Library Department Head, Student Success and Curriculum Partnerships -- University of Delaware Library

Post date: Jan 12, 2021

Position: Library Department Head, Student Success and Curriculum Partnerships

Deadline: February 13, 2022

Pay Grade: 32E or 33E

The University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press seeks a collaborative, savvy leader to bring its instructional program to the next level by developing new and coordinated approaches to information literacy instruction, advancing online learning initiatives, and collaborating with campus stakeholders to incorporate, promote, and assess information literacy in the curriculum. The successful candidate will possess strong interpersonal communication skills, have a demonstrated ability to mentor and support others, and will possess a strong understanding of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy.

This position will lead a collegial department of 4.5 exempt and 1 nonexempt staff member. One department librarian currently provides part-time support for the UDLib/SEARCH program, providing statewide access to databases and related teacher training to all public Delaware K-12 schools.


Reporting to the AUL for Learning, Engagement and Curriculum Support, the Head, [Student Success and Curriculum Partnerships] will:

Provide strategic direction for the library’s Teaching and Learning Services in alignment with Library and University priorities for student success and retention, particularly for traditionally underserved populations, and with a focus upon scale and sustainability.

Maintain a visible presence on campus, representing the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press in instructional initiatives and faculty development programs.

Collaborate with the head, Research and Engagement Department to articulate expectations and ensure the success of liaison librarians in their teaching roles.

Collaborate with the head, Research and Engagement Department, to ensure the provision of quality reference services.

Chair the Library Museums and Press Teaching and Learning Committee in order to collaboratively plan, promote, and assess teaching and learning services across the departments and divisions in which these services are housed.

Supervise and provide mentorship, advocacy and support to a team of librarians whose work is centered in teaching and student success initiatives.

Support an active community of practice among a cross-divisional team of librarians who teach by strategically shaping ongoing training, discussion, and professional development programs.

Work effectively and cooperatively with staff from Library IT and the campus Information Technology unit to support the infrastructure of Library classroom spaces.

Oversee the creation, maintenance and evaluation of online content as it relates to information literacy and teaching and learning services.

Develop programming for faculty that integrates librarian expertise and supports information literacy within the curriculum in collaboration with campus partners such as the Faculty Commons.

May serve as library liaison to one or more academic departments.



Master’s degree in library and information science.

At least five years of professional work experience in academic libraries

● Demonstrated knowledge of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher education and its applications in undergraduate and graduate classrooms

● Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and work in a team-based environment

● Experience teaching in multiple modalities

● Experience assessing student learning

● Experience planning, introducing, and leading change

● Excellent interpersonal and communication skills expressed orally and in writing

● Demonstrated user-focused service philosophy and proven ability to work effectively with a diverse population of faculty, staff, students, and community members

Commitment to fostering an inclusive educational environment and workplace


Three years of successful supervisory, management, or leadership experience with a demonstrated commitment to mentoring, training, and staff development

Advanced degree in education or education related field

Experience assessing library instruction at the programmatic level

General Information: The University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press is committed to student success, scholarly research and inclusive excellence. The Library is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. The Library collaborates with strategic campus partners to achieve these priorities, as well as with national professional organizations including the Association of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Coalition for Networked Information, Council on Library and Information Resources, Digital Library Federation, Greater Western Library Alliance, OCLC Research Partnership, SPARC, HathiTrust, the National Digital Stewardship Alliance, the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM) and the ACRL Diversity Alliance. More information about the Library is available at

Benefits: 22 vacation days. Generous 403(b) retirement plan. Tuition remission for dependents and spouses, and course fee waiver for employee. Full information about University of Delaware benefits is available at:

Appointment: Appointment expected at the rank of Associate Librarian / Library Department Head I (pay grade 32E) or full Librarian / Library Department Head II (pay grade 33E). This is a career rank exempt position the University of Delaware Library Rank and Promotion System. Department Head responsibilities are assigned for a renewable five year-term.

To Apply: Include cover letter and resume, along with the names and contact information of three employment references, following University of Delaware application instructions:

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