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Director, Tutt Library

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MISSION: At Colorado College our goal is to provide the finest liberal arts education in the country. Drawing upon the adventurous spirit of the Rocky Mountain West, we challenge students, one course at a time, to develop those habits of intellect and imagination that will prepare them for learning and leadership throughout their lives.

Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting Number: 609
Job Title: Director, Tutt Library
Working Title:
Position Type: Exempt, Full-Time
Annual Hours 2080
Base Months 12
Department: Library-General
Summary Description

Colorado College is an independent liberal arts college located at the foot of Pikes Peak. Founded in 1874, the College offers 2,000 students an interdisciplinary, inquiry-based curriculum on a unique academic calendar known as the “Block Plan” where faculty teach and students take one class at a time. A center of research, study, intellectual engagement and social interaction, the Tutt Library prides itself on providing top­notch resources, instructional services, and personal, in-depth research assistance. Colorado College seeks a creative, forward-thinking Library Director who will lead a highly collegial and effective organization, and cultivate a dynamic academic library that supports multiple ways of learning and knowing, integrates technological innovation and draws a diverse cadre of faculty, students, and staff to its intellectual hub.

Tutt Library has an annual budget of $3.4 million dollars; a total FTE staff of 28 (including ten librarians and the Printer of the Press of Colorado College); holdings of over half a million volumes; over 200 subscription databases; and access to over 61,000 online and print periodicals. As a member of the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, the library provides students with quick access to millions of titles through the statewide Prospector Union Catalog and to excellent reference and interlibrary loan services that satisfy the intense demands of the Block Plan. Students fully utilize the Special Collections’ materials and archives, Government Documents, and enjoy hands-on experiences with The Press, a fine art letterpress. The library building also houses student resources and services including the Writing Center, the Quantitative Reasoning Center, and the Help Desk for technological support.

The next Director joins Colorado College at a propitious moment, as a major remodel nears completion. After years of planning and building, the Library Director will have the opportunity to help usher in and shape the library’s evolving role in inclusive learning, teaching, and research at the College. The new Tutt Library will serve as an expression of the College’s pedagogical philosophy and the intellectual hub for one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions. The Library Director will:

• Develop, articulate, and drive an inclusive and collaborative vision for the future of the library
• Create and foster meaningful internal and external partnerships
• Provide inspirational leadership and management to a dedicated library staff

A list of the desired qualifications and characteristics of the Director of Tutt Library can be found at the conclusion of this document, which was prepared by the search committee with the assistance of Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to provide background information and detail the key opportunities and challenges related to the position. All confidential applications, inquiries, and nominations should be directed to the parties listed at the conclusion of this document.

Band: 10

Reporting directly to the Academic Dean of the College, the Director of Tutt Library provides strategic vision and academic leadership for the library, working effectively with all campus constituencies as an advocate for leading edge initiatives that elevate and enhance both the library and the College. The Director will:
•Demonstrate a strong commitment to the role of the library as central to the College’s mission of scholarship and liberal arts education.
•Oversee all aspects of library administration, including long term planning, budget development and oversight, community and public relations, personnel selection, facilities management, effective stewardship, and ongoing assessment of library resources.
•Foster an organizational culture of collegiality and service within the library and on campus. Serve on campus committees and act as the library’s liaison to senior college administrators. Report library and policy issues to the Information Technology and Library (ITAL) Board for its consideration.
•Oversee a new 94,000 sq. ft. library building, including the development of policies and procedures related to use and security of the spaces within.
•Integrate appropriate and emerging technologies into library operations; foster forward-looking collection development and preservation plans; develop library initiatives that enhance and promote student learning.
•Oversee library operations for seven internal departments managed by department heads. Supervise librarians and support staff in the director’s office, as well as the Printer of the Press and the Music Librarian; support excellence in library staff training and development. Oversee the Library Operations Manager and chair the Library Partners’ Operations Group.
•Maintain and strengthen collaborative efforts with consortia and other resource sharing groups, notably the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, the Oberlin Group, and the ACM Library Directors; assume a leadership role in state and national consortia, championing initiatives related to resource sharing and interlibrary collaboration.
•Plan for the long-term, anticipate new challenges and opportunities and work effectively with individuals from all parts of the campus community to fully realize the vision of a renovated Tutt Library and new center that serve as the intellectual hub of the campus.
•Support and contribute to the goal of achieving greater diversity at Colorado College and work effectively with the many constituencies in a college environment.
•Promote a culture of safety and environmental protection by working in a safe manner, immediately reporting unsafe situations and accidents, following College procedures, and participating in appropriate safety training.
•Act in a socially responsible manner and model environmental sustainability by exercising financial prudence, using college resources wisely, and supporting ecological initiatives and innovation.
•Perform other duties as assigned.

