[Web4lib] Position Announcement: Library Director, State University of New York at Oswego

Shannon Pritting shannon.pritting at oswego.edu
Mon Mar 28 08:57:53 EDT 2011

*State University of New York at Oswego*

*Library Director *

SUNY Oswego seeks an innovative, highly-motivated and visionary leader to
serve as Library Director who is committed to extending the successful
programs and services of the library to meet the changing needs of the
21stcentury student.  The ideal candidate will support Penfield
continuing collaborations with other college constituents to further its
mission as a partner in the teaching and learning process.  As a strong
supporter of the library’s mission, the director will serve a critical
advocacy role within and beyond the college. Reporting to the Provost, the
Director will lead a progressive library that is central to SUNY Oswego’s
initiatives, including: sustainability, civic engagement, global competency,
and faculty-student collaborative research activities.  Current library
projects include renovation planning, development of a learning commons,
innovative reference and instruction programs, a strong liaison program with
academic departments, and leadership in resource sharing projects.

Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in
central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from
Syracuse.  Named one of "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" in *U.S. News America’s
Best Colleges 2010* and a "Best Northeastern College" by *Princeton Review*,
Oswego offers its 8300 undergraduate and graduate students outstanding
educational experiences with attention to liberal arts and sciences
foundations, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches,
independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in
multicultural and global communities.  SUNY Oswego is in a time of wonderful
opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a
forward-looking sesquicentennial strategic plan, and expanded outreach to
regional, national, and international communities.

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The Library Director will be responsible for the management of all academic
library services and leading strategic planning, including a complete
library renovation.  The Director will be the library’s representative in
college administrative groups and engage in partnerships to further
integrate the library’s mission and SUNY Oswego’s strategic directions.
Working collaboratively with faculty, staff and students, the Director will
build connections college-wide, integrating library resources and services
with academic departments and support services. The Director will create an
environment which challenges staff, fosters meaningful teams and encourages
professional development and growth.  He/she will work closely with staff to
improve library services and foster a supportive and productive community of
scholarly achievement.  For a complete description of the position and
qualifications, please visit www.oswego.edu/vacancies. For more information
on SUNY Oswego and Penfield Library see

To apply, please* s*ubmit a letter of application addressing qualifications,
a copy of transcripts, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information
for three references electronically to


The review of applications will begin May 1 and will continue until the
position is filled.  A background check and official transcripts are
required prior to hiring.  If you have any questions, please contact Barbara
Shaffer, Chair, Library Director Search Committee at
barbara.shaffer at oswego.edu or 315-312-3557.

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Penfield Librarians will be available to discuss this position at the ACRL
Placement Center during the following times: Thursday, March 31 –
9:30–10:30am, 11:30am–1:00pm, and 2:00–3:00pm; Friday, April 1 –

SUNY Oswego is committed to increasing its diversity.  It is an Affirmative
Action Employer and encourages applications from professionals of color,
women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.  In accordance with INS
regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the
United States, per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.  Requests
for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or
interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office at


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