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Director of Branch Libraries

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Work type: Faculty - Other
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Library

Department: Library
Rank: Senior Librarian
Annual Basis: 12 Month

Review of Applications Begins
September 27, 2018; position open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants
In addition to your online application, please include:
1) A cover letter that clearly articulates how your knowledge and experience make you an ideal fit for this position.
2) A current resume or CV
3) Three professional references, one of whom must be your current supervisor. NOTE: References are not contacted until the final stage of the search process, and only after prior notification to the candidate.

Department Summary
The University of Oregon Libraries is an essential partner in the University’s educational, research, and public service mission. With five locations on the Eugene campus, and branches at UO Portland and at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology, the Libraries offers flexible service- and technology-rich environments for our users’ research and learning needs. The University of Oregon Libraries is the only Association of Research Libraries (ARL) member in Oregon. The library is a member of the Orbis Cascade Alliance, Oregon WIN, SPARC, Center for Research Libraries, DuraSpace, the Council on Library and Information Resources, Coalition for Networked Information, EDUCAUSE, and other major organizations. In addition to a full range of research library programs and services, the UO Libraries provides many of the university's central educational technology services, including learning management system administration, classroom technology support, broadcast-quality video production, distance education delivery, streaming media, educational technology support, and technology-related faculty development and training.

The UO Libraries operates six branch libraries, five of which the incumbent will oversee: the Design Library, the Portland Library and Learning Commons (PLLC), and the Science Libraries, comprised of the Allan Price Science Commons & Research Library (PSC), the Mathematics Library, and the Loyd and Dorothy Rippey Library at the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology.

Position Summary
Reporting to the Associate Dean of Libraries for Research Services, the Director of Branch Libraries has administrative, programmatic, and operational responsibilities for all of the branch libraries, except for the Law Library. The director exercises supervisory and oversight authority for librarians, officers of administration, classified staff, and student assistants. The position is responsible for responding to the needs of faculty, students, staff, and the public.


This position provides strategic leadership and oversight for assigned areas in the position’s portfolio, but also contributes significant hands-on work related to library-wide strategic planning and evaluation. The Director supervises 4.0 FTE non-tenure-track faculty (NTTF) and 3.0 FTE officers of administration as direct reports, and is responsible for oversight of an additional 6.5 FTE permanent employees and a large number of student assistants working within the branch libraries. The position provides leadership as the administrative sponsor for the Data Visualization Working Group, the Emerging Technologies Working Group, and ad hoc strategic groups as needed, and will be asked to provide subject liaison duties as needed. The incumbent serves as a member of the Library Council and participates in appropriate professional development activities and organizations to stay current with trends and practices in the field, and to meet criteria for promotion and retention.

Minimum Requirements
• Master's degree in Library and Information Science/Studies (MLIS) from an ALA-accredited program.
• Advanced degree in an academic discipline relevant to the position.
• Five years of progressively responsible experience in an academic library.
• Three years of advanced public service or subject liaison experience in an academic library.
• Three years of library management and supervisory experience.
• Record of professional/scholarly engagement and accomplishments appropriate for the rank of Senior Librarian.

Professional Competencies
• Strong skills with computers and office/productivity software.
• Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills; and ability to communicate effectively with others.

Preferred Qualifications
• Experience with academic planning and curricular development processes in a shared governance environment.
• Experience working with emerging and current information technologies in library, academic, and research settings.
• Fundraising and grant-writing experience.


The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at uocareers@uoregon.edu or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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