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University Librarian (UHH)
Position Number:
Hiring Unit:
Edwin H. Mookini Library
UH Hilo
Date Posted:
February 28, 2017
Closing Date:
Continuous - application review begins March 27, 2017
Salary Information:
Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Monthly Type:
11 Month
Full Time/Part Time:
Full Time
General Funds

Other Conditions:
  • This position is located in the Division of Academic Affairs and reports to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs. The University Librarian has operational, strategic, and fiscal responsibility for all aspects of the Edwin H. Mookini Library, which serves the students, faculty and staff of the University of Hawai`i at Hilo and Hawai`i Community College. Appointment to begin approximately January 2018, pending position clearance and availability of funds.
Duties and Responsibilities
  1. Administration of Library Programs and Services: Directs all operations of the Mookini Library with a focus on the Library’s mission to advance student learning and meet information needs at UH Hilo and Hawai`i Community College. Establishes, plans and policies that cover such areas as services, collections, facilities, budgets, personnel, and technology; encourage innovation and continuous improvement in the Library; and promote the mission and strategic plan of the University. Plans and policies are developed collaboratively with the Library staff, the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, and campus constituents, and when applicable, must reflect Board of Regents, UH System, and campus plans and policies. Provides administrative direction in the execution of the plans and policies, as well as assessment of progress towards the achievement of the Library’s mission, plans, and associated goals and objectives. Collects and analyzes statistical data to evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the library.
  2. Budget Planning and Administration: Prepares and justifies the Library budget, including requests for additional funding that reflect changes to the Library’s and University’s academic programs. Develops an annual expenditure plan based on collection development goals and the assessment of equipment and other needs. Administers the library’s budget. Reviews and approves expenditures and regularly tracks and controls expenditures against the approved Library budget.
  3. Organizational Planning and Coordination: Allocates staff positions, programs and use of space within the library based on program goals and objectives and short and long term needs. Prepares, justifies, and executes hiring plans for the Library. Coordinates and integrates Library staff and functional units and facilitates library-wide communication in the pursuit of Library goals.
  4. Staffing and Personnel Appraisal: Responsible for recruitment, hiring, evaluation, promotion, and staff development of Library personnel. Reviews all professional staff for contract renewal, tenure and promotion, conducts performance appraisals for direct reports, and reviews and approves performance appraisals for other Library staff. Oversees the hiring process for new and vacant positions, including the establishment of search committees and criteria for selection. Writes job descriptions and makes the final decision on hiring.
  5. Communication with the UH Community and the General Public: Serves as the Mookini Library’s chief spokesperson, articulating the mission and strategic goals of the library. Develops and implements outreach strategies to promote library services to the campus community and distance learners. When appropriate, new developments of the Library are announced to the general public on the Library’s website and/or appropriate new media.
  6. Participation in Library Services: Serves on the Reference Desk in a public services librarian role during the regular academic semester in order to obtain first-hand knowledge of the needs and problems of student and faculty when using the Library’s services and programs. Takes part in collection developmental activities in order to stay current with trends in publishing and scholarly communication. Contributes to the Library’s instruction program.
  7. Other activities: Serves on major campus and UH System committees on a regular basis. Represents the Mookini Library at appropriate UH Hilo and UH System meetings and events as well as to professional groups, outside organizations, and other interested persons as required. Participates in and encourages appropriate consortial arrangements that benefit the University community. Seeks external funding. Performs other related duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications
  1. American Library Association accredited master’s degree or equivalent. Five (5) years substantial and progressively responsible administrative and supervisory experience in academic library, including supervising librarians as well as paraprofessional staff. Proven and successful leadership experience with a collaborative, responsive management style that fosters trust, respect, and effective working relationships. Proven and successful experience in planning, implementation, assessment, personnel management, and information technology. Proven successful experience in library budget management. Ability to articulate a vision for the future of library science in light of emerging information resources. Effective service orientation reflected in a record of creative accomplishments in a library setting. Well rounded knowledge of all aspects of library work, including current issues and trends affecting academic libraries and their parent institutions. Knowledge of project management and conflict resolution. Knowledge of scholarly communication. Knowledge of emerging technologies and their applications relating to libraries. Knowledge of collection development. Knowledge of bibliographic instruction. Knowledge of public and technical services. Proven ability to communicate effectively. Proven ability to establish productive working relationships with campus and community constituents in a multi-cultural environment.
Desirable Qualifications
  1. Second master’s degree (or higher) in specialized subject area. Experience in a state-supported university system. Evidence of success in seeking external funds. Knowledge of the missions, goals and objectives of UH Hilo, Hawai` Community College and the UH System.

To Apply:
Submit: (1) letter of application indicating how you satisfy each of the minimum and desirable qualifications, (2) a current resume, (3) transcript(s) showing degrees and coursework appropriate to the position (copies are acceptable, however, official transcripts will be required at the time of hire), and (4) the names, telephone numbers and/or e-mail addresses of three (3) professional references. All requested documents/information must be postmarked by the closing date and become the property of the University. All minimum qualifications must be met by the closing date. Failure to submit all requested documents/information shall deem an application to be incomplete and will not be considered. Electronic submissions will not be accepted.
  1. Selection Committee for the University Librarian
  2. c/o the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs
  3. University of Hawaii at Hilo
  4. 200 W. Kawili Street
  5. Hilo, HI 96720-4091
  1. Karla Hayashi, Search Committee Chair; 808-932-7287;

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