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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Director of Library Programs

Appalachian College Association


The Appalachian College Association (ACA) invites applications and nominations for the position of Director of Library Programs. The Director is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Bowen Central Library of Appalachia. We seek a colleague who will be an enthusiastic and creative partner in the work of the BCLA and its member campuses.


The Appalachian College Association is a nonprofit consortium of 35 private four-year liberal arts member institutions located across the central Appalachian region. Collectively serving over 54,000 students, the Association actively seeks to enhance and develop both its member institutions and the people of their home communities through higher education and related services. One of the most vital services provided by the ACA is the Bowen Central Library of Appalachia (BCLA). The BCLA was organized to provide ACA member institutions with the most advanced library information resources at the most economical price. All 35 institutions of the ACA have access to a core collection of more than 150,000 ebook titles as well as additional electronic resources. The BCLA also provides a Shared Catalog on an Innovative Interfaces platform for 28 member institutions. An integrated library system provides data about physical holdings as well as access to electronic resources, and includes a proxy server to provide authenticated remote access to resources for faculty, staff, and students from anywhere in the world.


The Director of Library Programs will:

  • Coordinate and facilitate effective and efficient structure of the BCLA through clear communication and collaboration with Library Directors and staff
  • Supervise the Technical Services Coordinator
  • Oversee budget in collaboration with the ACA Business Office
  • Negotiate contracts with vendors for databases and services
  • Serve as BCLA liaison with the ACA CAOs and CAO Council
  • Determine training and development opportunities important for the BCLA staff in staying current with new and emerging practices


An ALA-accredited masters of library science, strong collaboration skills, ability to work diplomatically with multiple constituencies, strong organizational skills and attention to detail, excellent communication skills, and experience with academic libraries are required. Experience with library consortia is desired.


Applicants should submit a cover letter speaking to their experience in the above areas, a current CV, and the names, email addresses, and phone numbers for five professional references (references will not be contacted without permission of finalists). All application materials must be submitted as PDF files to A successful background check will be required prior to employment.


Review of applications begins October 23, and continues until the position is filled.