Dean, Emporia (KS) State University Libraries and Archives

Emporia State University’s University Libraries and Archives (ULA) seeks applications or nominations for the position of Libraries and Archives Dean. Emporia State University (ESU) serves more than 6,000 students with internationally-recognized academic programs in Business, Teaching, Liberal Arts and Sciences, and Library and Information Management. ESU competes in Division II athletics and has a dynamic, diverse learning environment led by highly-qualified faculty. One of six public universities governed by the Kansas Board of Regents, ESU was founded in 1863 as the first public institution of higher learning in Kansas. ESU serves students from around the world. Fall semester, 2015 enrollment includes students from 94 Kansas counties, 46 states, and 61 countries. More than 60,000 alumni live in all 50 states and 70 countries. Located in the heart of the scenic Flint Hills, ESU is in close proximity to Wichita, Topeka and Kansas City. More information on the University may be found at

The William Allen White Library building currently houses the University Libraries and Archives, School of Library and Information Management, Center for Great Plains Studies, ACES (Academic Center for Excellence and Success), Writing Center, Great Plains Center for Gifted Studies, Honors College Engagement Center, and the Graduate School’s graduate student study space.

With renovations, a commitment to addressing student needs, and a staff that strongly supports student learning, the University Libraries and Archives has become the most popular academic space on campus. The library has a history of being a frontrunner in student-centered technology; it was the first department to have WiFi available throughout the building and is the first to have a 24/7 Learning Commons. Its staff offers students a welcoming and supportive environment for studying and researching.

ESU’s University Libraries and Archives Dean is responsible for all areas of library and archives management, including strategic planning, fiscal management, personnel supervision, policy and program development, collection development, public and technical services, and facilities planning. The Dean also serves as the executive director of the William Allen White Children’s Book Award. As a transformational leader, the Dean will lead efforts to shape the future of the Libraries and Archives, in line with the University’s strategic plan, and define the Libraries and Archives standards of excellence.

The minimum qualifications for a successful University Libraries and Archives Dean are: the ability to develop a compelling vision for the future of the ESU ULA; demonstrated progressive leadership within a library environment, including ability to manage personnel; strong communication skills; and the ability to develop effective collaborative relationships with faculty, staff, and other constituent groups. Additionally, the Dean must have an MLS/MLIS/equivalent from an ALA accredited institution, demonstrated knowledge of emerging library and information technologies and trends in higher education, and evidence of effective budgetary management.

Preferred qualifications include experience as a higher education faculty member and extensive experience in a higher education environment. The successful candidate will have established a reputation as a leader in library, information science, or archival environments.

Salary for the position is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Applications including cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for five references should be sent electronically to Yolanda Robinson at For assistance, please call 620-341-5040.

Review of applications will begin on March 12, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. The desired starting date is July, 2016. A pre-employment background check is required. Additional information can also be found at

Emporia State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, ethnicity, religion, gender, sex, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other factors which cannot be considered by law.

Associate Dean of the Gleeson Library and Geschke Learning Resource Center Dr. Calhoun is the Associate Dean for Access Services and Assessment at the University of San Francisco’s Gleeson Library and Geschke Learning Resource Center. Shawn is a member of the Gleeson Library Leadership Team and regularly participates in a wide variety of library and campus-wide strategic initiatives. Shawn received his Masters of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from San Jose State University and his Ed.D. (Learning and Instruction) from USF’s School of Education. Shawn’s scholarly work has focused on multimedia and modular worked- out examples as instructional methodologies as well as the management of student’s cognitive processing associated with information literacy instruction.

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About “Gentle Disturbances”

The title of our new blog, “Gentle Disturbances”, is a tribute and a reference to the husband and wife artists Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Christo and Jeanne-Claude’s art consists of vast, temporary outdoor installations, such as the wrapping of the Reichstag in Berlin, the 24-mile Running Fence in Sonoma and Marin counties in California, and The Gates in New York City's Central Park. Christo has asserted that their art creates “gentle disturbances," designed to challenge traditional perceptions of the spaces and landscapes they inhabit. By encouraging viewers to see familiar landscapes in new ways, their art disrupts assumptions about permanence, ownership, and categorization.

While we claim none of the artistic or political impact of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, we hope that this blog and its many contributors will challenge us all to look at the landscape of academic libraries and higher education in new ways. We aspire to “gentle disturbances” of the kind that will lead to productive conversations and creative approaches to our common challenges.