The Nightingale-Bamford School seeks a dynamic director of library and academic resource center. The ideal candidate will be able to work across academic departments to define and teach to a new philosophy of research at Nightingale, and find ways to make the school’s newly-renovated libraries a nucleus of inquiry and discovery. This new philosophy and its development will be part of the creative opportunity for the director to develop with department heads. With the technology department, the director will plan demonstrations of research techniques and be able to help faculty and students successfully incorporate technology in teaching and learning. The hope is that this new library space will become a vibrant center in which students and faculty can work together in a mode of discovery and inquiry. The successful candidate will be knowledgeable of both digital and print libraries, their histories, and innovation possibilities. The director must be responsive to faculty and student requests, while simultaneously reaching out to engage faculty and students with all that the libraries have to offer. The candidate should value community and bring a spirit of enthusiasm and energy as well as interdisciplinary expertise.
- Maintaining and expanding the digital and print resources of the school’s libraries, including subscriptions.
- Ensuring the library collections represent a diverse and multicultural range of authors and topics.
- Creating a dynamic atmosphere in the libraries as sites for research, study, teaching, and learning.
- Working with the director of technology to define the ways in which tech and research function in a shared library space.
- Supervising the Lower School librarian, Middle School librarian, library support staff and volunteers, and managing their professional development.
- Understanding copyright and fair use laws, as well as licensing of intellectual property, and teaching these to the community as part of the research and writing process.
- Networking with other libraries and agencies to provide access to resources outside of school and to build a dialogue with librarians and faculty in NYC.
- Maintaining online resources for research.
- Working with department heads to plan demonstrations of teaching and learning in the library for students and teachers during the school year, with the hope of defining the library as a teaching and learning center.
- A master’s degree in Library or Information Sciences is desirable from an ALA accredited institution.
- At least five years in managerial experience in library or other department leadership in an academic setting.
- Substantial experience in crafting a vision for libraries of the 21st century or desire to do so.
- Demonstrated ability to make administrative decisions, interpret policies, plan and organize, coordinate, maintain a budget, evaluate progress with data.
- A strong set of communication skills and a desire to create collaborative opportunities with others.
- Evidence of a forward-thinking, growth mindset regarding libraries of the present and future.
Technology and Software Knowledge:
Microsoft Office, Library Software, social networking, web development, database , digital content.