May 23, 2022

Vanderbilt University Begins Search For New University Librarian

From the University:

Vice Provost for Learning and Residential Affairs Cynthia Cyrus has appointed a faculty committee, chaired by School of Law Dean Chris Guthrie, to conduct a search for the position of Vanderbilt university librarian. Nominations for the position are now open and may be submitted on the Office of the Provost website.


The university librarian will report to Cyrus and will serve as the executive administrator of the Jean and Alexander Heard Library, with responsibility for the Television News Archive and nine divisional libraries. Those libraries include: the Central Library, Special Collections and University Archives, Peabody Library, Divinity Library, Alyne Queener Massey Law Library, Walker Management Library, Anne Potter Wilson Music Library, Sarah Shannon Stevenson Science and Engineering Library, and the Eskind Biomedical Library.

One of the new librarian’s first priorities will be establishing plans to implement the recommendations the Future of the Libraries Committee detailed in their April 2015 report.


The university librarian will oversee collection acquisition and development, budgeting, staff, fundraising, the maintenance and formation of state, regional, national and international partnerships, library services, physical space, information technology adoption and development, website development and strategic planning. The ideal candidate will be a collegial, visionary and experienced leader, with the proven ability to manage, develop and forward the strategic vision of an academic research library, while successfully implementing operational details and managing staff.

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on a Related Note…

Vanderbilt University: “Future of the Libraries Focus of New Report” (September 8, 2015)

See Also: Vanderbilt’s Dean of Libraries, Connie Vinita Dowell, Announces Retirement (April 10, 2014)

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