Assistant Dean for Research and Collections, FAU Libraries
Florida Atlantic University and the University Libraries
Welcome Carol Hixson

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Established in 1964 as the first public university in southeast Florida, FAU currently serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students on multiple campuses located along Florida's beautiful southeast coast in Broward, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie counties. FAU has ten distinguished colleges that offer more than 180 degree programs, including the new Schmidt College of Medicine, and is home to one of the world's preeminent marine science education and research centers, the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. FAU is taking its place among the world's great research centers and has been given the designation of a "High Research Activity" university by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. FAU was ranked 27th by U.S. News & World Report among all American universities for campus diversity, with 49% of its student body classified as minority or international students. In 2015, it earned the distinction of being a federally designated Hispanic Serving Institution.

FAU Libraries house approximately 3.7 million items and provide access to over 80,000 electronic journals, nearly 500 databases, and a growing collection of e-books and streaming videos. The Libraries house many distinctive collections including artists' books, sound recordings, print music, rare books and manuscripts, and University Archives. The S.E. Wimberly Library serves as a selective depository library in the Federal Depository Library Program and is also a depository library in the Florida State Depository System. The Digital Library creates online collections from unique materials from Special Collections and University Archives and serves as the University's repository for the intellectual output created on campus.

The Libraries offer multifaceted instructional services including workshops, research consultations, tutorials and webcasts as well as broad-based creative outreach programming that encourages student and public engagement. The Libraries maintain formal relationships with the Center for Research Libraries, the State University Libraries (through the Florida Virtual Campus) and area libraries in the Southeast Florida Library Information Network. The Libraries have an annual budget of approximately $8 million with over 90 faculty and staff to support its mission.

This is an exciting time to consider a leadership role at the Florida Atlantic University Libraries. Under the leadership of a new Dean, the Libraries are in the process of realigning their organizational structure and services to position them more strategically and effectively to support the current and future needs of Florida Atlantic University’s students, faculty, and the broader community. FAU Libraries are committed to developing and strengthening partnerships with the colleges and other units in support of the University’s mission of excellence and innovation in teaching, outstanding research and creative activities, public engagement and distinctive scientific and cultural alliances, as well as its strong commitment to the success of all students and opportunities for lifelong learning. The Libraries are in the process of developing a new strategic plan and mission.

The Position

Reporting to the Dean of University Libraries, the newly created position of Assistant Dean for Research and Collections will provide strategic vision, policy and program development, and leadership as the Libraries redefine their collections and support for research in the context of emerging trends in scholarly communication, changing formats and access models, shared collections, and new definitions of research collections. The Assistant Dean contributes to Libraries-wide leadership for innovative program and content development in support of the University’s mission through the Libraries’ units that comprise Special Collections, Interlibrary Loan, Government Documents, and Collection Management. Responsibilities of these areas include developing and maintaining strong, user-focused collections (print and electronic) in support of the University’s academic programs at all campuses; strengthening support for and the reliability of Interlibrary Loan services; reviewing and enhancing the role of Government Documents in support of research and academic programs; building, strengthening, and increasing the use of and support for all Special Collections including: Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Recorded Sound Archives, Print Music Collection, Marvin & Sybil Weiner Spirit of America Collection, and University Archives. The Assistant Dean works closely with Technical Services and the Head of Collection Management in monitoring the collections budget for the Boca Raton Campus (in excess of $3 million), and works in close collaboration on collections with colleagues in the College of Medicine and on the Jupiter, Harbor Branch, and Fort Lauderdale campuses, as well as with colleagues in the joint-use facility with Broward College in Davie

The Assistant Dean for Research and Collections is a member of the Libraries Senior Management Team, which also includes the Dean, the Assistant Dean for Public Services, the Assistant Dean for Information Technology, Assessment, and Project Management, and a fourth Assistant Dean’s position whose portfolio is still being defined. Works closely with the Dean and other Assistant Deans on areas of strategic importance for the Libraries and the University and assists in articulating an innovative vision of library services. Serves as a member of the Libraries Leadership Team, which includes the Dean, Assistant Deans, and department and unit heads.

