The College of Wooster, a nationally recognized leader in liberal arts education and home to one of Princeton Review’s Top 20 “Best College Libraries,” announces a national search for the Librarian of the College. The Librarian of the College will be an innovative leader, able to develop and implement a strategic vision for a modern library that supports the College’s distinctive curriculum.
The College of Wooster is the nation's premier college for mentored undergraduate research and the most internationalized campus in Ohio. Located just 45 minutes from Cleveland, Wooster offers an excellent, comprehensive liberal arts education in a spirited residential setting, culminating in every student creating new knowledge through a rigorous, in-depth project of inquiry or creative expression. The College of Wooster houses close to 700,000 book volumes across three facilities: Andrews Library; The Gault Library for Independent Study ; and the Timken Science Library. The Special Collections offer rare materials, first editions, archival materials, and unique collections that preserve social and literary history.
The College of Wooster is a founding member of the Five Colleges of Ohio, a consortium of selective liberal arts colleges. The Five Colleges (The College of Wooster, Denison University, Kenyon College, Oberlin College and Ohio Wesleyan University) have built deep interdependence for library services, including CONSORT, the shared library system that allows the collections of its member libraries to be readily and quickly available to all the colleges’ users. The Ohio Five membership in OhioLINK has resulted in a steady expansion of the libraries’ electronic journals, books, and other databases, and made an enormous body of scholarly materials available to the colleges’ users. OhioLINK connects 117 academic libraries that include 88 different Ohio colleges and universities as well as the State Library of Ohio, 16 public university libraries, 51 independent college libraries, 23 two-year college libraries, 16 branch campus libraries, 8 law school libraries and 5 medical school libraries.
Reporting to Provost Lisa Perfetti, the Librarian manages all aspects of the Andrews Library, the Gault Library for Independent Study and the Timken Science Library. Additionally, the Librarian oversees a nearly $2.6 million operating budget, supervises a staff of 16 and collaborates with constituent user groups (students, faculty, and staff). Externally, the Librarian represents the College of Wooster to regional and national associations and participates actively with various consortia.
The ideal candidate will be a visionary leader with a deep understanding of and commitment to the mission, values, goals, and pedagogical approaches of academic libraries and liberal arts traditions. Candidates from both academic and non-academic environments are welcome; an advanced degree is expected.
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Applications & Nominations
For best consideration, please send all inquiries, nominations and applications – electronically and in confidence to:
Susan VanGilder, Managing Director
Holly Jackson, Managing Associate
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