Gardner-Webb University maintains a policy of non-discrimination. No aspect of employment will be influenced by race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability, veteran status, genetic information, age, or any other basis prohibited by statute.

Gardner-Webb University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity within its faculty, staff, and students.

Dean of the Library

Gardner-Webb University invites applications for the Dean of the Library. The Dean supervises and coordinates all aspects of the university’s libraries and their operations, overseeing budget, personnel, resources, equipment, and the facility itself, and developing appropriate library policies and procedures to meet the information needs of the Gardner-Webb community.


  • Plans and administers the library budget.
  • Handles vendor negotiations, enters into consortia agreements, solicits discounts based on FTE, and makes database cost per use decisions.
  • Evaluates holdings to ensure that materials are the best possible resources for the cost and pedagogically align with the university curriculum.
  • Signs off on new academic courses and programs, making suggestions of additions if the courses are not adequately supported by the library.
  • Recruits, selects, and directly or indirectly supervises all library staff: professionals, paraprofessionals, support staff, and student workers.
  • Serves as chief collection development officer.
  • Serves on the Academic Council, Provost Council, Graduate Council, and Professional and Graduate Council and is chair of the Library Council.
  • Acts as the library’s primary liaison to the faculty and administration.
  • Shares responsibility with other professional librarians for reference assistance and bibliographic instruction.
  • Maintains appropriate statistics and compiles reports and publications on the library, its resources and services.
  • Leads the librarians in long-range planning for all aspects of the library and its resources and services.
  • Serves on University committees as a non-teaching faculty member.
  • Represents the University at appropriate professional meetings.
  • Engages in professional reading and development.

Required qualifications:

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. The Director must possess sound judgment, knowledge and vision for the development of the Library.


  • Master’s degree in Library Science or Information Science from an institution accredited by the American Library Association.
  • Five years or more of professional, progressively responsible library experience.
  • Second master’s degree or doctoral degree from an accredited institution preferred.


  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret a wide variety of materials; to write reports, and compile and/or edit procedure manuals and other publications.
  • Ability to effectively present information to and engage in dialogue with library staff, students, faculty, and the wider University community.
  • Understanding/mastery of automated library systems and other library equipment, and significant general computer skills.


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Candidates should complete the application using the link below and include a letter of interest, current vita, and transcripts with their submission.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.