Associate Dean of Libraries, Collections, and Content Strategies

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Associate Dean of Libraries, Collections, and Content Strategies

The Dartmouth College Library (Library) seeks an experienced and forward-thinking leader to develop and implement highly effective strategies for the acquisition, access, discovery, development, management and long-term stewardship of its collections, information resources and published content in support of Dartmouth’s mission.

In a rapidly changing information landscape, the role holder will provide vision, deep expertise and active engagement with key stakeholders across Dartmouth and beyond to ensure that Dartmouth scholars are connected to information critical to their research, teaching, and learning, whether these resources are held locally or remotely, in print, digital or other formats. The Associate Dean of Libraries, Collections, and Content Strategies (Associate Dean) will bring creativity and ingenuity to the challenge of balancing continuity with the need to embrace innovation in the information environment and will map strategies to the changing needs and behaviors of faculty, students and researchers. They will be the Library’s principal liaison in regional, national and international partnerships to leverage network level collections development and access, collaborative initiatives, and collective negotiating power to advance scholarly publishing for the benefit of the global research community.

The Associate Dean will serve as a core member of the Dean’s Library Leadership Team, sharing responsibility for organization-wide strategic and resource planning, organizational development, and leading new initiatives to develop and advance library staff, programs, and services in keeping with the mission and vision of Dartmouth College.

Founded in 1769, Dartmouth is a member of the Ivy League and consistently ranks among the world’s greatest academic institutions. Dartmouth has forged a singular identity for combining its deep commitment to outstanding undergraduate liberal arts and graduate education with distinguished research and scholarship in the Arts & Sciences, the Guarini School of Graduate and Advanced Studies, and its three leading professional schools – the Geisel School of Medicine (founded 1797), Thayer School of Engineering (1867), and the Tuck School of Business (1900). U.S. News and World Report ranks Dartmouth 13th among national universities and 5th in undergraduate teaching among national universities. In FY 2021, the university attracted more than $220 million in sponsored research. Its graduates include many – too many to name – leaders in industry, public service, and the creative arts.

Dartmouth enrolls approximately 4,500 undergraduates and approximately 2,200 graduate and professional students. The College employs nearly 950 faculty (622 tenured and tenure track) and 3,020 staff. FY 2021 operating expenses were $815 million, and Dartmouth’s endowment (as of 2021) is approximately $8.4 billion.

The Associate Dean will report directly to Dean Mehrer and work closely with her collaborative senior leadership team on matters of overall library strategy.

The significant resources overseen by the Associate Dean include a current collection of nearly 4 million items, both physical and online. As an active partner in the Ivy Plus Libraries group, Dartmouth also provides its academic community with access to approximately 90 million volumes via the BorrowDirect service.

The Associate Dean provides and models inclusive leadership for Collection Development and Acquisition Services, Collection Management and Preservation Services, and Metadata Services (33 FTEs), and manages a combined collections budget of $12 million, which includes funding from the three professional schools.

In this newly envisioned position, the Associate Dean will design and enact bold and creative strategies for further expanding and stewarding the resources available to Dartmouth’s outstanding faculty and students. Centering the user and committed to advancing diversity, equity and inclusion, the ideal candidate will embody an energetic, creative, collaborative and forward-thinking approach to the future of Dartmouth’s collections. In addition, the next Associate Dean will possess an accredited Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited institution (or international equivalent), or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

To view the full position profile, please visit our website.

Please send nominations, applications, and queries in confidence and electronically to:               

Matthew Bunting, Managing Associate

Storbeck Search  

Dartmouth College is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to diversity and inclusion. We prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, marital status, or any other legally protected status. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged.