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Position Title:  Director of the Library

Olin College in Needham, MA is a community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to its mission to transform engineering education. We seek team-oriented individuals interested in supporting a student-centered and innovative environment by excelling at their own immediate responsibilities and contributing to the college as a whole.

Position Summary:

The Olin College Library is an active learning, research, and fabrication space. Our resources form the foundation of our service to the community, are wide ranging, and encompass our digital reference collection and undergraduate research library, a physical collection of 15,000 books, numerous tools, audio visual equipment, printing space and, above all, people. The Library staff not only provides outstanding service but work closely with faculty, students, and other college staff to achieve Olin’s mission to catalyze change in undergraduate engineering education.  

The Director of the Library reports to the Dean of Student Affairs, who is a member of the academic leadership team of the College. The Director has broad responsibility for the portfolio of the Olin College Library, which includes a range of academic and community programs and services that span the learning continuum. The Library Director leads a team of two additional professional librarians and 10 student employees. 

General Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate overall efforts of the library, establishing a vision for library services that will promote information and research skills and thinking in an experimental, innovative undergraduate engineering community
  • Establish forward thinking long-term goals, policies, and procedures for the library in accordance with the institution's mission and goals
  • Oversee budget, align library funding priorities with institutional mission
  • Serve as head of library instructional services
  • Work collaboratively across departments, and with faculty and students, to ensure the development and delivery of library resources and services and promote their incorporation into the fabric of academic and student life
  • Represent Olin in Babson-Olin-Wellesley Libraries partnership initiatives as well as general Three-College Collaboration initiatives
  • Form meaningful working relationships with vendor representatives and lead contract and license negotiations for library resources
  • Engage and support the wellbeing and professional development of the library team through effective communication, transparency, and collaborative leadership
  • Serve as campus contact for copyright and intellectual property queries, raise awareness of copyright issues in classrooms and with materials, facilitate the negotiation of intellectual rights management and obtaining of permissions
  • Actively participate in professional organizations that directly impact the library’s evolution and the professional development of the staff
  • Analyze and use data to support decision-making
  • Model, actively engage with, and support a deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Access, Acquisition, and Discovery Librarian
  • Student Success and Community Engagement Librarian 

Minimum Requirements:

The qualified applicant will have a minimum of 7 years of library experience, a master’s degree in library science; science and/or engineering subject expertise; familiarity with resources and research approaches in other areas, including the arts, humanities, and social sciences; a strong service orientation; an understanding of trends in information and educational technology; the ability to oversee, develop, deliver, and assess instructional services; excellent project management skills; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to influence and motivate; ability to work with all constituencies; and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.  Occasional evening and weekend work required.

Please send resume and cover letter to Please include your reason of your interest in working at Olin College of Engineering.

In accordance with its own values and with federal and state regulations, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering does not discriminate in admission, programs, services or employment—including the recruitment, hiring, training and promotion of persons in all job classifications—on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national origin, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental disability, or veteran status.

Olin College is an Equal Opportunity Employer.