Head of Research at College of William & Mary- Williamsburg, VA

This year, the William and Mary Libraries expect to see a large number of
retirements.  We are seeking a head of research who is interested in
implementing a shared vision for research services, outreach and instruction,
and participating in search committees for several new librarians for the
research team.  We are excited for the opportunity to recalibrate our
organization and individual responsibilities to meet the intense demand for
support for instruction, research, digital scholarship, and new services
across campus.

William & Mary Libraries seeks a Head of Research to provide leadership and
management for a team of research liaisons and to develop proactive services
and collaborate with departments throughout the library to support the success
of William & Mary students, faculty, staff, and other researchers. The Head of
Research will foster a collaborative and creative work environment and be an
excellent communicator.  S/he will cultivate partnerships with academic units
across campus, lead liaison outreach activities, serve as a liaison to
selected academic units on campus, and contribute expertise to help develop
and support new campus initiatives.

Librarians, including the Head of Research, play a key role in the educational
mission of William & Mary by establishing strong relationships with faculty
and students and connecting them to the services, content, and tools that meet
their research, teaching, and learning needs. They participate in Library-wide
committees and in professional activities outside of W&M, and they monitor
developments and best practices in academic librarianship.

This position supervises eight librarians and a significant budget for
graduate assistants. The incumbent will work closely with these librarians to
ensure coordinated and efficient handling of all aspects of research services
on a daily basis, making changes as necessary.

The Head of Research will regularly convene colleagues across the research
department and branch libraries to discuss departmental goals, topics of
interest to research services, make suggestions, share decisions, and ensure
that information is communicated widely.
Most importantly, candidates should have a great capacity for leadership and
management of a diverse team of librarians, understanding current issues in
librarianship — including information literacy, public services, scholarly
communication, outreach, and collection development.

We are eager to work with people who will work hard, learn, experiment,
innovate, and communicate well with their colleagues in meetings, emails,
written reports, and instruction sessions.  Candidates who possess excellent
potential and a passion for leadership and organizational change will be given
most serious consideration. Successful candidates will care deeply about the
evolving nature of libraries and be interested in best practices in the field
and will be eager to play a primary role in shaping the future of the research
department over the years to come.

Several major responsibilities fall under the Head of Research position,
•       Developing a deep understanding of William & Mary student and faculty
research and scholarship as well as demonstrating an inquisitive mind about
new departments, programs, curriculum, and developing services to support
•       Oversight and management of liaison outreach, and research and
consultation services to the William & Mary community that meet or anticipate
user  Candidates will be aware of, and interested in best practices related to
outreach, instruction and research support.
•       Proactive problem solving and personnel management in close
collaboration with the Associate Dean for Research & Public
•       We seek someone with a desire to lead an innovative, collaborative
team of librarians, to plan for the future evolution of the department, and
manage personnel and performance planning, including frequent and open
communication via individual and group
•       Development and delivery of consulting and training services for staff
at all libraries & branches in a proactive and strategic The head will develop
thoughtful training for new librarians and will foster continuous expanding of
the knowledge and skills of experienced team members in order to meet the
challenges of our constantly evolving profession.

Required Qualifications:
•       ALA-accredited masters degree in library / information science
•       Relevant experience leading teams including personnel management
•       Demonstrated ability to communicate and work effectively with
different audiences in roles such as manager, teacher-trainer, committee
chair, consultant, colleague, and library representative to campus
•       Recent experience leading projects
•       Strong commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity and inclusion

Preferred Qualifications:
•       Demonstrated experience with instruction
•       Knowledge of and interest in scholarly communications
•       Knowledge of and interest in evolving library services

The Head of Research reports to the Associate Dean for Research & Public
Services of William and Mary Libraries.  S/he will serve on the Public
Services Leadership Council along with other department heads in public
services, which encompasses research, instruction, liaison services, media
center, circulation, reserves, inter-library loan, and branch libraries.  The
Head of Research will be supported and encouraged to participate in relevant
professional development opportunities related to public services.

We are committed to enhancing and promoting diversity and inclusion, and we
welcome applications from individuals who have life experiences similar to
those of underrepresented populations of the University.

William & Mary is one of America’s oldest and best universities. Located in
beautiful, historic Williamsburg, Virginia, the university claims both Jon
Stewart and Thomas Jefferson as alumni. U.S. News and World Report recently
ranked us sixth among all public universities, and the Library itself was
ranked 17th on the list of best college libraries in the country. Working at
William and Mary Libraries offers the opportunity to make a positive impact in
the educational experience of our small, smart, diverse student body and the
chance to experiment with new technologies and projects.
The Libraries provide support for training and opportunities for campus-wide
engagement. We are committed to enhancing and promoting diversity and
inclusion, and we welcome applications from individuals who have life
experiences similar to those of underrepresented populations of the

The College is committed to offering its employees an attractive program of
benefits that fosters well-being by acknowledging and supporting the need for
balance in the work, family and personal lives of employees which, in turn,
enables and sustains a productive workplace. To view benefits available,
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Living in Williamsburg offers residents multiple opportunities to explore and
experience U.S. history, to visit riverfront beaches and restaurants, to play
at major tourist attractions, and to invest time in personal pursuits, such as
music, art, museums, shopping, food and wine/beer, hiking/bicycling, nature,
sports and water sports, festivals,  and more.  Williamsburg feels like a
small college and tourist town and is within an hour radius of larger cities
such as Richmond and Virginia Beach.

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