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     *Dean of Libraries Position Announcement*

The University of Maine invites applications and nominations for the
position of Dean of Libraries. This is a unique opportunity for a
visionary, dynamic, and collaborative leader to join a flagship public
research university with a distinguished 157-year history and an ambitious
strategic vision for the future. The university seeks an experienced leader
who will, in collaboration with library staff and partners throughout the
state and region, advance our research and teaching mission, strengthen our
diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, and harness technological change
to forge a dynamic future for the university library as a vibrant hub for
connection and creativity.

Reporting to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost,
the dean is the library’s chief administrative officer, overseeing a budget
of more than $9 million and leading a dedicated staff of more than 50
people in advancing the university’s core values of fostering learner
success and promoting discovery and innovation. In addition, the dean plays
a key role in state-wide partnerships among both academic and public
libraries, forging collaborations that enhance resource management,
resource accessibility, and the dissemination of information throughout the

This is a moment of great possibility at the University of Maine. Recently
designated an R1 institution, UMaine is committed to advancing our research
profile and transformational knowledge creation in Maine and beyond. In
addition, in 2020 the University of Maine System received a $240 million
gift by the Harold Alfond Foundation—the largest ever to a public
institution of higher education in New England–a key feature of which is to
promote student success, innovation, and discovery. The Dean of Libraries
will play a critical leadership role at an exciting moment of change and
evolution at the University of Maine.

The Dean of Libraries will advance such *key priorities* as:

●      Developing a strategic vision and effect transformational change,
fulfilling Fogler Library’s potential as the physical and intellectual hub
of UMaine in the 21st century;

●      Harnessing the library’s potential to advance the university’s
research enterprise and as a hub for student success and retention efforts;

●      Fostering innovation and imagination among library staff and
throughout the UMaine community;

●      Serving as an advocate for building and stewarding library
collections to support scholarly research at the University of Maine and

●      Serving as a champion of diversity, equity, and justice within the
library and beyond it;

●      Forging a safe, welcoming, inclusive, and productive environment for
all staff members and library users;

●      Leading fundraising efforts and strategic planning initiatives
regarding library capital space, facilities, acquisitions, and staff
development, among others.

*Essential Duties and Responsibilities *of the position include:

●      In concert with faculty, staff, and students, promote a shared
vision of how Fogler Library can best serve the university, the state of
Maine, and beyond, in advancing knowledge creation;

●      Provide strategic and collaborative leadership to advance the
university’s values and directions for research, instruction, and community
engagement activities.

●      Oversee all areas of library operations, including budget,
collections, facilities, and staff;

●      Play a key role in state-wide library organizations including as a
permanent member of the Maine InfoNet Board and as a representative to the
Maine Library Commission.

●      Assume a leadership role among the libraries of the University of
Maine System colleges and Universities as a key member of the URSUS
(University Resources Serving Users Statewide) group.

●      Plan, manage, and implement the funding that helps support the
UMaine System and Maine State databases;

●      Supervise the senior staff in the library, including Collection
Services, Circulation, Public Relations, Government Publications and
Interlibrary Loan, Reference and Information Literacy, Special Collections,
Technical Services, Financial and administrative staff;

●      Assist in managing, implementing, and supervising all aspects of the
University of Maine Press;

●      Cultivate relationships and partnerships within and outside of
the library and university.

*About the library*

Raymond H. Fogler Library at the University of Maine is the largest
research library in Maine, with a 150-year history supporting the faculty,
students, and staff of the University as well as residents of the State of

The current collection includes approximately 3.1 million print and digital
volumes, including government documents, as well as 1.1 million physical
and digital media titles, including microforms, streaming video and music,
maps, CDs, and DVDs. The library provides access to more than 155,000
online serials and over 300 online databases.

Fogler Library is the regional depository for federal government
publications and an official depository for Canadian federal and Maine
state government publications. The library is also the designated State
Research Library for Business, Science, and Technology, and is the only
Patent and Trademark Resource Center in Maine.

*About the University of Maine*

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,200 undergraduate
and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the
regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is the state
land, sea and space grant university and maintains a leadership role as the
System’s flagship university.  As a result, it is dedicated to providing
excellent teaching, research, and service at the university, state, and
national levels.  Further information about UMaine can be found at

The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits
for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and
dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental,
vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as
retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the
University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to
dual-career couples.

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a
primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life.  Numerous
cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high
quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make
the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live.

Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here

*Required qualifications*

●      An ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library and information
science, or an advanced degree in a related field;

●      Minimum of five years of experience with academic library services
and initiatives;

●      Significant leadership, budgeting, public service, and supervisory
experience in a complex organization;

●      Record of advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in
library services, collections, in the workplace, and/or on a
college/university campus;

●      Experience with strategic planning and with communicating a vision
for library initiatives, including information literacy, scholarly
communication, research and creative activity, community engagement, the
stewardship of diverse collections, and professional development;

●      Experience collaborating across and among libraries to enhance
resource access and curation;

●      Demonstrated knowledge of emerging areas of librarianship, including
the capabilities and future trends of service models, library technologies,
and systems to maximize discovery and access to scholarly resources;

●      Ability to work effectively with senior leadership and to build,
nurture, support and retain a strong team of professionals;

●      Ability to think creatively, demonstrate creative problem solving,
and collaborate with a variety of partners in a complex organization;

●      Excellent organizational, written, and oral communication skills.

*Preferred qualifications*

●      Ph.D. or additional advanced degree in a related field;

●      Minimum of ten years of experience with libraries, including five
years of administrative and leadership experience;[MOU1] <#_msocom_1>

●      Demonstrated success in executing transformational institutional

●      Experience with fundraising and donor relations;

●      Expertise in grants acquisition and management;

●      Experience working in a multi-campus university system and/or
consortial partnerships;

●      Successful track record in promoting innovative and effective
applications of technology to support, enhance, or replace traditional
library services;

●      Successful track record in implementing and supporting programs that
promote student retention and success.

*To apply*

Requested application materials include a letter of interest, curriculum
vitae, a diversity statement, and a list of five professional references.
References will not be called without explicit prior permission. Although
applications will be welcomed until a new dean is selected, for best
consideration candidates should submit materials by June 17, 2022, when the
search committee will begin reviewing applications.

Nominations and questions about the position may be directed to the chair
of the search committee, Dr. Ellen Weinauer, Dean of the Honors College at
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*The University of Maine System does not discriminate on the grounds of
race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender
expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic
information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other
programs and activities.*