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A cover letter and contact information for three references are required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experiences that directly relate to this position. Please apply with a single document that includes a cover letter, resume, and list of references.

Job Summary

The University of Michigan-Dearborn seeks a creative, dynamic, and collaborative professional to serve as the Department Head for the Library Research Center. This position is a member of the senior management team of the library and the ideal candidate will bring substantial management experience, academic library knowledge, and programming experience to the position.

The Library Research Center (LRC) Department Head is responsible for day-to-day operations including direct supervision of all librarians within the department. This position reports directly to the Associate Director for Public Services. The Library Research Center’s team of highly skilled and innovative librarians collaborate together and across the library to support the educational and research goals of the University of Michigan-Dearborn. The Library Research Center uses an embedded model of library service, where librarians work in close partnership with their academic programs to develop, implement, and assess initiatives around their instruction and research needs.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Participate in the development and execution of departmental and library strategic plans and roadmaps to ensure that the Library Research Center fully supports the established missions and initiatives of the campus and library
  • Lead or coordinate the project management of special activities of the library, especially as related to teaching, learning, research, and access to services
  • Provide direct, personal supervision of all departmental librarians (6 FTE) including ongoing mentoring related to the embedded librarian model and career advancement guidance
  • Conduct regular departmental meetings to inform and be informed
  • Research and monitor trends in research education, new technologies, and opportunities for services that align with library and campus goals
  • Serve as a member of the library’s Leadership Team and university-wide committees as appropriate
  • Collaborate with the User Services Department to provide effective research instruction and support for students
  • Compile statistics for administrative reports and contribute to assessment reports that document the library’s impact on student and faculty success

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Foster a creative, collaborative work environment
  • Work with direct reports to develop or identify specific training for staff based on need
  • Participate in succession planning and management initiatives as appropriate
  • Maintain current librarian position responsibility statements and job descriptions for employees within the unit. Review requests for new positions/reclassifications and submit to the Library Director for approval. Consult with other library departments and Human Resources as required
  • Oversee and analyze the effectiveness of processes within the Library Research Center department
  • Support the Director and Associate Director in establishing and maintaining communication within and between departments to facilitate the work of the library and ensure library staff is informed of the Library Research Center department’s activities and initiatives
  • Work with the administrative team to ensure that library documents, policies and procedures for processes and services are current

Other Duties:

  • Oversee a core collection of print and online resources in the subject areas of history, political science, public administration, and urban & regional studies
  • In support of digital education efforts, offer customized instruction to faculty and students on library resources through classes, group training sessions, and library instruction aids, including web-based guides

Required Qualifications*

  • A graduate degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution
  • Three or more years of management experience in an academic library at an accredited institution serving a diverse population and collaboration with faculty on education, research and teaching
  • Experience and demonstrated skill in supervision, including hiring, training and development, organizing workloads, delegating responsibility, providing guidance and direction, monitoring and evaluating performance, and coaching and counseling
  • Ability to be proactive, flexible, and collaborative as a manager in order to accomplish departmental, library, and institutional goals
  • Experience partnering with faculty to support their research and teaching needs

Desired Qualifications*

  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in one of the social sciences (history, political science, public administration, or urban & regional studies) or a minimum of three year’s experience as a Social Sciences Librarian in an academic setting
  • Experience with current web and instructional technologies, designing teaching modules or courses
  • Familiarity with a learning management system (e.g., Canvas) or content management system (e.g., LibGuides)

Work Schedule

Monday-Friday, Weekends and evening hours as needed

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.