Thursday, February 11, 2010

Associate Director for Collections: University at Albany, SUNY

The University at Albany, SUNY, invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Director for Collections. Reporting to the Dean and Director of Libraries, this senior administrative position is responsible for building, assessing and managing the Libraries’ print and electronic collections, managing a $5 million acquisitions budget, and supervising, coordinating and evaluating the work of the Libraries’ subject specialists. Responsibilities also include oversight of gifts, Special Collections, University Archives, and the Preservation Office. As a member of the senior administrative group, the Associate Director shares responsibility for developing and implementing the mission, goals and broad policy directions for the University Libraries.

Albany is looking for an experienced, creative leader with a keen sense of the evolving role of research libraries in the digital age and demonstrated knowledge of best practices and current trends in collection management and scholarly communication. The Associate Director works actively with academic schools and departments to determine selective areas of excellence and growth to be reflected in the Libraries= collection investment. S/he is responsible for coordinating initiatives with other associate directors and library managers, advising and mentoring junior faculty, and promoting staff professional growth. S/he represents the Libraries on collaborative projects with other campus units and other libraries. The Associate Director demonstrates commitment to personal professional development through scholarly research and publication, presentations, and participation in national professional associations.


Required: Graduate degree in librarianship from an ALA-accredited institution and from a college or university accredited by a U. S. Department of Education or internationally recognized accrediting organization. Successful, progressively responsible experience in developing research library collections; management and supervisory experience; and, a track record of creativity in developing library programs. Strong analytical and budget management skills. Demonstrated ability to work across organizational boundaries and to lead effective teams and manage change. Working knowledge of the scholarly publications market, scholarly communications trends, the open access movement, digital repositories, and library technical services and resource sharing. Must demonstrate: strong service orientation; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to organize and plan; leadership ability; and ability to use library and office computer applications. All applicants must address in their cover letter their commitment to equal opportunity and affirmative action and their ability to work with a culturally diverse population. All applicants must have a record of publication and service that meets the Libraries’ criteria for appointment at the academic faculty rank of Associate Librarian.

Preferred: Subject specialization or an additional graduate degree; experience working in a public institution and unionized environment; and, grant writing experience.


Calendar year appointment and tenure-track position; sick leave and annual leave at 1.25 days each per month; health insurance, dental, vision and prescription coverage. TIAA/CREF or New York State Employees’ Retirement available (employee contribution rate 3% for the first 10 years).


Please apply on-line to

by April 30, 2010, providing your resume, a cover letter, and the e-mails, street addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references.


Anna Z. Radkowski-Lee, Library Personnel Officer, University Libraries - UL 112, University at Albany, SUNY, 1400 Washington Avenue, Albany, New York 12222,