Clarification: The Chair position is a 12 month position meaning the Chair serves in a year round capacity (as opposed to a standard faculty 9 or 10 month contract period). The position is a regular faculty appointment and not a short term position.

Chair of the Department of Library and Information Studies - University at Buffalo


The Department of Library and Information Studies within the Graduate School of Education at the University at Buffalo invites nominations and applications for the 12 month position of Chair of the Department of Library and Information Studies, which will begin August 1, 2013. The University at Buffalo is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.


What we seek…


We seek a Chair that can strategically develop and lead the Department and its diverse stakeholders into the future through a shared vision that maximizes the Department’s strategic strengths, resources and opportunities.


The ideal applicant:

·       Earned a doctorate in library and information science or a related discipline

·       Earned a MLS / MLIS if the doctorate is in a related discipline

·       Has a record of scholarship appropriate for appointment as an Associate or Full Professor with tenure in the University

·       Worked as a Chair, Associate Chair, Director, or similar administrative position which includes financial and human resource management

·       Has previous success in program development, strategic planning and assessment

·       Developed and managed outside funding

·       Completed accreditation processes successfully

·       Supported pre-tenured and tenured faculty in research development

·       Can advocate for the LIS program and its stakeholders

·       Communicates and collaborates effectively

·       Worked in both traditional and emerging technology curriculum delivery in education programs

·       Worked professionally in the LIS field


Who we are…

Our Department of Library and Information Studies has been continuously accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1972 and enjoys strong stakeholder support from the community. We have 12 faculty and 4 staff positions that are responsible for the program and its delivery. We currently have 350 students in traditional and online course delivery seeking degrees with specializations in academic libraries, collection development, information organization, information technologies, reference, public libraries, school library media centers, and special libraries (including archives and museum studies, music, health sciences, law, and technical / corporate). We also offer the MLS - Library Media Specialist concentration, MLS/JD (Law) Dual Major, MLS/MA (music) Dual Major and an Advanced Studies Certificate. Our Master of Library Science (MLS) degree program has produced more than 3,600 graduates to date. 

The University at Buffalo (UB) is a flagship institution in the State University of New York (SUNY) system. UB is the largest and most comprehensive campus in the 64-campus SUNY system. UB is a premier, research-intensive public university dedicated to academic excellence and is a member of the Association of American Universities. Our research, creative activity and people positively impact the world. Like the city we call home, UB is distinguished by a culture of resilient optimism, resourceful thinking and pragmatic dreaming that enable us to reach others every day.


The Buffalo-Niagara Falls region is teeming with four seasons of activities and events from arts, culture, and historical tourism to professional sports and environmental splendor.  The City of Buffalo is consistently voted a top arts and culture destination. Moreover, Elmwood Village and Kenmore Village have been awarded top ten great neighborhoods by the American Planning Association.  Ethnic and cultural diversity abound with the imprint of mass immigration of the nineteenth and twentieth century blending with twenty-first century’s newest immigrants. While we’re known for our snow, we also have the most sunshine of any northeastern city. To learn more about the opportunities of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls area, visit

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The Process…

The Search Committee will accept nominations and applications until the position is filled.



Please send nominations to the Search Committee Chair and include the nominee’s name, position, email address, and telephone number.



Please include the following application materials online at (1) a cover letter expressing interest in the position, (2) a complete vita, and (3) contact information for three professional references. Initial screening of completed applications will begin November 16, 2012 and continue until an appointment is made. 


Please send inquiries and nominations to:  Dr. Larry Nash White, Search Committee Chair, 534 Baldy Hall, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY 14260. 

Phone: 716-645-1473 Email: [log in to unmask]




Larry Nash White, PhD.   

Office: 524 Baldy Hall


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