Hanover College
  • Academic Affairs - Duggan Library
  • Hanover, IN, USA
  • Full Time

Hanover College seeks an innovative and experienced leader to serve as Director of the Agnes Brown Duggan Library. Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Director will lead an experienced staff in drawing upon a history of excellence to build a college library of the future based upon a recent comprehensive review process. The Director oversees all aspects of the library, supporting the vision of the College, upholding the mission of the library, and collaborating with faculty to sustain the curriculum and advance information literacy. This is an administrative staff appointment with faculty status. Desired start is August 2024.

Duggan Library houses the College's collection of over half a million volumes (print and electronic) along with an extensive media collection and access to over 100 databases covering all academic subjects. The three-story, 50,000 square foot facility is a central campus feature and also houses the Gladish Learning Center, collaborative learning spaces, computer lab, and media tech room. A major component of the library is the Joseph Wood Evans Memorial Special Collections and Archives Center, housing over 150,000 items from 300 B.C.E. to the present day. The library serves approximately 1,000 residential undergraduate students and over 200 graduate students in our expanding hybrid programs in health sciences.

Primary responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • In collaboration with the Provost, establish and implement the strategic direction for library operations to align with the College's vision, mission, and core values and to proactively adapt to changing student and faculty needs.
  • Promote and facilitate innovation in technology, service models, and librarianship.
  • Lead professional library staff in strategic planning for the library in its central role of supporting teaching, learning, and scholarly research.
  • Lead the Duggan Library's efforts to be a hub for student services and resources through partnerships with academic departments, Gladish Learning Center, Information Technology, Levett Career Center, and other units.
  • Recruit, train, develop, and evaluate library personnel.
  • Champion and facilitate efforts to improve access, equity, diversity, and inclusion in all library services.
  • Organize and supervise services and staff as well as the overall development and administration of the collections.
  • Oversee assessment and improvement of library operations and services.
  • Develop and administer the annual library budget, including gift funds, and work with the Office of Advancement to promote effective donor relations and to secure external funding and gifts in support of library operations and services
  • Seek grant opportunities in support of the library.
  • Establish and maintain strong consortia relationships in support of library services.
  • Represent the College and library in local, regional and national networks, consortia, and professional organizations.
  • Participate in reference services, bibliographic instruction, and as liaison to academic departments.
  • Compile and submit required annual library data to national, regional, and professional reporting agencies and accrediting bodies.
  • Serve on College committees and task forces as appointed.

Required Education and Experience

  • An MLS or MLIS from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited institution or an equivalent international program.
  • At least five years of increasingly responsible administrative experience in an academic library.

Professional Qualifications and Personal Qualities

While it is unlikely that a single candidate will have all the following qualifications and characteristics, the ideal candidate should possess many of the following:

  • Demonstrated ability to create a library environment that is welcoming to a diverse college population.
  • Expert knowledge of the challenges and trends impacting academic libraries and colleges with experience developing innovative and creative solutions to respond.
  • A clear vision for the academic library as a vibrant center of teaching, learning, civic engagement, and diversity and a demonstrated commitment to developing a dynamic and evolving student-centered library.
  • Demonstrated ability to support students' access to library and information resources.
  • Demonstrated effective problem-solving and strategic planning skills.
  • Ability to manage and maintain records and databases to track, compile, interpret, and present data.
  • Record of success in leading library staff effectively and fostering a positive team-based working environment.
  • Significant experience in financial planning and budget administration.
  • Experience seeking, writing, and administering grants.
  • Successful record as an administrative leader with experience in strategic planning; fiscal management; and personnel management including staff and students.
  • Evidence of developing effective collaborations and relationships across campus constituencies, as well as with community partners and key stakeholders that expand beyond the campus community.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills and the ability to act as a strong advocate for the library.
  • Ability to prioritize workload with multiple demands and frequent interruptions.

To Apply

Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until position is filled. Materials received by April 5, 2024 will receive full consideration. Electronic applications should include: application letter addressing required and preferred qualifications, curriculum vitae, contact information for three references, and transcripts addressed to Dr. Valerie Young, Chair, Duggan Library Director Search.  To apply and upload documents, visit https://hanover.hirecentric.com/jobsearch/.  For more information, see https://www.hanover.edu/about/employment. Questions may be addressed to Dr. Valerie Young at facultysearch@hanover.edu.

About Hanover College

Hanover College is a premier, nationally recognized liberal arts institution that has core strengths in the natural and life sciences, education, and business. Founded in 1827, Hanover is Indiana's oldest private, four-year college and sits on a beautiful 650-acre campus overlooking the Ohio River. Hanover's 1200 undergraduate and graduate students participate in a distinctive intellectual, challenging, and supportive community whose members value transformative learning, meaningful service, and lifelong inquiry. The College's students are encouraged to take responsibility for their learning and lives and nurtured to develop each individual's unique abilities to their highest level.

Hanover is situated just west of historic Madison, IN. Once a major river port for the state, Madison (population 12,000) has maintained its sense of 19th century heritage with 133 city blocks on the National Register of Historic Places, designating it as the state's largest historic district. Midwest Living magazine recently listed Madison as the 4th best small town to visit.

Hanover College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing an inclusive, welcoming, and diverse college environment. The students, faculty, staff, and trustees of Hanover College are committed to providing a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus so that all feel welcome to seek academic, personal, and moral growth within a community that is safe, challenging, and responsive. We embrace diversity in recruiting and retaining students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds regardless of age, race, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, marital status, political viewpoint, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. We recognize that our definition of diversity must be inclusive, porous in its boundaries and ever evolving, changing as our campus, our society, and our vision of the world changes. It must also create a safe space for the discussion and debate of well-reasoned, thoughtful, and constructive ideas of all kinds. We strive to practice respect, compassion, and understanding for one another, so that all may participate in the open and free exchange of ideas necessary for a meaningful education and a successful democracy. 

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