Associate Dean for Collections and Discovery Services, San Diego State University

The San Diego State University Library invites applications and nominations for an immediate opening for a 12-month, management position. The Associate Dean for Collections and Discovery Services provides leadership for the design and implementation of strategies for the acquisition, access, discovery, development, management and long-term stewardship of its collections, information resources, and discovery platforms. Additionally, this position works closely with the Dean and others to provide strategic leadership in leveraging consortial managed resources, e.g. Ex Libris Alma, Primo VE, Scholarworks, etc. The Associate Dean collaborates to ensure that students and faculty are connected to information critical to their research, teaching, and learning.

Reporting to the Dean of the University Library, the Associate Dean for Collections and Discovery Services collaborates with the Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Research Services, Director of Financial Operations and Human Resources, and Director of Library Information Technology as part of the library management team. The Associate Dean for Collections and Discovery Services provides leadership for collection development and resource sharing, stacks management, content organization and management, digital collections, and preservation. This position collaborates with the Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Research Services in the design and delivery of services associated with scholarly communications and open educational resources. The Associate Dean for Collections and Discovery Services partners with the Director of Library Information Technology in the management of enterprise systems essential to collections and discovery services. We seek a creative and forward-looking colleague who will explore and expand partnerships across library departments and with colleagues across the university and San Diego community. More information about the SDSU Library is available at and more information about partnership programs and opportunities is available at

The SDSU Library supports, promotes, and extends the distinctive teaching, learning, scholarship, and community engagement initiatives of the university, especially as those are highlighted in the university strategic plan, “We Rise, We Defy: Transcending Borders, Transforming Lives.” Committed to service and student-centered innovation in librarianship. The Associate Dean for Collections and Discovery Services collaborates with library faculty and staff to promote the discovery, access, use, and curation of library collections, including more than 2.5 million volumes, 100,000 journal titles, 450 databases, special collections, archives, and a growing array of digital content.

SDSU is a large, public, diverse, urban university and a Hispanic-Serving and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution located on Kumeyaay land with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The university honors its residence on Kumeyaay land in its land acknowledgement and commitment to building a relationship with Indigenous peoples. The SDSU Library has adopted a Diversity Plan ( to guide our efforts to realize an institutional commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice. We seek applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups.

We are seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. Candidates must satisfy two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria: (a) are committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. Please indicate in a separate diversity statement how you meet at least two (2) of these criteria. Additional guidance on our BIE program for applicants is here.

The SDSU Library Diversity Statement is available at

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

The Associate Dean for Collections and Discovery Services will:

  • Serve as a member of the Library Management Team, sharing responsibility for operational and strategic decisions related to management of the library budget, personnel planning, and project planning, with special focus on decision related to the acquisition and management of scholarly resources
  • Collaborate with members of the Library Management Team to promote the success of identified operational and strategic initiatives aligned with the strategic plan
  • Provide effective and innovative leadership for the University Library’s Collections, Discovery Services, Digital Collections, Content Organization and Management (COM)
  • Coordinate workflow and activities to promote efficient and effective library operations in support of high-quality, user-centered collection and discovery services
  • Evaluate resources and services using appropriate assessment techniques to promote evidence-informed decision making
  • Communicate regularly with faculty, staff, students, and community members and solicit feedback relevant to planned initiatives or to improvement in services
  • Collaborate with the Associate Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Research Services to supervise relevant library initiatives, including scholarly communications, Open Educational Resources, and digital scholarship and data services
  • Collaborate with the Director of Library Technology to ensure effective management of enterprise systems essential to collections and discovery services
  • Supervise library faculty and staff in units of assigned responsibility
  • Promotes an inclusive and collaborative approach to decision-making in units of assigned responsibility
  • Fosters an environment committed to the goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion articulated in the Library Diversity Plan
  • Pursue professional development activities that demonstrate a continuous record of contributions in the profession
  • Other duties as assigned


Required Qualifications:

  • Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited program or foreign equivalent
  • Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible experience in an academic or research library, including at least 3 years with responsibility for program management or personnel supervision
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role of the library in providing scholarly resources, data, and/or digital collections in support of teaching, learning, scholarship, and student success.
  • Experience with assessment of scholarly resources and services and with evidence-informed collection development and management strategies.
  • Knowledge of issues and trends in scholarly and scientific communications, including trends in publishing across disciplines.
  • Demonstrated expertise in one or more areas of the position’s general responsibilities, e.g.: collection development and management, cataloging, electronic resource management, resource acquisitions or licensing, or digital collections.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and evidence of past initiatives implemented at an academic or research library

Preferred Qualifications:

We emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleagues develop the preferred skills. We encourage you to communicate how your work and other experiences satisfy the required qualifications in ways that may not be obvious.

  • Knowledge of, and commitment to, innovation in academic library services
  • Knowledge of issues and trends in scholarly and scientific communications
  • Knowledge of information technology used in academic library settings for the acquisition, description, and management of scholarly resources or for the creation and curation of digital collections
  • Effectiveness in supervising and mentoring library faculty and staff
  • Initiative, creativity, and flexibility in change management
  • Effectiveness in budget management, personnel management, and project management
  • Ability to identify issues, define problems, collect data, analyze findings, and draw conclusions supporting evidence-informed decision making
  • Ability to lead operational and strategic planning efforts and to supervise action plans to achieve organizational change and strategic initiatives
  • Ability to effectively communicate and present complex information or ideas
  • Ability to successfully collaborate across organizational boundaries and to lead self-directed teams of library faculty
  • Ability to lead in a shared governance and collective bargaining environment
  • Ability to establish, maintain, and promote cooperative and collegial working relationships within a diverse and inclusive academic environment
  • Capacity to serve in a senior leadership role in the University Library and to represent the library at the campus, CSU, national, or international levels

Application Instructions

This position will remain open until filled. Review will begin immediately, with preference given to applications received by March 29, 2024. Applicants must apply via Interfolio: Anticipated start date is July 1, 2024.

SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a campus and microsites in San Diego and locations in Southern California’s Imperial Valley and Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of approximately 36,000. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation’s Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 23. See for more information. SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. We strive to build and sustain a welcoming environment for all.

This is a full-time, management (MPP) position with a retreat option to a tenured faculty position in the University Library at a rank consistent with the successful candidate’s presentation of evidence of library service effectiveness, professional growth and development, and service to the library, University, and community. Anticipated salary range for this management position is between $130,000 – $135,000 per year. Excellent benefits, including medical, dental, and vision plans, retirement package, and 24 vacation days per year. For more information, see

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.