Reporting directly to the Provost and Dean of Faculty, the Dean provides intellectual, strategic, operational, and visionary leadership for the Library in alignment with Barnard's vision, mission and strategic goals. Housed in the Milstein Center for Teaching and Learning, and integral to the activities of the building's Academic Centers, the Dean will join an extraordinary team of scholars engaged in innovative research and transformative teaching within Barnard's distinctive academic culture, which combines the benefits of an outstanding liberal education with the opportunities of a major research university.
The Dean of BLAIS provides leadership for an interdisciplinary, collaborative space of intellectual discovery, cutting edge research and transformative teaching. The Dean will develop, articulate, and bring to life a vision for the Library's future in support of the College's mission; provide inspired leadership to a highly professional, collaborative, committed and service-focused team; support, advocate for and provide access to resources for research, teaching, and learning for faculty and students; and guide the continuing evolution and implementation of new technology and services that enhance the library's digital and physical presence.
The relationship with the Columbia University Libraries is integral to BLAIS, as it continues to serve as a point of intersection between the two institutions. The Dean maintains a collaborative relationship with the Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian of Columbia and also serves on the Columbia University Library System (CUL) Executive Committee.
The opening of the Milstein Center in 2018 has created a distinctive locus of community and intellectual collaboration. The Dean will join BLAIS at an exciting time of growth and will help chart its future course in developing a strategy to encourage integration and collaboration between and among the Library and the Academic Centers to support and enhance the evolving needs of researchers, educators, students, users, and innovators.
Required Qualification Summary:
An ALA-accredited graduate degree in library or information science and/or advanced degree in academic discipline is required.
Minimum of 10 years' progressive administrative leadership experience, including significant management and supervisory responsibilities in an academic or research library.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, social justice, and inclusive excellence, and an ability to connect with others and cultivate relationships based on mutual trust and respect, collegiality, and kindness is required.
Barnard College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Barnard does not discriminate due to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, or any other legally protected basis, and to the extent permitted by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels.
Since its founding in 1889, Barnard has been a distinguished leader in higher education, offering a rigorous liberal arts foundation to young women whose curiosity, drive, and exuberance set them apart. Ours is a diverse intellectual community in a unique learning environment that provides the best of all worlds: small, intimate classes in a collaborative liberal arts setting dedicated to the advancement of women with the vast resources of Columbia University just steps away in the heart of vibrant and electric New York City.