The University of Redlands invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Armacost Library. The Director reports to the Provost and provides leadership and vision in fulfilling the mission and goals of the Library and University. The Director exercises responsibility for the Library's faculty and staff, academic support, finances, facilities, and partnerships.
Works within a participatory faculty governance structure and fosters close working relationships with and among all constituents of the Library, the University, and the broader community.
Collaboratively defines and implements planning for the development and continuous improvement of Library and information programs and services.
Manages, advocates for, and supports all library employees (faculty, staff, student workers).
Actively contributes to University-wide conversations about student learning and student success.
Raises attention to, interest in, and funding and support for Library initiatives.
Fosters transparency, inclusivity, and collaborative work at all levels, including Library vision, goals and objectives, policies, and workflows.
Shares responsibility for initiating, planning, coordinating, and evaluating library and information policies and programs for the achievement of the Library and University's missions and visions.
Manages Library budgets, overseeing collaborative processes to inform decision-making and monitor Library expenses.
Guides efforts to appraise, describe, and integrate into curriculum special collections and government publications.
Serves as a contributing member of the Academic Affairs leadership team, meeting routinely with deans and other academic leaders.
Serves on a variety of University-wide governance committees, including as ex-officio member of the University Senate Committee on Academic Planning and Standards (CAPS).
Contributes to the development of fundraising initiatives in partnership with the University Advancement and Development offices.
Provides forward-thinking leadership to increase utilization of the Library for the purpose of engaging and educating students, encouraging a strong sense of community, and promoting student success.
Actively participates in internal and external groups and consortia, to improve regional access and services and broaden support for University of Redlands constituents.
Engages in professional, research, and scholarly activity.
An ALA-accredited MLIS degree or equivalent.
A minimum of three years of progressive library leadership as a unit head or higher to include strategic planning, program assessment, project leadership, team building, fiscal management, and supervision of full-time personnel.
Knowledge of emerging trends in higher education and academic libraries.
Demonstrated ability to work with diverse stakeholders including faculty, students, administrators, and staff.
Demonstrated commitment to the educational role of academic libraries in serving diverse learners.
Understanding of online and multi-campus student learning needs and challenges.
Demonstrated experience managing complex projects involving library personnel, faculty, cross-unit stakeholders, and involving competing values and priorities.
Demonstrated experience with collaborative leadership that creates and sustains a diverse, equitable, welcoming, and inclusive working and learning environment.
A record of professional and scholarly activity commensurate with appointment at the rank of associate or full librarian.
Demonstrated commitment to the educational role of academic libraries in serving diverse learners in the context of a Hispanic-Serving Institution.
Demonstrated engagement with critical perspectives on library practices.
Experience with donor engagement, fundraising, or grant writing.
Record of supporting faculty development in teaching, research, scholarship, and service.
Record of supporting staff professional development.
The Director will engage with a wide range of stakeholders on- and off-campus as a champion for the Library as well as the University community. The Director will be well-positioned to address the following:
Organizational Culture and Morale - Continue to support a culture of openness, integrity, and accountability among those who work in the Library and cultivate an environment in which joy and meaning are evident. In their 2023 report, external reviewers commended Armacost Library for: “Good relationships throughout the library personnel,” and noted that, despite nearly two years under interim leadership, “Library employees universally conveyed their appreciation for each other and for library leadership.”
Strategic Planning - In partnership with academic and co-curricular units, work to expand, improve, and promote use of Library facilities. Address issues of space management, renovation, and repurposing to accommodate new uses and needs of students and for faculty teaching practices. Establish coordination of library instruction and resource management with the Marin campus. Ensure Library expense aligns with campus planning for a structurally healthy budget.
Repositioning the Library - Lead collaborative discussions and new ways of thinking about libraries and the role of the Library within the University and the community. Play a key role in guiding the University and community stakeholders in understanding the expanding roles of those who work in libraries (negotiating and managing licenses for e-resources; developing and managing publishing platforms; advocating for and educating on new scholarly communication practices; supporting instructional design; writing and implementing code and scripts; etc.) in order to translate ideas into actions, set achievable goals, and maintain accountability for reaching or revising them.
