Assistant Professor/Director of Resource Services

Kent Library - Southeast Missouri State University

Cape Girardeau

Application Deadline

Open Until Filled


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Cape Girardeau, MO




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Minimum Education

Master's Degree

Library Experience

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Supervisory Experience

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Type of Library


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Job Description

The Director of Resource Services provides leadership and user-centered strategic visioning for the technical services functions of Kent Library in support of the learning, teaching and research needs of the University community. The Director provides leadership for a user- centered approach to resource services operations. Areas of leadership and management responsibility include materials licensing and acquisitions, cataloging and resource description management and metadata, electronic resources discovery and access, government documents and physical processing. This position is responsible for developing standards and best practices for acquisition of electronic and print resources; organization, classification and process of library materials; and daily operations of the Federal Depository Library Program. The Director supervises tenure track faculty librarian(s) and professional staff.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Lead, plan, manage, coordinate and evaluate Kent Library’s resource services units by overseeing the acquisition of electronic and print materials; the description and discovery of and access to electronic and print library resources; and the receiving and processing of Federal and State documents
  • Assist in creating, developing, documenting and maintaining resource services policies and procedures and administrative guidelines and processes; manage and streamline workflows; and set priorities for library technical and collection services areas
  • Train, evaluate and supervise resource services staff performing acquisitions, cataloging and government documents processing in accordance with Library and University policies
  • Share responsibility for managing and administering the integrated library system and provide leadership for resource services functions
  • Ensure Kent Library coordinates with University Finance and Administration to follow all University and State budgeting, business and accounting best practices
  • Oversee staff working in metadata and responsible for duties such as record loads and troubleshooting of access and data problems
  • Assist in preparing the annual acquisitions budget and tracking of fiscal year expenditures and create budget, finance, statistical and narrative reports as required or requested
  • Oversee evaluation, acceptance or refusal and processing of materials donated to Kent Library; including acknowledging donor gifts
  • Facilitate and participate in the creation, maintenance and enhancement of metadata across multiple discovery platforms and library systems; including use of applicable tools for manipulating data (such as, MARCEdit, XML and import/export rules)
  • Maintain knowledge of national, regional and local cataloging policies, standards and practices; including Resource Description and Access (RDA) cataloging rules, MARC records, Library of Congress Subject (LCSH) headings, authority control, Dewey Decimal classification and bibliographic utilities such as OCLC
  • Lead bibliographic authority work
  • Serve as liaison librarian to assigned academic departments; liaison activities include: building and maintaining close relations with students and faculty in order to meet their learning, teaching and research needs through information literacy instruction, communication, program development, information sharing (using tools such as LibGuidesTM), collection development and information gathering
  • Provide leadership in the assessment of library services and collections
  • Contribute to the library management team and library committees, activities, and outreach, and to Southeast Missouri State University through faculty governance, committees, councils, and other working groups
  • Lead and complete a wide range of projects
  • Establish and maintain a personal professional development program consistent with promotion, tenure, and post-professorial review

Additional Info & Requirements

Assistant Professor/Director of Resource Services
Kent Library
Full-Time, Tenure Track, 10 Month position

  • ALA accredited Master’s degree
  • Minimum of two years of experience as professional librarian
  • Minimum of one year of experience in a supervisory, management or leadership role
  • Knowledge of, or experience, in cataloging (RDA, MARC, OCLC, and authority control) or acquisitions (budgeting, licensing, collection development or faculty outreach)
  • Experience working in a library management system
  • Knowledge, or awareness of, current trends in library acquisitions, cataloging or government documents
  • Ability to effectively implement change
  • Evidence of effective written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to work well as a member of a group and individually
  • Ability to work effectively with a diverse student body and a diverse faculty
  • Demonstrated commitment to collegiality when interacting with others within the University community
  • Demonstrated commitment to a diverse work environment, including working with multi-cultural populations and an understanding of, and sensitivity to, issues affecting women and minorities

As a public regional university (with a graduate mission), Southeast seeks candidates with a commitment to excellent undergraduate and graduate education and student success within the framework of the teacher-scholar model.  Successful candidates will contribute to the development of innovative curricula and delivery strategies, including traditional, blended and online formats, and participate in initiatives promoting student success, retention and degree completion. Applications of instructional technology and pedagogical research are supported through the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning and the Office of Online Learning. 

The Community

Southeast Missouri State University is a comprehensive regional state university with seven colleges and schools, 11,000 students, and a faculty and staff of over 1,100. Southeast, a moderately selective institution, offers baccalaureate, masters and specialist degrees, and participates in joint doctoral programs with the University of Missouri. Cape Girardeau, a historic city overlooking the Mississippi River, is the hub of a thriving county with a population of approximately 71,000. Serving a region of more than 500,000 people, it is the largest center for retail, medical, manufacturing, communications, and cultural activities between St. Louis and Memphis.

HR Info

Application Deadline: The position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by March 9, 2018. 

To Apply: Submit the following items online at: 

  • Letter of interest addressing position qualifications
  • Current curriculum vitae
  • Unofficial copies of transcripts (official transcripts are required when offer of employment is accepted)
  • Name and contact information of three professional references

Posted Feb 2, 2018