(20180807) Head of Library Services

Saint Mary’s College invites applications for a Head of Library Services to direct and coordinate the services of the Cushwa-Leighton Library. The Head of Library Services oversees all library services with a broad vision toward student learning. S/he supervises and leads all staff in the daily work of the Library as well as in future directions as dictated by the College’s strategic plan. S/he works with the Chief Information Officer to maximize efficiency of operations between the Cushwa-Leighton Library and Information Technology.

The person in this position will lead the library organization in providing balanced and diverse sources, services, instruction, and student-centered spaces to the Saint Mary’s community by:

  • Supervising librarians and staff; supporting staff growth and innovation while promoting strong teamwork and collaboration across the library organization.
  • Coordinating all planning for the library, especially envisioning and supporting new initiatives for the College’s strategic plan.
  • Overseeing the development of exceptional user-centered services and collections in support of the College’s curriculum.
  • Representing the library to internal and external audiences including the College administration and state and national library organizations and consortia.
  • Directing the use and maintenance of the library building and participating in campus-wide planning for strategic library space allocation.
  • Participating as liaison to departments, including reference desk shifts, selection of resources, and instruction as appropriate.     

College and Community

Established in 1844, Saint Mary's College is a liberal arts college for women with a strong commitment to education of undergraduate women and graduate women and men.  All faith traditions are welcome among our administrators, faculty, staff, and students.

Located just minutes from historic downtown South Bend, Saint Mary’s is nestled within the South Bend metropolitan area, a multicultural region of 500,000 that is the economic, cultural, and transportation hub of northern Indiana. The College is also in close proximity to Lake Michigan beaches and boasts a 100-acre natural area adjacent to campus and the St. Joseph River. Chicago and Indianapolis are within driving distance and there is regular train service from South Bend to Chicago. The region is rich with public and private educational institutions, as well as a dynamic and growing high-technology sector and two regional medical centers. With proximity to the University of Notre Dame, members of the Saint Mary’s community have access to the educational, cultural, and athletic resources of a great research university.

Saint Mary’s College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In keeping with the College’s mission, Saint Mary’s is committed to increasing its diversity at all levels—students, faculty, and staff—and seeks applications from candidates who share this commitment.

Librarians at Saint Mary’s College are tenure-stream faculty who actively participate in shared governance at all levels of the college.  Librarians and faculty are eligible for benefits that include retirement; health, vision, dental, and disability insurance; tuition remission; and parental leave.


  • Master’s of Library Science or equivalent required along with a minimum of five years of increasingly responsible related experience as a professional librarian, preferably in an academic library.
  • Proven managerial ability with personnel, budget, and program issues.
  • Experience with current technology and information systems as they apply to the educational endeavor.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and three (3) professional references electronically to hr@saintmarys.edu or via U.S. Mail to Saint Mary's College, Office of Human Resources, 104 Facilities Building, Notre Dame, Indiana 46556.  Review of applications will begin on August 27, 2018 and continue until the position is filled.


Posted Date: 
08/07/2018 to 10/08/2018