Library Director – Farmingdale State College – Farmingdale, NY

About Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale State College, a campus of the State University of New York, is a college of applied science and technology with an enrollment of more than 9,000 students. As the largest of SUNY’s colleges of technology, Farmingdale equips students with the resources and critical thinking skills sought by today’s emerging industries through its Schools of Business, Engineering Technology, Health Sciences, and Liberal Arts & Sciences. Farmingdale offers 38 undergraduate degree programs and will offer its first Masters program in the Fall 2017 semester. The college is a pioneer in environmental sustainability and alternative energy, and boasts a highly successful NCAA Division III athletics program.

According to the 2016 U.S. News & World Report, Farmingdale State College is ranked #9 among public colleges in the north and #28 among all colleges in the region. Farmingdale has been ranked as one of the top colleges in return on investment and as one of the safest colleges in the nation according to multiple rankings. The campus is located on 380 lush acres in the heart of Long Island, approximately 45 minutes by rail or automobile from New York City.

Job Description

Farmingdale State College seeks a visionary and collegial leader with a strong service orientation; excellent communication and organizational skills; demonstrated supervisory, planning, and assessment ability; and technological proficiency to fill the position of Library Director. The Library Director supervises a professional staff of six full-time librarians, three adjunct librarians, and a clerical staff of seven. The position reports to the Provost. Responsibilities include: Oversee all Library operations (including Circulation, Reference & Information Literacy Instruction, Technical Services, and Serials) through planning, assessing, and providing appropriate services, resources, goals, and policies. Serve as an advocate for the Library by representing and promoting the Library to the institution and the community. Promote a service-based, “information commons” environment for students and faculty that strengthens academic support connections across the instituti on. Work with the librarians to offer an integrated institution-wide information literacy program. Remain abreast of advances in information technology and library “best practice.” Maintain current knowledge of research, instructional delivery, and curricula of the College for effective alignment of Library services. Develop, motivate, and evaluate a library workforce in alignment with job expectations, professional roles, and the College mission. Plan and manage the budgets and financial resources of the Library. Work with the SUNY Office of Library Services to implement and support SUNY-wide library collaboration and services. Coordinate the Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT), the organization that publicizes, coordinates and supports faculty development activities at the College.


QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in Library Science or equivalent from an ALA -accredited program. Minimum of seven years of work experience in academic libraries. Supervisory work experience, with a record of increasing responsibility. Knowledge of the assessment of library resources and services. Evidence of strong customer service orientation. Evidence of excellent interpersonal, managerial, and communication skills. Evidence of a collegial leadership style. Knowledge of emerging trends and technological applications in academic libraries.


A second master’s degree or graduate study beyond the Master’s degree in Library Science (or equivalent). Experience working in both public services and technical services in an academic library. Experience with Information Literacy instruction. Experience with Middle States accreditation requirements.

Additional Information

  • This is a full-time, 12 month position.
  • POSITION AVAILABLE: February 2017
  • Salary Commensurate with experience
  • The State University of New York offers excellent fringe benefits including health insurance options and retirement plans


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About John Pell

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

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