Director, Lineberger Memorial Library


The Director, Lineberger Memorial Library, promotes excellence in library services through proactive administration of the library in coordination with the Lenoir-Rhyne Dean of University Library Services: policymaking, staffing, budgeting, service, and professional development.

Located in Columbia, S.C., this position supports Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary (LTSS) and Center for Graduate Studies for Columbia faculty, students, and staff, as well as community members who have library privileges, with the provision of appropriate library resources and services. Works effectively with colleagues, staff, and student employees to advance the mission and vision of the library and the university. Operates within the guidelines of applicable laws, national library protocols, and university and library policies and procedures.

Specific Job Functions

General Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manages day-to-day operations of the library building, services, and collections
  • Develops and administers operational policies and procedures of the library
  • Facilitates library-wide planning, assessment of needs, and special projects
  • Hires, trains, supervises, and evaluates library staff
  • Recommends annual library budget and requests, monitors expenditures
  • Manages collection development for books, periodicals, media, and electronic resources
  • Oversees the hiring, training, scheduling, and evaluation of student library assistants
  • Explores new and emerging technologies that may aid in the promotion and delivery of library services
  • Administers the automated system, including system upgrades
  • Maintains the library’s website

Research Assistance and Instruction

  • Provides research assistance to students, faculty, and staff as needed
  • Maintains research guides related to campus coursework
  • Collaborates with faculty to promote the integration of library services and resources into the curriculum, via the learning management system or other mechanisms
  • Designs and delivers an information literacy program according to the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education
  • Teaches library instruction sessions utilizing high-impact educational practices in various modalities using articulated learning outcomes with appropriate methods of assessment

Service and Professional Development

  • Pursues continuing education and professional development activities to strengthen individual competencies, improve library operations, or contribute to the field
  • Fulfills university expectations for campus participation and community service

Additional Duties and Tasks

  • Supervises the library in the night and weekend rotation if necessary
  • Provides circulation and other general assistance as needed

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Education: 

  • Required: Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library/information science program
  • Strongly preferred: additional master’s degree in religious studies, theology, divinity, or another closely related discipline from an accredited institution

Experience: 

  • At least five years of professional library experience, preferably in an academic environment
  • Minimum of two years supervisory or management experience in a library, with duties of directing and administering library services, long-range planning, and budget planning and management

Other:

  • Considerable knowledge of library collections and operations
  • Commitment to the continuing improvement of high-quality services to library users
  • Demonstrated experience using effective assessment tools and analyses
  • Experience with current reference practices and technologies and proficiency in providing reference assistance, utilizing a wide array of online and traditional library resources
  • Familiarity with online catalogs, electronic library collections, chat services, course-management systems, social media, and web-authoring tools
  • Knowledge of marketing and outreach and current trends in libraries in higher education
  • Knowledge of and use of ACRL's Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, and of general library instruction theory and practice
  • Demonstrated teaching experience and familiarity in a variety of pedagogical techniques and with creating instructional and information materials such as online tutorials, surveys, and research guides
  • Experience with instructional or educational technology
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written
  • Strong problem-solving and team-building skills
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise, develop, and motivate staff

Position Details

  • Position: Director, Lineberger Memorial Library
  • Department: University Libraries
  • Reports to: Dean of University Library Services
  • Wage Class: Exempt

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