Equity and Inclusivity - Lead the Library in its role of fulfilling the educational mission of the University, including its mission as an HSI, and provide educational and cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. The Director will lead efforts in addressing the needs of on-campus as well as off-campus students and faculty. They will commit to enhancing outreach, programming, and resources for all, with a particular emphasis on welcoming and providing equitable services to members of groups who are currently and/or historically marginalized.
Library Advocacy - Advocate on behalf of the Library, those who work in the Library, and those the Library serves. The Director will be a visible leader within the University community, engaging stakeholders and showcasing existing programs and resources while soliciting input on new programmatic opportunities.
Fundraising - Partner with University Advancement professionals to increase philanthropic support from foundations and individual donors. Support and/or lead grant proposals that may expand the Library's ability to support Library curricular development, programming, resources, services, technology and new initiatives.
About Armacost Library:
The Armacost Library plays an integral role in the intellectual and cultural life of the University of Redlands by facilitating the transformation of information into knowledge. Faculty and staff of the Library aspire to provide equitable access to information and support for academic success, promote reflective scholarship and engagement with the diversity of knowledge, foster lifelong learning, and collaborate to leverage the work and collections for social good in the surrounding communities.
The Library is a medium-sized library with a talented staff. The Library provides both open and cozy spaces for quiet study, tutoring, and group work. Exhibits showcase student work, campus history, cultural events, and more. In addition to serving as a federal repository library, housing a significant collection of U.S. government publications and maps, Armacost Library's curriculum-focused collections include more than 800,000 books, periodicals, CDs, videos, DVDs, music scores, archival documents, microforms, e-books, streaming video, and open access resources. Special collections housed in the Library include the Farquhar Collection of California and the Greater Southwest, the MacNair Far Eastern Collection, the Irvine Map Library, the Hawaii-Pacific Collection, and the Barney Childs Collection.
Since 2009 the Library has been awarding the Armacost Library Undergraduate Research Award. In 2013 it established a publishing platform, InSPIRe@Redlands, to preserve and share scholarship produced by the University of Redlands community. This effort also led to the publication of the peer-reviewed Journal of Computer Science Integration. Since 2017 the Library has partnered with Campus Diversity and Inclusion to facilitate a textbook-lending program for students with demonstrated financial need. In 2017 Library personnel successfully migrated the ILS from Millennium to ExLibris Alma/Primo, after more than 20 years with Innovative. The migration project was truly a team effort, with every person in the Library involved in planning and implementation. Migrations of interlibrary loan, repository and publishing platforms soon followed. In 2022 the Library expanded tech lending to include laptops and accessible peripherals.
The Library's current priority is to draft and implement an action plan informed by the University's newly launched strategic plan - Forward Together, and the new mission statement: We welcome, educate, and empower a diverse community of learners for lives of meaning, impact, and joy. The action plan will also be informed by external reviewer feedback, the University's 2019 merger with the San Francisco Theological Seminary, and the pending merger with Presidio Graduate School and planned launch of the Presidio Center for Sustainable Solutions.
About University of Redlands:
Established in 1907, the University of Redlands is a private, nonprofit liberal arts university that connects students to a world of opportunity geared toward their passions and potential. Centrally located near the beaches, mountains, and desert in the heart of Southern California, the University serves over 3000 undergraduate and graduate students on its main campus in Redlands, its new campus in Marin County and regional campuses throughout Southern California.
