The Associate Dean for Collections & Discovery reports to the Dean of the University Library and serves as a member of the library’s senior leadership team which plans library-wide services, facilitates operations, and resolve issues. The Associate Dean is primarily responsible for developing strategic directions for managing access to physical and virtual collections and providing infrastructure support for our scholarly communications program in support of the research and teaching needs of the University. Programmatic responsibilities include user experience, accessibility, digitization programming, developing, interpreting, and implementing policies and procedures related to the acquisition, description, and discovery of scholarly and cultural heritage resources in a variety of formats. This position partners closely with IRT leadership – strategies and solutions are aligned with campus IT and CSU technology strategies.
This position participates as a member of library-wide groups, task forces, and project teams as appropriate and is expected to work comfortably and with a high degree of expertise in a shared decision-making environment. As a leader, the Associate Dean will foster an environment where strategic and well-informed risk taking is encouraged. As a senior member of Department Heads Council this position is responsible for library-wide planning and policy making, the incumbent works with other library leaders to shape strategic directions for the Libraries.
As the center of campus intellectual discovery, the Sacramento State University Library promotes teaching, learning, research, and scholarly communication at the University by integrating the Library with campus student success programs and instruction. One of twenty-three libraries in the California State University System, the Sacramento State Library holds over 1.4 million volumes, comprised of print and electronic monographs and serials, and is a Federal Document Depository. The Library’s mission is to inspire excellence in teaching, learning, and scholarly activities.
The University Library is undergoing rapid transformation with a forward-thinking vision and a deep commitment to improving the campus learning environment. Sacramento State is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as an Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander-Serving (AANAPI) and a Hispanic Serving Institutions (HIS). Therefore we welcome and encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds to join our growing organization of 28 Library faculty, 33 staff and approximately 40 FTE student assistants. We take pride in the collaborative nature in which our students, staff, and faculty work together in a professional and supportive environment to ensure one another’s success.
For more information, please visit https://library.csus.edu/.
1. Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience.
2. Five (5) years significant IT/Technical Services/Collections management experience in an academic or research library.
3. Three (3) years of progressively responsible management and supervisory experience.
4. Record of accomplishment sufficient to achieve tenure at the rank of Associate/Full Librarian.
5. Experience with successfully developing, managing, and completing large complex projects in a library or similar environment.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, ABILITIES
6. Ability to oversee technical services, systems experts, and collections management in the full range of subjects at Sacramento State University.
7. Professional experience including management of resources and personnel in an academic or research library setting.
8. Successful experience in budgeting and planning.
9. Demonstrated understanding of scholarly communications issues and new models that are shaping the future of academic publishing.
10. Knowledge of current issues and trends in collection strategies, collection management, vendor negotiations, copyright, and preservation facing academic and research libraries.
11. Demonstrated leadership, project management, and creative problem-solving skills.
12. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (oral and written).
13. Commitment to fostering a diverse workplace and building a diverse workforce and to supporting professional development for librarians and staff at all levels.
14. Strong decision-making skills and the ability to work under pressure.
15. Proven expertise with current technologies, platforms, and products that support library information technology.
16. Strong commitment to equity and inclusion and the demonstrated ability to work effectively and collegially with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds and identities.
Documents Needed to Apply
Candidates must include the following attachments with the application:
1. Cover letter
2. Current curriculum vitae
3. A diversity statement that addresses the following prompt:
As an equal opportunity employer with a diverse staff and student population, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching and working environment for all. What contributions are you most proud of that exemplify your awareness and sensitivity towards promoting an inclusionary environment? What have you learned working with diverse populations? Please limit your response to 500 words.
Failure to upload required documentation may result in disqualification.
About Sac State
Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sac State is dedicated to student success, diversity, equity and inclusion, community engagement, philanthropy, and campus safety.
As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued. Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.
To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.
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Out of State Employment Policy
Sacramento State University, as part of the CSU system, is a State of California Employer. As such, the University requires all employees (up)on date of hire to reside in the State of California.
As of January 1, 2022 the CSU Out-of-State Employment Policy prohibits the hiring of employees to perform CSU-related work outside the state of California.
Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.
Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:
Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at https://www.csus.edu/clery .
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.