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Director of Library Services: Garden City Community College, Garden City, KS

23 Sep 2022 6:50 AM | Ronald Russ (Administrator)

Job Description

Garden City Community College seeks a Director of Library Services who is passionate about the library’s role in enhancing teaching and learning opportunities and environments in a diverse, open-access college environment. 

Garden City Community College is a vibrant and dynamic community college located in the heart of the rural Southwest Kansas high plains region. Officially designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution, the College serves a student population that reflects the area’s rich diversity. The College serves approximately 2,000 students across multiple populations including on-campus, online, and area high schools and has a history of strong program options in both transfer and technical education. The College is located in Garden City, a community with a recent history of robust population growth. Garden City has many amenities including arts and culture, plentiful shopping, and daily jet service to Dallas.

The Director of Library Services provides the primary leadership, vision, and supervision of a small staff within the Thomas F. Saffel Library at the center of Garden City Community College’s campus and quad. Saffel Library is named after one of the college’s early presidents and houses print and electronic collections that support the multiple disciplines and curricula offered by the college. The college has subscriptions to electronic databases, a moderately-sized print collection arranged in open stacks, and student facilities including study tables, study carrels, computers, and printers.

The primary role of the Director of Library Services position is to develop and implement an organized and integrated plan for fostering 21st century competencies regarding information literacy and college-level research on campus within a stable but not expansive budgetary context.

The library also houses the Mary Jo Williams Comprehensive Learning Center (CLC), which has a long and proud history of providing quality tutoring services—primarily in Math and Science—by providing industry-recognized and credentialed training to student tutors. The Director of Library Services provides oversight and leadership for the Tutoring Coordinator and the staff of student tutors.Essential Functions and Responsibilities

30% -- Provide vision and leadership for the Library and CLC in support of the college’s mission, vision, and strategic plan.

  • Develop long-range plans and goals for the enhancement of services, resources, and facilities and ensure those plans align with departmental goals and the college’s mission, vision, and strategic plan.

  • Establish a process of ongoing review, assessment, and improvement of library programs, resources, and services that will evolve along with the needs of teaching and learning in both physical and digital spaces.

30% -- Manage the activities of the Library and CLC in such a way as to maximize student learning and faculty use of these resources.

  • Work with faculty to refine and develop a collection of library and instructional materials in support of college programs and classes.

  • Collaborate with the directors of the college’s academic and student support services to leverage strengths and expand opportunities to address student needs.

  • Oversee the development and delivery of library reference, circulation, and instructional services, including classroom instruction on information literacy, digital information literacy, and college-level research.

  • Collaborate with the campus community in teaching and enabling student learning and mastery of information literacy competencies

15% -- Participate in the larger structure of the college

  • Actively participate in college meetings, advisory activities, professional development, and continuing education.

  • Actively participate in regional organizations and conversations surrounding available state resources and best practices.

  • Serve on college committees as appropriate

20% -- Manage and coordinate library staff

  • Complete performance evaluations

  • Promote innovative and creative ideas among staff

  • Foster a cohesive library workforce that provides professional and courteous assistance to all customers.

5% -- Perform other duties as assigned.

Performance Measurements

  1. Effectively manage library and be an active member of instructional leadership team.

  1. Develop knowledge of professional library standards and college goals and policies, convey to other staff members as appropriate.

  1. Create a positive and collaborative workplace culture.

  1. Develop knowledge of professional library standards and college goals and policies, convey to other staff members as appropriate. 

Knowledge and Skills


  • 1-3 years of full-time or part-time progressive experience in a library setting preferred. 

  • Ability to provide focused and directed outreach towards instructional faculty and departments

  • Experience working closely with faculty in transfer and technical programs to tailor reference materials to needs.

  • Knowledge of emerging trends and technologies and their impact on library and learning services structure. 

  • Impeccable communication skills resulting in clear communication of library, information literacy, and knowledge management principles to library users.

Education: Master's degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program or a specialized certification program taking one year or more of coursework beyond a Bachelor's degree.

Interpersonal Skills: A significant level of trust and diplomacy is required, in addition to normal courtesy and tact. Work involves extensive personal contact with others and/or can be of a personal or sensitive nature. Work may involve motivating or influencing others. Outside contacts become important and fostering sound relationships with other entities (companies and/or individuals) becomes necessary and often requires the ability to influence and/or sell ideas or services to others.

Other Skills: Previous experience in administration, planning and managing a library and /or learning center. Knowledge of emerging technologies and trends and their impact on traditional library and learning services structure.

Physical Requirements: Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to do the work. However, there may be some walking, standing, bending, carrying of light items, driving an automobile, etc. Occasionally may need to lift objects up to 30 pounds. Job requires minimal agility and dexterity.

Work Environment: Regular exposure to favorable conditions such as those found in a normal office.

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