[Libs-Or] Job Opening at Portland State University Library

Anne Keech keecha at pdx.edu
Thu Oct 11 12:36:00 PDT 2012


Position #    D98884
Job Title    Assistant University Librarian for Public Services
Department    Library
FTE    1.0 FTE, 12-month, benefits eligible
Posted    October 10, 2012

Portland State University, a thriving public university based in 
downtown Portland, Oregon, seeks a dynamic, experienced library 
professional to serve as Assistant University Librarian for Public 
Services (AULPS). Comprising eight schools and colleges, Portland State 
is the largest academic institution in the Oregon University System and 
is one of the 100 largest public universities in the nation, enrolling 
29,818 students in 99 bachelors, 89 masters, and 38 doctoral programs. 
Occupying an attractive central location on the PSU campus, the Branford 
Price Millar Library is an exceptional resource to support students and 
faculty and also an active and influential member of the Orbis Cascade 
Alliance, a library consortium of 36 higher education institutions in 
Oregon and Washington.

The Assistant University Librarian for Public Services is a full-time, 
unclassified, unrepresented faculty position, reporting to the 
University Librarian. This position provides leadership, vision, 
planning, budgeting, assessment, and management for public service 
functions within the scope of the Portland State and Library policies, 
procedures, and strategic plans. The AULPS will be responsible for 
active collaboration, within the Library and at the campus and 
consortial level; effective leadership in student and faculty-focused 
services and facilities; and the AULPS must contribute to the profession 
through outstanding professional service and scholarly activities, as 
well as supporting library faculty in the promotion and tenure process.

.    Leads the operations of the Public Services groups;
.    Supervises and mentors the Public Services faculty librarians, 
contributing to the evaluation of their performance;
.    Plans, justifies, and monitors budgets related to Public Services;
.    Continually evaluates and assesses the quality of public services, 
making suggestions for greater efficiency, cost containment, or service 
enhancements to meet goals related to educational impact and learning 
.    Contributes to the Library's long-range strategic planning, 
establishing short- and long-range Public Services goals and objectives, 
and positioning Public Services to anticipate and meet the changing 
needs of library users;
.    Participates in broad oversight, decision making, policy 
development, and alignment of resources for the Library, as a member of 
the Administrative Leadership Team;
.    Works positively and productively in a changing environment, 
providing a supportive work environment for colleagues and a positive 
role model that demonstrates professionalism, a strong public services 
commitment, and a willingness to adapt to changes;
.    Develops and documents effective policies, procedures, and 
standards of service;
.    Ensures effective training and professional development of Public 
Services faculty and staff;
.    Cultivates and maintains strategic relationships with the relevant 
campus units;
.    Serves at the Reference Desk, the Circulation Desk, and provides 
classroom instruction if time permits;
.    Participates in development and fund-raising activities for the 
.    Performs other duties as assigned.

Research/Scholarly Activities
.    Pursues an active publication and research agenda;
.    Meets expectations for faculty scholarship in accordance with the 
Library and University's promotion, tenure, and post-tenure review 

University Service Activities
.    Participates in faculty governance activities within the governance 
structure of the Portland State Library and the University;
.    Contributes to the work of relevant committees and work groups in 
the Library and the University;
.    Supports the mission, goals, and objectives of the University and 
the Library;
.    Supports University and Library development efforts.

Professional Service Activities
.    Represents Portland State Library in regional and national public 
service arenas;
.    Maintains current professional expertise through participation in 
workshops, classes, professional associations and networks, and through 
continued awareness of the scholarly literature.

Essential Key Cultural Competencies
.    Creates an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and 
celebrates differences;
.    Functions and communicates effectively and respectfully within the 
context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities, and 
cultural backgrounds;
.    Seeks opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in 
diverse, multicultural, and inclusive setting with a willingness to 
change for continual improvement;
.    Adheres to all of PSU's policies including the policy on Prohibited 
Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.

.    MLS/MLIS from an ALA accredited program;
.    Record of experience in a public services working unit, successful 
growth in library management and leadership, and influence in 
professional associations and collaborative groups, with a least 5 years 
of successful managerial and supervisory experience equivalent to a 
department head level or higher;
.    Record of scholarly accomplishments and professional service for an 
appointment as a tenured associate or full professor, or for a 
tenure-track appointment at assistant professor;
.    Sound knowledge of issues and trends in academic libraries and 
.    Excellent technical, analytical, interpersonal, and communication 
.    Demonstrated planning, organizational, and project management skills;
.    Evidence of administrative effectiveness and the ability to work 
successfully as part of an academic leadership team;
.    Demonstrated ability to work positively and productively with 
diverse constituencies in a rapidly changing environment.

.    Experience with methodologies and initiatives for the assessment 
and improvement of library programs;
.    Experience working with new information technologies, with an 
ability to use technology appropriately and effectively in improving 
productivity and service delivery;
.    Future-oriented, with the ability to anticipate, adapt, and respond 
to changing needs and priorities and to create powerful outcomes for 
Library users;
.    Experience in effectively marketing products or services to 
targeted groups or individuals;
.    Experience participating in development and fund-raising activities.

Portland State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity 
employer, committed to the development of an inclusive and diverse 
community. Candidates of all backgrounds are encouraged. Screening of 
complete applications will begin immediately and continue until 
finalists have been identified.

The starting annual salary rate for this position will be competitive, 
with an excellent benefits package including comprehensive healthcare; a 
generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for 
employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon University System 

Applicants should send a detailed letter of application, a curriculum 
vita, and contact information for five references to Stephanie Doig, 
Library Office Manager (smdoig at pdx.edu, 503-725-4126).  Electronic 
submission of applications and correspondence is strongly preferred. 
Inquiries and nominations can be submitted to the same e-mail address.
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