University Librarian and Director, Learning Services (#89175) Position Description

The application collection portion of the recruitment for this position vacancy has concluded.

UH Hilo, Edwin H. Mookini Library, full-time, permanent, general funds, to begin approximately June 2023, pending position clearance and availability of funding.

This position is located within Academic Affairs and reports to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The University Librarian and Learning Services Director has operational, strategic, and fiscal responsibility for all aspects of the Edwin H. Mookini Library, which serves the students, faculty and staff of the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College. The University Librarian and Director also has responsibility for academic support operations, including distance learning coordination and the testing center, and the administrative functions for UH Hilo’s role in the Academy for Creative Media.


Administration of Library and Learning Services Programs and Services:
Directs all operations of the Mookini Library with a focus on the Library’s mission to advance student learning and meet information needs at UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College. Directs operations for Learning Services, including distance learning and the testing center. In collaboration with library and learning centers’ leadership, leads the integration of operationally distinct but related library and academic success services to deliver high impact academic and research support to students. In consultation with Library senate, establishes plans and policies that cover such areas as services, collections, facilities, budgets, personnel, and technology. Encourages innovation and continuous improvement, and promotes the mission and strategic plan of the University. Develops plans and policies collaboratively with the Library and Learning Services faculty and staff, the Library Senate, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and campus constituents, and when applicable, must reflect Board of Regents, UH System, and campus plans and policies. Provides administrative direction in the execution of the plans and policies, as well as assessment of progress towards the achievement of the Unitʻs mission, plans, and associated goals and objectives. Collects and analyzes statistical data to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the library and learning services. Monitors distance learning rules nationally, within Hawaiʻi, and within the UH system. Coordinates with the Distance Learning Committee of the Faculty Congress and the Student Success and Leadership Team. Supervises and manages Academy of Creative Media requests, purchases, and reports.

Budget Planning and Administration:
Prepares and justifies the Library and Learning Services budget, including requests for additional funding that reflect changes to the Library’s and University’s academic and support programs and enrollment. Develops an annual expenditure plan based on collection development goals, the assessment of equipment and other needs, and the student success goals established for the units under this assignment. Administers the Library and Learning Services budget. Reviews and approves expenditures and regularly tracks and controls expenditures against the approved budget. Administers Academy for Creative Media budget for the University.

Staffing and Personnel Appraisal:
Allocates staff positions, programs and use of space within the library based on program goals and objectives and short- and long-term needs. Prepares, justifies, and executes hiring plans. Responsible for recruitment, hiring, evaluation, promotion, and faculty and staff development of Library and Learning Services personnel. Reviews all library faculty for contract renewal, tenure and promotion, conducts performance appraisals for direct reports, and reviews and approves performance appraisals for other Library or Learning Services staff. Oversees the hiring process for new and vacant positions, including the establishment of search committees and criteria for selection. Writes job descriptions and makes the final decision on hiring.

Communication with the UH Community and the General Public:
Serves as the Mookini Library’s chief spokesperson, articulating the mission and strategic goals of the library. Develops and implements outreach strategies to promote library and support services to the campus community and distance learners.

Participation in Library Services:
Serves on the Circulation and/or Reference desk in a public services librarian role during the regular academic semester in order to obtain first-hand knowledge of the needs and problems of student and faculty when using the Library’s services and programs. Takes part in collection developmental activities in order to stay current with trends in publishing and scholarly communication.

Other activities:
Serves on major campus and UH System committees on a regular basis. Represents the Mookini Library at appropriate UH Hilo and UH System meetings and events as well as to professional groups, outside organizations, and other interested persons as required. Participates in and encourages appropriate consortial arrangements that benefit the University community. Seeks external funding. Maintains current knowledge of new developments and innovations in libraries, distance learning, and higher education generally. Recommends changes to the Vice Chancellor to maintain relevance of Library and learning services programs and services for students and the community. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

Terminal degree in Library/Information Science. Five (5) years substantial and progressively responsible administrative and managerial experience in academic library. Well-rounded knowledge of all aspects of library work, including current issues and trends affecting academic libraries and their parent institutions. Sound grasp of current issues and trends in academic libraries and learning commons, including digital scholarship, information literacy, emerging technologies for teaching and learning, collection development and management, high impact tutoring, peer education, and/or supplemental instruction practices, and assessment of learning and services for continuous improvement. Proven and successful leadership experience with a collaborative, responsive management style that fosters trust, respect, and effective working relationships. Proven and successful experience in planning, implementation, assessment, personnel management, and information technology. Proven successful experience in budget management. Effective service orientation reflected in a record of creative accomplishments in a library and/or academic support unit. Proven ability to communicate effectively. Proven ability to establish productive working relationships with campus and community constituents in a multi-cultural environment.

Desirable Qualifications

Advanced degree in a closely related subject area (including, but not limited to, archival studies, library education, informatics, museum studies). Sustained record of professional and scholarly activity to qualify for appointment at the level of Librarian with tenure. Teaching experience in an institution of higher education. Experience with distance education as either administrator or instructor. Experience in a state-supported university system. Knowledge of the missions, goals and objectives of UH Hilo, Hawaiʻi Community College and the UH System. Evidence of success in seeking external funds.

Pay Range

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications (How to Apply)

For a complete description, application instructions and to submit an application, please visit NEOGOV and search for #89175 or University Librarian. Please be sure to review the full job posting before applying. Failure to submit all required documents shall deem an application to be incomplete. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Note: If you have not applied for a position before using NEOGOV, you will need to create an account.

Inquiries (General)

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs,

Please refer to position #89175 when making inquiries.

Application Deadline

Continuous recruitment, review of applications will begin on or about April 24, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Important Information

The official advertisement can be found at NEOGOV.

The University of Hawaiʻi is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution and is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, gender identity and expression, age, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, disability, genetic information, marital status, breastfeeding, income assignment for child support, arrest and court record (except as permissible under State law), sexual orientation, domestic or sexual violence victim status, national guard absence, or status as a covered veteran.

Individuals with disabilities who need a reasonable accommodation for the application or hiring process are encouraged to contact the EEO/AA coordinator(s) for the respective campus.

Employment is contingent on satisfying employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986; reference checks of previous employers; and for certain positions, criminal history record checks.

In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, annual campus crime statistics for the University of Hawaiʻi may be viewed at the U.S. Department of Education’s Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool, or a paper copy may be obtained upon request from the respective UH Campus Security or Administrative Services Office.

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