Chair, Department of Special and Area Studies Collections; University of Florida; Gainesville, Florida

The George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida, seeks applications and nominations for the position of Department Chair for Special and Area Studies Collections. The successful candidate will be a forward thinking leader who is knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the changing nature of librarianship for special collections and area studies collections. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Scholarly Resources and Research Services, this position is a key member of the Library team, ensuring organizational effectiveness, efficiency, and development of policies for library operations.

The Department Chair for Special and Area Studies Collections is a tenure track library position which will provide leadership, strategic vision and direction for the department by blending traditional academic library practices with innovation to expand collections and usage, redesign spaces, and increase available resources.  The Chair works collaboratively with departmental colleagues to assess strengths and weaknesses in the various collections, to determine priorities, to establish policies, and to develop departmental service plans that enhance and support the academic mission of the University.

The library encourages staff participation in reaching management decisions and consequently the Chair of Special and Area Studies Collections will serve on various committees and teams. To support all students and faculty and foster excellence in a diverse and global society, the Chair will be expected to include individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in work activities. The Chair, Special and Area Studies Collections will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet library-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.

The search will remain open until filled, and review of applications will begin on November 1, 2012.  Interested candidates should follow the application procedures outline on the Position Vacancy Announcement at: http://web.uflib.ufl.edu/pers/FacultyPositions.html.

All inquiries and submissions of required application materials should be sent to Bonnie J. Smith, Smathers Libraries Human Resources Office, at: bonniesmith@ufl.edu.

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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