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Dean, University Library

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Position Information

Position Title Dean, University Library
Division General University
Department Tarver Library
Vacancy Number 19-004
Work Location Macon
Hours per week
Scheduled Hours

Mercer University seeks an outstanding individual to become the next Dean of the University Library. The Dean contributes to the mission of Mercer University by providing effective strategic direction and vision. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2018.

The University Library is a vibrant library community dedicated to the academic success of Mercerians. The commitment to “One Mercer, One Library” ensures a consistent approach to serving all students and faculty across the University’s Macon and Atlanta campuses, Regional Academic Centers, and distance learning programs. Through a team approach, library colleagues collaborate, share best practices, and move the Library forward through innovation and leadership. The Library provides quality information resources by enhancing strong print collections with a vast array of electronic books, journals, streaming audio, video, and digitized archival collections, by sharing print collections across campuses, and by delivering e-resources to the Mercer community wherever they are. Research assistance reaches students through virtual and in-person instruction and consultation. The Library also serves as a popular campus gathering spot, not only for its effective services and assistance, but for the spaces and amenities it provides: individual and group study spaces, social areas, computers and print services, 24 hour study rooms, and a place to get a cup of coffee. Recent facility enhancements have added significant new study spaces, including more 24/7 areas. The Library looks to the future and its role as an innovative, integral partner in the success of Mercer University.

Mercer University is one of America’s oldest and most distinctive institutions of higher learning with more than 8,600 students enrolled in 12 schools and colleges on campuses in Macon, Atlanta, and Savannah; at medical school sites in Macon, Savannah, and Columbus; and at three Regional Academic Centers around the state. Mercer is ranked among the top tier of national research universities by U.S. News & World Report, which in 2016 named Mercer one of the 25 best values in the nation. Our more than 76,000 alumni are making important contributions to their professions and communities throughout Georgia, the Southeast, and the world.

Job Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Serves as chief administrator for the University Library and Chair of the Library Senior Leadership Team in developing and guiding the vision, mission, and values of the University Library.
2. Guides the strategic direction of the University Library to integrate diverse resources, seek new opportunities, engage with the Mercer community, collaborate with University units, and sustain a vibrant research, learning, and service community. Communicates the strategic direction to the Council of Deans, Provost’s Council, University administrators, and constituent groups.
3. Creates an environment that cultivates innovation, collaboration, collegiality, professionalism, and achievement.
4. Develops an innovative strategy and approach, connecting externally, across University units, and with students to build the library concept of the future. Aligns and coordinates with the Provost/President to support the University’s strategies and initiatives.
5. Ensures that the Library stays at the forefront of changes in technology, communication, instruction, outreach, and the storage and delivery of information.
6. Supports the traditional core functions of the library for those patrons who depend on them.
7. Appreciates the diverse needs of research library patrons, such as undergraduates, graduate students, professional students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the community, and promotes a service-based environment to support these constituencies.
8. Communicates the goals and priorities of the University to the Library Senior Leadership Team in order to foster and support a shared vision that promotes the University and Library missions.
9. Cultivates external relations and fundraising opportunities with public and private sectors in support of the University Library mission in conjunction with Marketing Communications, University Advancement, and other appropriate bodies.
10. Consults with the Associate Dean of the University Library on library initiatives, projects, and goals and provides guidance, direction, and support to facilitate success in meeting the Library’s mission through the work of the Assistant Deans.
11. Functions as chief financial officer for the University Library: prepares and allocates budgets and provides clear communication about the budget to the library community.
12. Serves as Dean of the University Library faculty and provides leadership for librarians’ participation in faculty governance within the Library and University and promotes professional development, scholarship, and service.
13. Fosters a collaborative team approach for successful planning, delivery, and assessment of effective library operations.
14. Promotes and models cross-unit communication and collaboration for successful University Library projects and initiatives, including regular travel to library campuses and centers.
15. Oversees University Library personnel management in accordance with University human resources policies.
16. Prepares written documents, statistical reports, and presentations as needed.
17. Performs other duties as assigned.


1. ALA accredited master’s degree.
2. Senior level administrative experience in progressively responsible library management with preferably five or more years at an assistant dean/associate dean level in an academic library setting.
3. A commitment to service-oriented collaboration and outreach with multiple campus constituencies.
4. Demonstrated understanding of the implications and opportunities of contemporary issues affecting higher education, library services, and technology.
5. Demonstrated success in donor engagement and fund raising activities, including library public relations and marketing activities.
6. Demonstrated ability to lead, manage, and mentor library colleagues.
7. Ability to translate planning into action and achievements through leadership and guidance.
8. Evidence of excellent organizational, presentation, and interpersonal communication skills, including initiative, creativity, problem solving, and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues across the University.
9. Ability to demonstrate and communicate the impact and value of the library within the institution, including but not limited to student success and the return-on-investment of library services and resources.
10. Evidence of effective fiscal and human resource management.
11. Proven experience with assessment systems, accreditation processes, and strategic planning.
12. Evidence of commitment to professional growth and development, including a sustained record of professional participation and scholarly contributions.

Applications and nominations will be accepted for the position until filled. Inquiries, nominations, or questions about the position can be directed to:
Anita Olson Gustafson, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Liberal Arts and Chair of the Search Committee
Mercer University
1501 Mercer University Dr.
Macon, GA 31207

Candidates should submit a cover letter addressing qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, and a list of at least three professional references online at Applicants who submit their materials by February 15, 2018 will receive priority consideration.

Selection of the final candidate is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.

Is a criminal background check needed for this position? Yes
Is a credit check needed for this position? No
Does this position require travel for University business in a rental car or University owned vehicle? No
Job Category Administrative
Job Type Full-Time
Pay Rate Commensurate with experience
FLSA Status Exempt
Pay Basis Monthly
Internal posting only? No
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Mercer University's mission is to teach, to learn, to create, to discover, to inspire, to empower and to serve. Having read this, how do you see yourself fitting in and contributing to the mission?

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. References
Optional Documents