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Executive Director of Library Services

  • Indiana University Northwest
  • Gary, IN
  • Senior-Level
  • Full-Time

About this Job

Indiana University Northwest invites applications and nominations for the position of Executive Director of Library Services. The successful candidate will have experience in academic library administration, collaborative leadership skills, an understanding and vision of the academic library as a space (both physical and virtual) that supports all efforts toward student success; student and faculty research and creative activities; community engagement; and diversity, equity, and inclusion. This is a 12-month faculty appointment beginning July 1, 2024 (start date is negotiable) reporting to the Executive Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. Rank will be at the associate or full faculty rank, and the successful candidate must be eligible for tenure. As this is a faculty position, the successful candidate must demonstrate a history of research/creative activity productivity, and a commitment to continue these efforts. The salary will be commensurate with experience and education.

The John W. Anderson Library and Information Commons provides access to multiple information sources and services in support of student learning and success, faculty and student research, community engagement and the campus’s efforts to address diversity, equity, and inclusion. The library houses a physical collection of 160,300 books, bound serials, maps, audiobooks, and visual media. The library has 200,000 government publications. Students and faculty have access to 555 abstract or full-text journal databases, an integrated, online catalog of all IU libraries, online catalogs of local public and university libraries, 139,000 e-journals, 1,525,200 e-books and specialty resources like online encyclopedias, dictionaries, biographical sources, and statistical databases. Special purpose areas include the Calumet Regional Archives, a Federal Government Depository Collection, the Community Grants Information Collection (Foundation Center Directory Online), and IU Scholar Works.

Through the IU Northwest Library, students have access to the 7 million volumes and 25 million other materials available from IU libraries. Books and journal articles can be obtained quickly for students and faculty through the IU Northwest Library Interlibrary Loan Office.


One of seven campuses of Indiana University, IU Northwest is located in metropolitan Northwest Indiana, approximately 30 miles southeast of Chicago and 10 miles from the Indiana Dunes National Park. The area offers a variety of living options from urban and suburbs to small towns and rural communities. The campus has a diverse student population of approximately 3,500 degree-seeking students and 1,800 dual-credit students and has been recognized by the Department of Education as a minority and Hispanic serving institution. The campus offers Associate, Baccalaureate, and Master’s degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Health and Human Services, the School of Business and Economics, the School of the Arts, and the School of Education. The campus is also host to IU School of Medicine-Northwest-Gary, the region’s only four-year medical doctorate program. As a student-centered campus, IU Northwest is committed to academic excellence characterized by a love of ideas and achievement in learning, discovery, creativity, research, and community engagement. Indiana University Northwest is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. The University actively encourages applications from women, minorities, veterans, persons with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups.

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.


· Manage all aspects of library administration, including a complex budget, accounts, operations, library collections and archives.
· Practice and promote inclusive hiring and personnel procedures to ensure diversity in the hiring of faculty, staff, and student workers, and to create a safe and welcoming environment for all library employees and users.
· Evaluate all library faculty and staff employees.
· Lead library strategic planning in the context of campus and university strategic plans; facilitate progress toward strategic goals.
· While working with University Information Technology Services, facilitate planning of existing, new, and emerging technologies for the library with the potential to transform library services, scholarly teaching and research, and community engagement.
· Work collaboratively with all campus constituents to facilitate activities, events, marketing, and social media strategies to build awareness and usage of library resources, collections, and spaces.
· Practice continuous assessment and improvement strategies in all functions of the library including library faculty and staff, programs, services, and collections.
· Ensure that library resources reflect the pedagogical, curricular, research, community engagement, and DEIJ+ pillars of the campus strategic plan.
· Balance providing effective library services: a) to be student centered for student success, b) faculty focused for research and scholarship, and c) community engaged for service to the Northwest Indiana region, the state of Indiana and the nation.
· Represent and advocate for the library on academic, administrative, and professional committees and councils at campus, university, state, national and international levels, as appropriate.
· Collaborate with the Offices of Development and Grants to seek external funding in the form of grants and gifts to support library and archival initiatives.
· Collaborate with relevant campus partners and participate in and support all student success initiatives planned for the library facility.
· Engage in professional service activities for the campus, library profession, and in community engagement.
· Delegate effective supervision of the library when absent.


$92,000 minimum DOQ

Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications:
· American Library Association Accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Sciences
· A record of scholarly and professional achievement appropriate for tenure at IU Northwest (at Associate or Full Librarian rank)
· Three (3) years progressively responsible administrative experience managing an academic library, or a significant library unit or program including budget and personnel management
· A record of initiative and achievement in developing programs and services
· Knowledge of and experience with library acquisitions, collections development, and (de-) selection of library materials
· Knowledge of library information technology such as library webpage design, integrated library systems, adaptive technology software and social media applications.

Desired Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications:
· A second master’s degree
· Ability to engage, collaborate, and administer library services within a multi-campus university environment.
· Experience in classroom teaching or in delivering instruction/information literacy education
· Familiarity with grant-seeking and fundraising opportunities
· Strong people skills
· Commitment to collaborative decision-making
· Effective communication skills

Employer Statement

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment based on individual qualifications. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status. Indiana University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its educational programs and activities, including employment and admission, as required by Title IX. Questions or complaints regarding Title IX may be referred to the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights or the university Title IX Coordinator. See Indiana University’s Notice of Non-Discrimination here which includes contact information.

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How to Apply

Apply to this opportunity using the contact method(s) below

Additional Instructions:

Interested candidates should review and complete the online application that requires uploading curriculum vitae; letter of application; statement of librarianship philosophy (as Other); list of three references with contact information to include mailing address, e-mail address, and telephone numbers

Review date begins January 12, 2024 (Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee).

Final date: February 2, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Posted On: Jan 29, 2024 / This posting expires: Feb 3, 2024