Minitex Director Search

The University of Minnesota University Libraries seeks a visionary, strategic, and creative senior leader for the Director of Minitex, a regional information and resource sharing organization. As a joint program of the University of Minnesota Libraries and the Minnesota Office of Higher Education, Minitex has grown over time to offer an expansive portfolio of programs and services with significant impact. Now in its 49th year, Minitex is well positioned as a critical resource for the state and a leader in library collaboration.

Minitex Programs & Services

Minitex programs and services include:

Resource Sharing

Minitex Resource Sharing extends library collections by helping all kinds of libraries across Minnesota share materials and enable patrons, regardless of where they live, to access the rich resources of Minnesota libraries. Minitex staff processed 354,780 requests last year.

MNLINK

MNLINK is Minnesota's statewide interlibrary loan website, connecting nearly all of Minnesota's libraries with one easy-to-use search box. Last year, the number of requests sent through MNLINK increased by 4.4% over the previous year.

Behind every request there's a story. "MNLINK has opened up a whole new world of books for me to read. Thank you to all who make this possible. It's wonderful."

Delivery

Minitex Delivery processes, sorts, and packs ingoing and outgoing materials from all over the Minitex region. Last year, for the first time ever, the system handled over one million items.

Ebooks Minnesota

Ebooks Minnesota is the statewide ebook collection for readers of all ages. The collection offers over 5,000 books to any reader within Minnesota's borders. In 2018, use of the collection went up more than 83% over the previous year.

ELM

The eLibrary Minnesota (ELM) includes encyclopedia, magazine, journal, and newspaper articles, plus multimedia, primary sources, and much more. Last year alone, Minnesotans searched ELM 60 million times.

Minnesota Digital Library

Minnesota Digital Library's primary project, Minnesota Reflections, is an online collection of 52,526 primary source materials (including 273,228 associated digital objects) from 190 Minnesota-based contributing organizations.

MLPP

The Minnesota Library Publishing Project (MLPP) provides online publishing tools and training information to support independent authors and small publishers. In its first year, MLPP supported 456 authors on 359 book projects.

Professional Development

Minitex provides training, education, support, and event management on a wide range of library and digital library trends and services. Last year, our efforts reached 5,488 attendees, a five-year high.

Cooperative Purchasing

Minitex leverages the buying power of the library community to get the best price for electronic resources and library products. Last year, 210 Minnesota libraries saved money with Minitex Cooperative Purchasing.

AskMN

AskMN, the online information service available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, is celebrating 10 years on the job. In 2018, librarians from AskMN's network of 44 libraries answered 37,257 questions.

FY2018 Minitex Year in Review infographic - click to view full-size PDF.

FY2018 Minitex Year in Review infographic – click to view full-size PDF.

  • Janice Jaguszewski
    Associate University Librarian and Director Health Sciences Libraries, University of Minnesota (chair)
  • Emily Asch
    Director of Library and Archives, St. Catherine University
  • Pam Gladis
    University Librarian, Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Jolie Graybill
    Assistant Director, Minitex
  • Johnna Horton
    Executive Director, MnPALS
  • Matt Lee
    Associate Director, Minitex
  • Elizabeth Lincoln
    Director, Minnesota Legislative Reference Library
  • Jen Nelson
    Director, State Library Services and Charter Center, Minnesota Department of Education
  • Karen Pundsack
    Executive Director, Great River Regional Library

Position Description

As a leadership position within the University of Minnesota Libraries, the Minitex Director is part of an award-winning, innovative library organization. The University of Minnesota–Twin Cities, is a classic Big Ten campus in the heart of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. It is both the state land-grant university, with a strong tradition of education and public service, and a major research institution, with scholars of national and international reputation. The metropolitan area offers rich cultural, educational, and recreational opportunities.

Minitex Director full position description

Salary & Benefits

This is a full-time, 12-month, administrative position. The Libraries and Minitex offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits and substantial moving allowance.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online at http://z.umn.edu/ulib404. After choosing your applicant group, enter 329122 in the search box to find the job post.

To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and CV/resume. You must address all required qualifications in either your cover letter or CV to be considered for the position.

Please attach the following documents in Word or PDF format (DO NOT copy and paste):

  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.
  • Cover letter addressing all required qualifications and any relevant preferred qualifications (identify the cover letter with UL404).
  • Names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of three current professional references.

Diversity

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission. The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Learn more about diversity at the University of Minnesota.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please email employ@umn.edu or call 612-624-8647.

The University of Minnesota is an Equal Opportunity Educator and Employer.

Contact Information

Sheri Stone
Director of Libraries Human Resources & Organization Development

Phone: 612-624-5802
Email: ston0047@umn.edu

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