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Edward H. Arnold University Librarian Notre Dame, IN

The University of Notre Dame seeks a visionary, collaborative, and creative professional to serve as the next Edward H. Arnold University Librarian. This is an opportunity to lead a high-functioning, talented, and passionate library organization; partner with academic leaders to further the University's educational and research missions; maximize significant investments of the past decade in facilities, infrastructure, staffing, and technology; and position the Hesburgh Libraries as innovators and leaders among academic libraries.

Embracing their mission to connect people to knowledge across time and space, the Hesburgh Libraries represent the academic heart of the University. The Libraries include the flagship Theodore M. Hesburgh Library, as well as the Architecture Library; Thomas Mahaffey, Jr. Business Library; Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship; Medieval Institute Library; Music Library; Rare Books & Special Collections; and University Archives. The Hesburgh Libraries acquire, preserve, organize, and steward knowledge in ways that make it accessible for study by all scholars throughout time. Within the intellectual life of the University, the Hesburgh Libraries hold a central and iconic place on campus. They are critical to the imagination and intellectual vitality of faculty, students, staff, and alumni.

The next University Librarian will join Notre Dame at a propitious moment. The University has maintained its steadfast commitment to undergraduate education while also emerging as a premier research university. The incoming University Librarian will have the opportunity to build a progressive new vision for how the library can advance the University’s overall ambitions and aspirations, as well as to contribute to university-wide planning efforts. The University Librarian will partner with and report to Provost Marie Lynn Miranda, who joined Notre Dame in 2020. Provost Miranda takes as a fundamental premise that the Hesburgh Libraries should be a crossroads of the University where faculty and students collaborate to advance scholarship and knowledge and build community.

The next University Librarian will be an engaged and innovative leader with a record of excellence and success in the academic and international scholarly library communities. This individual should possess the strengths associated with conceiving and executing a strategic vision, one that is transformational and aligned with the values and mission of Notre Dame. The University Librarian should be thoughtful, welcoming of partnerships and collaborative work at all levels, and possessing the stamina, intuition, humility, and enthusiasm that inspires those who work in and with the Hesburgh Libraries.

Top candidates will exemplify the best strengths, qualities and practices of a librarian, administrator, manager, and leader, with a full knowledge of the necessary functions and operations of a complex research library setting. Notre Dame therefore welcomes interest from candidates with a diverse range of experiences and skills, senior-level leadership experience in a university library, and excellence in financial management and fundraising. A demonstrated commitment to and record of effectiveness in strengthening inclusivity and equity across all dimensions of organizational culture are of paramount importance.

The ideal candidate will possess many of the following skills, qualities, competencies, and personal qualities:

  • Breadth and depth of expertise in both research university libraries and higher education, and an understanding of the challenges and opportunities that face them both.
  • Value alignment with the mission and vision of the University of Notre Dame.
  • Desire to listen and learn from patrons and clients alike, complemented by a desire to educate the community about the strengths, specialties, and resources of the Hesburgh Libraries.
  • Ability to operate in a large, sophisticated organization in ways that effectively promote and achieve the desired aims.
  • A visible leadership presence that inspires and brings out the best in others.
  • Unyielding commitment to serve radically different constituencies across the academy, from the humanities to engineering, science, architecture, business, and global affairs with the same level of enthusiasm, encouragement, and professionalism. Unsurpassed communication skills that will inspire listeners to take a genuine and active interest in devoting their time, talents, and energy to the library.
  • A proven track record of successful fundraising with individual, foundation, and corporate donors.
  • A recognized record of creative and thoughtful financial stewardship of resources, staff, and space.
  • A sense of flexibility, patience, good problem-solving skills, humility, with a good sense of humor preferred.

Anita Tien and Sean Farrell are leading this search with Brett Barbour.

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