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Washington State University
Associate Dean of Libraries
Washington State University
Position Number: 38198
Appointment Status: Tenured Faculty, Annual, 100% FTE
Organization and Location: Libraries, Pullman
Working Title: Associate Dean of Libraries
Basic Function: The Associate Dean is responsible for planning, coordinating, and managing
public services, technical services and systems, including personnel, budget, services and
facilities, for the WSU Libraries in consonance with the Libraries’ Strategic Plan. The Associate
Dean leads the Libraries in sustaining and enhancing a full range of user-centered services,
and in developing a proactive approach to library services with an emphasis on the integration
of emerging technologies for delivery of materials, information, and instructional services in all
platforms. The Associate Dean participates in assessment, in promoting awareness and
fostering the successful use of research and information services for WSU, community, and
state populations, and in building networks of support and advocacy across campus for
teaching, research, and service. The Associate Dean promotes a working environment in
which all employees are supported in developing their skills so that they can contribute to the
maximum of their ability, and facilitates the WSU Libraries’ efforts in building an open,
collaborative organization. This full-time, 12-month position reports to the Dean of Libraries.
A. Administration of Public and Technical Services
1. Works with the unit heads and team leaders across the divisions to plan, coordinate,
and manage services and facilities in the following areas: Access Services; Assessment;
Research Services; Scholarly Communication; Systems; and Technical Services.
2. Responsible for creating and implementing outreach services and programs that reflect
WSU priorities mandated by its land-grant institution status.
3. Understands both the unique and common aspects of the diverse library units and
recognizes the need for a balance among them.
4. Assesses unit needs and services to assure the provision of the best user-centered
5. Works with the regional campus librarians at WSU Vancouver, WSU Tri-Cities, WSU
Spokane, the Intercollegiate College of Nursing, and the WSU Energy Library, to
coordinate programs with Pullman units.
6. Provides leadership for staff, faculty, and temporary employees.
7. Serves on Management Advisory Committee (ex officio) and other groups.
8. Coordinates the efforts of the working groups reporting to this position.
9. Collaborates with library development personnel in fundraising efforts.
10. Fosters atmosphere of open communication, trust, and respect.
1. Administers University and Libraries policies and procedures related to faculty, staff, and
2. Performs annual reviews for personnel who report directly to this position.
3. Fosters professional development and growth of faculty and staff.