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Director of Teaching, Research, and Learning Services

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The Libraries and the Penn Compact"There is a moment when the passive student is transformed into the active scholar; the moment when ideas, teachers, and the research process meet in a young mind. That moment is the essence of higher learning and the Libraries make it possible". - President Amy Gutmann The Penn Libraries support President Gutmann's Penn Compact (http://www.upenn.edu/president/penn-compact/penn-compact-landing)by enabling innovation, enriching learning, ensuring the availability of knowledge and empowering teaching and research (http://www.library.upenn.edu/docs/publishing/ivyleaves/IvyLeavesFall2013.pdf). The Libraries seek a talented and collaborative Director to lead our innovative and fully integrated research, teaching, and learning services.The Director supervises 9 direct reports while providing oversight over 68 professional and support staff in ten library facilities across Penn's campus. The Director chairs Penn's Courseware Management Group, a campus-wide committee coordinating all of Penn's courseware-related initiatives. As a member of the Penn Libraries' senior management team, the Director works closely with other Directors and the Vice-Provost and Director of Libraries to set strategic directions for the Penn Libraries and to plan and assess new services, establish new programs and drive cutting edge initiatives that directly impact the teaching and learning continuum at Penn.Duties:- Coordinates the implementation and assessment of programs and services that enable scholarly research, support advancements in pedagogy and enhance the learning experience at Penn.- Fosters the development of new public service programs that engage the entire Penn community while recognizing and addressing the specific needs of individual schools and/or disciplines.- Oversees the management of ten departmental libraries.- Participates in the Libraries' senior management team; is responsible for system-wide policy, planning and administration.- Collaborates with colleagues in the academic community at Penn to think creatively about the implementation of educational technology and optimize the use of courseware on campus, and develop effective programming for innovative learning spaces such as the Weigel Information Commons, the Education Commons, and the Collaborative Classroom.- Leads a team of expert, innovative and service-oriented librarians in developing and delivering cutting edge services that support 24x7 library use.- Working with senior colleagues, develops programs for innovative and ergonomic renovation of library space.- Assesses and monitors the quality, effectiveness and outcomes of programs and services.- Stretches the reach of the Penn Libraries through involvement with local, regional, state, and national organizations and by fostering and supporting consortial initiatives that cut across the spectrum of public services.- Assists in fundraising activities in support of the Penn Libraries.Qualifications:An MLS, or its equivalent in theory and practice, is required; an additional graduate degree is preferred. A minimum of seven years of progressively responsible and productive library experience in public services. An understanding of research universities, their organization and function and current issues in higher education. A working familiarity with courseware systems and the evolving pedagogical landscape in higher education is preferred. A record of excellent working relationships with faculty, students, library staff, and administrators. A vision for the future of university research library services. A record of collegial leadership in initiating and implementing user-based library services and programs. An ability to be effective in system-wide planning, oversight and administration of the Libraries while working collaboratively and effectively across divisional lines. Excellent communication skills and the ability to engage staff at all levels of the organization.

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