At a dynamic time in the trajectory of American higher education, the American Library Association (ALA) seeks an Executive Director to lead its Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) division, the leading and largest organization representing academic and research libraries, librarians, and library workers.
ACRL is an international convener for the academic and research library sector and, in support of its wide-ranging constituency, develops programs, products, and services to help members and stakeholders learn, innovate, and lead within the academic library and research communities. With more than 10,000 members—representing all types of academic and research libraries supporting 160 communities of practice, committees, and chapters—ACRL elevates the position, recognition, and impact of all academic and research libraries and librarians as catalysts for exceptional research and learning. Signature programs, services, and products include the division’s biennial conference, Choice and College & Research Libraries publications, the ALA JobLIST job board, and a range of other revenue-generating areas.
Significant focus areas for ACRL’s work include promoting the value of academic libraries, supporting student learning and information literacy, taking an advocacy role in the research and scholarly environment, and exploring new roles and changing landscapes for academic librarianship. In 2018 the ACRL Board of Directors announced a new Core Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, which expresses ACRL’s dedication to creating diverse and inclusive communities, acknowledging and addressing historical racial inequities, challenging oppressive systems within academic libraries, and working to eliminate barriers to equitable services, spaces, resources, and scholarship. The new ACRL executive director will have an extraordinary opportunity to move each of these areas forward.
The ACRL Executive Director will serve as an international spokesperson and thought leader who can advocate for academic and research libraries and for ALA’s broader priorities. This position also works closely with and reports to the ALA Executive Director as well as the elected ACRL Board of Directors. As a result, there is an extremely high premium placed on creativity, high energy, and the ability to communicate with a wide range of stakeholders, effectively manage time and deadlines, as well as balance demands and priorities. In addition to division oversight, the ACRL Executive Director is expected to serve as a strategic and collaborative leader as part of the ALA senior management team.
ACRL’s offices are located at ALA’s headquarters in Chicago, a city known for its world-class arts, culture, and civic engagement opportunities, as well as its diverse and vibrant neighborhoods, celebrated cuisine, and genuine hospitality. A successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop their voice as a national library leader within an organization that offers and encourages work-life balance.
To learn more about this exciting opportunity and how to apply, see the full ad on ALA JobLIST.