Additional Responsibilities:


The new Library Director should welcome the following opportunities:

Develop, articulate, and drive an inclusive and collaborative vision for the future of the library

The Library Director’s arrival will coincide with the opening of the new Tutt Library, a $45 million renovation project that will result in a new building that will serve as the intellectual hub of Colorado College. The Director will work with stakeholders within the library and across campus to develop and articulate a forward-looking vision for the library and the role it plays on the campus and in the community.

They will also develop a strategic plan aligning with the College’s overarching strategic plan, and develop goals to implement effective programs and resources that support scholarship, teaching, and learning and prepare students for success in a diverse and global environment. The sustainable future of the Library will also depend on strategically embracing and promoting the use of innovative technology and practices for digital information access and management, knowledge creation, pedagogy, and scholarly communications for the 21st century. Further, they will ensure that the Library’s resources, instruction, and services meet the needs of a diverse student body. Finally, the Director will establish benchmarks and put in place assessment mechanisms to measure the success of this vision and strategic plan.

Create and foster meaningful internal and external partnerships

The Director will be a visible and vocal advocate for the library on Colorado College’s campus and beyond. They will lead library staff in collaborating with colleagues on campus, in the local community, and on the state and national levels to ensure the library is a meaningful and effective partner in advancing the mission of Colorado College. The Director will work closely with the other units operating within the library—including the Colket Center for Academic Excellence, Crown Faculty Center, IT services, and Accessibility Resources—as well as faculty and staff to facilitate coordinated programming and services to meet the needs of the campus community. They will be a key member of the College’s Extended Leadership Team and Director’s Council. Additionally, they will be an effective advocate for the library internally and externally, actively engaging with College administration, as well as community members and alumni, to advocate for library resources that support the goals of the strategic plan and that enhance the Library’s assets and services.

In addition, the Director will leverage the opportunity to be active in influential consortia such as the Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries, Center for Research Libraries, Oberlin Group, and Associated Colleges of the Midwest and will encourage external professional participation for library personnel to share and absorb knowledge for the mutual benefit of all communities.

Provide inspirational leadership and management to a dedicated library staff

The director will be joining an exceptionally capable and motivated staff, with an egalitarian and cooperative culture. It will be important to preserve these strengths and to build on this excellent foundation. The staff is eager to welcome a new Director who will serve as a dynamic leader and advocate, as well as an effective manager. The Director will encourage the Library staff to be active participants in planning and decision-making and to promote library collaboration and outreach across the College in the delivery of excellent resources and services that support information literacy and scholarship. The Director will also work with faculty and staff to prioritize activities to execute the new strategic goals of the Library, monitor progress, and ensure all feel they have the resources and training to deliver on these goals.

To further enhance the role of the Library, the Director will also encourage professional development and will model broader professional involvement inside and outside the College to promote the understanding, innovations, and collaborations that enrich the Library and its service capability as the College’s academic and intellectual hub.


The Block Plan
Colorado College’s unique Block Plan has a significant impact on library services. Students use the library building and resources in multiple surges each block. CC students take one course at a time over a three and a half week period. Each day CC students must accomplish what under a traditional schedule, they would achieve in a week. The traditional academic library’s rhythms – a busy September, midterm, and final – are repeated each block at CC. Since most students attend class in the morning, the library alternates between being quite empty and being completely populated with students. Quick turn-around times for interlibrary loans are essential, and the demand for in-house materials is high. At the end of each block, the library operates at peak capacity and overflows with students studying.

President Jill Tiefenthaler
Jill Tiefenthaler became Colorado College’s 13th president on July 1, 2011. President Tiefenthaler is a leading scholar in the field of the economics of higher education, and is also regularly called on to speak about the value of the liberal arts. Her essay on the economic challenges for liberal arts colleges appears in “Remaking College: Innovation and the Liberal Arts” (Johns Hopkins University Press, October 2013), and she has offered her expertise on this issue in numerous presentations across the country. Tiefenthaler’s talks on the importance of the liberal arts includes her speech, “Innovation and Collaboration: A Liberal Arts Education as a Catalyst for New Ideas,” which she has delivered to several universities throughout China. As professor of economics at the College, she regularly teaches a class in the department of economics.

