Job Announcement - University of Delaware

Nick Chiarkas (chiarkas@UDel.Edu)
Fri, 18 Apr 1997 15:24:50 -0400 (EDT)

Position: Head, Media Services Department


The University of Delaware's attractive main campus is located in suburban
community of 30,000 and is within easy reach of the cultural resources of
Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore and Washington. The University of
Delaware provides a broad range of technological resources and received the
CAUSE award recognition of its technologically advanced campus network. The
University of Library is comprised of the 3,000 seat Morris Library and four
branch libraries. The collections include over 2.2 million volumes, over 2
million microforms, and over 5000 films and videos. The Library provides
access to more than 50 bibliographic and full text Library Networked Databases
and access to a full range of World Wide Web resources available from
outside the Library via the campus network. The University of Delaware Library
is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Coalition
for Networked Information, the Center for Research Libraries and PALINET. More
information about the University of Delaware may be found on its World Wide
Web home page at or on the Library home page at

Job Description:

The University of Delaware Library seeks a dynamic, creative, service
oriented individual who enjoys working with technology and has strong
organizational and supervisory skills to manage the Media Services Department
consisting of three service areas: media (video and film), microforms, and a
microcomputing site. The Head of the Media Services Department is one of four
department heads reporting to the Assistant Director for Library Public
Services.Responsibilities include organizing and promoting the use of Media
Services Department collections and services, and working cooperatively
with others to coordinate services and develop collections within
established Library priorities. The Media Services Department consists of
11 staff,in addition to the Head,including two librarians, nine support
staff, and numerous students who provide collection maintenance and user
services in media, microforms, and the microcomputing site.The Media
collection consists of over 5,000 video and film titles which are
scheduled for classroom viewing using an online scheduling system,33
audiovisual carrels,a multimedia workstation,a 49-seat media viewing
room. The Head of Media Services has collection development responsibilities
for selection of materials in video and film and is responsible for working
with faculty from all academic departments, the professional librarian who
coordinates the media unit, and other librarian subject selectors to
identify video and film materials in support of classroom instruction to add
to the Library collections. Users access electronic resources in the Morris
Library workstations in the Reference Room,from the Library Microcomputing
Site and from four workstations in the Media Services Department.
Microforms consists of over 2 million microforms, nine microform reader
printers, numerous microform readers,four networked computer workstations
which provide additional user access to the World Wide Web, Library
Networked Databases and access to CD ROM materials physically housed in
Microfoms and a networked GIS/Digital Mapping workstation with color
printer. The Head of Media Services Department works jointly with staff
from the University's Information Technologies division to administer the
Library Microcomputing Site, which consists of 50 networked IBM and
Macintosh computers,and is one of 30 University Microcomputing Sites on
the University campus. The Department Head works closely and cooperatively
with other department heads in a rapidly changing technological
environment, advises the Assistant Director for Library Public Services on
Media Service programs and policies, and participates in Public Services
Division policy formulation.


Required: ALA accredited M.L.S. degree. Strong service orientation and
administrative ability. Minimum four years experience as a professional
librarian. Three years experience coordinating service or supervising
staff involved in providing services to users in a busy,technological
environment. Demonstrated ability to coordinate substantial video and film
collection development and services. Excellent interpersonal communication
and instructional presentation skills and demonstrated ability to maintain
effective working relationships with library staff and users. Flexibility
and ability to work with users and staff with a variety of information
needs.Ability to promote the services of the department within the service
structure of the Library. Knowledge of service issues and copyright
policies related to video, film, microform, and other non-print materials.

Preferred: Strongly prefer experience with video and film in a service
environment in a academic library. Prefer experience with multimedia
workstations, GIS/Digital Mapping stations, microform digitizers, and other
types of electronic library technology. Experience working closely with
faculty and students in an academic setting. Familiarty with Internet
resources related to areas served by the Media Services Department.

Salary: Senior Assistant Librarian: minimum $30,671; Associate Librarian:
minimum $34,325. Prefer to hire at the Associate Librarian level.

Benefits: Vacation of 22 working days. Liberal sick leave. Generous flexible
benefits program. TIAA-CREF or Fidelity retirement with 11% of
salary contributed by the University. Tuition remission for dependents and
course fee waiver for employee.

To Apply: Send letter of application, current resume, and the names, addresses
telephone numbers of three references to Paul Anderson, Assistant Director for
Library Administrative Services, University of Delaware Library, Newark, DE
19717-5267. To ensure consideration applications must be received
by May 28, 1997.

The University of Delaware is an equal opportunity employer which encourages
applications from minority groups and women.