Williams Baptist University seeks qualified applicants for the position of Director of Library Services. This position is full-time and oversees and directs all library services and library staff in fulfilling the mission of Williams Baptist University.
Founded in 1941, Williams Baptist University is an evangelical Christian liberal arts university, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). It is located in Walnut Ridge, Arkansas, and has an enrollment of more than 500 students. Owned and operated by the Arkansas Baptist State Convention, the University takes seriously its identity as a Christian institution in the Baptist tradition. We are committed to producing exceptional graduates prepared to competently engage local and global cultures through a Christ-centered worldview. We accomplish this by providing an excellent, holistically Christian, liberal arts education while compassionately shaping student lives. More information about the University’s history, mission, and vision can be reviewed on this website.
Directs the full-time and part-time library staff
Administers the library budget
Provides instruction in library science and research studies
Assists the office of academic affairs in plagiarism and academic dishonesty violations
Complies the annual library report
Interacts regularly with administration, faculty, students, and various committees
Supervise all departments of the library: Administration; Public Services (Reference and Circulation); Technical Services (cataloging & archive)
Supervise and train library staff to ensure quality service to all patrons regarding library products and services, both in-person and on-line
Develop and implement strategies to ensure library holdings and resources meet and support the educational needs and functions of the university
Education and Experience:
Required: an ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science (complete or near completion)
Preferred: Demonstrate familiarity working in a context of Christian liberal arts university; teaching experience; industry/professional experience
Knowledge, Skills, Competencies:
Strong interpersonal relationship and communication skills
Strong and innovative leadership skills
Organizational efficiency and attention to detail; able to work quickly with high degree of accuracy; able to multi-task
Ability to work effectively with students, parents, faculty, staff, and members of the community
Ability to develop and implement strategic planning initiatives
Collaborative work habits and ability to participate actively in a team environment
Ability to handle confidential information appropriately
Familiarity with standard office and institutional technology resources, patron databases, library catalog, and archiving software
Ability to travel extensively and participate in recruiting/retention initiatives; mobility to attend events in diverse physical environments and facilities
Ability to stand, sit, type, and walk for extended periods of time
Ability to sit for extended periods of time and to lift 35 lbs.
Ability to use standard office equipment
Ability to use institutional technology equipment and resources
Committed to the vision and mission of Williams Baptist University
Compliance with WBU Employee Handbook policy (40.2): “It is required that all faculty and administrative staff be persons who have accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, and who are active members of a local Christian church which adheres to an evangelical faith consistent with the historic religious beliefs of Southern Baptists.”
Per WBU Policy Statement
This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.
Applicants must be individuals of the highest Christian character, competent professionals, and servant leaders. Applicants should complete WBU’s online application at https://williamsbu.edu/careers/support-staff-application/ and then email a resume, statement of faith and references to email@example.com. A review of applicants will begin immediately and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.