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Position Opening for Library Director



Library Director

The University of Tennessee at Martin invites applications for the position of director of the Paul Meek Library, an executive/administrative, tenure-track position with faculty status. The library director reports to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong leadership skills, exhibit a clear vision and commitment to librarianship, articulate and advocate the Library’s and University’s strategic directions, provide sound fiscal management, and promote a collaborative environment within the Library, across campus, and throughout the community.

The University of Tennessee at Martin is a primary campus in the University of Tennessee System with a combined graduate and undergraduate enrollment of approximately 6,700 students, including students enrolled at our five satellite campus. The University’s emphasis is solidly on excellence in undergraduate instruction, distance-learning opportunities, support and advancement in scholarly activities, research, and public service.

The Library is a comfortable, well-maintained 120,000-square-foot facility overlooking the University’s arboretum. The library houses the Alliene and Jimmie S. Corbitt Special Collections, the J. Houston Gordon Museum, and the Steven E. Rogers Media Center. The Library also has two computer labs, a twenty-four hour computer lab, research office space for faculty, group-study areas, a library/information literacy instruction room, two media classrooms, a multimedia production studio, and a learning resource center.

Primary Functions and Responsibilities:
• Advocates the Library as the center of academic life on the campus and as a resource to the campus community, region, and state.
• Determines Library outcomes that support the University’s strategic plan, core academic curriculum, outreach for equitable access to resources, and the promotion of information literacy and librarianship within the campus community, region, and state.
• Prepares, administers, and oversees the Library’s budgets and endowments, with particular emphasis on collection development, faculty/staff development, and evolving technological needs.
• Supports the University in all SACSCOC and other accreditation efforts.
• Leads and coordinates the diverse range of twenty-six library staff and faculty personnel in their cooperative efforts to develop collections that support academic programs and promote information literacy across the curriculum.
• Provides support for the scholarly activity of faculty librarians.

Required Qualifications:
• Master’s degree in Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited program, or equivalent international accreditation.
• Minimum of three years of successful and progressively responsible positions in management and leadership.
• Three years of experience in financial management with an emphasis in balancing complex budgets.
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
• Demonstrates active participation in professional organizations, workshops, and/or conferences.

• Has at least two years of academic library experience.
• Has at least two years of experience as an assistant director, library director, or dean.
• Has experience in researching, identifying, developing, and responding to public and private grant opportunities.
• Has contributed to the profession through scholarly publications.
• Demonstrates an understanding of and appreciation for the faculty tenure and promotion process.
• Has experience in policy development and strategic planning.
• Demonstrates knowledge of current and emerging technologies within the library environment.
• Demonstrates ability to cultivate partnerships within a university community, region, and state.
• Has experience with SACSCOC and other accreditation processes.

Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the University of Tennessee at Martin, the Paul Meek Library, and the Martin community:
• Paul Meek Library:
• University of Tennessee at Martin:
• Martin Community:

Direct requests for additional information to the search committee chair, Jared Teague: or 731-881-7393.

The position offers a standard benefits package and salary commensurate with experience and regional CUPA criteria.

To Apply:

Qualified applicants must apply online at

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until position is filled, with tentative starting date of July 1, 2017. To ensure consideration, applicants must provide:
• a cover letter describing interest and addressing qualifications
• résumé/curriculum vitae
• unofficial graduate transcripts
• at least three professional letters of reference
• an essay (approximately two double-spaced pages) about promoting and marketing library services and resources

Candidates invited for interviews will be required to make a presentation to the library faculty and staff during their interview. The individual hired will be required to supply official transcripts and is subject to a mandatory criminal background check.

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/ Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran