Virginia Military Institute invites applications for the Director of Preston Library. Reporting to the Deputy Superintendent for Academics and Dean of the Faculty through the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, the Library Director provides leadership and strategic vision for all aspects of library operations and works with stakeholders to support the Instituteâs academic mission. The successful candidate will foster a culture of innovation and collaboration to ensure the Library provides superior services, resources, and learning environments that support the academic success and scholarly pursuits of the VMI community.
VMI Library - The new Director will lead the Libraryâs staff in realizing the full potential of a newly completed $19.2 million renovation that provided state-of-the-art learning spaces and capabilities, including a new Learning Commons and smart classrooms for library instruction, group study, and other innovative programming. Preston Library employs 7 professional, 4 classified, and 2 hourly staff, and approximately 30 cadet assistants, and includes the staff of the VMI Archives. The Library currently uses Koha ILS, WorldCat Discovery Service, CONTENTdm, ArchivesSpace, ILLiad, and SpringShare CMS and participates in regional and national associations, including the Virtual Library of Virginia. The Library maintains a collaborative relationship with the Instituteâs Department of Information Technology and is an important resource for academic enrichment and support programs. The Library houses and is a close partner of the VMI Center for Undergraduate Research and the Office of Sponsored Programs.
Core Responsibilities: â¢ Establish and implement the strategic direction for Library operations to align with the Instituteâs vision, mission, and values. â¢ Supervise the Libraryâs five internal departments: Archives & Records Management, Research & Instruction, Systems & Technology, Technical Services, and User Services. â¢ Establish and maintain positive and productive working relationships throughout the Institute, community, and professional organizations. â¢ Lead, mentor, and encourage Library staff in collegiality, collaboration, and user-centered services. â¢ Implement library procedures and policies that advance the diversity, equity, and inclusion goals of the Institute. â¢ Manage the Libraryâs budget and develop budget requests consistent with academic planning priorities. â¢ Develop and implement an assessment plan for Library operations and services, with support from the Office of Assessment and Institutional Research, to ensure continuous improvement and accreditation. â¢ Advocate for Library enhancements including services, collections, emerging technologies, personnel, and facilities. â¢ Serve on Institute committees as appropriate, including the Board of Directors of Friends of Preston Library. â¢ Model excellence in professional development and continue to enhance professional skills and awareness of trends and best practices in academic libraries.
The salary is competitive, commensurate with experience. As a state institution, VMI offers an attractive benefits package, including health and dental insurance and retirement options. The details are available online in the Administrative/Professional Faculty Handbook on the Human Resources Department website.
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About Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Military Institute operates under the philosophy that the measure of a college lies in the quality and performance of its graduates and their contributions to society. Therefore, it is the mission of the Virginia Military Institute to produce educated, honorable men and women, prepared for the varied work of civil life, imbued with love of learning, confident in the functions and attitudes of leadership, possessing a high sense of public service, advocates of the American democracy and free enterprise system, and ready as citizen-soldiers to defend their country in time of national peril. To accomplish this result, Virginia Military Institute shall provide to qualified young men and women undergraduate education of highest quality embracing engineering, science, and the arts conducted in and facilitated by the unique VMI system of military discipline.