Director of the Andrew Mellon Library - Choate Rosemary Hall seeks a Director for the Andrew Mellon Library. The Director will articulate a clear strategic vision for the Library, and in translating this vision into concrete objectives, assume a leadership role both at the School and in the national conversation about such matters. The successful applicant will be a gifted manager, collaborator, and problem-solver who is well prepared to navigate the changing role of libraries today. In addition to overseeing the daily operation of the Library, the Director identifies and develops the educational program's resource needs and guides teachers and students in how best to take advantage of these resources.
Job Description: The Director of the Andrew Mellon
Library is a 46-week administrative faculty position reporting to the
Director of Studies. He or she assumes overall responsibility for the
Andrew Mellon Library and the Choate Rosemary Hall Archives, both during
the academic year and for Choate Summer Programs.
1. To fulfill these responsibilities, the Director of the Andrew Mellon Library:
Promotes the library program within and beyond the school: Establishes,
in concert with the Director of Studies, the priorities for library
programs and monitors progress towards those goals. Promotes the library
as a cultural and intellectual center, including hosting and planning
events and exhibits. Actively participates in the life of the School,
integrating the Library into the core of the academic program by making
connections with faculty and students. Identifies and implements best
practices and new technologies in libraries and information technology,
seeking opportunities to improve the program and leverage emerging
resources and technologies. Works with library faculty to engage
students, faculty, and the greater school community and encourage and
support their use of the library. Collaborates with Development and
Alumni Relations as appropriate to gain external support for the library
program. Develops and maintains relationships with library
professionals at other secondary and post-secondary institutions and
stays abreast of trends and best practices in library management.
Directs library operations: Manages the budget
for all Library programs and stewards endowed library accounts and
library-restricted gifts. Establishes procedures for efficient library
operations and ensures the appropriate academic atmosphere.
Collaborates with the School Archivist to ensure that the archive
program is well managed and evolves to meet the needs of the school.
Works with Information Technology Services, Facilities Services, and ABM
to maintain the library's technology and physical plant.
Supervises library personnel: Encourages
library faculty to be imaginative in their areas of
leadership/responsibilities and to seek out professional development
opportunities. Works with the library and archive staff to support them
in the execution of their specific responsibilities. Maintains job
descriptions for each member of the library staff, supervises their
work, and evaluates their performance annually.
Manages the library collection: Actively
participates in the acquisition program by reading a wide variety of
reviews for print, non-print, and electronic resources. Collaborates
with librarians and faculty to make final acquisition decisions
regarding print, non-print, and electronic resources, ensuring that the
collection supports teaching and learning. Directs and participates in
the formal weeding of the collection to ensure that it features the best
material available. Curates student and faculty work as appropriate for
display and/or retention within the collection.
Oversees access, instruction, and reference: Collaborates
with librarians, ITS, and web manager to ensure that the library
website is an effective gateway to all library resources. Works with the
library cataloger and database manager to ensure that the library
catalog is a stable, consistent, and effective tool for information
retrieval. Encourages departments and faculty to collaborate with
librarians to ensure that students acquire appropriate information
literacy and research skills. Prepares general orientation sessions and
demonstrates specific databases to classes as requested. Works with
students on a one-on-one basis to teach them how to find appropriate
materials and use advanced library databases.
2. The Director of the Andrew Mellon Library carries residential life and advising responsibilities.
3. The Director of the Andrew Mellon Library takes on
other duties as assigned by the Headmaster, Dean of Faculty, or Director
Qualifications: An MLS or relevant credentials in
education, demonstrated leadership in academic library services, and
five or more years of experience in library program management are
required. The successful candidate will be a patient and focused
visionary, able to collaborate with varied constituencies, and bring
distinctive personal and professional energy to a community that holds
high standards for citizenship and hard work. We are seeking candidates
with knowledge or experience of student engagement, pedagogical
practices, and assessment of student learning outcomes.
Choate Rosemary Hall is a coeducational, independent
secondary school located in central Connecticut with 850 boarding and
day students and over 300 employees. Choate serves intellectually gifted
and motivated students of diverse backgrounds from across the globe
whose commitment to serious study is enhanced in an academically
challenging and personally supportive setting.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and
resume to Kathy White, Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Faculty,
at email@example.com. Please
include the position you are applying for in subject line. Applications
will be considered until the position has been filled.