University Librarian - Dominican University

Dominican University (River Forest, IL), one of the nation’s most distinct Dominican Catholic institutions, invites applications, expressions of interest and nominations of candidates in its search for the next University Librarian.

Reporting to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, the University Librarian is responsible for the overall management, leadership, and advocacy of the Rebecca Crown Library. The University Librarian supports and leads faculty librarians and library staff in the mission and vision of the library and learning commons through advocacy, professional development, mentorship, and inclusion. The University Librarian plans and oversees the library budget. A commitment to the Dominican University mission, vision, and strategic plan is required. The University Librarian will demonstrate commitment and enthusiasm in providing compassionate service and equal access to services, resources, and facilities to all library users and will actively support cultural competencies, diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education and library services. 

The University Librarian advocates for the Library as the center of academic life, innovation, and student success on campus; participates in fundraising efforts for library and archival facilities and resources; and represents the University to various external consortia and associations. Additionally, the University Librarian will support the University's strategic plan and the academic curriculum of all schools and colleges by providing a robust, state-of-the-art learning environment with equitable access to resources for students, faculty, and staff, and promotes information literacy and librarianship within the University community.  


Academic Search is assisting Dominican University in this search. Additional information about this opportunity, including required qualifications, can be found in the position profile for the University Librarian at under the “Open Searches” tab. 

Applications will need to include: 

  1. a cover letter expressing your interest in the position and addressing how you meet the qualifications described in the search priorities section of this profile; Please also include dedicated narrative in the letter sharing how Dominican’s mission of social justice, its status as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, and its commitments to social mobility, justice, equity, and inclusion would inform your work in student success/affairs.
  2. a current resume; 
  3. a list of five professional references (including each person’s name, title/institution, email address, phone number, and a brief description of their professional relationship to you). These references will not be contacted without your prior permission. 

Confidential inquiries about the position can be directed to Senior Consultant, Kate Nolde, at .  

Applications and nominations should be sent to: .
All application materials will be considered in full confidence. The new University Librarian is expected to begin work in 2024, and a start date is negotiable. Applications will be reviewed as received, but for full consideration, applicants should submit materials by September 29, 2023. 

For more information about the University, please visit Dominican’s home page at
Dominican University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer and is dedicated to the goal of building an equity-centered faculty and staff committed to teaching, working, and learning in a multicultural environment. Dominican University believes that justice, equity, and inclusion are critical to our growth and development and seek to recruit, develop, and retain from a diverse pool of applicants who bring varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. If you need accommodations due to a disability, please contact us at for assistance.