A search advisory committee has been formed and Isaacson, Miller, the national executive recruiting firm, has been retained to support the committee. Confidential questions, nominations, and applications should be submitted electronically to:
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic university community committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. Potential applicants who share this goal are encouraged to apply.
The University of Michigan ("U-M") seeks a strategic, visionary, and collaborative leader to serve as its next University Librarian and Dean of Libraries ("Dean"). This is an opportunity to lead one of the top academic research libraries in North America, with more than 14,850,000 physical and digital volumes, nearly 450 library personnel, 10 locations, and an annual budget of approximately $63 million.
These qualities are present in the University of Michigan Library ("U-M Library"), which also has its own proud traditions of service excellence and leadership among libraries. The Library supports teaching, learning, and discovery across the University's 19 schools and colleges, with top programs in the arts and humanities, social sciences, biomedical sciences, business, law, and engineering, and one of the largest and most distinguished academic medical centers in the world. Critically, it aids clinical work by care providers who need access to the latest information under enormous time constraints. U-M Library is the institution that sets direction for major developments in the field: HathiTrust was created at the University of Michigan. The Library is also known for its partnership with Google to digitize the bound print volumes of the U-M collection, providing scholars and the general public with access to the Library's resources.
This is a moment full of potential for the University and the Library. The University Librarian and Dean of Libraries will join U-M at a time when the University prepares for the arrival of a new president, and as the institution lays the foundation for its upcoming comprehensive campaign. Reporting to the Provost, who acts as the institution's chief academic officer and chief budgeting officer, the Dean will develop and communicate an inspiring, sustainable vision for the Library, one that aligns with its rich history and anticipates future directions. The University Librarian and Dean will advance and implement a plan to meet the physical requirements and infrastructure of the Library; secure the financial support necessary to run a world-class library system; strengthen organizational health and culture, including with respect to antiracism and social justice; and serve as a collaborative, engaged thought partner and manager. The University welcomes interest from all with a distinguished record of achievement in research libraries and/or in the academy.
This position meets the criteria for the Learned Professionals exemption within the Fair Labor Standards Act. To maintain this exemption, selected candidates are required to have a minimum of a Bachelors degree in a recognized field of science or learning which is directly related to the duties of the position.
The University of Michigan resides on the traditional Territories of the Three Fires Peoples — the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. The review and selection process may begin as early as the eighth day after posting. This opening may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
U-M COVID-19 Vaccination Policy
COVID-19 vaccinations, including boosters when eligible, are required for all University of Michigan students, faculty and staff across all campuses, including Michigan Medicine. This includes those working remotely. More information on this new policy is available on the Campus Blueprint website or the UM-Dearborn and UM-Flint websites.
A great university is made so by its faculty and staff, and Michigan is recognized as one of the best universities to work for in the country. The Michigan culture is known for engaging faculty and staff in all facets of the university to create a workplace that is vibrant and stimulating.For two consecutive years, the Chronicle of Higher Education has placed U-M in its "Great Colleges to Work For" survey. In particular, the university earns high marks for strong relations between faculty and administrators, a collaborative system of governance, strong pay and benefits, and a healthy work/life balance.