Furman University invites applications for the Director of Libraries. The Director will provide strategic leadership for the administration of the James B. Duke Library, Sanders Science Library, and Maxwell Music Library. The Director will come to Furman at a time of significant momentum, joining one of the nation’s premier liberal arts and sciences universities. Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Director holds an administrative position with non-tenure track faculty status.
Furman University is a selective private liberal arts and sciences college committed to helping students develop intellectually, personally, and interpersonally, and providing the practical skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly-changing world. Furman professors are exceptional teacher-scholars who mentor undergraduate students within a campus community that values and encourages diverse ideas and perspectives. Furman has an institutional commitment to embrace diversity as an implicit value and as an explicit practice in all of its endeavors. It is a member of the Universities Studying Slavery consortium headquartered at the University of Virginia. Following an inquiry into Furman’s own slavery past, the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a series of recommendations that will help educate the community about Furman’s history and commemorate Furman’s first African American students through educational programs, statuary, historical plaques, and scholarships.
The recently-launched strategic vision, The Furman Advantage, promises students an individualized four-year pathway facilitated by a team of mentors and infused with a rich and varied set of high-impact experiences outside the classroom that include undergraduate research, study away, internships, community-focused learning, and opportunities to engage across differences.
Furman is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty and staff, and actively encourages applications from members of all groups underrepresented in higher education. The University aspires to create a community of people representing a multiplicity of identities including race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, spiritual belief, socioeconomic background, geographic origin, ideology, world view, and varied abilities. Several faculty interest groups have formed within these underrepresented populations including African-Americans and LGBTQIA+. These groups encourage interested parties to interact with them during the search process. Furman extends comprehensive benefits to domestic partners of employees.
The Furman student experience is supported by a rich network of centers and institutes that includes The Center for Inclusive Communities, The David E. Shi Center for Sustainability, The Institute for the Advancement of Community Health, The Rinker Center for Study Away and International Education, The Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection, The Shucker Center for Leadership Development, The Riley Institute, and The Malone Center for Career Engagement. A new Humanities Center is currently under development.
Furman is located in Greenville, South Carolina, which is one of the fastest growing cities in the Southeast and is ranked among "America's Ten Best" by Forbes Magazine. A 20-mile bike and running trail connects the university to Greenville and to Travelers Rest, recently named “one of America’s coolest small towns.” Greenville is within easy driving distance to Asheville, Charlotte, Atlanta, the Blue Ridge Mountains, and the Atlantic Beaches. The Greenville-Spartanburg Airport runs daily flights to major cities and airline hubs. It is an ideal place to live and work, with attractive opportunities for employees at all stages of their careers.
The Furman University Libraries include The James B. Duke Library, the Sanders Science Library, and the Maxwell Music Library. The Libraries have 26 employees (13 library faculty and 13 staff); an annual budget of 3.2 million dollars; and a robust collection of electronic and print materials. As a member of the statewide consortium, PASCAL (Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries), library users have access to additional e-resources, and expedited borrowing. Furman, in conjunction with 55 other PASCAL member libraries, is in the process of migrating to a shared Alma/Primo library services platform.
The Furman Libraries are the hub of academic life on campus. The Libraries’ services and spaces provide opportunities for research, collaboration, and innovation across the campus and in the community. The Libraries strive to provide seamless access to resources and cultivate a culture of accommodation, support, and collaboration. Library staff and faculty are well-respected on campus and have strong relationships with students, faculty, administrators, and staff.
The Libraries recently conducted a self-study and, in alignment with The Furman Advantage, hosted a team of external reviewers in early 2019. This work not only reinforced the value that the Libraries bring to campus, but also recommended the following strategic priorities:
The Libraries engage in many diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) projects, but these efforts require more strategic focus. The Libraries must develop a diversity strategic plan to position themselves as a campus leader for advancing Furman’s DEI aspirations.
There is growing interest among the faculty and administration for centralized support of digital scholarship projects. The Libraries have the potential to draw upon their expertise and collaborative spirit to serve as an essential component in a campus digital scholarship program.
The Libraries are currently guiding campus conversations about re-envisioning the Duke Library as an academic commons to leverage collaborations and common goals in support of student success.
Evolving needs of the University and the Libraries are impacting the physical spaces within the Duke, Music, and Science Libraries. The Libraries are poised to spearhead the creation of a strategic space plan to address current and future needs.
The Director of Libraries will be a dynamic leader who is passionate in their support of a personalized educational experience that provides lifelong value for every Furman student.
We envision the successful candidate will be:
Preferred qualities include:
Master's degree accredited by the American Library Association or an international equivalent.
A PhD is preferred, but not required.
Minimum of 8 years of progressively responsible work experience in a library.
Minimum of 5 years of supervisory experience.
The Assistant Director for Outreach Services, the Assistant Director for Collection Services, the Assistant Director for Discovery Services, the Special Collections Librarian and University Archivist, and the Departmental Assistant.
Applicants should submit
Applicants will also be asked to submit the names and contact information of three references. Transcript requests and background checks will be conducted in the final stage of the hiring process.
Review of applications will begin July 25, 2019. Questions may be e-mailed to Christy Allen at email@example.com
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