After receiving her Ph.D. in economics from Duke University, she joined the faculty of Colgate University in 1991, also serving as department chair, associate dean of the faculty, and senior adviser to the president. Before becoming president of Colorado College, she served as provost and professor of economics at Wake Forest University, where she led the implementation of the university’s strategic plan and key initiatives, including diversity in admission, establishing new models for enhanced interdisciplinary research and collaboration, and integrating the university’s undergraduate and graduate business schools.

Building on the Block
During her first two years, President Tiefenthaler began the extensive process that led to the strategic plan titled “The Colorado College Plan: Building on the Block.” Over the course of her first 12 months, which she referred to as “The Year of Listening,” she met with students, faculty, staff, and community members, and heard from hundreds of alumni and parents nationwide about their aspirations for the College. In year two, President Tiefenthaler worked with the campus and Board of Trustees to finalize a strategic plan that focuses primarily on providing additional support to realize the potential of the College’s pioneering Block Plan, and to enhance the College’s distinctive place of learning here in the southwest, supporting an engaged and globally connected academic community as well as to embody our regional and historical identity.

In the years since the strategic plan was developed, President Tiefenthaler has overseen the implementation of its many initiatives. Tiefenthaler worked with the College’s community to launch programming for a new center for immersive learning and engaged teaching; to envision an innovation space that will support students as they put the liberal arts into action; to design a new library that will serve as the campus’ academic hub; and to revamp Half Block and summer programs focused on helping students develop valuable skills and professional experiences prior to graduation. Additionally, she has moved to diversify the increasingly selective student body, faculty, and staff; to bring distinguished scholars, artists and innovators as visitors to campus; and to develop a Campus Master Plan. President Tiefenthaler’s fundraising for these initiatives has led to historic accomplishments. The five years under her leadership have been the most successful fundraising stretch in CC’s history, including $54.9M in new gifts and pledges to the endowment and record years in total and annual giving.

Colorado Springs, located about an hour south of Denver, has grown to become a thriving metropolis of over 650,000 people while still retaining its wide open and friendly appeal. The city provides the ability to experience nature in the middle of a metropolitan area and provides easy access to Pikes Peak, Manitou Springs, and many other recreational and cultural offerings. At over 6,000 feet in elevation, Colorado Springs offers a remarkably temperate climate conducive to an outdoor lifestyle in all seasons. The city is also home to numerous galleries, museums, theaters, and cafes. Among the most notable is the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, a regional treasure with a strong emphasis on Western and Southwestern works. The city has been ranked the 5th Best Place to Live by U.S. News and World Report and the 7th “Amazing City You’ve Never Thought to Live In, But Should” by The Huffington Post. More information on Colorado Springs can be found here.

Required Qualifications:

•MLS degree from an ALA-accredited program.
•Intellectual leadership ability, able to think creatively and participate actively in regional and national discussions of the future of libraries and the liberal arts.
•Minimum of ten years related work experience including five years of managerial experience in an academic library setting.
•Demonstrates strong leadership and commitment to the values of a liberal arts education.
•Significant experience supervising librarians and staff with extensive knowledge of all aspects of library work.
•Demonstrated success in creating and managing extensive budgets and negotiating with library vendors and publishers.
•Demonstrated ability to guide the integration of appropriate and emerging technologies into the services and operation of the library.
•Proven ability to inspire trust and to support library staff in adapting to changes in their work environment within a system of participatory management and collegial governance.
•Excellent interpersonal communication skills and ability to build effective working relationships with campus departments, faculty and senior staff.
•Commitment to upholding the library’s long-standing tradition of exemplary public service and experience working with consortia and other resource sharing groups.
•An understanding of current issues and trends in scholarly communication and copyright.
•Dedicated to both print and digital resources; understands and embraces open source software and supports open access and the Alliance Digital Repository.

Preferred Qualifications:

•Administrative experience in a liberal arts college.

Posting Date: 03/03/2017
Application Deadline (at 11:59 PM Mountain Time): 04/03/2017
Open Until Filled No
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Do you have a MLS degree from an ALA-accredited program?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Do you have a minimum of ten years related work experience including five years of managerial experience in an academic library setting?
    • Yes
    • No

Optional & Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter
Optional Documents