The Fresno State Library is the largest academic library between Los Angeles and San Francisco. It serves as the intellectual hub of Fresno State, where we encourage discovery, inquiry, and learning in order to empower and inspire our 24,000 students. We envision our space as a catalyst for investigation and knowledge creation, using innovative technology, strategic collection development, and creative techniques to serve our diverse student body and faculty. The Library provides forward-thinking services, including technology lending to faculty, staff, and students, a growing digital repository, integrated information literacy instruction, and student-centered campus partnerships supporting student success. Our collections are some of the most thorough in the CSU system and include over a million print volumes, hundreds of thousands of electronic resources, and significant special collections of children's literature, teacher resources, music and media, and world, regional, and local history. The Library also hosts numerous exhibitions and events to inspire and connect our campus and community. Library personnel includes 19 library faculty, 34 support staff, and 29 full-time equivalent student assistants, all working to create an inclusive center for our campus intellectual life.
The Dean of Library Services reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs and serves as a member of the Deans’ Council. The Dean leads out in all aspects of library-wide planning, budgeting, personnel planning and management, operations, communications, and policy development, and works closely with faculty, staff, and unit leads. The position works with the Associate Dean of the Library in implementing the vision, strategic plan, and strategic goals of the library, and provides leadership and management to ensure accountability, effective services, and library operations.
The Dean provides vision and leadership for an evolving, comprehensive program of library services that integrates tools and practices for effective inquiry, creation, sharing, and use of scholarly and professional resources with the curricular and research activities of Fresno State faculty and students, while supporting diverse disciplines and professional practices, and internal and external community engagement.
This position places the Dean as a member within a constellation of library-and university-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 Dean will foster an environment of strategic and well-informed data-driven innovation. This position is responsible for library-wide planning, policy making and works with other library leaders to implement the library’s strategic plan. Strong management skills and the ability to create positive relationships will be essential for success in this role.
Duties and Responsibilities
Strategic Leadership Priorities
- Has the overall responsibility for library services, including planning and assessment, and oversight and management in accordance with the mission, core values, and purposes of the university.
- Plan, assign and review work of staff to ensure that group objectives are met. Hire, train, mentor, and manage staff to ensure that qualified staff exists to meet the library’s strategic goals.
- Communicate with Faculty Affairs on personnel matters. Develop and oversee professional development, mentoring, and job coaching for faculty and staff.
- Review and evaluate the library’s personnel needs in consultation with the Associate Dean, Library Leadership, and with faculty (tenure/tenure- track and lecturer) when appropriate, and in conjunction with Human Resources and Faculty Affairs.
- Serve as a member of and lead the library leadership team and as such, participate in the library-wide planning, policy formation, and decision-making.
- Serve as liaison to building stakeholders (faculty and student support services) in close consultation with Administrative Services and Library Operations.
Required Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
- Master’s degree in library science, information science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program.
- Minimum of five years of management experience in a library and working in library administration.
Preferred Qualifications – Experience, Education, Knowledge & Skills
- The Fresno State Library’s next Dean will possess a combination of professional experiences and personal qualities appropriate to the strategic priorities listed above. The successful candidate will demonstrate integrity of the highest order, an intellectual curiosity, and self-confidence balanced with humility, authenticity of character, and a strong work ethic. In its next Dean, the Fresno State Library will give preference to candidates who demonstrate:
- Significant experience managing academic personnel.
- Evidence of successful internal and external communication and outreach.
- Successful record of fundraising and developing positive external partnerships.
- Experience with creating spaces for collaboration and success.
- Successful experience working with faculty and staff in a collective bargaining agreement/union environment.
The Successful Candidate Will
- Provide vision and administration to library services, including orientation, training, and mentoring to support teaching and learning for students, faculty, and staff.
- Be responsible for creating and maintaining clear policies, expectations, and accountability measures for faculty and staff.
- Plan and implement budget expenditures for operating within the approved budget as required.
