Dean of Library Services - Wheaton College


Wheaton College ( seeks a bold and transformative leader to articulate and implement a new vision for the Wallace Library that will reestablish its relevance for all College stakeholders – faculty, students, staff, alumni, and the surrounding community, re-making it as a vibrant space, both physical and virtual, for collaboration, exploration, and innovation that advances the Wheaton mission.

Wheaton College
Norton, MA
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As an appointed member of the College faculty, the Dean collaborates closely with faculty and administrators to continually align and integrate the Library’s collection, systems, and resources with the needs of Wheaton’s curriculum. To that end, the Dean builds communities of practice and interest across campus, conceiving innovative ways in support of resources and in search of external funding to advance the Library’s programmatic initiatives, including the promotion of information literacy across the curriculum and the use of digital methods and technologies in the classroom.

With ambition and innovative thinking, the new Dean will move the Library toward the level of service, impact, and relevance that the College expects in terms of its collection, space, and role in teaching, learning, research, and community. Informed by a 2016 ACRL review, other priorities that have been identified for the new Dean include developing a strategy for the library’s digital collection; developing a plan for the evolution of the library’s space and physical environment; and contributing to the design, launch, and success of the new Center for Teaching and Learning, which will report alongside the Library to the Provost and will likely be housed in the library.

Wheaton is seeking a Dean who is open, collaborative, trusted, and committed to the Wheaton College community and who will engage all members of the community in an ambitious and innovative vision. Specific requirements for the position include a Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited Library/Information Science program. Candidates should have at least 10 years of progressively responsible experience in library administration, preferably in an academic institution; experience as a direct report to a library director/dean, or as a director/dean is expected. Significant experience with library budgets, library operations, and the recruiting, hiring, management, and leadership of professional and paraprofessional staff is expected; experience developing a long-range plan for financial sustainability, including with fundraising via grant-writing or philanthropy, is a plus. The Dean will share and will advance the College’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

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Located between Boston and Providence, Wheaton College is a four-year, private liberal arts college with 1,550 students. Its mission is to “create possibilities for our students by offering a full range of studies in the arts, sciences, humanities, mathematics and social sciences. Our approach to the liberal arts emphasizes active learning in the classroom, on the campus and in the real world.” The Wheaton Curriculum offers more than 600 courses in 40 majors and 50 minors. The student-faculty ratio of 10 to 1 and average class size of 15-20 students help to create the close collaborative relationships that develop between undergraduates and faculty.

Wheaton College has retained Opus Partners ( to support this recruitment. Craig Smith, Partner, and Jennifer Rumain, Senior Associate, are leading the search. Confidential inquiries, applications, and nominations should be submitted by email to

Wheaton College is committed to achieving excellence and cultural diversity, and welcomes applications from women, members of minority groups, and others who will increase the diversity of the College community.