(2020303) Associate Dean, Technical Services and Collection Management - Clemson University

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Associate Dean, Technical Services and Collection Management 

Clemson University Libraries seeks an energetic and innovative leader to serve as our new Associate Dean for Technical Services and Collection Management. The successful candidate will provide vision and strategic direction for five teams: Collection Management; Continuing Resources and Government Documents; Electronic Resources; Metadata and Monographic Resources; and Standards Management and Assessment. The division currently includes 21 faculty and staff.  

The Associate Dean for Technical Services and Collection Management sets directions for the development of collections and balances print, electronic and other formats. They monitor trends and evaluate emerging technologies to improve information access and discovery for university students, faculty and the local community. They also represent the Libraries in collaborative collection development initiatives and process development with other libraries and consortia. Clemson University Libraries are part of a statewide implementation of Ex Libris’ Alma and Primo with a go-live date of June 1, 2020.  

This new Associate Dean for Technical Services and Collection Management position reports to the Dean of Libraries and will be part of a new leadership team with at least one other Associate Dean.  The final organizational structure is to be determined by a library-wide reorganization, and the Associate Dean will be integral in this process of aligning Clemson University Libraries with its peers at other Carnegie R1 institutions. 

This is a 12-month tenured position with faculty rank and status. As a member of the Libraries’ faculty, the successful candidate will pursue an active and ongoing program of research, service, and professional development.  


  1. Sets the vision and strategic direction and provides proactive leadership for the Technical Services and Collection Management division.  

  2. Manages and supports six faculty and fifteen staff across five teams.

  3. Manages a collections budget of $9 million.  

  4. Negotiates pricing and contract terms for new and renewing resources and works closely with consortia to realize cost savings and expand access. 

  5. Represents the division as part of the ongoing system migration from Innovative Millennium to Ex Libris Alma with a go live date of June 1, 2020. 

  6. Monitors and evaluates trends and developments relevant to academic libraries in the areas of acquisitions, cataloging/metadata, collections management, electronic resources, discovery, and government documents.

  7. Fosters an environment of collegiality, respect, trust and teamwork that enables library faculty and staff to contribute to the goals of the organization

  8. Forges effective partnerships with internal and external partners and consortia.  These include, but are not limited to, the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL), the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), the, Carolinas Consortium, the Program for Cooperative Cataloging, and HathiTrust. 

  9. Serves as a member of the Libraries’ Leadership Team (LLT).  

  10. Represents the Dean and/or Libraries in their absence.

 Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities 

  • Develops a focused program of high quality research and creative accomplishments, consistent with professional responsibilities and the Libraries’ mission and goals.


  • Actively participates and demonstrates leadership in professional responsibilities that serve the Libraries, University, profession, and community.

Required Qualifications/Experience: 

  • ALA-accredited graduate degree in librarianship (or foreign equivalent) or a relevant, accredited graduate degree in another scholarly field as deemed appropriate by the Libraries.  

  • At least five years of increasingly responsible, substantive positions in an academic library, with three years of experience supervising faculty-equivalent librarians and/or professional-level staff. Demonstrated knowledge or work experience in collection development and assessment, metadata development, and electronic resource management.              

  • Demonstrated experience managing collections budgets.   

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.

  • Record of professional librarianship, service, and research that would merit tenure at the Associate Librarian rank or higher.

Preferred Qualifications/Experience:

  • Evidence of competence in strategic planning and project management in a rapidly changing environment.

  • Demonstrated experience in effectively implementing new technologies to improve workflow and services.

  • Demonstrated effectiveness in negotiating vendor and/or consortial contracts for an academic library. Experience with assessment and data-driven decision-making.

  • Demonstrated skills in leadership, oral and written communication, and creative problem-solving.

  • Demonstrated ability to foster an environment of collegiality, respect, trust, and teamwork. 

  • Second graduate or other advanced degree.

Salary and Benefits 

Faculty rank and competitive salary based on the successful candidate's qualifications and experience. Various medical plans, dental plans, and retirement plans are available. 18 days annual leave, 15 days sick leave, 13 paid holidays, and liberal professional development leave are provided. Library faculty receive an individual stipend for travel or other professional development activity. 


Physical locations on Clemson’s main campus are the R.M. Cooper Library, the Gunnin Architecture Library, the Education Media Center, and Special Collections and Archives.  Other facilities include the Clemson Design Center Library in Charleston and the Library Depot in Anderson, which houses high-density storage, the records center, the digitization lab, and technical services. Clemson Libraries employs 33 faculty, 60staff, and 56 students.  Clemson Libraries is a member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and Lyrasis, and actively participates with other South Carolina institutions through the statewide consortium, PASCAL.  For additional information about Clemson Libraries, visit the website at https://libraries.clemson.edu/about-the-libraries/


Clemson University is a major, land-grant, science and engineering-oriented research university in a college-town setting along a dynamic Southeastern corridor. Ranked as one of America’s Top 25 Public Universities by U.S. News & World Report, Clemson is an inclusive, student-centered community characterized by high academic standards, a culture of collaboration, school spirit, and a competitive drive to excel. Centrally located in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clemson is in one of the fastest-growing areas of South Carolina, and a two-hour drive to Charlotte and Atlanta. 


Application process: 

Applicants should electronically submit all applications and related materials via Interfolio: https://apply.interfolio.com/74537. Required materials include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three (3) professional references. Review of materials will begin immediately. Applications received by March 25, 2020 will be guaranteed consideration.


Closing Statement Clemson University is an AAO/EO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, 

sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Posted Date: 
03/03/2020 to 04/03/2020