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University Librarian, Marymount University


The Marymount University community invites applications for the position of University Librarian. Marymount University is guided by the traditions of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary and emphasizes intellectual curiosity, service to others, and a global perspective. With a main campus just outside Washington, DC, in Arlington, VA, and three other educational sites in close proximity, Marymount is Virginia’s only comprehensive Catholic university.

A welcoming, inclusive and diverse learning community, Marymount enrolls approximately 3,400 students, of whom 70% are undergraduates and 30% are graduate students. Over 37% of the Marymount student body is made up of under-represented communities. The University offers over 30 undergraduate and more than 20 masters and doctoral programs within four academic schools: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education and Human Services, and the Malek School of Health Professions. With 160 full-time faculty, 195 part-time faculty and a student to faculty ratio of 12:1, the Marymount community prides itself on being student-centered and committed to student success.

The Library and Learning Services (LLS) is an integral part of the University’s learning resources, offering a collection of more than 244,000 volumes in print or electronic format. Students, faculty, and staff also have access to nearly 12 million volumes through the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC), more than 220 online information resources, and more than 90,000 electronic journals, streaming videos and eBooks.

The Main Campus Library consists of 4 levels and contains 2 instruction rooms, a special collections room, a Makerspace room, 7 group study spaces, the University Archives, a Student Art Gallery, and a coffee bar, and has been incrementally upgraded with modernized spaces and furniture. Gradual renovation over the next several years is planned. In addition, the new state-of-the-art Ballston Center contains a multipurpose Library extension.

Specific Responsibilities

Reporting to the Provost, the University Librarian will:

  • Provide campus-wide leadership in strategic planning for the LLS, collaborate with senior academic leaders and LLS colleagues to support teaching and research
  • Oversee academic support to the curricula consonant with the university mission
  • Manage the budget for the LLS
  • Advance digital commons/digital repository creation
  • Maintain strong bonds and collaborate with internal and external partners including Information Technology, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the WRLC
  • Lead the unit and support the career trajectories of LLS faculty and staff
  • Enhance physical facilities with available resources
  • Participate in pursuing grants and fundraising
  • Foster a culture of service in support of students, faculty, staff, and the DC Metro area community.

The University Librarian holds faculty status, rank based on experience, and supervises 9 librarians that also hold faculty status and 17 staff.


The ideal candidate will be a strategic, collegial, and energetic leader who possesses the following minimum qualifications:

  • A Master of Library Science from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association and a second Master's degree in a subject area or equivalent (required). A doctorate/PhD is preferred.
  • A demonstrated record of scholarship, librarianship and/or teaching, and service in an educational environment
  • Eight to ten years of progressive supervisory and management experience
  • Deep understanding of the information field and librarianship including emerging technologies
  • Proven ability to work successfully in a collaborative, shared governance environment
  • A record of success in recruiting, managing, mentoring, and motivating staff
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • A record of success in budgeting, financial management, and resource allocation
  • Experience with assessment for data-informed decision-making
  • Appreciation of special collections and university archives
  • An understanding of, and affinity for, Marymount’s mission, vision and values, including its Catholic identity

Application Process

The review of applications will begin on January 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Applications are accepted electronically ONLY at

Complete applications will include a letter of application which directly addresses the position requirements and responsibilities and connects them with the candidate’s qualifications and experience, curriculum vitae, and contact information for five professional references who can speak about the candidate’s qualifications for this position. To ensure full consideration, materials must be submitted by 11:59 pm ET January 15, 2018. The anticipated start date for the position is July 1, 2018. Questions may be directed to Christina Clark, Dean of Arts and Sciences and chair of the search committee, at

Marymount University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.