Dean of Libraries
- Post Date:October 30, 2019
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- Employer Name Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech)
Georgia Tech seeks an accomplished and innovative leader to serve as Dean of Libraries. The next Dean will lead the continuing evolution of the physical spaces and library services as the Library responds to the changing research, teaching, and learning needs of the Georgia Tech scholarly community. Its vision is to redefine the technological research library of the 21st century.
Georgia Tech is one of the leading research universities in the country. Currently ranked #5 among national public universities by US News and World Report, Georgia Tech provides a technologically focused education to more than 36,650 undergraduate and graduate students in fields ranging from engineering, computing, and sciences, to business, design, and liberal arts.
In 2016, the Georgia Tech Librarylaunched Library Next, a bold, innovative initiative to re-imagine the Library’s spaces and services. Nearly all of the 1.8 million-volume physical collection was moved into preservation-quality storage at the Library Service Center, a $26-million facility built through a public-private partnership with Emory University. The first phase of Library Next opened in January 2019 with the renovation of Crosland Tower, which now features eight stories of archives, classroom, study, and studio space for Georgia Tech’s students, faculty, and staff. Crosland includes spaces and technology for data visualization, high-performance computing, multimedia studies, collaboration, and iterative design. The adjoining Price Gilbert Library is currently undergoing renovation that will be completed in Summer 2020. When finished, both buildings will more than double seating capacity in the Library. With work complete on the physical spaces, the Library will be ready for the planning of the next stage of revitalization.
In addition to providing leadership for this next phase, the Dean will provide strategic and operational leadership for emerging information technologies, collections, services, budget, personnel and physical environment for the Library, the Library Service Center, and oversight of the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons space. The Dean reports to the Provost and oversees approximately 90 library faculty and staff members and, by proxy, hundreds of student workers. The Dean represents the Library in meetings of the deans and provosts’ direct reports and is the external face of the Library both on campus as well as in collaborating at the state, regional, and national level–including the University System of Georgia, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries.
The successful candidate will bring to this role significant and progressive leadership experience in a comprehensive research library; a clear understanding of the major challenges facing research university libraries in a time of complex and extended transition; strong management and budgetary skills; the ability to develop and maintain collaborative partnerships across campus
and to engage, influence, and facilitate synergies with the Library’s external constituents; an advanced understanding of digital technology trends and their impact on information management infrastructure; a demonstrated commitment to developing a diverse workforce and to advancing diversity goals; and proven experience or potential for success in fundraising, donor cultivation, and public relations. Academic credentials appropriate to the leadership of a modern research-intensive library–a doctorate or equivalent terminal degree–is desirable.
Georgia Tech has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. All applications, inquiries, and nominations should be directed to the search firm as indicated at the end of this document.
Confidential review of applications and nominations will continue until an appointment is made. Applications, nominations, and inquiries should be directed electronically in confidence to:
Gale Merseth, Partner
Beverly Brady, Principal
263 Summer Street
Boston, MA 02210
Georgia Tech is an equal education/employment opportunity institution dedicated to building a diverse community. As part of our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, we strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. We strive to be and promote a family-friendly environment and recognize that supporting this culture, at times, includes assisting dual-career couples with employment needs.
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