University Librarian, Drew University


Drew University seeks a dynamic and experienced professional for the position of University Librarian to oversee and lead the Drew University Libraries, including Special Collections, University Archives, and Methodist Collections.

Reporting to the Office of the Provost, the University Librarian, a member of the Library faculty, is responsible for the innovative, effective, and inspiring management of all aspects of the Libraries, including collection acquisition and development, budgeting, staff,  library services, physical spaces, informational technology resources, donor relations, and strategic planning.

Drew University welcomes applications from collaborative, enthusiastic candidates with a proven record of leadership and a strategic, innovative vision of academic librarianship to continue our culture of service and to further establish the library as the community center of the University.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement the Library’s vision, mission, and strategic goals in concert with those of the University.
  • Oversee the assessment and evaluation of library functions.
  • Lead, supervise, and inspire Library faculty and staff. This includes supporting Library faculty and staff through professional development.
  • Manage the Library budget and oversee general Library expenses under the direction of the Office of the Provost.
  • Advance teaching and research by promoting information literacy, reviewing collection allocations, by working collaboratively with other campus units (including Instructional Technology, University Technology, and the Center for Academic Excellence), and by engaging with the administration and faculty of all three schools of the University (the College of Liberal Arts, the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies, and the Theological School).
  • Continue and strengthen the integration of  digital technologies into the Libraries, including the further development of specific projects such as Digital Humanities and an Institutional Repository.
  • Extend and expand outreach programs both to the Drew community and also to the larger community. Initiate event programming and represent the interests of the Libraries to the University community.
  • Collaborate with the General Commission on Archives and History of the United Methodist Church to promote use of the Methodist Archives and to strengthen the relationship between Drew and the GCAH.
  • Cultivate and enhance donor relations in collaboration with University Advancement, strengthen the Library’s relationship with the Friends of the Library, and lead the University Library Committee.
  • Participate in University committees and in appropriate professional organizations and learned societies.

Required Qualifications:

  • MLIS or equivalent from an ALA accredited institution
  • 5-8 years of experience in library leadership
  • Demonstrable success in leading and managing library staff, including providing professional development opportunities
  • Demonstrable experience with organizational budgeting, financial management and resource allocation, preferably in libraries
  • Demonstrable understanding of critical trends in library and information science, including the ability to evaluate new and emerging technologies
  • Familiarity with current and developing best practices in collection development, particularly in an academic environment
  • Outstanding written, oral, and interpersonal skills
  • Proven ability to work effectively with faculty, students and library colleagues

Preferred Qualifications:

  • An additional advanced degree
  • Successful fundraising experience or experience with donor relations and outreach
  • Strong interest in information literacy, primary source literacy, open access, and scholarly communication
  • Experience with or a demonstrable commitment to collaboration across University units, and a vision of how to take advantage of the strengths of the various groups
  • Familiarity with and demonstrable ability to use pertinent digital technologies with the goal of raising the visibility of Drew’s collections and services both within the University and beyond
  • Evidence of scholarship or scholarly interests pertinent to the position

Please submit a resume/CV, cover letter and 3 references to For fullest consideration please submit application materials by June 20, 2017.


To enrich education through diversity, Drew University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. In accordance with Department of Homeland Security regulations, successful candidate must be authorized to work in the United States. This position is subject to a background check.

Drew University
Madison, NJ
Application Deadline: 
June 20, 2017
More Information: 

Drew University, a Phi Beta Kappa liberal arts university, includes the College of Liberal Arts, the Drew Theological School and the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies. Drew is located on a beautiful, wooded, 186-acre campus in Madison, New Jersey, a thriving small town close to New York City. It has a total enrollment of more than 2,000 students and has 145 full-time faculty members, 94% of whom hold the terminal degree in their field. The Theological and Caspersen Schools offer MA and PhD degrees and the College confers BA degrees in 30 disciplines.

Drew is dedicated to exceptional faculty mentorship, a commitment to connecting the campus with the community and a focus on experiential learning. Particularly noteworthy opportunities for undergraduates include the Charles A. Dana Research Institute for Scientists Emeriti (RISE), home of 2015 Nobel Prize Winner for Medicine and Drew Fellow William Campbell, the Drew Summer Science Institute, the Center for Civic Engagement, as well as the Wall Street Semester, Semester at the United Nations, Semester on Contemporary Art and Semester on Communications and Media in New York City and several international semester programs. The University also houses the Center on Religion, Culture & Conflict, the Center for Holocaust/Genocide Study and the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, an independent professional theater, as well as the United Methodist Archives and History Center and one of the country’s leading concentrations of materials on Willa Cather.

The Drew University Libraries consist of two buildings and numerous print and digital collections. The University Library includes the main circulating, reference, and ebook collections, totaling more than 605,000 volumes, as well as the print and electronic periodicals collections and the University Archives.  Most Special Collections are housed in the United Methodist Archives and History Center located just across the courtyard from the University Library. Among these collections are the Methodist Library materials and significant holdings of Lord Byron, Walt Whitman, and the papers of former New Jersey Governor Thomas Kean. The current Library staff consists of 20.5 FTEs and includes 10 librarians with faculty status.