Library Director

POSITION TITLE: Library Director
DIVISION: Academic Affairs
STATUS: Full Time Faculty
SUPERVISION RECEIVED: Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs

SUMMARY OF WORK: The Director of the Jane Carey Memorial Library is responsible for the planning, organization, administration and assessment of the library/media services of the College. The Library Director is a faculty member who reports to the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. Must be a self-starter, creative problem solver, excellent organizer with high energy to meet deadlines and to manage a demanding schedule. This position requires the ability to communicate orally and in writing; read written material; adhere to written policies and procedures.


Nature of Work:     

  • General Administrative Duties:
    • Develop library goals, objectives and services which coordinate with the institutional mission and purposes.
    • Develop and implement library/media policies and procedures.
    • Prepare a budget for the library program and maintain records of all library financial matters, including grants, foundations, or other monies as well as the general fund.
    • Recommend, supervise and evaluate library staff.
    • Provide continuous evaluation of the library program based on stated goals and objectives.
    • Prepare reports and statistical collections required by the college or state and federal agencies.
  • General Library Duties:
    • Oversee the selection and purchase of all library materials and equipment, including the following:
    • Ensure materials support the curriculum;
    • Actively solicit help from faculty with suggestions for purchase and recommendations for withdrawals;
    • Scan appropriate reviews and selection tools on an ongoing basis to identify potential additions to the collection;
    • Evaluate gift materials to determine if they should be added to the collection;
    • Determine if missing/lost/worn/withdrawn materials should be replaced; and
    • Update Collection Management Policy on a regular basis.
    • Organize all materials following accepted library standards, including cataloging and circulation procedures for the shared automated library system.
    • Oversee the circulation procedures of the library, including overdue collection.
    • Provide interlibrary loan as an extension to locally available resources.
    • Maintain close contact with college administration and faculty and relate the role of the library to the instructional program of the college, including the following:
  • Establish communications with faculty and staff through campus mail, e-mail, and individual and group meetings;
  • Inform users of new acquisitions, changes, interesting web sites, etc.; and
  • Meet with academic faculty as needed.
    • Serve on college committee to provide communication regarding library issues:
    • Serve on college committees to coordinate library resources and services with the college‚Äôs programs.
    • Investigate new trends and techniques in the library field:
      • Participate in professional development to remain current in the library field.
    • Create and maintain an archive of college-related materials.
    • Provide access to library resources and services to DCC distance education students.
  • Instructional Duties:
    • Develop a climate which encourages users to take full advantage of library/media services, including the following:
    • Provide a warm, welcoming atmosphere;
    • Create exhibits which highlight library resources and services; and
    • Provide web-based and printed guides to library resources and services.
  • Provide instruction in library use and reference services on an individual basis as needed to all library users.
  • Provide instruction in library use to groups as requested, including Orientation sessions for new students.
  • Provide assistance to faculty, administration and staff in continuing education and current awareness in their fields.
  • Community Relations:
    • Communicate and cooperate with other libraries in the community and beyond.
    • Assist in public relations activities in order to communicate the activities of the library to students, faculty, administration and the community.
    • Perform other relevant duties as assigned for the successful operation and well-being of the college.
  • Technology Support: Assist faculty and staff in the creation, support, and training of departmental technology services including but not restricted to:
    • Workshops on technology literacy & research
    • Development and oversight of online learning technology
    • Testing support
  • Provide research and instruction services to students, faculty and staff using a broad range of print and web-based sources; teaches library instruction sessions and collaborates with faculty in the creation of online course content as requested; provides service desk as needed; resolves problems and interprets library policy and procedure for users.
  • Provide research assistance by appointment and responds to questions face-to-face and online. Teaches library instruction sessions and consults with faculty to develop appropriate information literacy content, based on course assignments.
  • Provide service desk assistance including checking out materials, handling fines, and assisting users with printing, photocopying and scanning.
  • Prepare correspondence, reports and related documents; handles and distributes mail; answers phone; orders and inventories office supplies; maintains files and special records; operates equipment related to departmental operations; schedules appointments for workshops and tutoring sessions; acts as contact person.
  • Direct and coordinate activities and schedules student workers. Works with students to accomplish project goals in a timely manner. Guides students on the use of Library and Campus technology literacy projects.
  • Deliver quality services to both internal and external constituents in a professional helpful and courteous manner.
  • Develop and effectively administer the departmental budgets, including budget forecasting, planning and monitoring of expenditures.
  • Maintain an exceptional student-centered/customer service environment.
  • Comply with College policies and procedures regarding work schedule, punctuality, leave requests, and confidentiality of all information.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the Vice President of Academic Affairs, where necessary to the operation and welfare of the College.


DCC values professionalism in its employees. The following attributes and behaviors are identified as examples of what is expected of an employee:

  • Display empathy and caring regard for others in written, verbal and non-verbal communications.
  • Work effectively with colleagues and students by practicing punctuality, respect for deadlines, collaborative problem solving, and honest communication.
  • Build trusting relationships by acting with integrity, courtesy, and responsibility, even in the face of stress or demanding workplace conditions.
  • Maintain proficiency as needed and approved by attending trainings, reading job-related materials, and meeting with others in area of responsibility.
  • Dress appropriately for a workplace with frequent customer service interaction and community outreach.
  • Meet all required standards of confidentiality and safety. Maintain work areas in a clean and orderly manner.  


The above knowledge, skills, and abilities are typically acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to:

  • Earned BS in Library Science degree (MS preferred) and 3 years experience.
  • Excellent team leadership and management skills, including ability to motivate, build consensus, evaluate performance, and facilitate training and professional development.
  • Maintain sensitivity, understanding, and respect for a diverse academic environment, inclusive of students, faculty, and staff of varying social, economic, cultural, ideological, and ethnic backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated high quality oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong computer skills/technology skills including experience with web-based student services environments and student information systems. Ellucian Banner experience preferred.


  • Completed Dawson Community College application
  • Current resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Copies of college transcripts
  • Three professional references (names, addresses, and phone numbers)

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