Library Director

  • Full Time
  • Decorah

Website Luther College

The Director works collaboratively with library personnel to fulfill the college’s mission through the provision of library resources and services; facilitates the Library’s long-term and strategic planning processes; fosters cooperative relationships with external stakeholders and agencies to enhance resources and services available; develops and administers the library’s budget and resources; and oversees the development and performance of library faculty and staff.

Library Mission

  • Encourages library participation in student learning and curricular development,
  • Encourages partnership between librarians and faculty in teaching and scholarship. “
  • Fosters a strong working relationship with the ITS department.
  • Fosters collaborations and connections between the library and other offices with intersecting goals in support of the curriculum.

Departmental planning and development

  • Helps the department plan for future work.
  • Guides and encourages continuing library development.
  • Provide wise leadership in the recruitment of new librarians and staff.
  • Administers the library’s budget.

Personnel management

  • Sets clear expectations.
  • Assesses faculty/staff fairly and professionally.
  • Distributes recognition, rewards, and responsibilities fairly.
  • Recognizes special needs and special gifts of individuals and encourages good use of them.

Collegial leadership

  • Acts with a collegial and respectful style.
  • Seeks consensus in the decision-making process.
  • Offers an open administrative approach.
  • Explains the basis for decisions.
  • Models commitment to the college as a whole.

The Library Director, along with the librarians and College Archivist, shares responsibility for defining and delivering research-based services, including collection development, library instruction, and research assistance, to the faculty, students, and staff of Luther College.



  • Librarians and College Archivist
  • Public Services staff



  • Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program


  • Experience in library administration or a related field, with demonstrated success in managing staff and resources
  • Strong knowledge of library operations and procedures, including collection development, cataloging, reference, and circulation services
  • Excellent organizational, communication, and problem-solving skills
  • Familiarity with current library technologies and their applications in library services and operations
  • Affinity for the instructional goals and student experience found in a residential liberal arts college.
  • Experience working with library materials for instruction and outreach.
  • Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in library services and operations.
  • Ability to cultivate and develop inclusive and equitable working relationships with students, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and friends of the college


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, and sit. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision.
Employment is contingent upon satisfactory results from a background check and verification of professional credentials.

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