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The Position

Reporting directly to the Provost and sitting on the Council of Academic Deans, the Dean of the University Libraries is the chief administrator over a complex organizational structure with multiple facilities, collections, and a large and diverse faculty and professional staff. The Dean will supervise the University Libraries’ budget; lead the recruitment and retention of excellent librarians and professional staff; advance diversity, equity, and inclusion; and serve as the chief advocate and fundraiser for the Libraries. The dean must understand and balance the needs of all areas with an overarching focus on how library culture and functions must shift with the needs and practices of students and research faculty. The ideal candidate for this role will be well-connected within the profession and active in professional associations for research libraries, with broad connections across the field. Additionally, this is an exciting time to join the UofSC, as the Dean of Libraries would be part of a large cohort of new senior leadership, including a new provost and several academic deans. 

The successful candidate for this position should:

  • Experience working in a large, complex library
  • Experience in a large, research university setting
  • Experience with diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives
  • Active participation in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
  • Demonstrated fundraising and/or donor relations experience
  • Demonstrated experience with consortial partnerships
  • Demonstrated budgetary management experience
  • Demonstrated experience managing change in library space utilization
  • Expertise in collections and subscription management
  • Awareness of national and international trends in scholarly publications
  • Awareness of special collections and their role in a leading public research university
  • Record of data-driven decision-making
  • Experience with, or understanding of, collaborating with other academic libraries on campus
  • Awareness of the environmental impact of libraries
  • Demonstrable record of implementing creative and dynamic programs and  solutions

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