The Redlands Experience
The University provides a welcoming environment where access and opportunity come together to equip individuals to build a better future for themselves and those around them by offering more than 40 undergraduate programs, as well as 30 graduate programs in business, communication sciences and disorders, education, geographic information systems, and music - blending liberal arts and professional programs, applied and theoretical study, traditional majors and self-designed curricula with a 13:1 student-to-faculty ratio. In addition to an award-winning 160-acre campus in Redlands featuring orange groves, architectural landmarks and more than 1,700 trees, the University includes three regional locations, providing innovative programs at convenient places and times for working professionals. Surveys show that generations of alumni have found that the University prepared them well for career success and lifelong learning.
At a Glance
48% of college undergraduates study abroad
30 languages spoken by student body
28 Fulbright students since 2008
43 countries represented by the student body
120,000+ hours of community service
100+ student organizations
90% of students receive financial aid
S. News & World Report ranks Redlands as #5 Regional Universities West.
Money: 2023 one of the best colleges with 4.5/5 stars.
Washington Monthly lists Redlands in the top 4% of colleges, ranked by contribution to the public good.
Arbor Day Foundation named Redlands a Tree Campus USA for 13 consecutive years.
Princeton Review 2023 lists Redlands in Best 385 Colleges & Best Western Colleges.
College of Distinction for being well equipped to provide personalized education in line with four overarching distinctions in student engagement, teaching, community, and outcomes. Particular recognition in equity and inclusion, business programs, career development, education programs, and military support (2022-23).
Applicants should submit: (a) a curriculum vitae; and (b) a letter that addresses the position criteria as well as the candidate's philosophy of librarianship and leadership, evidence of successful practice, and the values and priorities that underpin their work. Submission of a CV or application indicates agreement that the university may verify any and all information contained therein.
Acceptance of inquiries, nominations, and applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search. Interested parties are encouraged to apply by August 29, 2023.
All applications and nominations will be held in confidence.
Accomodation: In compliance with The Americans with Disabilities Act, if selected for the interview process and accommodations are needed, please call (909) 748-8040. If you are unable to complete an application due to a disability, contact us at (909) 748-8040 to ask for an accommodation or an alternative application process.
HIRING RANGE: Anticipated hiring range is near or at the minimum of the classification, commensurate with candidate's education, experience, skills, and training. The University of Redlands is required to provide a reasonable estimate of the compensation range for this role. This range takes into account the wide range of factors that are considered in making compensation decisions including but not limited to experience, skills, knowledge, abilities, education, licensure and certifications, and other business and organizational needs. It is not typical for an individual to be offered a salary at or near the top of the range for a position. Salary offers are determined based on final candidate qualifications and experience. The full salary range for this position is defined as the Full Pay Range. The budgeted salary or hourly range that the University reasonably expects to pay for this position defined as the Hiring Range. Placement within the Hiring Range is determined by internal equity, and relevant qualifications.
BACKGROUND CHECK: Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. The University will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current employee who was conditionally offered the position.
DRIVER'S LICENSE CHECK: Possession of a valid Driver's License is required for certain positions. Employees in positions that require a valid Driver's License will be enrolled in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Government Employer Pull Notice Program which confirms possession of a valid driver's license and reflects driving record.
PHYSICAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL EXAMS: For certain positions typically in Public Safety, Facilities, Athletics and Information Technology Services departments, employment is contingent upon a candidate passing a pre-employment physical exam with the ability to lift in excess of 50 lbs. Public Safety Officers, in addition to a pre-employment physical exam, will also be required to pass a psychological evaluation.
INFORMATION REGARDING COVID-19: New employees are required to submit proof of having received the full course dose of an approved COVID-19 vaccine or submit an exemption request for medical or religious reasons within sixty (60) days from your date of hire.
Members of underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.
University of Redlands is an equal-opportunity employer.
The University of Redlands is again among the top 15 western master's universities in U.S. News & World Report 2012 Edition - America's Best Colleges. It is also ranked as an A+ School and a "Great School, Great Price." Since our founding in 1907, we haven?t wavered from our promise: a transformative education in an environment of academic rigor and personal responsibility, where you can blend what you learn in the classroom with life skills that will help you affect positive change in the world.