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Director of Public Services, Washington College, Chestertown, MD

Washington College seeks an experienced and forward-looking librarian to lead its Public Services department, comprising Research and Instruction, Circulation, and Resource Sharing functions. Reporting to the College Librarian, the Director of Public Services is a member of the library leadership team and regularly assesses and participates in planning the effective use of physical and virtual collections, space, technology to deliver programs and services that meet the changing needs of faculty, staff, and students. A dedication to diversity, open communication, and positive relationships are a hallmark of the college and Miller Library, and an expectation of all library staff members.

The position supervises and evaluates a team of two faculty research/instruction librarians, 2 FTE staff members, and many student assistants. The Director of Public Services coordinates outreach activities and collaborates closely with librarians, staff, and student assistants to provide research, reference and resource sharing services, teach information literacy classes, support collection development, liaise with academic departments, and provide expertise regarding copyright and fair use. In addition, the Director of Public Services, under the guidance of the College Librarian and in collaboration with the Director of Archives and Technical Services, coordinates weeding of the collection. Some evening and weekend hours are required. Salary commensurate with experience.


  • Master's degree from an ALA-accredited library science or information science program.
  • Five years of academic library experience in public services (reference, instruction, resource sharing, or circulation), preferably with supervisory experience.
  • Demonstrated experience with assessment of library programs or services.
  • Knowledge of and experience with integrated library systems, resource sharing systems, emerging technologies, and learning management systems highly preferred.
  • Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, and demonstrated ability to lead a team are a must.

This is an exempt full-time (35 hours per week), non-tenured faculty position. Salary commensurate with experience. Benefits include 6 weeks of vacation, 14 paid holidays and scheduled administrative closing days, domestic partner benefits and paid maternity/paternity leave. 

Washington College is a private liberal arts college of 1450 students located in a unique ecological region on a tributary of the Chesapeake Bay, the largest estuary in the United States. The college is poised at the center of an area rich in Early American, African-American, and Native American history and culture. In a rural setting on Maryland's Eastern Shore, Washington College is still just a 90-minute drive from Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington, DC.

Review of applications will begin immediately. To view the full position and apply, please visit the following link. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information of three professional references through our online portal. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Washington College is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a diverse cultural environment and encourages applications from women, minorities, disabled persons, and veterans.

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