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Head of Technical Services, Associate Professor

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Head of Technical Services, Associate Professor.

Position Details
Location Hattiesburg

118 College Drive
Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 39406-0001
United States
Division University Libraries
Position Type Faculty
Employment Status Full Time
Grant Funded No
Posting Close Date open until filled

Special Instructions to Applicants
The University of Southern Mississippi invites applicants for a full-time,
12-month, tenure-track faculty position as Head of Technical Services/Associate
Professor, in the University Libraries to begin early 2019.  Minimum starting annual salary is $68,000 and commensurate with education and experience.  Priority will be given to applications received by November 6, 2018.

Job Summary 
Under the general supervision of the Dean of University Libraries, the
incumbent has leadership responsibility for the supervision and administration of technical services, which includes acquisitions, cataloging, collection management, serials and electronic resources, gifts management, and processing and preservation, while holding tenure or tenure-track faculty status and rank.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities  

  1. Lead the planning process for collection management and technical services initiatives for all libraries and ensure that activities are congruent with University Libraries’ mission and goals.  Work cooperatively with librarians and staff to develop policies and procedures, establish departmental goals and priorities, and determine strategies for accomplishing them.  Assess efficiency of operations.  Perform outreach to teaching faculty and administrators, and conduct assessment of collections.
  2. Responsible for oversight for all aspects of the University Libraries technical services including acquisitions, collection management, cataloging, serials & electronic resources, physical processing and preservation.
  3. Supervise Technical Services librarians.  Work cooperatively with librarians and staff to hire and train employees; create and maintain accurate job descriptions; manage employee time and assignments; provide training and professional development opportunities; implement cross-training; identify and address any performance concerns.
  4. Stay current with issues, trends and best practices related to job duties by attending appropriate conferences, workshops, etc. and regularly consulting appropriate literature, listservs, and other resources. Integrate new technologies, processes and programs to improve efficiency and service.
  5. Serve on library committees as necessary.  Contribute as a senior member of the library’s executive team to library-wide planning, building design, personnel management and planning, and budgeting decisions, including setting the library’s strategic directions.
  6. Engage in research and scholarly activity to fulfill the expectations for tenure and promotion; provide service to the Libraries, the university, the profession, and the community to fulfill the expectations for tenure and promotion.

Minimum Qualifications 
Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent degree; demonstrated supervisory experience for at least five years over full-time and other staff in technical services department; demonstrated scholarship, professional development, and service record for promotion to the rank of Associate Professor.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities
Demonstrated knowledge of the principles and practices of collection management; knowledge of current collection development issues and trends at academic and research libraries, including an understanding of emerging information technology and its applications for collection development; Demonstrated knowledge of acquisitions procedures, current and future cataloging standards and data management technology, and serials and electronic resources management, including negotiation and licensing issues; Demonstrated excellent leadership qualities including strong interpersonal and public communication skills; Proficiencies and knowledge in library and information technologies related to technical services.
Preferred Qualifications  
Demonstrated successful budget management experience; Experience with library services platforms, such as Ex Libris Alma and discovery systems such as Ex Libris Primo; Earned second graduate degree.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud history and an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss. Since 2006, our students have collected three Truman Scholarships and 18 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. USM students also lead Mississippi with 21 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Our Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of only 36 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply.


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