Associate University Librarian for Access and Fulfillment

How to Apply

A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.



The University of Michigan Library in Ann Arbor is one of the world's largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community of 19 schools and colleges with a vision to serve humanity as the defining public institution. The library's mission is to support, enhance, and collaborate in the instructional, research, and service activities of faculty, students, and staff and contribute to the common good by collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, sharing, and creating the record of human knowledge.

The Associate University Librarian (AUL) for Access and Fulfillment provides strategic and administrative leadership for the library's evolving portfolio of interdependent service areas that provide access to collections, information services, and spaces. As the AUL, you will lead a team of 3 directors who oversee our Physical Collections and AccessDocument Delivery, and Circulation and Access Services and Divisional Libraries. These departments work collaboratively to steward the library's physical materials across library buildings and shelving facilities; ensure materials delivery and access; facilitate access to University of Michigan (U-M) and borrowed collections through customized delivery, including scanning and electronic delivery options; and provide user-facing guidance and access through in-person information service points and materials pick-up locations. With your leadership, the Access and Fulfillment Division maintains responsibility for the circulation and management of over 7 million physical volumes and stewards over 810,000 square feet of space across libraries and shelving facilities to meet the needs of U-M's campus-based communities of over 50,000 students and almost 8,000 faculty.

You will report to the Dean of Libraries and serve as a member of the Library Administration team, working in close collaboration with the 5 other AULs, 4 functional directors and teams, the Associate Dean, and the Dean. As a member of the Library Administration team, you will contribute to the aligned and collaborative work of planning for library services, operations, and resource allocation. Your divisional leadership responsibilities include service development and sustainability, and guidance for the work of the division, with specific attention to operations, policies, budgets, communication, training, and professional activities.

We are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourage our employees to incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work. More information can be found in our Diversity Strategic Plan.


What You'll Do

  • Set and document strategic direction and allocate resources for the Access and Fulfillment division in the context of the library's strategic framework. 
  • Ensure access to welcoming, safe, and inclusive work, study, teaching, learning, and research environments.
  • Collaboratively design, reimagine, shape, and improve an interdependent network of user-centered services that support engagement in institutional academic life.
  • Design staffing models through cross-training and skill development.
  • Identify divisional personnel needs according to workforce planning and personnel prioritization activities at the organizational level. 
  • Guide the division in centering the Library's values in work processes, relationships, and outcomes.
  • Design regular cycles of review, assessment, and evaluation to sustain and improve the quality of services, discovery and access interfaces, and workflows.
  • Provide leadership for all organizational change efforts and support the division through transitions and service changes. 
  • Navigate the broader campus community and partner with relevant leadership in the context of high-level campus plans.
  • Engage with inter-institutional partnerships and consortia, such as the Big Ten Academic Alliance.
  • Plan, manage, and approve the use of divisional financial resources.


Required Qualifications*

  • A masters degree or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • 5+ years of demonstrated managerial and administrative experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility
  • Experience developing, documenting, evaluating, and communicating with transparency about policies and procedures
  • Experience with collaborative approaches to leadership that develop and sustain partnerships with colleagues across multiple departments, both internally and externally


Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience developing and evaluating user focused programs and services
  • Commitment to and strong record of mentoring and developing individuals and teams
  • Demonstrated experience leading through organizational change
  • Experience with budgets and resource allocation


Additional Information

The University of Michigan offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, and vision insurance, generous time off (24 vacation days per year, and 15 sick leave a year), matched retirement contributions with immediate vesting, professional development opportunities, and more. TIAA and Fidelity Investments' retirement benefits are available.

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This position currently allows a hybrid or fully on-site work environment. Flexible work agreements are reviewed annually and are subject to change depending on the business needs of the hiring department, throughout the course of employment. Fully remote work is not applicable to this position. Please see the University of Michigan's Remote Employment Policies and Agreements for more information.


Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

We expect this posting to be open for the full 45 days' posting period.

Applications will be reviewed as received throughout the posting period and continue until the position is filled.


U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.