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Head of Public Services

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Institution South Dakota State University
Working Title Head of Public Services
Posting Number F00083P
Department SDSU-H M Briggs Library
Physical Location of Position (City) Brookings
Posting Text

South Dakota State University, Hilton M. Briggs Library, is soliciting applications for the position of Head of Public Services. This is a 12 month, full-time, benefit eligible position. SDSU is especially interested in candidates that can contribute to the experiences of underrepresented minorities in organizations. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
• Provide leadership for public services including circulation, reference, library instruction, interlibrary loan, government documents and distance services.
• Hire, mentor, direct, motivate, supervise and evaluate public services library faculty and staff.
• Foster teamwork, cooperation and communication within the Public Services Division.
• Work with the Chief University Librarian, Head of Technical Services and Head of Archives and Special Collections to provide leadership and enhance communication and cooperation among library staff and within the university community.
• Supervise and plan information services activities including library instruction and distance library services. Direct the development of services for specific groups including honors, residence hall, first-year, graduate and international students.
• Determine unit and individual work priorities and routines, assign work and schedule staffing at the Library Services Desk.
• Determine equipment, software and space needs.
• Develop and strengthen campus partnerships in the areas of learning, instructional design and student success. Develop and strengthen local, statewide and regional partnerships.
• Work with the Public Services unit leaders to develop, revise and implement policies, procedures and strategies.
• Manage personnel, equipment and fiscal resources in a responsible manner.
• Lead library assessment efforts and actively participate in the improvement of library services.
• Compile, analyze and report on statistical data regarding information services and collections.
• Evaluate and develop the reference collection.
• Participate in collection development of the circulating collection in selected disciplines through book selection and monitoring of the approval plan.
• Serve as a liaison to selected departments or colleges.
• Provide general information services to library users using electronic and traditional resources. Occasional evening and weekend duty may be required.
• Provide leadership in applying existing and emerging technologies to support Public Services.
• Participate as an active member of the university community and promote the library and its resources.
• Provide leadership and guidance for publicity and marketing initiatives.
• Assist with other functions of the library as appropriate.

The Head of Public Services supervises six librarians and five FTE paraprofessionals. The unit also includes student employees.

The Head of Public Services reports to the Chief University Librarian. In addition, the Head of Public Services participates in library faculty meetings and planning sessions.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library Science and a second advanced degree.
• Recent experience in public services in an academic, research or large public library.
• Supervisory or administrative experience.
• Reference and library instruction experience.
• Demonstrated leadership ability and experience.
• Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively (oral, written and public presentations) with stakeholders including students, faculty, staff and the research community.
• Evidence of the potential to meet the requirements of the rank of librarian.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:
• Fifteen years of experience as a professional librarian.
• Knowledge of relevant trends, techniques, and issues in academia and library services.
• Demonstrated success applying existing and emerging technologies to support public service.
• Evidence of accomplishment and innovation in dealing with change.
• Bachelor’s or advanced degree in the sciences or experience providing information services in the agricultural, engineering, applied or physical sciences.

This system will guide you through the electronic application form. This employment site will also require the attachment of a cover letter, which should specifically address how the candidate meets the qualifications as outlined in the advertisement; a resume; and a reference page with the current contact information for three professional references. Email applications will not be accepted. SDSU is especially interested in candidates who can contribute positively to the experiences of underrepresented minorities. Please contact SDSU Human Resources at (605) 688-4128 if you require assistance with this process.

Any offer of employment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to, a criminal background check.

As of January 1, 2018, South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment.

Posting Date 12/06/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes
First Consideration Date 02/20/2018
Advertised Salary Salary expected to be $100,000. Actual salary will reflect selected professional’s experience and credentials.
Duration of the Term 12 months
If Other, describe duration
Appointment Percent 100%
Tenure Status Librarian
Proposed Rank Librarian
Work Hours

Variable. Primarily 8-5 but will include evenings and weekends as well.

Typical Hours Worked Per Week 40
Appointment Type Regular
Scope of Search External (includes Internal)
If internal, define scope of search
Department Description and Cultural Expectations

UNIVERSITY/COMMUNITY:
South Dakota State University is the state’s land grant institution and largest institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 13,000 students offering undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees. Hilton M. Briggs Library has a collection of over 668,000 volumes and 31,000 electronic subscriptions that support all of SDSU’s academic disciplines. Library faculty and staff are collegial and service-oriented.

Brookings is a safe, family-friendly, vibrant, thriving community with many amenities you would find in a much larger city, but with a small-town feel. Residents enjoy the tree-lined streets, leisurely pace of living, a short commute time and a variety of career opportunities in a growing job market. SDSU creates a youthful and energetic atmosphere and provides residents with a multitude of athletic, cultural, educational and recreational activities. The top-ranked Brookings School District offers small classroom sizes and highly qualified, experienced teachers. The city boasts an abundance of attractions and activities such as the Children’s Museum of S.D., Dakota Nature Park, S.D. Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, S.D. Ag Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center of S.D., Downtown at Sundown, and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival. Brookings is consistently ranked as a top place to live. Recent accolades include: #1 Best Place to Live in S.D., #25 Best City for Entrepreneurs, #2 Best School District in S.D., Top 10 Best Small Towns in America, Safest College Town in America, and the Top 25 Safest Cities in America. Learn more about Brookings by visiting www.LiveInBrookings.com. Bring Your Dreams!

Affirmative Action Statement

South Dakota State University is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and minorities are encouraged to apply. Arrangements for accommodations required by disabilities can be made by emailing HR@sdstate.edu. SDSU prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, gender, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran’s status or any other protected class in the offering of all educational programs and employment opportunities. Individuals with concerns regarding discrimination should contact: Equal Opportunity Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources, Morrill Hall 100, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007. Phone: (605) 688-4128.

Diversity Statement

South Dakota State University is committed to diversity of community and ideas. We believe in a supportive, diverse, collaborative, and cohesive environment with a focus on access. We actively seek collaboration with individuals with differing perspectives, backgrounds, and areas of expertise.

Contact Information

For questions on the position, contact Nancy Marshall at (605) 688-5093 or Nancy.Marshall@sdstate.edu.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. Where did you hear about this position?
    • SDBOR Employment Site
    • List Serv
    • Website
    • HigherEdJobs.com
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Newspaper
    • Black Doctoral Network
    • APLU
    • Linkedin
    • Other

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference List
Optional Documents