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Position Overview


The J. Willard Marriott Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and is the flagship academic library for the Utah State System of Higher Education. It is the largest state-funded academic library in the six-state region of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming and one of just 41 academic libraries in the US with a university press under its responsibility. The Marriott Library is integral to the teaching, research, and public life missions of the University of Utah. Library holdings include 3 million volumes and nearly 200 unique digital collections containing countless photographs, maps, books, audio recordings, newspaper articles, and other items. The library currently serves over 32,000 students at the University of Utah, approximately 23,000 faculty and staff, and researchers worldwide. As one of 80 Patent and Trademark Resource Centers in the United States, the library offers extensive patent and trademark research assistance to patrons. Interior space within the library stands at 516,000 net square feet. To learn more visit: lib.utah.edu.

The University of Utah campus boasts three additional independent libraries. The Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library is located south of the University Hospital and is recognized as a catalyst for health sciences research, education, and the clinical enterprise.

As the legal information repository for the University of Utah and the largest public law library in the state, the James E. Faust Law Library supports the teaching, research, and service mission of the College of Law, as well as serving the legal information needs of the campus and broader community.

Located in Gardner Hall, the McKay Music Library is a critical component of the U's School of Music. McKay provides patrons with digital and analog listening stations, a technology lab, scores, books, and music periodicals. The McKay Music Library Director does not have a reporting line to the Dean of Libraries.

Collaborative efforts include a single integrated online catalog and several teams focused on innovation and data management. The Law and Health Sciences Libraries are autonomous administrative units, located on the sites of their respective schools, with their own directors. In alignment with the One U priority, the Law and Health Sciences Libraries’ Directors serve as Associate Deans for the Marriott Library and report to the Dean of Libraries for a portion of their effort.

Role of the Dean of Libraries

The Position 

Reporting directly to the provost and sitting on the Council of Academic Deans, the Dean of Libraries is the chief administrator over the Marriott Library, a complex organizational structure with multiple facilities, collections, and a large and diverse faculty and professional staff. The Dean will oversee the Marriott Library's budget; lead the recruitment and retention of highly qualified librarians and professional staff; advance diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout the organization and campus; and serve as the chief advocate and fundraiser for the Marriott Library. In addition, The Dean of Libraries consults with leadership at the Law and Health Sciences Libraries, working together to find additional opportunities for the libraries to collaborate and improve services on campus. The Dean must understand and balance the needs of all areas with an overarching focus on how library culture and functions must shift with the needs and practices of students and research faculty. The ideal candidate for this role will be well-connected within the profession and active in professional associations for research libraries, with broad connections across the field. Additionally, this is an exciting time to join the University of Utah as the Dean of Libraries would be part of a large cohort of new senior leadership, including a new president, provost, and several academic deans. 

Responsibilities 

The Dean of Libraries is the public face of the J. Willard Marriott Library and oversees strategic advancement in services, instruction, technology, personnel, fundraising, and budgeting. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: 

  • Provide vision and leadership to librarian faculty and full-time staff that aligns with the University of Utah’s strategic plan. 
  • Effectively plan and manage library resources, including a budget of $30 million, to meet the library's and campus's current and future needs, as well as provide support for strategic initiatives. 
  • Develop a strategic plan that reflects a thoughtful and well-informed assessment of the future roles of university libraries. 
  • Advocate for the Marriott Library with University leadership, peers, and programs across the campus, and outside of the University. 
  • Collaborate with campus leadership, faculty, and staff to advance the U's teaching, learning, and research missions through library instruction, resource delivery, access, the library's program of digital scholarship, and a wide range of other services to support research and teaching. 
  • Provide leadership in the recruitment, mentoring, and retention of a strong, service-oriented community of librarians and staff, including overseeing the promotion and tenure process for librarians. 
  • Create an inclusive, diverse, and cohesive organizational culture that provides a positive environment for teaching and learning. The Library brings in sizable contributions from donors and in 2021, received over $5 million in donations and gifts in kind. 
  • Engage in development, fundraising, community engagement, and public relations in an academic library setting. The Library brings in sizable contributions from donors and in 2021, received over $5 million in donations and gifts in kind. 
  • Engage in professional activities within the University, across the state, region, and nation to promote the work of the University Libraries and the reputation of the University of Utah as the flagship institution of Utah and the Intermountain West. 
  • Facilitate and promote the collection and analysis of data to drive decision-making in the library and assess programs and services.

The J. Willard Marriott Library seeks qualified applicants who also bring perspectives and experiences that will enrich and strengthen the organization. The Marriott Library invites applications from candidates who may not have followed a traditional educational or professional path. All candidates should be prepared to discuss how they see themselves contributing to the University’s equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts. The library serves an increasingly diverse constituency of patrons, and so employees, services, collections, and policies should honor and reflect this diversity. The Marriott Library is therefore interested in identifying and interviewing candidates who have experience with underserved or marginalized communities and communities of color and who are committed to advancing the mission to provide equitable access to information resources.

