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SUNY Plattsburgh – Dean, Library & Information Services

Job Description – Dean, Library & Information Services

The State University of New York (SUNY) College at Plattsburgh invites applications and nominations for the position of Dean of Library and Information Services (LIS). The College is seeking a highly motivated, innovative leader who will work collaboratively with the college community in shaping and delivering library and information services in a rapidly changing environment. The position will begin July 1, 2012. The position reports to the Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs and serves as a member of the President’s Executive Council and the Deans’ Council.

The Library & Information Services Division is responsible for creating and delivering services and programs to support the academic and administrative needs of the college’s 6000 undergraduates, 600 graduate students and 800 faculty and staff at Plattsburgh’s main campus, as well as its branch campus in Queensbury, New York and its extension site at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York. The Division has 56 full-time staff supporting the core operation of the division that includes Feinberg Library, instructional technology, computer and media services, computer information systems, online learning and network operations.

MLS or MLIS degree from an ALA accredited university or a terminal degree in an appropriate discipline; a minimum of 10 years of related work experience with five years of progressively responsible managerial experience in higher education; an outstanding record of leadership in an academic setting; detailed knowledge and experience of library and information services issues, trends, and operations; a demonstrated ability to develop and implement strategic plans; a demonstrated commitment to customer service; experience in building and sustaining collaborative relationships; excellent communication and analytic skills; a strong record of scholarly engagement and professional activity.

Review of applications begins on February 3, 2012 and continues until the position is filled. Materials received by January 6, 2012 will be guaranteed full consideration. Please submit resume, vitae, a cover letter that details your view of the most critical challenges facing library and information services in higher education, and three references with contact information. Nominations can be directed to with the nominee’s name, address, email and phone number. Official transcripts from an accredited institution will be required prior to employment.

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