Promotes excellence in library services through proactive administration of the Library in coordination with the Lenoir-Rhyne Dean of University Library Services: policy-making; staffing; budgeting; service, professional development.
Supports the teaching faculty with integration of library resources into curriculum.
Works effectively with colleagues, staff, and student assistants to advance the mission and vision of the library and the university.
Operates within the guidelines of applicable laws, national library protocols, and university and library policies and procedures.
Specific Job Functions
- Manages day-to-day operations of services and library building
- Develops and administers operational policies and procedures of the library
- Recommends and monitors the library budget•Supervises library staff
- Provides innovative instruction across the graduate curriculum by such means as regular collaboration with faculty, integration of resources into on-campus and online courses, and in-person/in-class instruction
- Provides effective general and specialized reference and research services to students and faculty for all campus programs•Manages collection development for books, periodicals, and electronic resources
- Oversees planning and assessment of library programs and needs Service and Professional Development
- Pursues continuing education and professional development activities to strengthen individual competencies, improve library operations, or contribute to the field
- Fulfills university expectations for campus participation and community service
Additional Duties and Tasks
- Participates productively in shared collection development responsibilities
- Participates productively in library-wide planning, assessment, and special projects
- Supervises the library in the night and weekend rotation•Provides circulation and other general assistance as needed
- Manages periodicals collection
About Lenoir-Rhyne University
Lenoir-Rhyne University is a co-educational, private comprehensive liberal arts institution founded in 1891, with its traditional campus located in Hickory, North Carolina, a town of over 40,000, and additional campuses in Asheville and Columbia, SC. Situated in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Lenoir-Rhyne is about an hour drive from Charlotte, Winston-Salem, and/or Asheville. By combining the liberal arts with professional studies, the University joins a rich foundation in the arts, humanities, social sciences, languages, religion, and natural sciences with over 50 undergraduate majors and nearly 30 master’s degree programs. With record enrollments each of the last nine years, the institution now enrolls nearly 2700 students at its three locales, and it anticipates continued managed enrollment growth over the coming years as it expands upon its mission. In pursuit of the development of the whole person, Lenoir-Rhyne University seeks to liberate mind and spirit, clarify personal faith, foster physical wholeness, build a sense of community, and promote responsible leadership for service in the world. Affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Lenoir-Rhyne promotes a diverse campus open to people from all religious backgrounds. It is an EOE/AA employer under all applicable civil rights laws. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
- A Master's degree from an ALA-accredited Library/Information Science program;
- Strongly preferred— A Master’s degree in Religious Studies, Theology, Divinity, or closely-related area from an appropriate accredited institution
- At least five years of professional library experience, preferably in an academic environment;
- Minimum of two years supervisory or management experience in a library, with duties of directing and administering library services; long-range planning; and budget planning and management.
- Knowledge of marketing and outreach and current trends in libraries in Higher Education
- Commitment to the continuing improvement of high quality services to library users•Knowledge of and use of ACRL's Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, and of general library instruction theory and practice
- Demonstrated experience using effective assessment tools and analyses
- Experience with instructional or educational technology
- Demonstrated teaching experience and familiarity in a variety of pedagogical techniques and with creating instructional and information materials such as online tutorials, surveys, and guides
- Experience with current reference practices and technologies and proficiency in providing reference assistance, using and effectively searching a wide array of online and traditional library resources
- Considerable knowledge of library collections and operations
- Familiarity with online catalogs, electronic library collections, chat services, course-management systems, social-networking and web-authoring tools
- Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written•Strong problem-solving and team-building skills
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and in collaborative teams, to supervise others, and to function•Ability to make sound independent decisions during night and weekend shifts.
To complete the online application process (required), candidates are directed to http://www.lr.edu/employment. While completing the application process, candidates will be prompted to submit a Letter of Application, a Curriculum Vitae (including the names and addresses of three references), and a Statement of Teaching Philosophy. The application letter should discuss specifically how one’s professional experiences and perspectives relate to the needs of the position and of Lenoir-Rhyne University. (The University’s mission, vision, and values statements may be reviewed at: http://www.lr.edu/about.)