The duties, qualifications, and preferences listed in this posting are intended to give applicants an understanding of the role the library is seeking to fill and the types of skills, experience, and education that may have prepared someone to be effective in this role. The library does not expect any candidate to be a perfect match for this list or to perform all of the duties with equal proficiency on day one. In your resume, cover letter, and diversity statement, please highlight the most relevant qualifications you would bring to this position based on the posting, and describe how your background, perspective, and experience will support the library in fulfilling its mission and meeting its goals.

Professional Qualifications and Personal Qualities

The successful candidate for this position will possess: 

  • Academic credentials appropriate to the leadership of a contemporary research-intensive library, such as an MLS, or equivalent terminal degree. 
  • Evidence of the ability to meet the professional requirements of a tenured position at the Librarian rank through research, librarianship, and service. 
  • Strong executive leadership background with substantial management experience in strategic planning, change management, budget oversight, human resources, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives, preferably with a demonstrated record of impact. 
  • Commitment to fostering a diverse educational environment and an ability to work with a diverse student and faculty population. 
  • A keen understanding of the trends, opportunities, and challenges facing academic research libraries and the ability to engage key actors and peer organizations in new and emerging developments and technologies along with a deep understanding of the changing role of academic libraries in the 21st century. 

The successful candidate will possess many of the following experiences, skills, and attributes: 

  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with library colleagues and the campus community. 
  • Exceptional communication and problem-solving skills. 
  • An ability to champion, empower, and inspire staff and faculty at all levels and in all roles; a commitment to transparent communication that clearly delineates decision-making processes and offers forums for input and shared governance; and a successful history of recruitment, retention, development, and team building. 
  • Experience with strategic planning in a large organization. 
  • Demonstrated skill in envisioning, developing, and advocating for the library’s role in campus, statewide, regional, national, and international initiatives. 
  • Proven experience engaging in development, fundraising, community engagement, and public relations in an academic library setting. 
  • Awareness of Special Collections, Book Arts, and a University Press and their role in a leading public research university. 

Procedure for Candidacy

Confidential review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; parties who apply by September 27th will be given first consideration. Please submit a CV that includes the scope and scale details for your related roles, a cover letter addressing how your experience aligns with the qualifications, your record of success, and your particular interest in this role, and a diversity statement (maximum two pages) that addresses the ways in which your personal and professional philosophy and related record as a leader aligns with the University’s “4 Pillars to Lead to Equity” and demonstrates your ability and willingness to embrace and advance this mission. 

All applications and nominations will be held in confidence. To apply online, go to: https://theapplicantmanager.com/jobs?pos=su309.

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The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with university policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The university does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

The university is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Search Committee


Dean, Honors College
Sylvia Torti (Co-Chair)
Sylvia Torti (Co-Chair)
Dean, Honors College
Associate Dean for Research & Director, Eccles Health
Catherine Soehner (Co-Chair)
Catherine Soehner (Co-Chair)
Associate Dean for Research & Director, Eccles Health
Chief Financial Officer
Cathy Anderson
Cathy Anderson
Chief Financial Officer
Director, Doman Innovation Studio, DESB
Cord Bowen
Cord Bowen
Director, Doman Innovation Studio, DESB
Director, McKay Music Library
Lisa Chaufty
Lisa Chaufty
Director, McKay Music Library
Executive Director, NHMU
Jason Cryan
Jason Cryan
Executive Director, NHMU
Associate Dean, University Connected Learning
Jodi Emery
Jodi Emery
Associate Dean, University Connected Learning
Executive Assistant
Abbeylin Fransworth
Abbeylin Fransworth
Executive Assistant
ILL Supervisor; Lending Coord, Marriott Library
Hiroko Hashitani
Hiroko Hashitani
ILL Supervisor; Lending Coord, Marriott Library
Assistant Dean, DEI, Marriott Library
Melanie Hawks
Melanie Hawks
Assistant Dean, DEI, Marriott Library
Library Board Chair
Mike Homer
Mike Homer
Library Board Chair
Professor, Political Science
Steve Johnston
Steve Johnston
Professor, Political Science
Associate Librarian, Marriott Library
Anna Neatrour
Anna Neatrour
Associate Librarian, Marriott Library
Interim Dean, College of Social Work
Philip Osteen
Philip Osteen
Interim Dean, College of Social Work
Associate Professor, School of Computing
Sameer Patil
Sameer Patil
Associate Professor, School of Computing
Director, Digital Matters
David Roh
David Roh
Director, Digital Matters
Chair, Faculty Review & RPT, Marriott Library
Lorelei Rutledge
Lorelei Rutledge
Chair, Faculty Review & RPT, Marriott Library
Associate Dean, Collections, Marriott Library
Joel Thornton
Joel Thornton
Associate Dean, Collections, Marriott Library

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