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Position Announcement: University of South Dakota Dean of Libraries

The University of South Dakota invites applications and/or nominations for the position of Dean of Libraries. USD seeks candidates with vision and skills to direct and to further develop an outstanding academic, mid-size research library. The successful candidate will have a clear understanding of the critical issues driving the transformation of research libraries and the changing roles of libraries and library staff. The Dean of Libraries reports directly to the Provost and supports USD’s strategic plans for excellence in liberal education and competitive research.


The Dean of Libraries provides leadership, planning, and oversight for all services and functions of the I.D. Weeks Library (http://www.usd.edu/library/) and Lommen Health Sciences Library (http://www.usd.edu/lhsl/). The Dean of Libraries works in concert with USD’s McKusick Law Library (http://www.usd.edu/lawlib/) and the Wegner Health Sciences Library in Sioux Falls (http://www.usd.edu/wegner/) as well as with public and private organizations to maintain and build library resources and services for students and faculty in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The Dean of Libraries is expected to advance the development of an outstanding, mid-size research library as well as to support services for undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in residential and distance programs.


Required: An ALA-accredited MLS (or international equivalent) and evidence of: successful administrative and organizational leadership experience; commitment to student learning; effective support of university research; outstanding oral and written communications skills; and scholarly and professional achievement.

Desired: An additional Masters or Doctoral degree in a disciplinary field (terminal degree preferred) and the abilities to: advance and implement the use of emerging technologies; continue strategic development of appropriate information resources and instructional capacity; secure external funding for the library and library services; effectively develop and implement programmatic and financial plans; develop and sustain effective relationships with students, staff, faculty and administrators; and serve as an effective advocate for the libraries and their educational missions at the campus, community, state and national levels.


Together, I.D. Weeks and Lommen Libraries have a staff of 12 FTE librarians with faculty rank, and 23 FTE classified staff. The libraries’ collections contain approximately 600,000 bound book and journal volumes, 300,000 government documents and over 200 online databases. The libraries currently provide access to a wide range of digital resources, including over 25,000 online journals and nearly 2,000 print periodicals and newspapers. The Weeks Library’s collection on Native American culture in the Great Plains region and 19th century Western Americana is internationally recognized. The libraries also contain significant art and humanities collections; in-depth K-12 educational materials; and primary historical materials housed in the Special Collections department, including senatorial papers, the Mahoney collection on the history of the violin, and Wounded Knee massacre and siege materials.


Founded in 1862, The University of South Dakota is designated as the only public, liberal arts university in the state and is home to a comprehensive College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, the state’s only AACSB-accredited School of Business (Beacom School of Business), the School of Law, the Sanford School of Medicine, the School of Health Sciences, and the College of Fine Arts. USD has a total enrollment of roughly 8,700 students taught by 400 faculty and has more than 55 graduate and professional degree programs which comprise approximately 25% of total student enrollment. USD has received recognition from Princeton Review and others as one of the nation’s best colleges and universities. In acknowledgement of its strong achievements in rural medicine, U.S. News and World Report recently listed the USD’s Sanford School of Medicine as 10th in the nation.

SALARY/COMPENSATION: Commensurate with education and experience.

Apply on-line at https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu/ by submitting a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three to five professional references.

Inquiries may be directed to:

Dr. Karen L. Olmstead, Graduate Dean
and Chair of Dean of Libraries Search
Email: Karen.Olmstead@usd.edu
Phone: 605-677-6287
Fax: 605-677-5202

Screening of applications will begin on October 15, 2007 and continue until a suitable candidate is hired.
The University of South Dakota is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, and students.

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