Specific Responsibilities and Duties

  • Assist with the implementation of a new Libraries’ Strategic Plan and mission.
  • Lead a strategic program review of assigned areas of responsibility in the context of a new Libraries’ Strategic Plan.
  • Collaborate across Libraries’ divisions and campuses providing leadership and coordination for policies and processes related to the development and management of all collections and improving users’ access to those collections.
  • Provide collaborative leadership for collection decisions made in the context of changing user needs, emerging formats and access models, the continuing transition from a primarily print to a primarily electronic environment, constrained financial resources, and the economies of scale that come from working with partners on networked and collaborative collection initiatives.
  • Work with colleagues in the Libraries and across campus to develop a comprehensive program to support the University’s research mission and the enhancement of the University’s Research Pillars as outlined in the University’s Strategic Plan 2015-2025.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to ensure responsible stewardship of the collections budget (approximately $3.5M annually), as well as donors’ investment in Libraries’ content and collections. Develop and administer policy related to collection endowments.
  • Promote the development and creative use of the Libraries’ varied Special Collections.
  • Actively mentor and promote the ongoing professional development and full engagement of faculty and staff in the reporting units.
  • As a member of the University Libraries' Senior Leadership Team, participate in strategic planning, development of new initiatives, financial planning, resource and policy development, and library governance.
  • Work with colleagues to communicate the Libraries’ collection strategy and policy to the campus community, and forge collaborations and strategic partnerships with FAU academic and administrative departments and programs.
  • Work with external organizations, including the Florida Virtual Campus, the Council of State University Libraries, and others to develop coalitions and strategic partnerships that ensure enduring access to content and collection resources.
  • Partner with other units inside the Libraries and beyond in the development of grants in support of the Libraries’ mission, particularly as they relate to collections and research.
  • Serve on appropriate Libraries and University committees and pursue a program of personal professional development that will promote the FAU Libraries and serve as a role model for Libraries’ faculty and staff.
  • Contribute substantively to the profession through engagement with appropriate organizations and societies.
  • With the other Assistant Deans, serve when requested as backup for the Dean on University and statewide committees and as Acting Dean when the Dean is unavailable.
Welcome Carol Hixson

Minimum Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library or Information Science or its equivalent.
  • At least seven years of successful post-master’s experience as a librarian in an academic library, with a record of significant professional achievement in patron service and collections.
  • Expert knowledge of current issues and opportunities in academic libraries.
  • At least five years in a leadership role, such as a department or unit head, in an academic library in one or more of the areas of primary responsibility for the position.
  • The ability to articulate a strategic vision for collections and research support in a rapidly evolving information landscape.
  • A proven track record of innovation and new program implementation with a focus on exceptional customer service.
  • Strong written and oral communication skills with evidence of effective and collegial interactions across all departmental and administrative levels.
  • A strong record of mentoring and supporting the development of staff at all levels and including all levels of staff in decision-making, as appropriate.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • A strong record of scholarship and contributions to the profession through peer-reviewed publications in librarianship or conference presentations at national or international library or related conference sufficient to be appointed at the rank of Associate Librarian.
  • A record of professionally relevant service within a university or college, a state, a region, the nation, or internationally.
  • Experience working with complex budgets.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working successfully in a unionized academic environment with a clear understanding of the principles of shared governance.
  • Successful change management experience.
  • Experience working in a multi-campus environment or in multi-institutional consortia.
  • Experience with strategic planning and project management.
  • Successful experience procuring or managing grants.
  • Experience licensing scholarly content and working with vendors.
  • A second master’s or a Ph.D.
  • Ability to read, write, and speak Spanish, French or another language other than English.


Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Position will be at the faculty rank of Associate Librarian or University Librarian, depending on qualifications and background.

To learn more about the FAU Libraries services and programs, visit the Libraries’ website at:

Florida Atlantic University is a public institution and member of the State University System of Florida and is an Equal Opportunity/ Equal Access Institution.

In addition to the Libraries’ website at:, applicants may find it useful to review the following Google site for additional background information:

Applications will only be accepted through the University’s official portal for this position at: