The Oklahoma State University Library seeks creative, tenure-track faculty members with a passion for emerging technologies, who are eager to drive their own projects, innovate, and take on challenges. Library faculty are actively engaged in the OSU academic research lifecycle and develop collaborations with other faculty, researchers, students, and partners. Additionally, successful candidates will demonstrate collegiality, an appreciation for diversity, and the ability to foster an inclusive and collaborative environment.
We are seeking an Assistant Department Head (ADH) for Access Services to provide leadership and direct oversight of the Interlibrary Services unit, which currently includes four staff. This position oversees all borrowing, lending, and document-delivery operations and sets priorities and goals for resource sharing. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate familiarity with ILLiad, ALMA, OCLC, and Rapid as well as knowledge of current trends in access services, such as controlled digital lending advances in course-reserve management. In addition, the ADH will have responsibility for managing the Library Student Ambassador program that supports library events and programming and contributes to increased library engagement with the campus community.
The ADH will collect, analyze, and report appropriate statistical data on resource sharing. This position will also evaluate these metrics and conduct assessment on resource-sharing services, review workflows for efficiency and effectiveness, and participate in professional organizations that focus on resource sharing.
The ADH has secondary oversight (under the Head of Access Services) for all other Access Services operations including Circulation, Stack Management, Creative Studios, Chat Reference, Billing, Laptop Checkout, and Course Reserves. Library collections are located in the Edmon Low Library; the Veterinary Medicine, Architecture, and Education and Teaching branch libraries; the Library Annex; and the Library Auxiliary Building, a high-density storage facility.
The ADH will also have the skills to investigate, evaluate, recommend, and implement new technology, software, and other programs to improve services not only in Interlibrary Services but also throughout Access Services. The successful candidate will assist in statistical analyses of all Access Services functions to determine activity level and performance; help set priorities and goals for the department; represent the department on appropriate committees, task forces, and working groups; participate in weekly Access Services meetings; and, serve on library and university committees as needed.
The minimum salary for this 12-month position is $60,000 with a generous holiday schedule, health care plans, and retirement options. As a new library faculty member, you will receive start-up funding for research and/or professional travel and have access to the Library's grant writer and development team as well as a full communication team.
Visit Dean Sheila Johnson's leadership expectations for OSU Library leaders on her webpage: https://library.okstate.edu/about/dean-of-libraries/leadership-expectations. For general information about the Library, see https://library.okstate.edu/about/dean-of-libraries/.
Position presents potential exposure to dust and mold on books.
Master's degree in MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent degree.
Three years of professional library experience to include resource-sharing services in an academic or research environment
Two years of supervisory experience
Demonstrated ability to coordinate library projects and implement library services in a team environment
A strong patron-focused service philosophy. One or more of the following: a record of research, publications, presentations, or service to the profession
position will require the incumbent to have documented proof of full Covid-19
vaccination status or an approved accommodation through the OSU Office of Equal
Opportunity upon hire.
Oklahoma State University (OSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, OSU conducts pre-employment background checks on final candidates. Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.
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