Dean of University Libraries, Stony Brook University, The State University of New York

Campus Description: Stony Brook University (SBU), The State University of New York (SUNY), invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of University Libraries. Stony Brook is a comprehensive research-intensive university, housing a teaching hospital that provides state of healthcare in the Long Island region, and a co-manager of Brookhaven National Labs, making SBU one of only 6 universities in the nation that manage a federal laboratory. The University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities (AAU), currently enrolling over 25,000 students and offering over 300 degree programs (baccalaureate, master’s, doctoral, and professional).

Descriptive Title: Dean
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Budget Title: Dean of University Libraries 
Line #: 27358
Department: Office of the Provost
Campus: Stony Brook West Campus and HSC
Grade: MP Salary: Commensurate with experience

Brief Description of Duties: Stony Brook Libraries are known for a wide-range of print and digital resources and world-renowned special collections. The Stony Brook Libraries belong to the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), with a Health Sciences Center Library that is a member of the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries. The Libraries’ collection exceed 2 million volumes, including e-books, print and electronic holdings of scholarly journal subscriptions, microforms, music recordings, and a sizable map collection.The SBU Libraries include 5 distinct facilities, including Melville Library, Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Chemistry, Math/Physics, and Health Sciences Libraries. The University’s Libraries stand as the largest academic research library on Long Island, serving as a resource in the local community, state-wide, and nationally through the National Network of the National Libraries of Medicine.

Required Qualifications: Masters of Library Sciences from an accredited American Library Association program or equivalent; A distinguished national/international reputation for sustained scholarly accomplishments, and a record of excellence in teaching, research, and service appropriate to appointment at the rank of Full Professor at a major research university; A minimum of 10 years of professional library experience in an academic library, including 5 years of proven administrative and managerial experience in long-range planning, resource allocation, and personnel development; Substantive and successful experience as a librarian/higher education administrator; Ability to work effectively with university senior leadership and with faculty in implementing an ambitious strategic plan. Commitment to diversity among faculty, staff, and students; Strong management skills, including stewardship of fiscal and human resources; Expertise in collections development and new technology applications; Demonstrated assessment of library services and collections; Thorough understanding of the role of technology in research, education, and health care; Dynamic leadership, superior communication skills and a demonstrated dedication to student and faculty services are essential.

Preferred Qualifications: PhD or additional earned degrees

Responsibilities & Requirements: For all academic matters, the Dean of University Libraries reports to the Provost, and works closely with the Senior Vice President of the Health Sciences Center. The Dean of Libraries is responsible for: providing a strategic vision and leading the planning and advancement of the SBU Libraries; leading innovation in the Libraries’ collection and technologies; ensuring sound management; representing the SBU Libraries locally and nationally; and leading philanthropic efforts. As the University increases both intra- and extra-campus research activities in a multitude of disciplines, the incumbent will be expected to lead the libraries in the development of new service and collection models to adapt to the shift in information formats and access technologies. The incumbent is required to partner with others across the campus community to create a new type of 21st century information center in support of research and education. Furthermore, the Dean of Libraries will help establish collaborative relationships with other campus entities to address future data retention and dissemination challenges related to such issues as digital preservation, intellectual property, scholarly communication, and unique institutionally-created information.