Director of Library Services - University of St. Francis, Joliet, IL


University of St. Francis
Library Type: 
Academic Library

Position Details

Full Time or Part Time: 
Full Time
Monday – Friday. Not less than 40 hours/week – will include some nights and weekends.


Actively directs, manages and supervises all library resources, operations, facilities and staff to provide both a physical and technological academic library information resource center for the University of St. Francis community. Serves as the lead for developing positive information resources relationships with faculty and students, sound financial management, information literacy advocacy, long-term planning, strategic change, goal-setting, benchmarking, mission and vision related to all library functions and librarianship throughout the University. Provides direction with all library assets responsible for the efficient delivery of a safe, security and comprehensive information resources environment catering to users in both physical and virtual environments.

Essentional Duties & Responsibilities:

• Leads the University library in envisioning its future and in planning for that future through relationship building, information literacy planning and enhancing all library collections • Maintains the academic expertise, financial skills, technological aptitude and socio-economic awareness necessary for advocating for budgetary requests, negotiating large contracts with outside agencies, and for providing all library resources within the larger University-wide business and strategic plan (OGSM) • Continually plans, implements and evaluates library mission, vision, services and materials for on-campus, online, cohort, distance students, faculty and other constituents • Works in concert with members of the USF faculty, staff, students and Operations and Technology (OT) division to provide comprehensive direction, knowledge and understanding of library operational strategy • Provides expertise to all library users concerning all federal and state laws concerning University Library resources, including: copyright, intellectual property, fair use and free speech • Advocates for overall university strategic planning (OGSM), OT divisional goals and strategic information technology objectives aimed toward students, staff, alumni and faculty • Supervises, recruits, promotes the professional development of, trains, and recommends employment of all University library and personnel • Takes the lead in library resource sharing opportunities and grant funding requests as they prove financially and strategically beneficial to the University • Maintain active relationships with professional organizations and internal University committees through literature, conferences, meetings and opportunities for continuing education • Promotes collegial and participatory interactions between the library and all faculty, students and other University departments • Encourages and supports diversity and cooperation in the workplace • Participate in and promote a culture of continuing quality improvement

Minimum Requirements:

• Master's degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited institution with coursework and practical experience in digital library initiatives, new delivery paradigms, new library technologies, financial management and information organization • Demonstrated successful integration of information technology into a variety of aspects of a private academic library's daily operations in both physical and virtual environments • Evidence of successful faculty partnership building, employee supervision, finance and accounting skills, and managerial implementation of new initiatives • Experience with computer networking, Internet protocol methodologies, web authoring, data security, data output, computer and information literacy skill training, electronic database configuration, and assistive technologies for the disabled • Experience with access management of library buildings and materials related to private academic library patrons, large groups, and special outreach events • Experience with academic library publishing, copyright advisement, information literacy assessment, dissertation management, development activities and/or grant writing • 5 years demonstrated ability to foster positive working relationships with faculty, administrators, staff, and students within a tuition-dependent University setting • 5 years experience in an private academic library with a record of increasingly responsible positions • 5 years experience with emerging technologies for library users • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills combined with an overall orientation toward customer service • Ability to perform the physical requirements of the position • Willingness to support the Catholic and Franciscan values of the university

To Apply

Application Deadline: 
Open until filled
Application Note: 
Application Contact:
Apply To: 
University of St. Francis
500 Wilcox Street
Joliet , IL 60435
Phone: 800-735-7500