Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Library Director, State University of New York at Oswego

SUNY Oswego seeks an innovative, highly-motivated and visionary leader to serve as Library Director who is committed to extending the successful programs and services of the library to meet the changing needs of the 21st century student. The ideal candidate will support Penfield Library’s continuing collaborations with other college constituents to further its mission as a partner in the teaching and learning process. As a strong supporter of the library’s mission, the director will serve a critical advocacy role within and beyond the college. Reporting to the Provost, the Director will lead a progressive library that is central to SUNY Oswego’s initiatives, including: sustainability, civic engagement, global competency, and faculty-student collaborative research activities. Current library projects include renovation planning, development of a learning commons, innovative reference and instruction programs, a strong liaison program with academic departments, and leadership in resource sharing projects.

Founded in 1861, SUNY Oswego is a public comprehensive college located in central New York on the beautiful shores of Lake Ontario, 45 minutes from Syracuse. Named one of "Top Up-and-Coming Schools" in U.S. News America’s Best Colleges 2010 and a "Best Northeastern College" by Princeton Review, Oswego offers its 8300 undergraduate and graduate students outstanding educational experiences with attention to liberal arts and sciences foundations, practical applications, interdisciplinary approaches, independent scholarly and creative work, and skills for living in multicultural and global communities. SUNY Oswego is in a time of wonderful opportunities with extensive facilities construction and renovation, a forward-looking sesquicentennial strategic plan, and expanded outreach to regional, national, and international communities.

The Library Director will be responsible for the management of all academic library services and leading strategic planning, including a complete library renovation. The Director will be the library’s representative in college administrative groups and engage in partnerships to further integrate the library’s mission and SUNY Oswego’s strategic directions. Working collaboratively with faculty, staff and students, the Director will build connections college-wide, integrating library resources and services with academic departments and support services. The Director will create an environment which challenges staff, fosters meaningful teams and encourages professional development and growth. He/she will work closely with staff to improve library services and foster a supportive and productive community of scholarly achievement. For a complete description of the position and qualifications, please visit For more information on SUNY Oswego and Penfield Library see

To apply, please submit a letter of application addressing qualifications, a copy of transcripts, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references electronically to

The review of applications will begin May 1 and will continue until the position is filled. A background check and official transcripts are required prior to hiring. If you have any questions, please contact Barbara Shaffer, Chair, Library Director Search Committee at or 315-312-3557.

Penfield Librarians will be available to discuss this position at the ACRL Placement Center during the following times: Thursday, March 31 – 9:30–10:30am, 11:30am–1:00pm, and 2:00–3:00pm; Friday, April 1 – 9:45am–1:00pm.

SUNY Oswego is committed to increasing its diversity. It is an Affirmative Action Employer and encourages applications from professionals of color, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. In accordance with INS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to work in the United States, per the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Requests for reasonable accommodations of a disability during the application and/or interview process should be made to the Human Resources Office at 315-312-2215.