Associate Dean of Libraries for Research and Learning

North Dakota State University   •  

Fargo, ND

Industry: Education.


5 - 7 years

Posted 375 days ago

Position Description:

North Dakota State University (NDSU) seeks to fill the position of AssociateDean of Libraries for Research and Learning. NDSU is ranked in the National Science Foundation’s top-100 public research universities, and provides programs at the undergraduate, professional and graduate levels. The Libraries serve a student population of approximately 14,500 students and 600 full-time faculty. The Fargo-Moorhead metropolitan area, home of NDSU, Concordia College, and Minnesota State University Moorhead, is a vibrant community located at the crossroads of I-94 and I-29. North Dakota has experienced strong economic growth, which has afforded the state’s universities with significant opportunities to advance. The Fargo-Moorhead metro area has a population of over 200,000 and boasts a thriving economy, excellent quality of life, good schools, outstanding air travel connections, and a low cost of living. The community and area colleges offer a wide variety of cultural events including opera, orchestra and theatre. Fargo is a regular stop for many national touring music and theatre acts. Many outdoor activities are available including hunting, fishing, or spending time in the Minnesota lake country. The State of North Dakota enjoys a robust economy that is built on a foundation of diverse agricultural commodity production and a strong energy industry and small businesses.

The Libraries

The North Dakota State University Libraries comprise the Main Library, three branch libraries (the Business Learning Center, Klai Juba Wald Architectural Studies Library, and the P.N. Haakenson Health Sciences Library), NDSU Archives and the Institute for Regional Studies Archives, Germans from Russia Heritage Collection, NDSU Institutional Repository and an off-campus storage site. The NDSU Libraries hold over 865,000 physical items among the collections, and subscribe or have access to approximately 400 electronic databases and collections with full-text access to over 200,000 journals and e-books. NDSU is part of the Tri-College System (Concordia College, Minnesota State University-Moorhead, Minnesota State Community and Technical College, North Dakota State College of Science, and NDSU), ODIN, and the Minitex consortia. The NDSU Libraries is also part of the North Dakota Joint Regional Depository, and is an early adopter of the Alma library management system from ExLibris. The library has a budget of approximately $6.4 million and a staff totaling 42 FTE.
The Associate Dean of Libraries is a dynamic and innovative leader who understands the role of academic libraries in a research university and has a vision for the library’s research and learning role in the growth of NDSU as a research institution. The Associate Dean works collaboratively with all library staff on developing a vision for the Libraries and provides management and personnel administration of the Business Learning Center, Health Sciences Library, and Architectural Studies Library (Branches); Government Information; Research and Instruction; and Special Collections. The Associate Dean leads efforts to increase support for the Libraries and advocates for the Libraries regionally and nationally. The Associate Dean reports to the Dean of Libraries.
●Support for developing information literacy programming across campus.
●Develops and coordinates policies, programming, and outreach for the Libraries’ scholarly communication program.
●Educates faculty, staff, students and administrators to raise awareness about scholarly communication issues.
●Provides guidance and leadership on publishing options, author rights, copyright, and Open Access.
●Leads assessment and continuous improvement of operations and services; and helps to shape department policy, goals, and procedures related to scholarly communication.
●Stays informed and keeps the Libraries up to date on national and international trends, legislations and pending changes in intellectual property rights, commercial and academic/research scholarly publishing, and information technologies that affect access and preservation of scholarly information; plans and organizes campus programs and events in these areas.
●Develops initiatives that encourage and enable faculty to manage their own copyright and improve the economies of and access to published research; and collaboratively establishes programs to assist faculty with publishing decisions.
●Acts as a spokesperson at campus, system wide, state, national and international levels for issues and policies related to scholarly communications, ensuring that the Libraries actively participate in collaborative programs and services, is informed of global publishing trends and intellectual property rights, and contributes to the advancement of scholarly communication.
●Serves as the lead librarian on copyright and intellectual property developments and issues. Works collaboratively with appropriate NDSU departments to provide timely and accurate information of author’s rights management.
●Provides structure, clarifies responsibilities, develops clear and meaningful performance objectives/expectations, and communicates staff performance standards that are specific and measurable on a regular basis and during the annual review process.
●Reviews, discusses, and advises departments on major planning, purchasing, administrative activities, and problems.
●Support the development of new programs and services across branches and departments.
●Support analysis and assessment of research, instruction, and outreach activities.
●Disseminates information regarding research practices, information needs, and publishing patterns.
●Develops, implements, updates and interprets the Libraries’ policies and procedures.
●Conducts special project planning feasibility studies as assigned by the Dean.
●Represents the Dean at University committee, external professional, civic organization meetings as designated.
●Assists the Dean concerning salary adjustments, hiring, promotions, and termination of personnel.
●Advises the Dean on appropriateness of various staff development activities.
●Performs other general administrative and management functions as assigned by the Dean.


MLS/MLISdegree (or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited program;
•Minimum of six years’ professional experience in a college or university library;
•Demonstrated record of leadership and management experience, including budgeting and HR;
•Broad knowledge and understanding of library information systems;
•Broad knowledge and understanding of current and emerging technologies;
•Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication and interpersonal skills;
•Ability to interact at all levels in an academic setting and advocate effectively for the library with a variety of on-and off-campus constituencies;
•Demonstrated ability to develop a strong collaborative working environment with professional colleagues;
•Ability to work and interact effectively with diverse colleagues and students.
•Earned second Master’s degree


Doctoral degree;
•Evidence of scholarly research and publications;
•Administrative experience in a research university;
•Experience in a consortial environment;
•Proven fundraising and grant-writing experience.

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