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Job Title: Library Director

Department: Library

Reports To: Director, School of Education

Job Type: This is a full time, exempt position.

General Description:

Plans, organizes, and evaluates library resources and staff to assist in meeting the educational mission of the university; establishes procedures, policies and systems for effective library operation; communicates with university administration, faculty, and staff to identify informational and instructional needs and acquire resources to meet those needs; prepares library budget; represents the library on campus and off campus.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:


•  Provides leadership in planning and implementing new library services

•  Identifies information needs of the academic community and initiates new resources/services and/or changes in existing resources/services to meet those needs

•  Develops and articulates a vision for the library

•  Plans for effective use of the library building and the acquisition and use of equipment, furniture, etc.


•  Communicates effectively with university constituents regarding the needs and mission of the library

•  Interprets library policies and goals to students, staff, faculty and administrators

•  Publicizes library collections and services

•  Represents the Library at various functions and with various internal and external organizations


•  Serves as a member of the Provost’s Academic Council

•  Participates in university activities and committees to support the library’s role in the university’s educational mission

•  Identifies job functions and performance standards for library staff

•  Provides direction, motivation and support for library staff

•  Provides service to the library profession by participating in state and national library organizations and committees

•  Serves as WWU representative to the MOBIUS Council

•  Participates in opportunities for professional development

•  Keeps up-to-date in all areas of librarianship


•  Develops and implements policies and procedures for effective library operation

•  Develops and monitors the library budget

•  Plans, organizes and monitors work to meet the goals and objectives of the library

•  Evaluates library staff members’ job performances

•  Conducts regular library staff meetings

•  Evaluates the library collections and oversees the selection and acquisition of new resources

•  Provides library staff development opportunities

•  Completes required statistical reports, such as the ACRL Annual Library Survey and IPEDS Academic Library Survey


•  Participates in University events and activities as required

•  Works collegially with other campus offices and departments to promote

     the academic mission of the University

Position Requirements:

•  Master’s Degree in Librarianship (MLS) from an ALA-accredited program.

•  Minimum of five years progressively more responsible library administrative experience, preferably in an academic library.

•  Knowledge of all operational areas of an academic library, including reference, circulation, cataloging, and acquisitions

•  Ability to express ideas clearly in both written and oral communications.

•  Ability to speak publicly before large groups of people.

•  Ability to understand and utilize computer applications effectively and to operate a microcomputer and peripheral hardware.

•  Ability to work successfully with people of varying educational and cultural backgrounds and experience levels.

•  Ability to work cooperatively with other library and university employees.

•  Ability to prioritize tasks effectively, solve problems creatively and constructively, cope with a changing work environment, and be self-motivated.

Typical Physical Demands:

•  Ability to conduct business over the telephone

•  Ability to crouch, kneel, bend, or stand for periods of time

•  Ability to lift, move, and carry a minimum of twenty pounds up and down stairs.

•  Ability to speak and read English fluently

•  Ability to hear

•  Ability to use a computer keyboard and phone

•  Effective mobility skills required to move about freely and quickly in office and on campus

Work Schedule:

This is a twelve-month (40 hours per week), benefit-eligible, exempt position with faculty rank.

William Woods University is an independent institution chartered by the State of Missouri with main campus facilities in Fulton, MO.  It has been operating continuously since 1870, taking its current form as a coeducational university with undergraduate and graduate programs in 1993.  Today, William Woods draws approximately 2,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 35 states and approximately 11 foreign countries.  William Woods has been ranked as a Top 100 Midwest University by U.S. News and World Report, and has been recognized for the quality and affordability of its online degree programs.  With a full liberal arts curriculum, William Woods also offers a strong professional tradition, with nationally ranked programs in Equestrian Studies and American Sign Language. Its graduate education program figures strongly in the administration and leadership of Missouri's state school system.  William Woods University is governed by a self-perpetuating board of trustees, and remains committed to serving the public good by helping students link intellectual development with the responsibilities of citizenship and professional life.

William Woods University is an Equal Opportunity Employer