Dean of Libraries -- University of Utah

Post date: August 22, 2022

The University of Utah seeks a Dean of Libraries

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Location: Salt Lake City, Utah

The Position:

Reporting directly to the provost and sitting on the Council of Academic Deans, the Dean of Libraries is the chief administrator over the Marriott Library, a complex organizational structure with multiple facilities, collections, and a large and diverse faculty and professional staff. The Dean will oversee the Marriott Library's budget; lead the recruitment and retention of highly qualified librarians and professional staff; advance diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization and campus; and serve as the chief advocate and fundraiser for the Marriott Library. In addition, The Dean of Libraries consults with leadership at the Law and Health Sciences Libraries, working together to find additional opportunities for the libraries to collaborate and improve services on campus. The Dean must understand and balance the needs of all areas with an overarching focus on how library culture and functions must shift with the needs and practices of students and research faculty. The ideal candidate for this role will be well-connected within the profession and active in professional associations for research libraries, with broad connections across the field. Additionally, this is an exciting time to join the University of Utah as the Dean of Libraries would be part of a large cohort of new senior leadership, including a new president, provost, and several academic deans.


The Dean of Libraries is the public face of the J. Willard Marriott Library and oversees strategic advancement in services, instruction, technology, personnel, fundraising, and budgeting. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

Provide vision and leadership to librarian faculty and full-time staff that aligns with the University of Utah’s strategic plan.

Effectively plan and manage library resources, including a budget of $30 million, to meet the library's and campus's current and future needs, as well as provide support for strategic initiatives.

Develop a strategic plan that reflects a thoughtful and well-informed assessment of the future roles of university libraries.

Advocate for the Marriott Library with University leadership, peers, and programs across the campus, and outside of the University.

Collaborate with campus leadership, faculty, and staff to advance the U's teaching, learning, and research missions through library instruction, resource delivery, access, the library's program of digital scholarship, and a wide range of other services to support research and teaching.

Provide leadership in the recruitment, mentoring, and retention of a strong, service-oriented community of librarians and staff, including overseeing the promotion and tenure process for librarians.

Create an inclusive, diverse, and cohesive organizational culture that provides a positive environment for teaching and learning.

Engage in development, fundraising, community engagement, and public relations in an academic library setting. The Library brings in sizable contributions from donors and in 2021, received over $5 million in donations and gifts in kind.

Engage in professional activities within the University, across the state, region, and nation to promote the work of the University Libraries and the reputation of the University of Utah as the flagship institution of Utah and the Intermountain West.

Facilitate and promote the collection and analysis of data to drive decision-making in the library and assess programs and services.


The J. Willard Marriott Library seeks qualified applicants who also bring perspectives and experiences that will enrich and strengthen the organization. The Marriott Library invites applications from candidates who may not have followed a traditional educational or professional path. All candidates should be prepared to discuss how they see themselves contributing to the University’s equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts. The library serves an increasingly diverse constituency of patrons, and so employees, services, collections, and policies should honor and reflect this diversity. The Marriott Library is therefore interested in identifying and interviewing candidates who have experience with underserved or marginalized communities and communities of color and who are committed to advancing the mission to provide equitable access to information resources.

The duties, qualifications, and preferences listed in this posting are intended to give applicants an understanding of the role the library is seeking to fill and the types of skills, experience, and education that may have prepared someone to be effective in this role. The library does not expect any candidate to be a perfect match for this list or to perform all of the duties with equal proficiency on day one. In your resume, cover letter, and diversity statement, please highlight the most relevant qualifications you would bring to this position based on the posting, and describe how your background, perspective, and experience will support the library in fulfilling its mission and meeting its goals.

Required Qualifications

The successful candidate for this position will possess:

Academic credentials appropriate to the leadership of a contemporary research-intensive library, such as an MLS, or equivalent terminal degree.

Evidence of the ability to meet the professional requirements of a tenured position at the Librarian rank through research, librarianship, and service.

Strong executive leadership background with substantial management experience in strategic planning, change management, budget oversight, human resources, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, preferably with a demonstrated record of impact.

Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and an ability to work with a diverse student and faculty population.

A keen understanding of the trends, opportunities, and challenges facing academic research libraries and the ability to engage key actors and peer organizations in new and emerging developments and technologies along with a deep understanding of the changing role of academic libraries in the 21st century.

Desired Skills and Attributes

The successful candidate will possess many of the following experiences, skills, and attributes:

Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with library colleagues and the campus community.

Exceptional communication and problem-solving skills.

An ability to champion, empower, and inspire staff and faculty at all levels and in all roles; a commitment to transparent communication that clearly delineates decision-making processes and offers forums for input and shared governance; and a successful history of recruitment, retention, development, and team building.

Experience with strategic planning in a large organization.

Demonstrated skill in envisioning, developing, and advocating for the library’s role in campus, statewide, regional, national, and international initiatives.

Proven experience engaging in development, fundraising, community engagement, and public relations in an academic library setting.

Awareness of Special Collections, Book Arts, and a University Press and their role in a leading public research university.

About the J. Willard Marriott Library:

MISSION: The Marriott Library inspires the creation, discovery, and use of knowledge for Utah and the world.

