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Dean, Library Services

Closes: Open Until Filled Booth LibraryOffice of Vice President of Academic Affairs

Booth Library at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston seeks a Dean of Library Services to provide coordination, supervision, and administration of programs and activities of the Library. The successful candidate must provide leadership in the development of mission and goals for the Library and make recommendations to the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs on all aspects of library services including budgets, collections, development, and evaluation of faculty and staff. The dean will also be required to provide leadership for the Center for Student Innovation, as well as collaborate closely with the Faculty Development & Innovation Center (FDIC) and provide operational support for the FDIC and its staff.

Booth Library is located in the heart of the Eastern Illinois University’s campus and contains over a million volumes and more than 500,000 microforms. A comprehensive program of Library Services is offered to students, faculty, and citizens of Illinois. To learn more about our resources, collections, and activities, please visit our website (

This is a 12-month renewable Administrative and Professional position. Candidates must possess one of the following credentials to be eligible for tenure: 1.) a Master’s degree in Library Services from an American Library Association-accredited program and a completed second master’s degree; or 2.) a Master’s in Library Services from an American Library Association-accredited program and a certificate of advanced study in library or information science; or 3.) an appropriate doctoral degree in an information science discipline. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Qualified candidates must also possess demonstrated planning and organizational skills, a commitment to community engagement, an interest in developing the library as an emerging, progressive living and learning space on campus, and strong communication skills. Candidates must have had direct experience with supervision of academic and civil service employees, experience managing varied and complex budgets, and demonstrate a commitment to diversity and experience in promoting inclusive excellence. Preference will be given to candidates with a minimum of two years of leadership experience as a dean, director, assistant dean, associate dean, head of a department, or in a similar role within a library or closely affiliated unit.

Proposed starting date to be negotiated with a Spring 2023 date preferred. The selected candidate will be expected to start no later than July 1, 2023.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, current resume, and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. Application materials must be submitted electronically to Interfolio at Review of applications begins Friday November 25, 2022, and continues until position is filled. For questions about the search, please contact Dr. Ryan Hendrickson (

About EIU. Enrolling approximately 8,800 students, Eastern Illinois University is a regional comprehensive institution offering more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as ten post- baccalaureate certificate programs. By intentionally focusing on teaching excellence, Eastern has consistently been recognized by U.S. News & World Report as the #1 independent regional comprehensive institution in Illinois. Based on National Science Foundation data, Eastern continues to prepare more undergraduates who go on to earn doctoral degrees than any other master's college/university in Illinois.

The University is located in east central Illinois and combines the benefits of a community of 20,000 with access to several large cities, including Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis.


Eastern Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/female/disability/veteran – committed to achieving a diverse community

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