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Job Details

Dean of University Libraries

Company name
Western Illinois University

Macomb, IL, United States

Employment Type

Administrative, Education

Posted on
Jan 09,2020

Valid Through
Apr 23,2020


Dean of University Libraries


Administrative, Professional & Staff Positions




Macomb, IL


Jan 9, 2020


Open Until Filled


FT - Continuous


About Western Illinois University:

Western Illinois University, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, serves over 7,500 students at its traditional, residential four-year campus in Macomb, IL and its metropolitan branch campus in Moline, IL. Compliance to state and federal hiring standards is coordinated through WIU's Office of Equal Opportunity & Access.

Western Illinois University is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity employer with a strong commitment to diversity. In that spirit, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including, but not limited to, minorities, veterans, women and individuals with disabilities. WIU has a non-discrimination policy that includes discrimination based on an individual's membership in the following classes: sex, race, color, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and any other classes protected by state or federal law.

Job Description:

APPOINTMENT: Start Date 01 July 2020.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Reporting to the Provost, the Dean for University Libraries provides progressive and innovative leadership in managing all library operations including development and implementation of strategic initiatives consistent with the University's mission, vision, values, and strategic directions. The Dean is responsible for policy formation and implementation, budget, personnel, and grant administration. In consultation with the faculty and staff, the Dean carries out the policies supporting the institution's educational mission with a commitment to excellent public service; the ongoing integration of electronic resources with traditional library collections and services; the formulation, implementation, and delivery of library services. The Dean fosters regional and statewide cooperation in sharing of library materials, networking, and collection development. Western Illinois University is an institution that deeply values shared governance; therefore, its dean of university libraries must be able to work with all constituents to develop, articulate, and enact a clear vision for the 21st century library. The dean is a visible and vital representative on internal and external committees at the local, state level and national. Library faculty and staff have a long history of partnering with the campus, fostering student success and offering instruction to complement the curriculum at every level. The dean is expected to build upon these collaborations. The Dean will be responsible for oversight of the Bachelors of General Studies Degree (BGS) program, Additionally, the Dean is charged with the overall responsibility for recruitment, evaluation, retention of the library personnel; promotion of professional, communication and developing a climate for good faculty and staff morale. The Dean leads fundraising, development, and leads promotional activities for the University Libraries; the Dean teaches and engages in scholarly activities as appropriate.

RANK & SALARY: The successful candidate will be eligible for the rank of Professor within the Library. Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Western Illinois University offers a competitive benefits package including domestic partner benefits. For full benefit information visit:



A Master's degree from an ALA accredited program or international equivalent;

A record of academic and professional achievement warranting tenure at the rank of full Professor at Western Illinois University;

Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;

Excellent written and oral communication skills;

Effective planning and collaboration with stakeholders;

Experience working with diverse student population;

Effective fiscal management;

Demonstrated ability to provide vision and leadership toward the achievement of a comprehensive university library's mission and goals;

A strong commitment to the support of teaching and scholarship;

Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with colleagues in a shared governance environment.


Demonstrated creative leadership in a dynamic and fluid teaching, learning, and information environment

Five plus years of administrative experience, including supervision of staff, at the university level;

Experience securing external grant funding or philanthropic funding;

Experience in a collective bargaining environment;

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with internal and external constituencies, including donors and potential donors;

Demonstrated success in innovation.

Experience with a multi-campus environment.

Demonstrated experience in designing transformative workspaces.

For a degree to be considered, it must be conferred from a regionally accredited degree-granting institution of higher education (or equivalent from an international accrediting body). Unless otherwise stated, the degree must be in hand at the time of application.

Additional Information:

THE DEPARTMENT: WIU Libraries is comprised of the main Leslie F. Malpass Library, the Music Library, the Curriculum Library, and the WIU-Quad Cities Library in Moline. WIU Libraries employs a dedicated group of 10 faculty and 20.5 civil service staff. Together the libraries house an extensive collection, deliver online access to thousands of journals, documents, and e-books, offer research assistance both in-person and virtually, and provide library instruction. WIU Libraries is a member of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois, giving our users easy access to the collections of all 90 other libraries. In addition, WIU Libraries participates in the federal and Illinois depository programs and is a designated Patent and Trademark Resource Center. Archives & Special Collections is the official repository for university records and scholarship, and collects a wealth of materials that document the cultural, economic, and natural heritage of west-central Illinois. The annual budget is $3.78 million.

Application Instructions:

APPLICATION: Complete applications include:

1) a detailed letter of application that addresses the expectations listed above

2) current curriculum vita or resume

3) the names, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of five current professional references (References will not be contacted without prior knowledge and approval from candidates.)

4) a separate statement regarding your commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

Please upload the requested documents by clicking APPLY NOW or by navigating to the WIU Employment page at the following URL

**Note** In order to upload Individual documents must be under 2 MB in size.

Screening will begin on March 2, 2020 and continue until filled

Western Illinois University endeavors to provide a safe environment for its employees and students and requires candidates to submit to a background investigation upon offer of employment. Employment is contingent upon compliance with University policies and procedures relating to the receipt and evaluation of information contained in the background investigation.

Questions regarding the search may be directed to: Dr. James Schmidt, Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, at

For assistance with the online application system contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309)298-1977 or via email at

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