Position: College Librarian
Location: Goucher College, Baltimore
Full vacancy announcement available on ALA Joblist.
Named one of the top 10 most innovative colleges in the country by U.S. News & World Report, Goucher College has also been recognized as a College that Changes Lives. Located in Baltimore, Maryland within proximity to Washington DC and Philadelphia, Goucher is a private, coed, liberal arts college dedicated to teaching students to be complex problem solvers who are prepared for the jobs of the future. A Goucher education focuses on creating lifelong learners through an interdisciplinary, international education that requires 100% of students to study abroad.
Goucher College seeks a dynamic College Librarian to provide leadership and strategic direction for all aspects of library services to the College, contributing to the Library’s campus-wide focus on transformative teaching and learning. The College Librarian will work collaboratively with faculty, staff and students to position the library as the academic learning center, a vibrant hub that integrates student learning and success with information and digital literacy. The successful candidate will provide the strategic vision and leadership needed to redefine the library beyond the classroom, where students develop a habit of mind through mastery of skills and confidence gleaned from reflection, relationships, and resilience; where they are inspired to learn independently, with and among others, guided to ideas through the exploration of knowledge and resources; and where they experience the joys of life-long learning and membership in a diverse, inclusive, and socially conscious community of critical thinkers. Reporting to the Provost, the College Librarian has faculty status and will work closely with other campus departments and offices.
The College Librarian will:
- Serve as a strategic leader on campus adept at responding to and managing a changing campus environment;
- Serve as chief advocate and spokesperson for the academic support provided by the Library;
- Provide strategic vision for the continuing development and advancement of the Library as a learning center, leverage existing strengths in the service of new initiatives;
- Lead strategic planning and assessment efforts to determine the needs of the Library and document its effectiveness as demonstrated by evidence-based assessment methods;
- Collaborate and regularly consult with faculty and staff to provide significant student resources and support for academic programs, supplemental instruction, tutoring, scholarship, and student learning;
- Manage the operations of the Library including the facilities, services, staff, and budgets;
- Oversee the Writing Center, the Quantitative Reasoning Center, Library Research Foundations, supplemental instruction, and tutoring for other content areas or digital literacy, working collaboratively to enhance and integrate student learning;
- Engage in teaching, liaison, outreach activity and reference as appropriate;
- Provide energetic leadership in integrating new and emerging technologies with existing library resources and services;
- Oversee and provide guidance for the management of the Library’s collections, including its online resources;
- Distribute various Library development funds, grants, prizes, etc.;
- Lead fundraising for the Library, including supporting the Goucher Friends of the Library organization and serving as the Library’s liaison to College Advancement;
- Develop, conceive, plan and implement with Library staff a variety of library programs, projects, policies and guidelines;
- Engage with library leaders and consortia at the local, state and national levels for collaboration opportunities and to promote the College and the Library.
Qualified candidates will possess a master’s degree in library science degree from an ALA accredited program. A second master’s degree or doctorate is desirable. A record of progressive responsibility in libraries is required, with three minimum at the administrative level. The successful candidate will:
- Demonstrate excellent organizational, oral, video and written communication skills to work collaboratively and collegially with students, faculty and staff;
- Have creative visioning and problem-solving skills;
- Possess the ability to identify and develop state-of-the-art information technologies integrated with traditional library collections and services;
- Have knowledge of current issues in libraries, in teaching and learning, outreach, collections, access, and in digital and special collections;
- Demonstrate commitment to a user-focused service orientation;
- Demonstrate commitment to shared governance;
- Demonstrate commitment to access, inclusiveness, diversity and social justice;
- Possess a deep understanding of the issues facing higher education, liberal arts colleges and academic libraries.
- A background check will be required as a condition of employment.
Goucher College is committed to increasing the diversity of our community and seeks applicants dedicated to applying principles of equity and inclusion in all areas of the campus community.