Job Title: Head Librarian (Part-time to begin with possibility of full-time)
Reports to: Dean of Academic Affairs
Start Date: Negotiable – Open Until Filled
Fully endorsed by the Assemblies of God, LABI College prepares Christian women and men for service & ministry in the church and world. Our mission, vision and values are clearly articulated on our website and all staff and faculty are expected to both understand and ascribe to these (see electronic link): http://www.labi.edu/mission-vision-goals-values/. Founded in 1926 by Alice E. Luce, LABI is the oldest Hispanic Pentecostal educational institution in the country. For nearly ninety years, LABI has trained and equipped thousands of pastors, ministers, superintendents, and professional leaders. LABI has recently launched a Board of Trustee supported plan for growth/expansion which includes: new academic programming, enrollment increase, and strategic initiatives. LABI is currently pursuing candidacy status with the Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE).
The Dr. Simon Melendres Library at LABI College provides the student body and faculty with intellectual resources that will help further equip them for a lifelong Christian learning. The purpose of the Dr. Simon Melendres Library is to provide the LABI College community with access to information in all formats. In consultation with the community, the library builds and maintains collections and services to meet the college’s curriculum and research needs. The library does this by acquiring and organizing resources, providing direct as well as mediated access to information, participating in cooperative programs with other libraries, and teaching users to obtain and evaluate information. The Dr. Simon Melendres Library works with the LABI College administration and faculty in the development of information policy on campus. At the core, the library’s main goal is to simply improve user access to information. This goal’s underlying objective is to help with the retention of and improvement of student success rates, as well as to continue to evaluate Library usage and satisfaction with services through user surveys.
As such, we are seeking a librarian who is aligned with our faith tradition, mission, vision and values to help in carrying out these objectives. Reporting to the VPAA, the Head Librarian will have general oversight over library policies procedures, teams of student worker library assistants, assessments, resources and technology, online catalogue and search engines, the operation of the Writing Center, workshops and events, as well as strategic oversight of the library expansion and fundraising processes. The Head Librarian works in collaboration with the Academic Department, Student Life, and Faculty. (See Expectations Below.)
EXPECTATIONS FOR THIS POSITION:
The Head Librarian is the senior manager who generally reports directly to the Dean of Academic Affairs and has responsibility for all aspects of library operations, including: planning, technology, budgeting, hiring and supervision of library/Writing Center staff and student workers, strategic planning with respect to the future growth and development of the library, and initiating and monitoring library programs and services. This person ensures that the Library’s collection and resources are sufficient to meet the primary goal of supporting the teaching and research needs of the Academic department, faculty, staff and students, and ensures that the Library is in compliance with ABHE accreditation standards, and supports the Library’s relations and partnerships with outside colleges, library consortia, and professional organizations. This person may also have certain teaching, college service, scholarship, and/or other administrative responsibilities. This person will ensure the library is an appropriate environment to succeed in its purpose and goals for the community.
The Head Librarian helps to monitor resource need and effectiveness, library support and availability and student research capability, in conjunction with faculty and the VPAA. The Head Librarian strategically moves to develop quality assurance and quality improvement strategies. The Head Librarian must contribute to managing communications, assessments and reports as necessary as part of our accreditation and student satisfaction efforts. The Head Librarian manages and implements appropriate student worker evaluations for both the Library and Writing Center, professional development, and related academic processes and opportunities for students, as well as for the community. He/she will oversee the administrative processes related to library hires, contracts, will keep records, and related communications. The Head Librarian serves as a member of either the Provost’s or the President’s cabinet (as needed) and participates in strategic planning of the College and in environmental scanning and assessment of opportunities and threats. This person negotiates options, solutions and resolutions to facilitate healthy communication and planning with students, staff, faculty, alumni, churches, pastors, districts, and related stakeholders. Guided by the Chief Financial Officer and VPAA, the Head Librarian will prepare and develop budgets for all library needs and improvements. He or she will also complete any other project or responsibility as designated by the VPAA and/or President. The Head Librarian may also teach any associated courses at the college, at will.
QUALIFIED HEAD LIBRARIAN CANIDATES WILL DEMONSTRATE:
- Christian worldview– Approaches people, problems, and situations with a Christian perspective and biblical frame of reference.
- Visionary Leadership – Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust; mobilizes others to fulfill the vision; Provides inspiration to peers and subordinates.
- Effective Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions;
- Desire to meet and serve the library’s user community
- Understanding of inter-library loan agreements and positivity in beginning such partnership/program
- Ability to think analytically and to develop new or revised systems, procedures, and work flow
- Ability to exercise initiative and independent judgment
- Knowledge of computers, the internet, and commercially available library software
- Knowledge of a foreign language for communities with non-English speaking populations
- Ability to prepare comprehensive reports and present ideas clearly and concisely in written and oral form
- Ability to make administrative decisions, interpret policies, and supervise staff and student workers
- Ability to motivate, establish and maintain effective working relationships with associates, supervisors, volunteers, other community agencies and the public
- Knowledge of the philosophy and techniques of library service
- Ability to organize job duties and work independently: Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Plans for additional resources; Sets goals and objectives; Organizes or schedules other people and their tasks; Develops completes realistic action plans.
- Demonstrated knowledge of library materials and resources
- Creativity to develop and implement library programs and services
- Ability to communicate both orally and in writing—Spanish and English preferred.
- Positive attitude toward library users with special needs
- Accuracy and skill in typing
- Adaptability and Innovation – Displays flexibility and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Develops innovative approaches and ideas.
- Project Management Expertise- Develops and coordinates project plans; Completes projects on time and budget; Leads project team activities to carry out objectives.
EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE: Masters in Library Science degree or enrollment in program is required. 3-5 years of sufficient library job experience is needed to warrant consideration for this position.
CORE OPERATIONAL VALUE STATEMENT: LABI College has recently and collaboratively established a core operational value statement. A statement that reflects in part our new initiatives, growth expectations, community work ethic and commonality as a body of believers. We expect all current and prospective employees to understand appreciate and welcome this as part of their approach to our community. “As a body of believers, motivated by hope and purpose, we move and operate with excellence, transparency and innovation.”
Interested and qualified applicants please send (electronic copies by email only):
- Statement of faith aligned with LABI’s mission, vision and values (one page only).
- Letter of interest outlining match with position expectations (one page only).
- PDF copies of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts or proof of enrollment in Masters of Library Science program
- Current CV/Resumé
This position will likely begin as part-time with the possibility of growing into full-time, and is contingent upon budget approval. It will remain open until filled. Applicants invited for an interview will be contacted as soon as is feasible.
*LABI College is an equal opportunity employer. We value diversity in terms of culture, ethnicity, race, ability, gender, age, and perspective. Where permitted by law, we reserve the right to be selective in terms of our faith tradition and alignment with our mission, vision and values.