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Head, Information & Research Services Dept., Hubert Library

Posted by: Gayle Williams

Posted date: 2012-Nov-28

Location: Florida International University Libraries

Job Description

Position Title: Head of Information & Research Services, Hubert Library

Position Summary: Reporting to the Associate Dean for Public Services, the Head of Information & Research Services will manage all activities of the Information & Research Services Department at the Glenn Hubert Library, Biscayne Bay Campus, including: reference (face-to-face and virtual), and information literacy instruction. This position manages the department and leads the staff in evaluating and improving their work; establishes priorities, goals, and benchmarks for the department and its staff, evaluates performance; and measures progress on high-priority projects. This position serves as the department advocate on the Libraries Administrative Team, and actively contributes to library wide planning, policy-making, goal-setting and assessment efforts. Overall, the incumbent will be responsible for providing effective leadership to meet the information and research needs of faculty and students incorporating new approaches and technologies to existing and future services.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:

In consultation with department staff, in collaboration with the Head of Information & Research Services, Green Library, and in alignment with the Libraries strategic plan, establishes and evaluates department goals and priorities.
Participates in setting goals, developing new programs, services and initiatives and evaluating such activities.
Works with the Library Instruction Coordinators, library and academic faculty and external departments across the university to develop the libraries program of research instruction.
Develops budgets and cost estimates for anticipated and ongoing department needs.
Monitors and evaluates trends and development in the areas of research instruction and public service for academic libraries.
Supervises and mentors a staff consisting of 7 library faculty and 1 professional staff member.
Identifies feasible projects to enhance the visibility and service quality provided by the department.
Coordinates the work of the Information & Research Services Department at Hubert Library with other library departments there and across campuses.
Participates in providing information services including library instruction.
Participates in local, regional and national organizations as appropriate.
Participates in professional development, research, and service activities to meet the Libraries and University requirements for promotion.
Job Title Head, Information & Research Services Dept., Hubert Library
Start Date To be determined
Library/Institution Name Florida International University Libraries
Salary Na
Certification Required? No
City Miami
State FL
Job Type Job Type -> Full-time
Type of Library Job Classification -> Academic
Qualifications Qualifications:

ALA-accredited Masters degree.
At least two years of supervisory experience with evidence of increasing responsibility in an academic or research library environment.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Effective leadership and supervisory skills and experience.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Frontline experience in Reference and Instruction.
Familiarity with current issues and trends in the management and operation of academic libraries with particular emphasis on the trends of reference and instruction.

Desirable Qualifications:

Evidence of collaborative decision making.
Ability to think outside-the-box and the flexibility to apply new solutions to rapidly changing expectations.
Demonstrated ability to inspire and enthuse colleagues, coupled with a willingness to take calculated risks to provide creative learning opportunities for library users.
Application Instructions Initial screening of applications will begin November 1, 2012 and continue until the position is filled. Application materials must include a cover letter, a résumé, and the names and contact information of 3 professional references. Application materials should be submitted to and reference job opening ID 505145. For best results in submitting application, combine cover letter, résumé and references list into one PDF file and upload it as your résumé. Address any questions to Gayle Williams, Chair of the Search and Screen Committee, at
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