Assistant Department Head for Access Services— Oklahoma State University

Post date: Sep 28, 2021

The Oklahoma State University Library seeks an Assistant Department Head (ADH) for Access Services to provide leadership and direct oversight of the Interlibrary Services unit, which currently includes four staff. We desire someone who is creative and eager to drive their own projects, innovate, and take on challenges with a passion for emerging technologies. This is a tenure-track position with anticipated initial appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

Responsibilities: As the Assistant Department Head, you will oversee all borrowing, lending, and document-delivery operations and sets priorities and goals for resource sharing. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate familiarity with ILLiad, ALMA, OCLC, and Rapid as well as knowledge of current trends in access services, such as controlled digital lending advances in course-reserve management. In addition, the ADH will have responsibility for managing the Library Student Ambassador program that supports library events and programming and contributes to increased library engagement with the campus community.

The ADH will collect, analyze, and report appropriate statistical data on resource sharing. This position will also evaluate these metrics and conduct assessment on resource-sharing services, review workflows for efficiency and effectiveness, and participate in professional organizations that focus on resource sharing.

Required Qualifications include: a MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent degree, three years of professional library experience to include resource-sharing services in an academic or research environment, two years of supervisory experience, demonstrated ability to coordinate library projects and implement library services in a team environment, a strong patron-focused service philosophy. One or more of the following: a record of research, publications, presentations, or service to the profession

The salary is a minimum $60,000 annually for a 12-month appointment with a generous holiday schedule, health care plans, and retirement options. As a new library faculty member, you will receive start-up funding for research and/or professional travel and have access to the Library’s grant writer and development team as well as a full communication team.

To help candidates determine whether the culture at the Oklahoma State University Library is a good fit, Dean Sheila Johnson has posted her expectations for OSU Library leaders on her website: For more information about the Library generally see

Deadline: Application review begins on October 22, 2021 and continues until position is filled. For consideration of your application materials, you should apply through the University’s website at Questions about the application process may be directed to Jessica Cottom, Assistant Director of Business Operations, at or (405) 744-6324. Candidates will be asked to deliver a presentation to faculty and staff. The successful candidate will be required to submit to a background check.

OSU is an AA/EEO/E-Verify Employer. Hiring contingent upon available funding.