Sterling College invites applications for a full-time Library Director based in Craftsbury, Vermont. The Library Director works independently as the College’s primary librarian, while working cooperatively with other employees to support instructional programs. Though small in size, Sterling College’s Brown Library lies at the heart of Sterling’s commitment to ecological thinking and action, welcoming patrons of all backgrounds and identities and serving both campus and the broader community.
- Oversee all operations of the Brown Library at Sterling College, in accordance with Sterling’s mission of ecological thinking and action and institutional aspirations to be anti-racist and anti-biased.
- Provide library reference services for faculty, staff, students, and the public.
- Provide instruction on library services to students and faculty on the Craftsbury campus and remotely to Sterling College’s Wendell Berry Farming Program in Kentucky, in coordination with The Berry Center’s Archivist.
- Perform and/or supervise circulation, user account, and cataloguing duties.
- Acquire new materials and steward acquisitions policies.
- Manage Koha, an integrated library system, and EZproxy, a web proxy server; work with CLOVER (Auto-Graphics), the Vermont interlibrary loan system.
- Use, and support others in the use of, integrated library systems, digital learning technologies, business and higher education software.
- Assist patrons in the use of library materials, library-specific databases, and audio-visual equipment.
- Analyze database usage reports and calculate statistics.
- Maintain and update the library’s website.
- Prepare and manage an annual budget.
- Supervise student workers employed through the Work Program.
- Maintain the College’s physical archives.
- Coordinate maintenance of the library building and furnishings.
- Maintain relevant and current knowledge of library best practices through professional development and attendance at conferences and workshops.
- Direct and participate in long-range planning for the Library to improve internal functions and delivery of services.
- Participate in Faculty Council and chair the Library Committee. Serve on other committees, councils, and task forces of the College as assigned.
- Support the advancement of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility efforts at and through the library.
- Perform related duties as assigned by the Dean of Academics.
- ALA-accredited degree in Master of Library & Information Science
- Previous experience in library management
- Experience with integrated library systems and interlibrary loan systems
- Experience with Information Technology, including the use of digital resources to support student learning and the adoption of new technologies to support greater access to library resources and other learning assets.
- Excellent communication skills
- Previous experience in academic library management
- Subject expertise and interest related to Sterling’s mission
- Experience mentoring students
- Experience supervising library workers
Application review will begin on 12th July 2021, and applications received by that date will receive full consideration. Candidates should send a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references as a single PDF file to Caitlin Miller, Executive Assistant to the President, at firstname.lastname@example.org. References will not be contacted without permission.
Sterling College – its Board of Trustees and Faculty Council – has adopted a detailed ten-year strategic initiative, with grant support, that is intended to promote equity and inclusion across all of its academic programs and in all of the locations in which they take place.
Sterling acknowledges that the land on which we gather—places now known as Vermont and Kentucky—are the traditional and unceded territories of several indigenous peoples: the Abenaki in the North and the Shawnee, Cherokee, Chickasaw, and Osage people to the South. We also learn in-and-from a range of landscapes that belong to other indigenous peoples.
As we seek deep reciprocal relationships with nature, we respect and honor the place-based and cultural wisdom of indigenous ancestors and contemporaries. Words of acknowledgement and intention are just a first step. We must match them with acts of respect and repair.
About Sterling College
Founded in 1958 in Craftsbury Common, Vermont, Sterling College advances ecological thinking and action through affordable experiential learning, preparing knowledgeable, skilled and responsible leaders to face the ecological crises caused by unlimited growth and consumption that threatens the future of the planet. Enrollment is limited to 125 students. Sterling, a liberal arts institution and home to the School of the New American Farmstead and the Wendell Berry Farming Program, is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education and is one of only nine colleges and universities recognized by the U. S. Department of Education as a “Work College.” The College has received national attention for becoming one of the first institutions in the U. S. to divest from fossil fuels. Sterling has been recognized for its sustainability initiatives by Sierra magazine and has earned a STARS Gold Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education for five consecutive years.
Sterling College is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, national origin or sex in violation of TitleVII. Sterling College prohibits discrimination against employees, applicants for employment and students on the basis of age, color, disability, marital status, nationalorigin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or veteran status.
– Posted 6/22/21