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Job Summary 

The Pollak Library at California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) is searching for an Associate Dean for Collections and Scholarly Communications. The ideal candidate will be an effective leader and supervisor who will excel at managing technical library services and mentoring diverse employees, including both staff and faculty. This role requires a positive attitude and a commitment to diversity, flexibility, integrity, and kindness. 

Reporting to the Dean of the Pollak Library, the Associate Dean (AD) for Collections and Scholarly Communications (C&SC) provides leadership and collaborative expertise for developing, sustaining, and delivering the collections of the Pollak Library. In collaboration with the Dean, collections librarian, subject liaisons, and campus faculty, the AD works across programmatic lines to build and maintain vital collections, and to participate in emerging content management workflows. The AD analyzes qualitative and quantitative data; contributes to the strategic allocation of resources for collections in traditional and emergent formats; and designs interpretive reports for collection management in an environment of change in scholarly communication and publishing. Strategic directions include but are not limited to integrating developments in scholarly publishing and communications and open content, balancing commercial/commodity collection building, and obtaining and exposing unique scholarly content and CSUF research.

The AD works closely with the Dean and others across the CSU to provide strategic leadership in harnessing the power of the Unified Library Management System (ULMS), a consortial implementation of Ex Libris Alma, to build a statewide collection of resources that supports student success, faculty teaching, and research. The AD will have overall management responsibility for the C&SC unit that oversees the selection, acquisition, cataloging, and maintenance of materials in all formats, as well as University Archives and Special Collections (UA&SC), interlibrary loan, and scholarly communications initiatives. This currently includes 21 FTE. The AD works collaboratively with unit librarians and staff in setting the strategic direction of all components of the unit. Works closely with the Associate Dean for Public Services on technologies that support UA&SC and digital preservation. With the Scholarly Communication, Open Educational Resources, and Copyright and Policy librarians, the AD provides strategic direction for CSUF's support for open access, open educational resources, digital scholarship and preservation, and the campus institutional repository. Serves as a member of the Pollak Library Dean's Council, the library's senior leadership group. Reporting to the Dean and working closely with the rest of the library's senior leadership team, the AD represents the library in areas of strategic importance, contributes to the library's fundraising program, and is expected to play a leadership role in defining and executing an innovative vision of scholarly resources and their management. The AD works closely with unit personnel, fiscal services , and the Dean in monitoring the collections resources budget. As a senior leader in the library, the AD builds and sustains successful collaborations with creative approaches to mentoring and empowering employees, fostering and leading cross unit teams, and solving organizational problems and issues, while emphasizing user centered service.  The AD advances diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives in the unit in alignment with the University’s strategic plan. The AD works in close collaboration with library colleagues and classroom faculty and administrators across both CSUF and the entire California State University (CSU) system. Other duties as assigned.


List primary duties associated with each major job responsibility

Reports to the Dean of the Library , works closely with Associate Dean for Public Services, and functions as a member of the Pollak Library Dean's Council, provides direct and collaborative leadership for a broad range of scholarly resource decisions in a variety of contexts, including a focus on student success; changing user needs; emerging information formats, access models, and transformations in scholarly publishing; heightened focus on open access and institutional scholarly output; continuing transition to an increasingly digital environment; limited financial resources; and the opportunities and economies of scale that come from working with partners on networked and collaborative initiatives. Provides oversight of the collections budget and collections assessment, as well as establishing, tracking, and managing goals and metrics with agreement from senior leadership.

Oversees the library's collection strategies, collection processing services, special collections and archives, interlibrary loan/resource sharing, and scholarly communications/digital scholarship (comprising in total 21 FTE) and effectively supports the lead librarians and staff responsible for day-to-day operations. Provides leadership on unit staff development, hiring, reviews, and mentorship including building/recommending training and professional development programs that advance the work of the unit and fully engages personnel. Promotes and engages a management style to foster, lead, and support relevant cross unit initiatives and programs, as well as a variety of committees, working groups, and task forces. Uses the expertise of and collaborates with library personnel, colleagues at other CSU libraries, and the broader academic and research library community to establish priorities, coordinate policies, and develop programs and processes concerning scholarly resource identification, acquisition, management, assessment, and delivery.

Other duties as assigned.

Essential Qualifications 

  •     Master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited program.   
  •     A minimum of three years of progressively responsible administrative experience in an academic or research library setting including personnel supervision.
  •     Demonstrated deep understanding of the role of the library and scholarly information resources, data, and institutional assets in supporting student success, teaching, and research. 
  •     Experience in conflict management and resolution at all levels.
  •     Experience leading scholarly resource identification, licensing and acquisition, management, and delivery.
  •     Experience in library budget administration.
  •     Demonstrated capability to develop new models of providing access to scholarly resources, data, and institutional assets. 
  •     Experience with assessment of resources and related services; capacity for evidence-based collection development and management.
  •     Robust knowledge of issues and trends in scholarly communication and publishing across disciplines and globally.
  •     Understanding and appreciation for archives and special collections and their roles of cultural stewardship and teaching. 
  •     Deep expertise in one or more areas of the position's general responsibility: scholarly resource development and evaluation, acquisition and management, delivery and access, cataloging and metadata, scholarly communication and digital scholarship, interlibrary loan and resource sharing, archives and special collections. 
  •     Demonstrated leadership experience and evidence of flexibility and initiative in a collaborative and rapidly changing environment. 
  •     Demonstrated commitment and contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in a professional setting.
  •     Expertise and experience onboarding and mentoring staff and faculty, including the assessment and implementation of library technical services workflows to maximize efficiency and promote collaborative teamwork.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily and is required for employment. CSUF will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

Preferred Qualifications 

  •     Experience with initiating grant opportunities and working on grant -funded projects. 
  •     Experience and success with fundraising. 
  •     Record of research, publication, formal presentation, and participation in relevant professional or scholarly organizations that demonstrates experience, leadership, and vision.
  •     Familiarity with institutional repositories and related services. 
  •     Demonstrated project management skills.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 68602795
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Fullerton, California, United States
  • Company Name For Job: California State University, Fullerton - Pollack Library
  • Position Title: Associate Dean of the Library for Collections and Scholarly Communications
  • Industry: Academic/Research (College/University)
  • Job Function: Administration/Management
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
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