University Librarian

University Librarian

Holy Names University

Founded in 1868, Holy Names University is one of Oakland’s first institutions and one of the most diverse universities in the United States, with a strong commitment to social justice.

Holy Names University is currently accepting applications for the position of University Librarian. This is a regular, full-time, staff position. The University Librarian provides management and leadership for all aspects of library services at Holy Names University, including instruction, collections, facilities, services to the community, and library staff. The University Librarian is responsible for developing and promoting the library’s vision, strategic plan, and objectives, and is the chief advocate and spokesperson for the value the Library adds to Holy Names University.

Essential Functions

  • Develops, promotes, and executes objectives for strategic plans for library facilities, collections, services, workforce, and other resources.
  • Recruits, guides, and leads a library workforce aligned with the mission of the university.
  • Ensures integration of the library’s information literacy instruction across the curriculum.
  • Provides planning and oversight for the curation, traditional and print collections.
  • Manages the library’s budget; develops strategic funding proposals; forecasts new and changing requirements.
  • Develops strategic relationships and partnerships with faculty, students, and staff across the university community.
  • Identifies emerging library technologies, integrates them as applicable into library services, and sunsets obsolete technologies.
  • Plans, forecasts, and advocates for workforce requirements, equipment, technology, and collections.
  • Working with the University Office of Advancement, identifies funding sources and develops proposals for funding opportunities to further the library’s vision.
  • Collaborates with peers at the regional, state, and national level; represents the University at local, regional, and national meetings.
  • Serves as the library’s primary liaison to University administration, academic departments, councils, and committees; serves ex-officio on Faculty Senate with voting rights.
  • Ensures continuous assessment of all library services.
  • Negotiates vendor contracts, manages licenses, and ensures contract requirements are met by the library and by vendors.

Minimum Education
Master’s in library or information science from a graduate program accredited by the American Library Association. Doctorate preferred.

Minimum Experience
At least five years’ experience in a senior managerial leadership role in an academic library, ten years preferred.


Minimum Skills
Strong organizational skills. Demonstrated knowledge of academic library organization, functions, methods, procedures, and practices, including strategic planning, fiscal management, development, collection management, and library technology; experience recruiting, guiding, and leading librarians and other library workers in a range of roles; understanding of current best practices in managerial leadership and trends in library collections, staffing, and services.  Excellent speaking, writing, and listening skills. Demonstrated familiarity with emerging library services and technology.


To Apply

For consideration, applicants should submit the Holy Names University Employment Application. Visit: to download the Employment Application. After you have downloaded and completed the application, save and/or print the file and include a letter of application and c.v. or resume.

• The preferred method for submitting your application materials is via

• Applications are currently being accepted and the position is open until filled.

• This position may require a background screen.We reserve the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of a background screen.


The campus is located in the Oakland hills with a panoramic view the San Francisco Bay. HNU is a regional, residential, liberal arts university with an academic program of 19 undergraduate majors in specific disciplines across the arts and sciences as well as professional undergraduate and graduate programs in business, education and nursing. Holy Names University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. For additional information about Holy Names University, visit


Holy Names University, an Equal Opportunity Employer, is committed to excellence through diversity.


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