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Colorado State University Libraries
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Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communications and Collection Development


This highly visible senior administrative position is one of three assistant deans and reports to the Dean of Libraries/Vice President for Information Technology. The Assistant Dean for Scholarly Communications and Collection Development provides leadership, management, planning, policy development, and strategic direction for all aspects of the CSU Libraries scholarly communication environment, including the college liaison program and collection development. The Assistant Dean is a member of the closely knit and collaborative Libraries executive leadership group, and represents the Dean of Libraries as appropriate. CSU Libraries is very progressive and this position provides an opportunity for a dynamic and visionary leader in a 21st century library setting. The Libraries is seeking a candidate to lead the development and management of collections, instruction, and outreach within the rapidly evolving environment of higher education.


Primary responsibilities include:

Oversees the College Liaisons and Collections units (8 faculty librarians and 3 staff) and works with the unit coordinators to develop and carry out strategic initiatives; manages an annual collections budget of $7 million and a collection of more than 2 million volumes. Negotiates contracts with vendors and consortia on behalf of the Libraries.

Leads a team of College Liaison faculty and staff in designing and delivering services in support of learning, information fluency and numeracy, teaching, research, and discovery. Implements innovative instruction and outreach models for the diverse and growing populations of the University’s eight academic colleges.

Cultivates and promotes new and progressive models of scholarly communication and collection development, including open access, demand-driven acquisitions, and data management.

Initiates university-wide discussion on scholarly communication, collection assessment, and outreach activities. Represents the Libraries in campus-wide planning for scholarly communications initiatives, and in local, regional, and national arenas as appropriate.

Promotes alternative publishing models and consults on author rights. Provides support to librarians engaged in activities related to scholarly communication, open access, and copyright.

Maintains current awareness of emerging library and scholarly information trends and practices.

Oversees select statistical and other reports for the Libraries, the university administration, and external organizations as appropriate, including reports focused on annual collections expenditures, and instruction and outreach activities.

Serves on the Libraries’ executive leadership group together with the Assistant Dean of Digital Library and ePublishing Services, the Assistant Dean for Resource Delivery Services, the Dean of Libraries/Vice President for Information Technology, and the Director of Academic Computing and Network Services.

Works closely with the Libraries’ executive leadership group and others in the Libraries to assess and enhance service quality, including development of metrics and analysis of data.

Participates in library fundraising and donor activities in collaboration with the assistant deans, Libraries Development, and the Dean of Libraries. Works with the Dean to identify potential collection donors. Develops and uses private funds for collections.



MLS from an ALA accredited program, or equivalent;

At least five years of experience administering a major unit within an academic or research library by time of appointment, preferably in any of the following areas: reference and instruction, collections, acquisitions, or scholarly communications;

Evidence of successful leadership in progressively responsible positions managing academic librarians and staff;

Significant record of scholarly accomplishments and relevant professional service, supporting minimum appointment at the rank of tenured associate professor;

Awareness of current trends. and demonstrated success, in leading and managing change in a complex and rapidly evolving information environment;

Embraces, models, and encourages collaboration, team building, and mentoring;

Ability to work effectively with a diverse employee and user community;

Ability to work in a rapidly changing environment in collaboration with university IT staff;

Strong analytical and decision making skills;

Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills;

Experience in strategic planning and budgeting;

A positive, optimistic attitude to bring to a strong and effective management team.

Second advanced degree (master’s or Ph. D);

Experience with consortial collaborations, grant writing, and cultivating donor relationships;

Personal and professional commitment to diversity as demonstrated by involvement in teaching, research, creative activity, service to the profession and/or diversity/inclusion activities.

RANK AND SALARY: $99,000-$115,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Faculty status and responsibilities. Rank is dependent upon qualifications. Insurance benefits are available for appointments of half-time or greater, and faculty and administrative professionals may select from several options for medical, dental, life, and personal disability insurance, as well as retirement plans. Full-time faculty and administrative professionals earn 24 days of vacation and 15 days of sick leave annually. Optional deferred compensation.

UNIVERSITY DESCRIPTION: Colorado State University was established as the land-grant institution of the State of Colorado in 1870. Student enrollment is approximately 25,000, and the University employs 1,400 academic faculty, 1,900 administrative professionals, and 2,000 classified staff. Colorado State University is located in Fort Collins, a dynamic community with a population of approximately 135,000, and situated 65 miles north of Denver, at the western edge of the Great Plains and at the base of the Rocky Mountains. Averaging 300 days of sunshine per year, with low humidity and moderate winters, Fort Collins is ideally located for a variety of recreational, cultural, and family activities.

LIBRARIES DESCRIPTION: William E. Morgan Library, located in the center of the main campus, offers nearly 300,000 square feet of research and learning space and houses a large part of the print collection, which includes books, maps, journals, technical reports, government documents, archives, and manuscripts. There is also a branch library at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. With its diverse collection of resources and a broad range of research services, the Libraries connect the campus community to information and knowledge critical for research, teaching, and learning.

A wide selection of electronic resources, including specialized databases, electronic journals, and more than 394,000 e-books are available from the desktop 24/7. The Libraries also offers a locally-developed RAPID ILL system that links the collections of more than 200 research libraries around the world. The Libraries has established a consortial digital repository, Digital Collections of Colorado ( that has positioned the Libraries as a central contributor to the management of research and institutional data. Digital collections include thousands of images and primary resource materials that are multidisciplinary in scope.

The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, and the Greater Western Library Alliance, and has a comprehensive online presence at HYPERLINK ""

TO APPLY: To apply, send a letter of application addressing your qualifications for the position, a current resume, and the names and contact information for three professional references by e-mail to References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Applications and nominations will be accepted until the position is filled; however, to ensure full consideration, application materials must be received by February 7, 2014 at 5:00pm. The search may be extended if a suitable candidate is not identified.

Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.

Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.
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