Reporting to the Library Director, the incumbent will be the head of Public Services and provide leadership and strategic visioning for the departments of Reference Services, Circulation/Media Services, Interlibrary Loan, and Special Collections & Library Gallery at UMBC’s Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery. Specific duties include:
Develop, set and assess the strategic direction for Circulation/Media, Special Collections, Reference and Interlibrary Loan Departments;
Ensure that goals and strategic direction align with the Library’s Strategic Plan;
Lead departmental managers who are responsible for Circulation/Media, Special Collections, Reference and Interlibrary Loan Departments;
Participate in library planning in collaboration with the Director and Associate Directors;
Serve on library-wide, university and university system committees and task forces including the Library Executive Council; and
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Required Minimum Qualifications:
MLS/MLIS from an ALA accredited program required.
Five years’ professional experience with progressive responsibility, including a minimum of three years’ experience managing and developing staff in an academic library, particularly in access services areas.
Proven knowledge of current and emerging trends, principles, procedures, and best practices related to at least three of the public services areas: circulation, course reserves, resource sharing (Interlibrary Loan), information services, and stacks management.
A record of successful collaborative work in a complex environment, such as a consortium or multi-type library.
Proven leadership and management skills.
Proven experience working in a collaborative team environment.
Demonstrated commitment to high quality user service.
Excellent interpersonal skills including ability to communicate clearly, knowledgeably and person-ably both verbally and in writing.
Experience working with Ex Libris products.
Experience working directly in one (or more) of the public services departments: Reference, ILL, Circulation/Media, Special Collections & Library Gallery.
Experience with budgeting in an academic library setting.
Internal Number: Job no: 492757
About University of Maryland, Baltimore County
UMBC, an honors university serving more than 11,000 undergraduates and 2,000 graduate students, is one of two public universities in Maryland to achieve the “doctoral/research university-extensive” Carnegie classification. Located just outside Baltimore and 45 minutes from Washington, DC, the campus is growing rapidly under dynamic leadership.
Our UMBC community redefines excellence in higher education through an inclusive culture that connects innovative teaching and learning, research across disciplines, and civic engagement. We will advance knowledge, economic prosperity, and social justice by welcoming and inspiring inquisitive minds from all backgrounds. The successful candidate will join a department with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence, and will be expected to contribute actively to these efforts (https://diversity.umbc.edu/).