Director of Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers University Libraries

Director of Paul Robeson Library, Rutgers University Libraries

Rutgers University Libraries seek an experienced library leader to fill the position of Director of Paul Robeson Library at Rutgers University-Camden. This position has an essential role, leading the Paul Robeson Library within a dynamic and diverse urban university, while providing system-wide leadership within the Rutgers University Libraries.

Located in southern New Jersey, Rutgers University–Camden draws on a rich academic tradition to bring the comprehensive Rutgers experience to the Delaware Valley. Rutgers–Camden brings together the prestige and resources of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; the vitality and opportunity of the metro Philadelphia region; and a commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and civic engagement. Nearly 6,500 students and 1,300 faculty and staff learn, work, and serve the public at Rutgers–Camden. The university is an anchor institution in the city of Camden and plays a leadership role in the revitalization of this historic city. Our campus is part of the vibrant University District and is accessible by mass transit and car. It is located along the Camden Waterfront, just across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, PA, and adjacent to the bustling medical and government district.

Rutgers University Libraries are the intellectual center of the university—serving all members of the university community, supporting all disciplines, and playing a key role in advancing student learning and faculty research. The Libraries serve all institutions that make up Rutgers University: Rutgers–New Brunswick, Rutgers–Newark, Rutgers–Camden, and Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences. The Libraries have a highly-valued staff of about 300, who are committed to developing innovations in undergraduate support, information control, and digital initiatives. Rutgers University Libraries operate with a budget of $34 million and have outstanding collections, especially in New Jerseyana and jazz. Collectively, the Libraries’ holdings include more than 4.8 million volumes. The Libraries hold memberships in ARL, CNI, CRL, Lyrasis, Metro, NERL, VALE, SPARC, and the Coalition of Open Access Policy Institutions; use SirsiDynix and OCLC as primary bibliographic utilities; and utilize a Fedora-based institutional repository.

The Director provides leadership for all aspects of library service and fosters a strong sense of community service and commitment to diversity on campus and with other Camden institutions, particularly the Nilsa I. Cruz-Perez Downtown Branch of the Camden County Library System attached to the Paul Robeson Library on the Rutgers University-Camden Campus. The Director reports to the Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian and serves as a member of the University Librarian’s Cabinet, the senior management team of the Rutgers University Libraries. In this role, the Director has a key role in setting system-wide priorities and developing infrastructure that advance Rutgers University–Camden and the broader goals of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

The qualifications include a master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited institution, a solid record of leadership and accomplishment in an academic research library setting, the ability to develop and manage an innovative library within a complex organization in a rapidly changing environment—technologically and otherwise—which achieves dual goals of serving the research and information needs of a diverse population of students and scholars and engages the Paul Robeson Library with the mission of Rutgers University–Camden. Preferred experience includes five years of academic library management experience with emphasis on community outreach.


Confidential applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled. Initial screening of applications will begin immediately and will continue until an appointment is made. For best consideration, applications and nominations should be provided by August 25, 2017.

Application materials should include a letter addressing how the candidate’s experiences match the position requirements, a curriculum vitae or resume and five references. Submission of materials as PDF attachments is strongly encouraged. Individuals who wish to nominate a candidate should submit a letter of nomination including contact information for the nominee. Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc. is assisting Rutgers University in this confidential search.

Applications and letters of nominations should be submitted to:

Jan Greenwood or Betty Turner Asher, Partners

Shelley Sullivan Feather, Library Practice Leader and Executive Search Consultant

Greenwood/Asher & Associates, Inc.

42 Business Centre Drive, Suite 206

Miramar Beach, Florida 32550

Phone: 850-650-2277 / Fax: 850-650-2272





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