Dean of the Libraries

Dean of the Libraries

Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) invites inquiries, nominations and applications for the position of Dean of the Libraries, which reports directly to Provost Timothy Moerland. The University administration and faculty are seeking a transformational leader who will be charged with developing a clear vision and mission for the IUP Libraries–including leveraging innovations in digital and information technology–and their capacity to advance IUP's overall mission and commitment to teaching, scholarship, and service. The new dean is expected to assume office in January 2019, or as soon thereafter as is feasible.

Located in Indiana, Pennsylvania, about an hour northeast of Pittsburgh, IUP is a vibrant, comprehensive, research-based, teaching-focused, student-centered learning community founded in 1875. As one of only four public, doctoral research universities in Pennsylvania, IUP combines the academic opportunities of a large university with the highly personalized and intimate learning-centered environment of a small college.

The University Libraries of IUP provide support for teaching, research, and the personal enrichment of members of the IUP community and consist of the Stapleton/Stabley building, the Cogswell Music Library, and campus libraries in Freeport and Punxsutawney. Through the years, the IUP Libraries have continued to be innovative and experimental as they strive to meet changing needs with a blend of traditional and non-traditional strategies. In fall 2016, IUP began a project to evaluate the physical titles in the general collection in Stapleton Library and to identify titles that were candidates for deaccessioning and removal. The full deaccessioning process is currently projected to continue through 2019.

The Dean of the Libraries will bring a sophisticated understanding of the current environment and the potential future and emerging technological trends for institutional libraries, with a demonstrated ability to lead outreach activities via website, social media, texting, push notifications, streaming video, and related technologies. In addition, s/he will bring broad experience overseeing enhanced services via the application of modern technologies, with emphasis on those targeted to digital media access in support of teaching, learning and research. The dean will also possess an expertise in the modernizing of collections, resources, and services so that s/he may maintain the relevance of the collection through accessioning and deaccessioning. The successful candidate will hold a Master of Library Science, a second advanced degree, and progressive leadership in the areas of academic library administration and management. For additional information about IUP, the deanship, and desired qualifications, please visit

The University is being assisted by Academic Search, Inc. Applications should consist of a substantive cover letter addressing the qualifications listed in the profile, a curriculum vitae, and a list of at least five professional references with full contact information and a note indicating the nature of your working relationship with each; references will not be contacted without explicit permission from the candidate. Applications, nominations, and expressions of interest can be submitted in confidence to

The position will remain open until filled, but only applications received by Monday, September 10, 2018, can be assured full consideration. Confidential discussions about this opportunity may be arranged by contacting Dr. Wanda Bigham at or 334-425-6865 or Ms. Andrea Cowsert at or 202-263-7471.

All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon confirmation of work eligibility and satisfactory completion of all pre-employment background checks. Committed to excellence through diversity, IUP is an equal opportunity employer M/F/H/V and is a proud member of the State System of Higher Education. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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