University Library of the University of Wisconsin-Stout, Library Director

The University Library of the University of Wisconsin-Stout seeks an innovative and collaborative leader for the position of Library Director.

The successful candidate will provide strategic leadership for all functions of the library in collaboration with library staff and other academic units and in support of the mission of the University. Serves as primary advocate for the library and represents the library to the campus administration, students, faculty, staff, the Council of University of Wisconsin Libraries, and the local region. The Director has administrative responsibility for the leadership, management, planning, and development of all library policies, services, budgets, and supervision of library personnel and work groups. Works efficiently and effectively, striving for improvement, innovation and excellence in all aspects of the University Library while following university and UW System policies, rules, regulations and guidelines.

Required Qualifications:

* Advanced degree (i.e. master’s degree or higher) in Library, Information Science, or related field

* Demonstrated experience in library leadership with administrative and supervisory responsibilities

* Demonstrated experience in using electronic databases, books, media and/or other resources

* Demonstrated experience in planning, assessment, and evaluation in collaboration with faculty, staff, administration and students

* Two (2) or more years of work experience within an academic library

This is a 12-month position, renewable, reporting to the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic and Student Affairs. For complete vacancy announcement and to apply online visit For consideration applicants must submit: cover letter specifically addressing the applicant’s qualifications, current resume, unofficial transcripts and names and contact information for three current references. Screening will begin February 15, 2016, however screening may continue until the position is filled. UW-Stout is an EEO/AA employer. Employment is contingent upon passing a criminal background check.

For additional information regarding the position, please call or email:

Dawn Skovbroten

Phone: 715-232-2492


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.