The University Library is organizationally placed within the University's Academic Affairs Division. The Dean of the Library reports directly to the Vice President for Academic Affairs & Provost and serves as a member of the Council of Deans and the Provost's Academic Group.
The Library has four administrative divisions (Reference & Instruction, Research & Access, Collections & Technical Services, and Information Technology). In addition, the Library administration includes the Dean's Office, Business Services Department, and Human Resources Office. The Dean's Office has a wide range of duties including oversight of faculty personnel (promotion and tenure, post-tenure review, searches, and annual evaluation), development and relationship with the ISU Foundation, equipment purchases, and grants. The executive administrative leadership includes the Dean of the Library, three Associate Deans, and the Information Technology Officer.
The Library professional librarians hold faculty rank. The Library Faculty holds monthly meetings, approves major faculty governance documents (e.g.,Promotion and tenure policies and procedures, Post tenure review policies and procedures, and the Library faculty constitution/by-laws), and elects its three officers (Chair, Vice Chair and Secretary). The faculty officers conduct the elections of key faculty governance groups (i.e., the department-level and college-level promotion and tenure committees, and the Travel & Research Committee), as well as the Library Faculty Senator. They also plan monthly faculty meetings, and advise the Dean of the Library.
The Library also participates in broader governance and strong consortial activities through the Board of Regents, State of Iowa. The umbrella committee is the Committee on Library Cooperation (CLC, comprised of the three executive officers of the university libraries). The CLC reports to the Interinstitutional Council of Provosts, and submits an annual report. Reporting to the CLC are Collection Management Council, the Library Information Technologies Council, and a variety of short-term task forces. Interinstitutional interests include reference and instruction, interlibrary loan, and preservation.
Central Administrative Leadership and Organization:
The four Library Divisions:
Major Library-Wide Administrative and Leadership Groups:
Major Library-Wide Programmatic Committees/Councils:
The Library has five key mechanisms for communication.
The Dean of the Library serves as the administrative head of the University Library, and the Department Chair of the Library Faculty. The dean delegates administrative responsibilities to the associate deans (ADs) and the Information Technology Officer. The associate deans serves as the department heads in matters related to promotion & tenure and post tenure reviews. The dean shares responsibilities for faculty searches with the ADs. The Library Faculty is responsible for making formal recommendations on faculty governance documents to the Dean of the Library.
The four divisions have separate mechanisms for discussion and advice on divisional policies, initiatives, reports, etc.
The Library is responsible for compliance with university policies, state and federal laws and regulations, and professional ethical guidelines. Key policies and guidelines include:
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