Albert S. Cook Library is the campus library for Towson University, the largest university in the Baltimore area and the second largest in the University System of Maryland.
The Library staff of approximately 20 librarians and 30 staff members contributes to the academic mission of Towson University by providing resources, services, and spaces that support student, faculty, staff, and community scholarship.
Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
Dean of University Libraries
Towson University seeks a transformative and collaborative leader who will further the Libraries’ commitment to the mission of Towson University by providing resources, services, instruction, and spaces that support student, faculty, and staff learning, teaching, research, and scholarship. Albert S. Cook Library is the campus library for Towson University, the largest university in the Baltimore area and the second largest in the University System of Maryland. Cook Library also serves the Towson University Northeastern Maryland campus (TUNE). With 24 faculty librarians and 25 staff, Cook Library provides superior support to Towson University. Visit https://libraries.towson.edu/ for more information about Albert S. Cook Library.
Towson University (TU) is Maryland’s university of opportunities and known as a leader in academic excellence, research and discovery. With more than 150 years of experience pushing possibilities, Towson University was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top 100 for public national universities. Also honored as a leading regional university by Princeton Review, TU is one of only a handful of institutions where graduation and retention rates are the same for all students, a result of a deeply inclusive culture with a focus on equity among all students, faculty and staff. Located on a 330-acre campus in Towson, Maryland, just ten miles from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and a short drive or train ride to Washington, D.C., Philadelphia or New York City, Towson offers unmatched opportunities to engage with the state and federal government, elected officials, worldwide embassies, think tanks, the national media and other influencers of public policy in addition to endless cultural, recreational and entertainment attractions.
Reporting to the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Dean serves as the chief administrative officer of the Libraries and an essential member of university leadership. The Dean provides the leadership for establishing a shared vision and developing strategic priorities, plans, and goals for library resources, programs, services, and facilities that support the missions of both the Library and the university. The Dean ensures the Library is a vibrant presence integrated throughout the university, and fosters collaborative and creative opportunities within the Library, across campus, and with other institutions that advance student learning and success. The Dean understands the evolving role of academic libraries and trends in higher education; facilitates the integration of appropriate and emerging technologies; creates and maintains an inclusive and diverse environment; and fosters the professional growth and development of all library personnel.
The Dean is committed to advancing the Libraries’ role in instruction, information services, and scholarly communications; facilitates a culture of assessment within the Libraries; ensures special collections and university archives are integral academic, research, teaching, and learning resources for the university and external scholars; provides leadership for grant applications, donor cultivation, fundraising, and giving.
The Dean of University Libraries serves on the Deans’ Council and the Provost’s Council, works in partnership with the university’s academic leadership, and participates in the shared governance activities of the Libraries and the university. The Dean is a member of the Council of Library Directors of the University System of Maryland and Affiliated Institutions Library Consortium.
The successful candidate will have a record of creative leadership and strong interpersonal and communication skills; successful administrative experience with library and archives strategic planning, fiscal management, personnel management, and relevant technologies; knowledge of current issues, developments, innovations, and challenges in academic libraries and archives, information technology, scholarly communications, and higher education; successful experience with grant writing, development, and fundraising activities; demonstrated commitment to developing a diverse and equitable library culture and evidence of work with a diverse community; successful experience cultivating relationships and partnerships within and outside of the Libraries and university; record of engagement in professional associations; achievement in scholarly productivity.
Applicants must hold an ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library Science (MLS, MLIS, or equivalent) and should meet criteria to be eligible for the rank of Librarian IV with permanent status. Applicants will have five years of successful library administrative experience with progressively more responsible positions such as department head, assistant dean, or associate dean.
Inquiries, nominations and applications are invited. Applications received by March 4, 2020 will receive fullest consideration. Candidates should provide, as three separate documents, a curriculum vitae, a letter of application that addresses the responsibilities and requirements described in the Leadership Profile, and the names and contact information for at least 3 and no more than 5 professional references. Candidates will be informed before references are contacted. Please submit inquiries, nominations, and application materials to Dr. Greg Faller at DeanLibrarySearch@towson.edu
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Towson University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. Towson University’s policies, programs, and activities comply with federal and state laws and University System of Maryland regulations prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, age, national origin, gender, sex, gender identity and/or expression or sexual orientation.
Health Professions Librarian LIB-3341
Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library seeks a dynamic and innovative individual to serve as the Health Professions Librarian. This position is a 12-month faculty status position beginning July 1, 2020.
MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution. Bachelor’s degree in one of the health professions required. Master’s degree in area of liaison responsibility desirable. Rank is determined by qualifications at time of appointment.
Serves as a research and instruction librarian and as liaison and subject specialist to the departments and programs of Allied Health, Audiology, Speech Language Pathology, Deaf Studies, Health Science programs and minors, Nursing, Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science, Physician Assistant Studies, and other disciplines as assigned. Plans and teaches information literacy in liaison area and other disciplines. Participates in the development, implementation and assessment of the library’s information literacy program. Evaluates and selects resources for the assigned collection and related areas; creates instructional materials; provides research assistance and reference services to students, faculty and members of the university community. This librarian designs and implements library initiatives to support student success and retention; participates in library assessment initiatives. This position is a 12 month faculty status position. Librarians are expected to progress successfully along the promotion and permanent status track and participate fully as members of the library faculty.
E-Resources & Discovery Librarian, LIB-3337
Towson University’s Albert S. Cook Library seeks a dynamic and innovative individual to serve as the E-Resources & Discovery Librarian. This position is a 12-month faculty
status position available immediately and beginning no later than August 1, 2020.
MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited institution. Knowledge of the full e-resources life cycle and library standards pertaining to e-resources. Additional Master’s degree in an academic discipline offered at Towson University desirable. For more information about the position: https://www.towson.edu/provost/prospective/openpositions.html. Rank is determined by qualifications at time of appointment.
This position provides leadership and expertise in integrating, organizing and managing the library’s electronic resources and assists the Assistant University Librarian for Content Management with all aspects of the life cycle of e-resources, including purchasing, licensing, access, and maintenance of all electronic materials. The E-Resources & Discovery Librarian works cooperatively with units across the library to ensure that the library’s subscription databases, e-journals and e-books are discoverable and accessible by patrons. This librarian designs and implements library initiatives to support student success and retention; participates in library assessment initiatives. In addition to librarianship, library faculty are responsible for scholarship and service; expected to progress successfully along the promotion and permanent status track; and participate fully as members of the library faculty.