Dean of the Library

Biola University was founded in 1908 as the Bible Institute of Los Angeles and is a Protestant, theologically conservative, private Christian university located in Southern California. Biola University’s mission is to provide biblically centered education, scholarship and service-equipping men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. Biola is a community where all faculty, staff, and students are professing Christians committed to the integration of faith with learning. Biola University is comprised of six schools and offers more than145 academic programs with degrees ranging from the B.A. to the Ph.D. As the only library for the university, the library serves over 6,200 graduate and undergraduate students as well as approximately 480 faculty members and other university staff.

Biola University is favorably located in the greater metropolitan Los Angeles area, a region of immense ethnic, cultural, and international diversity. Biola University’s vision to be a global center for Christian thought is evident in its intentional effort to reconnect to the City of Los Angeles and the surrounding vicinities; in the establishment of three educational centers in Manhattan, New York; Kiev, Ukraine; and Chiang Mai, Thailand; and in the expansion of distance education and online learning.

Biola University is institutionally strong and financially viable, and the undergraduate enrollment (over 4,200 students) is at an all-time high with fifth-year President Barry H. Corey. Provost and Senior Vice President, Dr. David Nystrom, assumed his post in 2010, and he is effectively positioning Biola for intellectual leadership through integrative and interdisciplinary study and whole-person education within a distinctively Christian liberal arts context.

The attractive 98,000 square foot library building was opened in the fall of 2001 and is strategically located in the heart of the Biola campus. The library has an annual operating budget of approximately $2.9 million and employs 9 librarians and 12 support staff as well as numerous student workers.

Dean of the Library

The Dean of the Library leads the library in its mission, vision, goals, and objectives to meet the information, study, and research needs of the university. Leadership will be demonstrated through strategic planning and strong collaborative relationships with the Provost, Vice Provosts, academic deans, and other administrative leaders. Under the administrative direction of the Vice Provost for Faculty Development & Academic Effectiveness, the Dean of the Library will be a voice for the future and will utilize current and future technologies to develop relevant programs that support the mission of Biola.

Responsibilities

● Provide excellent undergraduate and graduate-level collections which represent diverse points of view and support the current and future educational programs of a global university
● Commit to providing appropriate resources and services which support the diversity of the student body, university faculty and staff
● Define, develop, and measure outcomes that contribute to the library’s effectiveness and apply findings for purposes of continuous improvement
● Serve as the public face and advocate of the library by interacting closely with students, staff, faculty, administration, and the larger Biola community to ensure that teaching and research needs are met
● Inspire and lead a staff of 9 librarians and 12 administrative and support staff while fostering their professional growth and development
● Allocate budgets and manage funds to advance strategic priorities relevant to long-term planning
● Oversee the development and utilization of the library facility and its resources
● Represent the library in university committees or task forces, as well as external library organizations and consortia
● Maintain an awareness of current developments and trends in academic libraries and implement appropriate technologies that support the mission of the library
● Develop and implement a strategic plan to advance the vision of the library
● Establish a vision for the future of the library and its services and maintain alignment between the library and the university mission and vision.

Required Qualifications

● M.L.S. from an ALA accredited institution
● Minimum of five years experience in academic or research library management with a record of increasingly responsible supervisory and administrative roles
● Extensive knowledge of current library trends, technology, collections, and resources needed for instructional and scholarly support of students and faculty
● Ability to foster a collaborative and innovative working environment which encourages teamwork and collegiality within the library and across the university
● Significant experience developing and monitoring budgets in an academic library environment

Preferred Qualifications

● A second graduate degree
● Familiarity with planning, implementing, and maintaining institutional repositories and digitization projects

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