Department Head, Liaison, Instruction and References Services

MIT Libraries in Massachusetts

Deadline September 15, 2014
Date Posted July 29, 2014
Type Administrative
Salary Competitive
Employment Type Full-time

The MIT Libraries seek a dynamic, future-oriented leader to head the new department of Liaison, Instruction, and Reference Services.  The Department Head will lead a group of 19+ FTE to partner in the research and teaching activities of the Institute.  This group of highly engaged professionals provides expert research and information support, builds targeted collections, and promotes information-related services in order to maximize the MIT communitys ability to engage in independent discovery and become effective consumers of the resources and services available to them. The department thinks broadly about the provision of instruction and reference services and serves as a resource to other departments who also work directly with the MIT Community. The Head will complete the integration of two formerly distinct departments, Liaisons for Departments, Labs, and Centers (LDLC) and Instruction and Reference Services (IRS), into a single group.


REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS include ALA-MLS/MLIS or equivalent advanced degree in library or information science and 7 years of relevant professional experience in a client-centered service organization, with a minimum of 5 years of management and supervisory experience that demonstrates success in strategic thinking, managing, motivating and leading teams of professional staff. Experience in academic and/or research library environments and in providing instruction, reference, collection, and/or outreach services to a research community. Proven ability to manage complex, long-term organizational initiatives, and flexibility in meeting objectives and implementing creative solutions. See full job posting with more complete description of responsibilities and list of required and preferred qualifications at:


SALARY AND BENEFITS: $100,000 minimum. Actual salary will depend on qualifications and experience.  MIT offers excellent benefits including a choice of health and retirement plans, a dental plan, tuition assistance and a relocation allowance.  The MIT Libraries afford a flexible and collegial working environment and foster professional growth of staff with management training and travel funding for professional meetings. 


Applications must include cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references. 


MIT is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community and particularly encourages applications from qualified women and minority candidates.


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