University Librarian and Dean, UCF Libraries


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Orlando, FL 

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University Librarian and Dean, UCF Libraries

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The University of Central Florida (UCF) seeks an experienced, innovative, and visionary leader for the position of inaugural dean of the UCF Libraries. The inaugural dean will provide thoughtful academic and administrative leadership while identifying future areas of growth and building strong interdisciplinary connections across the libraries and the university. In creating the role of inaugural dean of libraries, UCF is consciously elevating the role of the university libraries. This is commensurate with both UCF’s increasing research profile and ambitions to be recognized as a top 50 public research university. The university is also determined, as one of the nation’s largest and most diverse institutions, to foster the success of students of all backgrounds. The dean of libraries will play a critical role as a thought partner to the provost and close colleague of fellow deans in charting the path forward at a dynamic metropolitan, public research university.

Reporting to the provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, the dean will create an environment conducive to academic quality, collegiality, student success, technical innovation, and transparency, while fostering a deep appreciation for diversity, equity, and inclusion. The dean will oversee libraries with a collection of more than 2 million volumes, 68,000 serials, a depository for government documents and patents, and newly renovated facilities with over 110 dedicated employees. The dean is responsible for all areas of library administration including policy and program development, strategic and long-range planning, fiscal management, personnel supervision, integration of emerging technologies, and development of collaborative relationships. The dean is expected to promote collaboration, team building, and the active engagement of faculty, staff, students, and community partners.


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Minimum Qualifications:

Master of Library Science or an equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited institution and substantial leadership experience in higher education.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to the candidate with:

1. Demonstrated successful leadership and administration in an academic library at a doctoral-granting research university.

2. Demonstrated experience developing a welcoming and equitable community for students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.

3. Evidence of successful accomplishments that improved some aspect(s) of services, collections, facilities, culture, etc.

4. Demonstrated willingness to innovate and experiment in support of research and learning requirements of faculty and students.

5. Extensive knowledge of library technology, systems, software, and an understanding of the current challenges in scholarly publishing, preservation, and dissemination of knowledge.

6. A proven ability to attract external funding through grants or philanthropy.

7. Demonstrated record of effective interpersonal and communication skills, and of the ability to be a spokesperson and advocate for the libraries’ vision.

8. The ability to view issues from an institution-wide perspective, foster teamwork across departments and divisions, and stimulate cross-functional collaboration within the libraries.

9. A deep commitment to providing creative, flexible, efficient, and high-quality services and resources that support the instructional and research goals of the institution.

Additional Application Materials Required:

All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and resumes with cover letters, should be sent electronically to:

Sean Farrell, Partner

Robin Dougherty, Senior Associate

Isaacson, Miller

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at: As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.



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