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Oakland University: Dean of the Library

Oakland University Kresge Library, Rochester, Michigan

Position: Dean of the Library

Deadline: Review of applications will begin on March 30, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled.

Oakland University invites applications for the position of Dean of the Library. The Dean reports to the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, and serves on the Dean's Council and the President's Strategic Planning Group. This position offers an exceptional opportunity to lead a teaching library with an outstanding, student-centered information literacy program, and a library that highly values collegiality, excellent services, and the creative application of technologies to support teaching, learning, and research. As Oakland University celebrates its 50-year anniversary, we seek a dean who will represent and be a strong advocate for a library at the center of a dynamic, developing, and growing university.

The Dean is responsible for administering and planning all aspects of library operations; participating in the university's capital campaign and developing an external fundraising program to sustain and enrich resources; developing and maintaining strong collaborative relationships within the library, university and surrounding communities; setting grounded yet visionary goals; and contributing actively to university-wide strategic planning. Oakland University librarians have faculty status, and the successful candidate will have a strong record of scholarship, research, and professional service to warrant tenure at a senior academic rank.

Required Qualifications


  • Master's degree in library science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program.
  • Minimum of 5 years successful and progressively responsible administrative or managerial experience in academic libraries.
  • Record of academic and professional achievement warranting tenure at the rank of professor or associate professor.
  • Record of successful fund-raising, with a strong commitment to actively pioneering external development initiatives within a university setting.
  • Ability to foster a collegial and collaborative environment with all library personnel.
  • Ability to advance strong collaborative relationships and promote the library's role within the university.
  • Record of library management skills, including budget management, goal-setting, and strategic plan implementation.
  • Clear vision of the evolving role of an academic library with information technology.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Evidence of a strong commitment to equity, diversity and professional development of library personnel.

Desired Qualifications


  • Second master's degree or earned doctorate.
  • Experience in a collective bargaining environment.
  • Experience with faculty status for librarians.

General Information: Oakland University is a Carnegie research-intensive, state-assisted institution of approximately 17,700 students that offers an array of academic and professional programs at the baccalaureate, master's and doctoral levels. The university is located in Oakland County, which features beautiful state parks and vibrant urban communities. It is located 25 miles north of Detroit in the Rochester area, recently ranked by CNN/Money as one of the 100 best places to live in the U.S., and features a campus that includes 1,441 acres of wooded hills and meadows. For more information, see the Oakland University web site at

Applications: Send a letter of application, your curriculum vitae, names and contact information of three current references, and a copy of one of your recent publications to:


Kristine Condic, Chair
Dean Search Advisory Committee
300 Kresge Library
Oakland University
Rochester, Michigan 48309-4484
FAX number (248)370-2474

Review of applications will begin on March 30, 2007 and will continue until the position is filled.

Oakland University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women and minorities.

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