Central College: Library Director

Central College

Position: Library Director

Deadline: Applications requested by September 30, 2007.

Embrace the opportunity to lead an outstanding Library program to its next level of service! Join the Central College campus community (Pella, IA) as it positions its current and future Library programs, services and facilities to even better serve its students, staff and faculty in a warm, collegial liberal arts environment. Reporting to the Provost/Dean of the Faculty, this tenure-track faculty position is responsible for providing leadership in administering the Geisler Library/Media Center and for collaborating with faculty across the campus to ensure the success of the vision of Central College as "a sustainable bridge to the future through leadership, stewardship and service to the world."

Geisler Library is a busy, welcoming, wireless facility. With a $1 million budget, the staff of four faculty librarians, six support staff, and many student employees serve the 1,600 students and faculty with resources that include 235,000 monographs, 10,000 audio/visual items, 850 journal subscriptions, and 16,000 electronic journals and newspapers. Special collections include original documents describing the early Dutch settlement of Pella, a 5,000 item curriculum library supporting teacher education programs, a 4,000 item music library, and a 1,000 volume chemistry library in the Vermeer Science Center. The Library has several group study rooms, public reading spaces and a cafe. As part of its partnership with the City of Pella, Geisler Library shares an integrated library system (Innovative Interfaces, Inc.) with the Pella Public Library.

Central College is a private, residential liberal arts college founded in an ecumenical Christian tradition that serves 1,600+ students. Founded in 1853, the college is affiliated with the Reformed Church in America and NCAA Division III athletics. Central College offers 36 majors. The average class size is 20 students with the student to faculty ratio 14-to-1. The college maintains a long-standing commitment to international education with nationally recognized residential programs in Paris; London; Vienna; Granada, Spain; Leiden; Bangor, Wales; Merida, The Yucatan, Mexico; and Hangzhou, China. Central College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association, Iowa Department of Public Instruction, AACTE, National Association of Schools of Music and the American Chemical Society. For more information, visit Central College. For information on the city of Pella, please visit Positively Pella.

Library Director responsibilities:

  • Oversee all library and media center operations including facilities planning and renovation, fiscal management, recruitment and retention of Library faculty and staff, collections management and access, and evaluation and implementation of emerging library technologies
  • Provide leadership in planning, implementing, managing and assessing programs related to serving the students, staff and faculty of Central College including the collaborative information literacy curriculum
  • Articulate and carry out, with support, from faculty and staff a vision for the Library's future
  • Serve on the Student Learning and Development Council chaired by the Provost and Dean of the Faculty and other campus committees
  • Serve as an advocate for the Library with campus, local, state, and community leaders
  • Represent Geisler Library and Central College nationally, regionally, and locally in professional organizations and community service

Minimum Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited MLS
  • Minimum of seven years progressive administrative and management experience in academic libraries
  • Comprehensive understanding of the mission of the library in a liberal arts college and ability to articulate that mission to multiple constituencies
  • Demonstrated ability to work with people in a collegial, consultative, and collaborative environment
  • Demonstrated ability to promote forward-looking initiatives, services and programs to position the library to meet future needs
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate relevant emerging technologies in library services
  • An understanding of the role of libraries in academic teaching and learning
  • Effective experience with strategic planning and outcomes based assessment
  • Strong service orientation; excellent analytical, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of current issues facing higher education and trends in scholarly communication including copyright and licensing
  • Record of service to the profession and evidence of scholarly achievement


Low to mid-$70,000s and negotiable DOQ with a good benefits package. This is a tenure-track academic appointment depending on qualifications and experience.

Application Instructions:

Central College requests that all nominations, applications and queries be forwarded to the executive search firm of Gossage Sager Associates. Additional information is available at Central College Links. The closing date for applications is September 30, 2007. To apply, please send via email, a cover letter and curriculum vita as MS Word attachments to Dan Bradbury. Central College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.