Dean, Library and Information Resources

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) seeks an innovative and experienced candidate for Dean of the Library. The Dean will provide strategic direction and vision for the library, working with talented and accomplished librarians, staff, faculty, and students to meet the institute’s educational mission. This position reports to the Provost/Chief Academic Officer and is a member of Dean’s Council.

Established in 1961 by Walt and Roy Disney, CalArts is a private, non-profit, arts college offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in six schools (Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater) to approximately 1,500 students. The institute is known for its faculty of distinguished artists and scholars, outstanding students, and multidisciplinary approach to arts education. CalArts is also proud of its exceptionally diverse population that is 45% domestic students of color and 20% international.

The CalArts Library enables student and faculty artist/scholars to develop the skills necessary for creative exploration, critical reflection and lifelong learning, in an environment that supports and promotes the diversity of voices that encompass the CalArts community. The library offers a full suite of academic reference and instruction services, and contains a collection of over 200,000 physical items in all formats and approximately 300,000 electronic resources, that include a unique archival and rare-book collection, and a distinctive moving image collection.

The Dean will lead, plan, organize and direct the operations and activities of the library; provide innovative information resources and services in support of the institute’s mission and vision; project and monitor budgets; work collaboratively with faculty, administration, staff and students in a service-oriented environment; and coordinate the work, supervise and evaluate the performance of library faculty and staff.

Applicants must have a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science and senior level experience in an academic library environment that includes a supervisory capacity and demonstrated ability to effectively lead library faculty and staff. Applicants must be current with best practices within information technology including emerging technologies related to Library systems and services and have experience with coordinating efforts to plan, develop, and implement technology that supports digital scholarship. Applicants must also have demonstrated skills in budget planning, analysis, and control of funding from multiple sources; experience with fundraising in a library setting; and, an appreciation of the visual, literary, and performing arts.

For full position description please visit the CalArts employment page:

How to Apply

Candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references to the attention of Provost Jeannene Przyblyski at, or mail to:

Office of the Provost, Re: Dean of Library Search, California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355-2397.

For full consideration please apply by June 1, 2017. Review of applications will begin on that date and will continue until the position is filled.



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