The J. Willard Marriott Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and is the flagship academic library for the Utah State System of Higher Education. It is the largest state-funded academic library in the six-state region of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming and one of just 41 academic libraries in the US with a university press under its responsibility. The Marriott Library is integral to the teaching, research, and public life missions of the University of Utah. Library holdings include 3 million volumes and nearly 200 unique digital collections containing countless photographs, maps, books, audio recordings, newspaper articles, and other items. The library currently serves over 32,000 students at the University of Utah, approximately 23,000 faculty and staff, and researchers worldwide. As one of 80 Patent and Trademark Resource Centers in the United States, the library offers extensive patent and trademark research assistance to patrons. Interior space within the library stands at 516,000 net square feet. To learn more visit:

The University of Utah campus boasts three additional independent libraries. The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library is located south of the University Hospital and is recognized as a catalyst for health sciences research, education, and clinical enterprise.

As the legal information repository for the University of Utah and the largest public law library in the state, the James E. Faust Law Library supports the teaching, research, and service mission of the College of Law, as well as serving the legal information needs of the campus and broader community.

Located in Gardner Hall, the McKay Music Library is a critical component of the U's School of Music. McKay provides patrons with digital and analog listening stations, a technology lab, scores, books, and music periodicals. The McKay Music Library Director does not have a reporting line to the Dean of Libraries.

Collaborative efforts include a single integrated online catalog and several teams focused on innovation and data management. The Law and Health Sciences Libraries are autonomous administrative units, located on the sites of their respective schools, with their own directors. In alignment with the One U priority, the Law and Health Sciences Libraries’ Directors serve as Associate Deans for the Marriott Library and report to the Dean of Libraries for a portion of their effort.

About the Institution:

The University of Utah (the U) is the state’s flagship institution of higher education, with 18 schools and colleges, more than 100 undergraduate and 90 graduate degree programs, and an enrollment of more than 32,000 students. In 2019, the University joined the Association of American Universities, an invitation-only, prestigious group of 65 leading research institutions marked by excellence in academic expertise and research impact, student success, and securing resources in support of core missions, which are focused on serving the increasingly diverse student population at the U. In Fall 2021, domestic students of color accounted for more than 30% of the undergraduate population—up from 18% in 2009.

The U is located in Salt Lake City, one of the most dynamic and fastest-growing—economically and culturally—metropolises in the U.S. The city is uniquely situated to offer both unmatched outdoor and exciting urban experiences, with mountain vistas only a few steps away and vast red-rock desert landscapes within reach of a scenic afternoon drive. Additionally, the Utah Asia Campus was established in 2014 and is located in Songdo International Business District in South Korea. Students attending the Utah Asia Campus find the same world-class U.S. academic experience offered at the campus in Salt Lake City.

At the U, you'll find world-class research, education, and clinical care complemented by a lively social, cultural, and athletic campus experience. An unparalleled spirit of entrepreneurship, collaboration, and community service has enabled the U to innovate across fields, pioneer new programs with social impact, generate path-breaking discoveries, fuel critical research, and inspire innovative approaches to education.

President Taylor R. Randall became the 17th President of the University of Utah in August 2021, following a prior tenure as the dean of the University’s David Eccles School of Business. Under his leadership, the Eccles School gained a national reputation as a place of innovation, garnering top 10 entrepreneurship rankings for both undergraduate and graduate programs. During his time as dean, the value of an Eccles School education increased dramatically. He established the First Ascent Scholars Program, which cultivates, encourages, and enables academically focused students with significant financial needs to attend the Eccles School. President Randall recently released his strategic vision for the University of Utah calling for increased enrollment to 40,000 students and an increase in research funding to $1 billion by 2025. This plan emphasizes the collaboration between the main and health campuses at the University of Utah, which is referred to as “One U.” Working together across campus will allow the U to meet the vision described by President Randall to accelerate the University’s rise as it focuses on four overarching goals: student success, knowledge transfer, community engagement, and institutional vitality.

The U strives to be a model public university in delivering unmatched value in higher education and health care while making social, economic, and cultural contributions that improve the quality of life throughout the state, the nation, and the world. The U’s reputation for excellence draws top-tier faculty and attracts motivated students nationally and internationally. Students bring diverse experiences and outlooks – representing traditional and nontraditional students alike – thereby enhancing the exceptional educational experience the U offers.

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MARTELL L. TEASLEY is Interim Senior Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost. Appointed dean of the College of Social Work in 2017, Martell is in his second term as president of the National Association of Deans and Directors of Social Work. Martell was Professor and Chair of the Department of Social Work in the College of Public Policy at the University of Texas at San Antonio from 2012 until 2017. As the lead investigator on the Social Work profession’s Grand Challenge to Eliminate Racism, his major research interests are African American adolescent development, school social work practice, and diversity in social work education. He is the former Chair of the Social Work and Disaster Recovery Program at Florida State University College of Social Work.

Dr. Teasley served in the U.S. Army for 10 years and participated in the First Persian Gulf War as a Licensed Practical Nurse. His education includes a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Fayetteville State University in North Carolina in 1994. He received a Master of Social Work from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, in 1996, and his doctorate in Social Work in 2002 from Howard University, located in Washington, D.C.

To Apply:

Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by September 27th will be given first consideration. Please submit a CV that includes the scope and scale details for your related roles, a cover letter addressing how your experience aligns with the qualifications, your record of success, and your particular interest in this role, and a diversity statement (maximum two pages) that addresses the ways in which your personal and professional philosophy and related record as a leader aligns with the University’s “4 Pillars to Lead to Equity” and demonstrates your ability and willingness to embrace and advance this mission.

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The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. Please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Room 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/TDD), for further information or to request an accommodation. The University of Utah is committed to diversity in its workforce. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.