Dean of Libraries & University Librarian, Fairfield University

Dean of Libraries & University Librarian

Fairfield University is seeking a visionary leader and educator to serve as Dean of Libraries and University Librarian. This position represents an outstanding opportunity to build a segment of the University that continues to be transformative in terms of technology, research, knowledge management and academic support. The Dean of Libraries and University Librarian reports directly to the Provost & Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Fairfield University is a nationally ranked, comprehensive Catholic and Jesuit University with a 210-acre campus located in the shoreline community of Fairfield, CT along the academic corridor between New York and Boston.  The University is comprised of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within five schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Engineering, The School of Nursing, and The Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions. All schools of the university are committed to a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging interdisciplinary learning and fostering ethical and religious values.

The DiMenna-Nyselius Library serves the Fairfield University community as the primary source for research and knowledge creation through its collections, research and user services, innovative and up-to-date technology, and stunning physical facilities. Students rate it highly in the annual College Senior Survey and the Library averages approximately 300,000 visitors annually.

The successful candidate will possess five to ten years of progressive leadership experience in library operations including teaching, learning and research utilizing digital and print media, in a public or private institutional setting; possess graduate degrees in library science and a second masters in an appropriate field. A doctoral degree is preferred as the University Librarian is a member of the General Faculty. Finally, the successful candidate must demonstrate a collegial style of leadership and extensive knowledge and understanding of issues in higher education, excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills and the ability to work with a diversity of individuals and groups.

Candidates interested in reviewing the detailed positions description and/or applying for the position may visit the University’s career website at:

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.