Director of Library Services

Rank: Administrator VII
Search Number: S22-023
Job Posted: June 24, 2022

Southern Connecticut State University is a diverse and student-centered university dedicated to academic excellence, access, and service for the public good. Southern provides a supportive and welcoming environment for all members of its community through a campus wide commitment to social justice.  Founded as a teacher’s college in 1893, Southern has evolved over the past century into a comprehensive public university of more than 10,000 students, offering graduate and undergraduate programs in the liberal arts and professional disciplines. It is one of four universities in the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities System. The University is located in New Haven, a city rich with arts and culture, and less than 90 miles from New York City and 140 miles from Boston.

The Director of Library Services is responsible for the efficient and effective administration of all aspects of operations related to library services which include policy, planning, and assessment; staff organization and development; fiscal planning and management; and services such as library instruction; collection development; faculty, student and administrative relations; cooperation with other libraries; and the application of library technology to operations and services. Exercise broad responsibilities for both the internal and external operations of library services, working collegially with all library faculty and a diverse library support staff.

Position Responsibilities

Provides leadership and direction for the planning, oversight, implementation, evaluation and assessment of library operations (includes facilities, service programs, outreach, collections, special collections, staffing, library-related technology and technical services).

Works collaboratively within a collective bargaining environment with librarians, students, faculty, administration, and external community members.

Supervises, leads, inspires, supports, evaluates and further develops a skilled, collaborative, service-oriented library faculty and staff that embraces change and innovation.

Provides strategic vision and direction, in collaboration with the library faculty and staff, for initiatives in support of the University’s mission and goals, including resource sharing, preservation, coordinated collection development, scholarship, and student success.

Represents the library, establishes and maintains collaborative relationships across campus, in the community, within the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities (CSCU) system, and with other institutions. Prepares annual and other reports on library operations.

Develops and administers the library budget and facilitates the process of securing State appropriations and other sources of funding for library operations and services.

Performs other duties and responsibilities related to those enumerated above which do not alter the basic level of responsibility.


Master’s Degree from an ALA-accredited MLS, MLIS or equivalent program (advanced degree in an additional field preferred) and demonstrated knowledge and experience in the effective application of professional skills; possess a minimum of seven years of successful administrative experience within an academic or university library; have demonstrated experience in: managing in a collective bargaining environment; developing and administering a comprehensive budget; monitoring the preparation of accreditation documents and other reports; leading the personnel selection, supervision and professional development process for all library staff; and engaging in strategic planning with key stakeholders, including the library’s own performance assessment; possess a clear understanding of both information technology and information literacy and their changing roles in higher education; and be able to articulate a strong vision for the library within a complex university organization. The Director must possess excellent interpersonal skills and be able to work effectively within a culture of diversity and inclusion. Must be a leader who will foster collaborative relationships internally, across campus, in the community, within the Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system, and with other institutions. Demonstrate an exemplary commitment to academic excellence and student success, possess superb oral and written communication skills, and be an active participant and recognized leader in her/his professional organizations. These qualifications may be waived for individuals with appropriate alternate experience.


Send CV, cover letter, and the names and contact info of 3-5 references to the Chair of the Search Committee, Jacqueline Toce,  Application review will start March 10, 2023 and position will remain open until filled.


Southern Connecticut State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. The University seeks to enhance the diversity of its faculty and staff. People of color, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.