Head, Instruction and Research Services, Albertsons Library, Boise State University

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Boise State University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Boise State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. We are a welcoming campus that supports diversity and inclusion.


Position Overview:

Boise State University’s Albertsons Library seeks an innovative, forward‐thinking, service‐oriented person who excels at motivating and inspiring others, to serve as Head of Instruction and Research Services (IRS). Reporting to the Library Dean, the IRS Head supervises a team of faculty and staff, providing leadership to establish and implement goals, objectives, priorities, and performance standards for research, reference, instruction, and information literacy.  In this role you will:


  • Collaborate with passionate talented Librarians and Staff to re-envision the role of research, instruction and liaison activities at the center of a progressive, growing university in a dynamic metropolitan community
  • “Work collectively on an ongoing basis to build and maintain a community that understands, celebrates, and values diversity, and expects and fosters inclusivity at all levels” (Statement of Diversity and Inclusivity)
  • Work with colleagues to plan and implement programs in a fast‐paced environment where a focus on student success, experimentation, creativity, and appropriate risk taking are balanced to move initiatives forward
  • Help develop an agile, welcoming library environment focused on data driven decisions and staff development that positions the Library and Boise State University for success
  • Coordinate the design, implementation, and assessment of innovative, user‐centered research and curriculum support services
  • Work creatively and collaboratively to build partnerships with faculty, campus departments, and community groups in support of the University’s teaching, research, and service missions
  • Provide leadership and vision that advocates for transdisciplinary research, diversity and inclusion, transformational library services, and student success
  • Serve as a member of the Collections Council and assume shared responsibility for collections management and fostering use of library resources and collections


Albertsons Library has a vision to be the place where a diverse mix of talented people want to come, to stay and do their best work. We strive to be the “vibrant nurturing hub of Boise State where people and diverse ideas flourish” (Vision).  To reach this vision and ensure student success, we are committed to increasing our cultural competencies by requiring unconscious bias training of all library employees and creating a staff development program infused with inclusive excellence.  Many library employees are actively working to earn BUILD certificates (Boise State Uniting for Inclusion and Leadership in Diversity).


This is a full‐time, 12‐month, tenure‐track position with faculty status and academic rank. Appointment will be at a rank commensurate with experience and dependent upon qualifications and record of professional service and scholarly publication. Library faculty must meet Library andUniversity requirements to achieve promotion and tenure.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • A master’s degree from an American Library Association accredited program in library and information studies
  • Evidence of strong supervisory skills developed through increasing responsibilities over 5 years or more
  • Experience supervising faculty or librarians with academic rank/academic status working toward promotion, rank, and/or tenure in an academic environment
  • Experience planning and providing services and programs related to instruction, research, or liaison services in an academic or research library environment

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Demonstrated interest, experience, and/or ability to promote cultural competency, diversity and/or inclusive excellence
  • Experience with or experience assessing the effectiveness of learning, programs, services and/or spaces
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current and emerging trends in research and instructional services.


Salary and benefits:  Competitive salary, plus an excellent benefits package is available for eligible employees, for more information visit: http://hrs.boisestate.edu/careers/benefits/.


Required Application Materials:  Send electronic cover letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three professional references.  Minimum and preferred qualifications must be explicitly addressed in the candidate’s application letter.


Closing Date: The deadline for applications is May 3, 2019.

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