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University of Wisconsin-Madison
University Libraries
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Posted: 11/21/2017
Vice Provost for University Libraries / University Librarian

The University of Wisconsin-Madison invites nominations and applications for the position of Vice Provost for University Libraries / University Librarian.

The Vice Provost leads the process of developing a clear vision to sustain and enhance the role of libraries in the intellectual life of the university. The Vice Provost works to increase the libraries’ support from internal and external sources and leverages and aligns those resources to facilitate strategic priorities and needs, to transform the libraries’ physical spaces to support evolving needs around teaching, learning and research, to develop staff skills and roles that align with the rapidly changing roles libraries play in supporting research and scholarship, to develop and enhance access to relevant, distinct and engaging content and collections, and to develop and engage in campus, regional, national and international partnerships to develop economies of scale that facilitate scholarship and better support the mission of the university and the libraries.

The General Library System encompasses the majority of UW-Madison libraries and has a budget of more than $24.7 million with approximately $11 million dedicated to collections. The overall campus libraries' collection budget is nearly $13 million. The GLS involves approximately 220 full time employees and its physical collections are among the largest in the country with more than ten million volumes. The UW-Madison Libraries ranks in the top tier in resource sharing, interlibrary loan, article delivery services and in-library usage of library resources and facilities (with nearly 4 million visitors annually). For more information, see:

Additional information and a complete position description may be found at:

The successful candidate will have demonstrated significant experience at a research or university library, including substantial administrative experience in a supervisory role; demonstrated experience in fundraising, advancement and donor development, as well as exceptional interpersonal communication and presentation skills.

A letter of application describing interest in the position and how professional experience has prepared the candidate for this position should be accompanied by a curriculum vitae and a list of professional references.

Please submit inquiries, nominations and application materials to: Professor Kristin Eschenfelder, chair of the search and screen committee, at, by Friday, January 19, 2018 to ensure consideration.