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University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

  • Post Date:August 7, 2019
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University of Minnesota

Minneapolis–St. Paul, MN

–posted July 2019; open until filled–


The University of Minnesota, the public land-grant research university of the State ofMinnesota, seeks a bold and strategic leader to serve as its next University Librarian and Dean of Libraries. The award-winning University of Minnesota Libraries is one of the University’s and the State’s greatest intellectual assets. It provides critical services and resources to faculty, students, staff, and residents throughout Minnesota and the surrounding region and to scholars worldwide.

Consistently ranked among the top 25 academic research libraries by the ARL Investment Index, the University of Minnesota Libraries system encompasses 12 libraries on the Twin Cities campus, historically rich collections, and a broad portfolio of innovative services and programs. It is a nationally recognized leader in technology development, research data services, affordable content initiatives, open-access publishing, and multi-level scholarly collaborations. The Libraries has a distinctive dual role, directly supporting the University’s academic mission while also serving as a vital resource, problem solver, and service provider for the state and beyond, with nearly 2 million user visits and over 3 million web sessions annually.

The Libraries includes collections spanning 7.6 million volumes, over 114,000 e-journals, 1.3 million e-books, and internationally renowned archives and special collections. The Libraries also is home to Minitex, a publicly supported network of libraries working cooperatively to expand library service for users in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. In 2017, the Libraries received the National Medal for Museum and Library Service from the Institute for Museum and Library Services, only the third academic library in 23 years to receive this singular national honor recognizing exemplary programs and contributions to communities. In 2009 the Libraries received the Excellence inAcademic Libraries award from the Association of College and ResearchLibraries.

As executive, administrative, and strategic leader for the Libraries, the University Librarian and Dean of Libraries oversees and manages a large research library system that has a vital and comprehensive role at the center of the University’s academic mission. Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Provost, the University Librarian and Dean of Libraries will lead a critically acclaimed library system; develop a strategic vision that builds on a record of excellence and the signal strengths of the University of Minnesota; steward a rich and growing collection of materials; and position the Libraries for accessible, effective, and efficient service to faculty, students, and staff in a rapidly evolving academic and research environment. The University Librarian and Dean of Libraries will astutely manage the Libraries’ resources and bolster them through direct fundraising efforts. The University Librarian and Dean of Libraries will lead a talented, dedicated, service-oriented staff committed to excellence and the success of its many and diverse users.


The successful candidate will bring a demonstrated record of innovative and inspiring leadership, with proven experience managing a large and complex organization and a demonstrated commitment to advancing diversity and inclusion. The next University Librarian and Dean of Libraries will chart a course for continued success in a changing library landscape, developing and supporting traditional and innovative services and collections through collaborations across and beyond the campus. The search committee seeks talented candidates from a variety of backgrounds with experience in and understanding of academic research libraries. The selected individual will possess academic credentials appropriate to the leadership of a contemporary research library; a doctorate, MLS, or equivalent terminal degree is required.

Review of candidates will begin immediately and continue until an appointment is made. All inquiries, nominations, and applications (including—as separate documents—a cover letter, resume, and list of references) should be directed in confidence to:

Gale Merseth, Partner

Beverly Brady, Principal

David Chy, Associate

Isaacson, Miller

TheUniversity of Minnesota shall provide equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed,religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.