- Act as the official representative and advocate for library services within the university and externally.
- Work with and support the Director of Development in fundraising, donor stewardship, securing grants, industry partnerships, and philanthropy.
- Lead the creation of library-wide policies and programs focused on collections, including acquisition, collection development and management, intellectual access, discovery and integration, assessment, curation, and long-term stewardship.
- Actively build collaborative and strategic partnerships with campus-wide stakeholders and programs in support of key library initiatives that enhance the research enterprise, bolster library services and resources, and promote student success.
- Demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, justice, and belonging. Evidence of actions and achievements in strengthening all with respect to workplace culture, campus engagement, internal and external community engagement, institutional programming, and library collections and practice. The ambition and ability to engage with others at the University and beyond its walls in advancing strategy, tactics, action, and social and organizational change in service to diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, justice, and belonging.
- Provide strategic leadership in the effective use of the physical facility and all related operational and administrative matters. Work with the Associate Dean and in close consultation with Administrative Services and Library Operations to ensure that the University provides appropriate space and ensure that the spaces are appropriate for an evolving service model.
- Maintain a comprehensive understanding of developments affecting academic librarianship and academic libraries.
- Participate on relevant University committees/working groups and external associations and networks as required.
- Assist with special projects and initiatives, as well as related functions contributing to the successful operation of the library.
- Demonstrate successful strategy execution and lead change.
- Advocate for the library and services to university administration.
Position Special Requirements/Additional Information
This job posting should not be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities, or requirements, but a general description of the job. To view the full list of qualifications and job responsibilities, please click the Position Description button above.
The CSU system provides a comprehensive benefit package that includes medical, dental and vision plans, membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS), sick and vacation time, and 15 paid holidays a year. Eligible employees are also able to participate in the fee waiver education program. A summary of benefit information can be found here.
Deadline & Application Instructions
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Applications received by March 10, 2024, will be given full consideration by the search committee.
- Applications received after that date will be forwarded at the request of the Hiring Manager and/or search committee.
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California State University, Fresno is one of 23 campuses in the California State University System. The University's mission is to boldly educate and empower students for success through our values of Discovery, Diversity and Distinction. The current student population is more than 25,000, including a large percentage of students with diverse and culturally rich backgrounds. The University serves the San Joaquin Valley while maintaining deep involvement with the state, nation, and across the globe.
Metropolitan Fresno, with a multi-ethnic population of over 527,000, is located in the heart of the San Joaquin Valley. The campus is within driving distance of Yosemite, Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, San Francisco, Los Angeles, the Monterey Peninsula, beaches, sailing, lakes, and numerous ski resorts. Fresno boasts one of the most reasonable housing markets in California and offers a wide array of locally grown fruits and produce.
Equal Employment Opportunity Information
California State University, Fresno is committed to maintaining and implementing employment policies and procedures in compliance with applicable state and federal equal employment opportunity laws and regulations. Executive Orders 1096 and 1097 prohibit discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of a protected status: race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex (including gender identity), sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition and covered veteran status. Fresno State's commitment to diversity informs our efforts in recruitment, hiring, and retention. We are proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer.
COVID19 Vaccination Policy
Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Policy, it is strongly recommended that all employees who are accessing office and campus facilities follow COVID-19 vaccine recommendations adopted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) applicable to their age, medical condition, and other relevant indications. Questions may be sent to email@example.com.
Following a conditional offer of employment, a background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate may start work with California State University, Fresno. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may result in the withdrawal of the offer of employment. Current employees who are offered positions on campus will be required to undergo a background check for any position where a background check is required by law or that Fresno State has identified as sensitive.
The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.
This position may be a "designated position" under the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. This will require the filing of a Statement of Economic Interest on an annual basis and the completion of training within six (6) months of assuming office and every two (2) years thereafter.
Fresno State is a tobacco-free, smoke-free and vapor-free campus.
Fresno State is not a sponsoring agency for staff or management positions. (e.g. H1-B Visas)