Prairie View A&M University (PVAMU) invites applications and nominations for its next Director of Library Services.

About the University

Founded in 1876, Prairie View A&M University is the second oldest public institution of higher learning in the state of Texas.  With an established reputation for producing agriculturalists, engineers, nurses and educators, PVAMU offers degrees across 36 bachelors, 30 master’s and 5 doctoral degree programs through eight colleges and schools.  A member of the Texas A&M University System, the University is dedicated to fulfilling its land-grant mission of achieving excellence in teaching, research and service.

Texas A&M University System

The Texas A&M University System is one of the largest systems of higher education in the nation, with a budget of $4.2 billion. Through a statewide network of 11 universities and seven state agencies, the A&M System educates more than 148,000 students and makes more than 22 million additional educational contacts through service and outreach programs each year. System-wide, externally funded research expenditures exceed $972 million and help drive the state’s economy.

About the Libraries

The mission of the PVAMU Libraries is to provide information, access services, cultural programs and library instruction, in support of the evolving curriculum of Prairie View A&M University. Library staff provides leadership in the use and retrieval of information, consistent with the University’s mission of teaching, research, and service. The Library evaluates its collections, service delivery, technology, and other activities on a regular basis, in order to continue to meet the challenges of a changing technological and global society. The Library seeks to build and maintain a quality collection by coordinating the active participation of the university community in identifying and acquiring resources. 

Role and Responsibilities

The University seeks a dynamic, energetic leader who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship, transformative leadership and an overall commitment to educational excellence.  The Director leads the John B. Coleman Library in its mission to meet the needs of the University, articulates a strategic mission and vision, and serves as advocate for the Library within the University and broader community.  The Director reports to the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.  As the chief administrative officer for the Library, the Director is responsible for providing leadership, oversight and management of fiscal resources and is expected to have a record of significant accomplishments and an entrepreneurial approach to leadership.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Create, with input from library staff, faculty liaisons to the library, deans, research directors, and other appropriate constituents, a vision and mission for information services;
  • Develop, with input from the appropriate constituents, the operating plan and budget with a schedule for acquisition of new personnel, changes in space allocation, computing upgrades, acquisition of additional special collections, storage of collections, and security requirements;
  • Manage the staff with special attention to clarifying performance expectations, monitoring employment conditions, requiring staff accountability, and supporting staff development;
  • Lead provision of high quality public service;
  • Effect measures to secure the safety of patrons, staff, information resources, equipment, and facilities;
  • Strengthen technology applications to the retrieval and dissemination of information;
  • Balance the various academic standards and guidelines for accreditation of an academic library;
  • Create a Library brand that is indicative of emerging educational, state-of-the-art facility, services and staff;
  • Establish and maintain effective communication with library staff, student assistants, internal and external peers, and supervisors to cultivate a positive work environment;
  • Lead assessment of information services to students and faculty at both the main campus and distant sites;
  • Represents the Libraries within the University, and at the local, state and national levels, engaging with the academic and research library community at large.

Required Qualifications

  • A Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution.  A terminal degree in an academic discipline is strongly preferred. 
  • Minimum five years’ experience with increasing administrative responsibilities in an academic library.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A visionary leader with an innovative approach in providing services and resources for a 21st century library;
  • Effective management and leadership skills in either public or private sector, and strong interpersonal skills in working effectively with colleagues, mentoring staff, and resolving personnel issues;
  • Commitment to the role of the library in student success and engagement at the undergraduate and graduate level;
  • Demonstrated expertise with information technology and library systems;
  • Proven commitment to customer service;
  • Strong interpersonal and leadership skills in advocating for library services and resources;
  • Exceptional change management, communication, and fundraising skills;
  • A track record of successful grant proposal writing;
  • A commitment to collaborative and data driven decision making with a demonstrated record of working effectively with administration, faculty, staff, and students and external constituencies;
  • Embrace innovative uses of technology in teaching, applied research and service mission of the University;
  • An understanding of and appreciation of the diverse 140-year history, mission, and constituencies of Prairie View A&M University. 

Nominations and applications (letter of interest, resume/CV, and contact information of at least five references), or expressions of interest can be submitted to the search firm assisting the University.  Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the appointment is made.  It is preferred that all nominations and applications be submitted by March 8, 2018 to:

Porsha L. Williams, Vice President
Erin Raines, Principal
Parker Executive Search
770-804-1996 ext.: 117  ||

Prairie View A&M University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to diversity.

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