including various academic departments – the Center for the Integration of Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship; Information Technology Services; and Development – the Dean represents and advances the Libraries’ mission and strategic initiatives. Through outreach and participation in local, regional, national, and international organizations, the Dean cultivates opportunities for cooperation on programs within the college and with other organizations and institutions.

Qualifications and Qualities

In addition to having an ALA-accredited master’s degree in library and information science or equivalent, the ideal candidate will have a record that demonstrates the following qualifications:

  • Minimum of seven years of academic library experience with increasing responsibilities
  • Broad knowledge of the major issues and emerging trends in academic libraries and librarianship
  • Critical understanding of the teaching mission of academic libraries, especially small liberal arts college libraries, and their role in knowledge creation and preservation
  • Extensive experience supporting and advocating for digital scholarship and digital initiatives, and can articulate how these affect the technological infrastructure of the library
  • Significant experience in engaging with students, staff, and faculty, and in developing collaborative relationships within and beyond the academic institution
  • Proven commitment to building and advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion within an academic library, at its parent institution, and in the profession
  • Demonstrated ability to think, plan, and lead collaboratively, strategically, and transparently
  • Evidence of success in effectively representing and advocating the library’s mission and interests
  • Record of effectiveness in fostering cohesion and a culture of innovation and informed risk taking in the workplace
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and organizational skills
  • Experience with staff performance reviews, including recognition of staff accomplishment

About the College

Founded in 1826, Lafayette College strives to develop students’ skills of critical thinking, verbal communication, and quantitative reasoning and their capacity for creative endeavor; it encourages students to examine the traditions of their own culture and those of others; to develop systems of values that include an understanding of personal, social, and professional responsibility; and to regard education as an indispensable, lifelong process. Lafayette College is committed to creating a diverse community: one that is inclusive and responsive, values mutual respect, and exists in a collaborative atmosphere that is supportive of each and all of its faculty, students, and staff who represent a wide variety of views and experiences. The College seeks to promote diversity in its many manifestations. These include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disability, and place of origin.

The College is proudly independent, academically competitive, and diverse in culture and perspective. It offers a Bachelor of Arts in 37 fields and a Bachelor of Science in 16 fields, including 5 in engineering. Its population of 2700 undergraduate students draws from 43 U.S. states and territories, as well as 52 countries. The 240 full-time faculty members, of whom 99 percent hold a doctorate or other terminal degree, create an enviable 10 to 1 student-faculty ratio. Faculty are accessible and wholly focused on student success.

There are 69 buildings on campus comprising approximately 1.76 million square feet, on 340 acres, including a 230-acre athletic campus. The College’s nearly $1 billion endowment is devoted exclusively to enhancing the undergraduate student experience.

The College's beautiful campus, overlooking the Delaware River, is located in Easton, PA. Lafayette is 70 miles west of New York City and 60 miles north of Philadelphia, and the scenic Pocono Mountains are about 35 miles north. Within a short distance of campus are beautiful parks, hiking, biking and walking trails. Quality of life in the Lehigh Valley is high with excellent schools, reasonable cost-of-living, easy access to amazing natural beauty, and proximity to the “big city” when desired. See more at


Lafayette’s Libraries provide students with a wide range of information sources and services developed to support their educational pursuits. The David Bishop Skillman  Library is the College’s main library, with a collection of more than 600,000 volumes. The Skillman Library has won numerous accolades including The American Institute of Architects/American Library Association Library Building Award. It offers an abundance of open space, natural light and inviting venues for group or individual study. There are ongoing conversations about how to further enhance Skillman Library’s physical spaces.

The  Fred Morgan Kirby Library has an additional 30,000 volumes related to government and law. Kirby Library’s classically inspired, oak-paneled reading room is among the most beautiful interior spaces on campus. The two libraries subscribe to thousands of magazines, journals, and newspapers in electronic and paper formats and an extensive array of electronic databases and books, accessible both on and off campus. The Lafayette College Special Collections and College Archives, housed in Skillman Library, acquires, preserves, and provides access to unique materials and primary sources that support the teaching, learning, and research needs of students, faculty, and staff. Significant holdings relate to the Marquis de Lafayette and the history of Lafayette College from its founding in 1826 to the present day. The Libraries also provide access to collections beyond those at Lafayette. Students have borrowing privileges at five other colleges in the Lehigh Valley and may use interlibrary loan services to request materials from libraries across the country.

Lafayette is deeply committed to creating a diverse community, one that is responsive, inclusive, and is supportive of each and all of its faculty, students, and staff. All members of the College community share in the responsibility for creating, maintaining, and developing a learning environment in which difference is valued, equity is sought, and inclusiveness is practiced. All

Lafayette operations reflect the College’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, Access, and Inclusion (DEAI) initiatives, and Lafayette welcomes applicants from diverse backgrounds

NOTE: Lafayette College has exclusively engaged Jack Farrell & Associates ( to assist the College in its search for the next Dean of Libraries. Interested candidates should provide a CV by email to Jack Farrell ( Instructions on a cover letter will be provided. Applications will be held and reviewed confidentially.