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Director of Collections Strategy and Library Operations, Barnard College Library

Barnard College Library in New York City is looking for a new Director of Collections Strategy and Library Operations. Complete description of the job posted on this page. Come work with me and my colleagues in a fantastic undergraduate liberal arts college library with a collections focus in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Dance, and a new library building on the way! It would be amazing to have some more Spectrum Scholars here.

Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have.

All my best,


Director of Collections Strategy and Library Operations

Reporting to the Dean of the Barnard Library & Academic Information Services (BLAIS), the Director of Collections Strategy and Library Operations provides leadership and collaborative expertise for developing, sustaining and delivering the rich collections Barnard owns and accesses. In collaboration with the Dean of BLAIS, the incumbent will revisit and redevelop Barnard’s collection development policy and focuses (currently Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Dance, and outstanding undergraduate liberal arts research) and facilitate conversations about reshaping the collection or access in response to the needs of the library community and the new library under construction. They are responsible for leading the conversation to define the collection strategy for the Barnard Library Collections; coordinating and communicating with Barnard Library subject selectors, students, faculty, and staff; facilitating access to the library’s collections for all users; and coordinating Barnard Library’s collaborations with Columbia University Libraries’ collections and operations policies and practices.

The Director will be responsible for managing the Operations department. This includes currently 6 FTE engaged in the acquisition, materials processing, cataloging, circulation and reserve services of the Barnard College Library. They will recruit, develop, and motivate their team to continually deliver an excellent standard of library services to the Barnard community. In addition, the Director participates in the provision of research and instructional services to students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the Barnard and Columbia communities, through information literacy and library research classes, research consultations, and faculty and student liaison responsibilities.