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Leland M. Park Director of the Davidson College Library

Job no: 492652
Work type: Administrative Full-Time
Location: Davidson
Categories: Staff


Davidson College (http://davidson.edu/) seeks a collaborative and creative leader to develop and implement a compelling vision for the role of the Library in advancing the College’s commitment to liberal-arts education in the 21st century. Aligned with Davidson’s mission to assist students in developing humane instincts, understanding and valuing diversity, and developing disciplined and creative minds for lives of leadership and service, the Director will imagine and realize the Library for the future of Davidson.

Across campus and beyond, Davidson constituents look forward to a bold reimagining of the Library that ensures its central place in the life and mission of the College into the future. The next Leland M. Park Director of Davidson College Library will lead this charge. Reporting to the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty, the Director is responsible for all aspects of developing and managing the Library’s services, programs, resources, and space to ensure that it continues to facilitate the humane, creative and disciplined pursuit of knowledge that characterizes Davidson. As a member of the faculty, the Director engages directly in institutional conversations about teaching, learning, and research in a culturally pluralistic society, in the ongoing development of the College’s curriculum, and in discussions about academic policy, priorities, investments, and the College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The Director consults and collaborates with a broad array of College departments and divisions, including the Center for Teaching and Learning and Technology & Innovation as well as Facilities, Student Life, and Public Safety.

Davidson’s new Library Director will be an innovative, collaborative, user-centered, and highly professional leader who will advance the College’s mission by achieving and sustaining excellence in Library planning, management, and operations. Requirements for the role include a graduate degree (MLS from an ALA-accredited institution, PhD, or equivalent), demonstrated commitment to the academic values of rigorous inquiry, intellectual integrity, inclusive practices, and respect for scholarly and creative endeavors on the part of faculty and students. As do students, staff, and faculty, the Director will embody the College’s commitment to integrity. Candidates should have at least eight years of relevant professional experience.

The Davidson College Library fosters student learning and faculty teaching and is committed to providing user-centered services, spaces, and resources for knowledge creation and campus collaborations.  The Library’s collection, developed in partnership with College faculty, includes over 500,000 print volumes and access to over one million electronic books and nearly 55,000 serial titles.  Its FY 2018 operating budget is $3.3 million. For more information, see http://www.davidson.edu/library.

Davidson College is a highly selective, independent, residential, liberal-arts college located in Davidson, North Carolina, that is consistently ranked in the top 10 such institutions in the country. Through The Davidson Trust, Davidson became the first liberal-arts institution in the nation to replace loans with grants in all financial aid packages, giving all students the opportunity to graduate debt-free. Among students, 25 percent compete in NCAA Division I athletics or club sports, 25% are domestic students of color, and a longstanding Honor Code is central to student life at the College. With its 665-acre main campus and 110-acre lake campus, the College anchors the town of Davidson.

Davidson College has retained Opus Partners (www.opuspartners.net) to support this recruitment. Craig Smith, Partner, and Katie Dean, Associate Partner, are leading the search and are being supported by Thomas Lapierre, Senior Associate. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be submitted by email to katie.dean@opuspartners.net.  

Davidson is strongly committed to achieving excellence and cultural diversity, and welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, and others who would bring additional dimensions to the college’s mission.

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