DATE ENTERED: October 7, 2021
POSITION: Head of Learning Commons & Branch Libraries
LOCATION: Old Dominion University, Norfolk, VA
APPLY BY: Screening of applicants will begin November 8, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Head of Learning Commons & Branch Libraries: The position is responsible for leadership of the Learning Commons and Branch Libraries Department and management of personnel, operations, and services. Position oversees help desk services at Perry Library, Music Library (co-located with Diehn Composers Room, operated by Special Collections and University Archives) and Hofheimer Art Library, including library research assistance, circulation of materials, technology assistance, and event scheduling and support. The position coordinates services and operations with Learning Commons partners including Information Technology Services and the Center for High Impact Practices.

Required: Master’s Degree in library and information science (American Library Association accredited) or other related field; considerable knowledge of the concepts and best practices associated with Learning Commons spaces, library user services, collection development, and/or technical services; to include current learning technologies and their applications in a research and educational environment; strong leadership and/or managerial skills including excellent analytic, creative, and innovative problem-solving abilities; considerable communication skills to effectively communicate issues, concerns and ideas to the appropriate personnel over multiple modalities such as face to face, email, chat, telephone, and/or webcasts; demonstrated ability to provide user-centered visions of learning environments & service improvements, exercising creativity and innovation in execution of that vision; considerable demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse staff and campus user communities; ability to thrive in an environment of change and respond effectively to shifting needs and priorities, managing assignments and ensuring tasks are completed accurately; excellent customer service skills providing highly responsive public service in all environments; demonstrated ability to analyze user needs, develop solutions, and assess results; demonstrated ability to interpret, apply and explain rules, regulations, policies and procedures, using tact, patience and courtesy; considerable experience providing user services in an academic or research library environment; progressively responsible administrative and/or management experience in an academic or other library of comparable size; prior working experience supervising library staff with evidence of or ability to prioritize the development of employees by coaching and mentoring staff; prior working experience organizing and managing complex projects, balancing competing priorities, and setting and meeting deadlines; prior working experience planning, supporting, and evaluating technologies and their utilization for advancing research and learning; prior working experience building and sustaining effective interpersonal relations with library staff, campus administrators, faculty, and students.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits package.

The Old Dominion University Libraries mission is to enrich the academic, research, and learning experiences of the University community through access to its staff, collections, and spaces. Comprised of the Patricia W. and J. Douglas Perry Library, F. Ludwig Diehn Composers Room, and Elise N. Hofheimer Art Library, the Libraries are essential partners in teaching, research, and scholarly communication through expert, flexible, and entrepreneurial staff, access to information resources, and spaces that encourage reflection, exploration, and interaction. The Learning Commons @ Perry Library, jointly operated by University Libraries, Information Technology Services, and Center for High Impact Practices, creates an environment with access to campus resources, services, and expertise in a single location, as well as facilitates student learning through exploration, collaboration, and discussion. The Libraries are committed to creating, nurturing, and sustaining an organizational culture built on core principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We apply these principles throughout all phases of operations and services, including, but not limited to selecting and enabling access to resources; providing users with physical and virtual spaces; developing policies and procedures; and recruiting and managing personnel.

Old Dominion University is a metropolitan state-supported institution with a diverse enrollment of more than 24,000, a leader in distance learning, and a Carnegie Extensive Doctoral/Research University. ODU is Virginia's forward-focused research university with rigorous academics, an energetic residential community, entrepreneurial research and collaboration, and initiatives that contribute nearly $2.6 billion annually to Virginia's economy.  More than 120 undergraduate and 130 graduate programs at the master's, education specialist, and doctoral levels and a wealth of certificate and professional development programs are offered.

Screening of applicants will begin November 8, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.

Applications:  A complete application will contain a cover letter addressing position requirements, resume and the names, addresses, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses of three professional references.  Please submit applications at

Conditions of Employment: In accordance with Executive Directive #18 issued by Governor Ralph Northam effective September 1, 2021, all Old Dominion University employees who enter the workplace or work remotely must disclose their vaccine status to the designated university personnel.  Employees who are not fully vaccinated or who refuse to disclose their current vaccine status, must undergo weekly COVID-19 testing and disclose weekly the results of those tests to designated university personnel.

It is the policy of Old Dominion University to provide equal employment, educational and social opportunities for all persons, without regard to race (or traits historically associated with race including hair texture, hair type, and protective hairstyles such as braids, locks, and twists), color, religion, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), national origin, gender identity or expression, age, veteran status, disability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or genetic information. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.