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University Librarian

Position Title:  University Librarian

Position Tracking Number: A17

School/College: Vice Provost and Research Integrity Officer

Department: University Libraries

Location:  Azusa Campus


Azusa Pacific University seeks a visionary and dynamic leader to serve as University Librarian. APU invites applications from candidates who have a comprehensive resume of success in library administration, and who demonstrate exceptional skills and experience that will enable them to provide strong leadership to a research, teaching, and outreach enterprise across multiple campuses.  

The University Librarian will provide vision, strategic direction, and operational leadership to meet the University’s educational mission in a service-oriented environment. He or she will help advance the scholarly activities of the faculty, including supporting interdisciplinary research and faith integration.  The University Librarian will be the public voice of the libraries, promoting initiatives within Azusa Pacific University, in the City of Azusa, and in the surrounding region. Reporting to the Vice Provost, this person will work collaboratively with senior administrators and academic leaders across the University.


  • Implement and maintain high-impact library services.

  • Manage and coordinate the University Libraries’ programs, facilities, and operations to meet the needs of the university community; champion the library as an intellectual meeting place.

  • Provide direction for the University’s academic support programs including information competency/literacy.

  • Supervise library faculty and staff in the development and maintenance of mission-centered programs and services.

  • Provide leadership for the Teacher Librarian Credential and Master of Arts in Library Science programs.

  • Manage financial resources consistent with university policy, setting priorities for various resource needs, providing program analyses, and participating in strategic and long-range planning for the University.

  • Support a strong special collections program, community outreach activities, and collaborative relationships with other libraries and museums.

  • Maintain currency of knowledge of legal requirements and academic regulations that impact programs, operations, and services; support and participate in university-wide and discipline specific accreditation efforts.

  • With a focus on system integration, direct and coordinate the introduction of new technologies that leads to simplicity with integrity between holdings management, discovery platforms, and patron accessibility.

  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

  • May be needed to work at alternative Regional Campuses or Sites.



  • Knowledge of computer and web based technologies relevant to Library/Learning Resources.

  • Must be sensitive to and have an understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural ethnic backgrounds of employees and students, and of persons with disabilities.

  • On-line and in person classroom teaching experience required as well as significant experience with bibliographic and reference instruction and information literacy.

  • Must have a firm understanding of the principles of administration, supervision, and budgeting within a library and learning resources environment.

  • Experience assessing and evaluating programs and personnel; experience with complex budgets

  • Effective oral and written communication.

  • Work cooperatively and collaboratively with others; demonstrated experience developing consensus among a diverse range of interests, and maintaining effective working relationships.

  • Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action. 


  • Experience with accreditation, new technologies, community outreach programs, archives, and special collections.

  • A record of success with fundraising and grant writing.

Education and Experience

Requires a Master's degree in Library Sciences or equivalent from an ALA accredited institution and a second master’s degree or a doctorate degree. Candidates should also have at least five full-time years of post-secondary leadership experience or equivalent in academic librarianship.

Workload: Full-time, 12-month administrative position with a concurrent appointment as a faculty member.

Hire Date: January 1, 2019

Mental Demands

  • Ability to integrate Christian values in all aspects.

  • Ability to engage in critical thinking and exercise independent judgment.

  • Ability to maintain confidentiality and manage confidential information.

  • Ability to collaborate with other faculty and staff and maintain collegial relations.

  • Self-starter, ability to communicate effectively in written and oral form.

Additional Information:  

Candidates must align with Azusa Pacific University’s Christian identity. Faculty members are expected to sign a Statement of Faith (available at http://www.apu/about/believe), to adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook, and to integrate the Christian faith in teaching and scholarship.

Azusa Pacific University is a Christ-centered, multicultural community that values and seeks faculty and staff who are committed to diversity, work effectively with diverse populations, and engage others in ways that honor our rich cultural mosaic and biblical foundation.

Azusa Pacific University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Azusa Pacific University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

Application Procedure

To apply, visit Review of applications will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled.