Gayle Davis, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, recently announced the search for the next Dean of University Libraries. Earlier this year, Dean Lee VanOrsdel announced that she would retire from this position. The Office of the Provost is now accepting online applications and nominations for this position.
Grand Valley State University, established in 1960, is a four-year public comprehensive university. It attracts more than 25,000 students with its high-quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities. Grand Valley provides a fully accredited undergraduate and graduate education grounded in the tradition of liberal education. There are campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids, and Holland and regional centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. Grand Valley serves students from all 83 Michigan counties and dozens of other states and foreign countries. Grand Valley offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in 200+ areas of study. The university is dedicated to individual student achievement, going beyond the traditional classroom experience, with research opportunities and community partnerships. Grand Valley employs more than 3,000 people and is committed to providing a fair and equitable environment for the continued success of all.
The University Libraries enrich the educational mission of the university by advancing intellectual growth and discovery through the acquisition, application, dissemination, and preservation of knowledge, and the promotion of teaching learning, and active scholarship. The libraries offer dynamic and diverse opportunities for research, collaboration, and individual study. From four unique locations (the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons and the Seidman House, both in Allendale; the Steelcase Library at the Richard M. DeVos Center in Grand Rapids; and the Frey Foundation Learning Center in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences in Grand Rapids), the libraries serve the entire Grand Valley community. Each library’s collection is tailored to its location and the programs it serves, with daily deliveries of physical materials between all University Libraries locations.
The Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons, which opened in June of 2013, offers students a wholly new academic library environment that features a suite of unique programs and services to enhance students’ learning experiences, including peer consultant services that help students hone their skills in research, writing, and presenting. Other services that support student research and increase student efficiency include research consultations with professional librarians, a suite of online subject guides to help students find relevant resources on their topics, desktop delivery of journal articles across campuses, an interlibrary loan service that borrows materials from other institutions, and electronic course reserves for required class readings.
Grand Valley State University is committed to inclusion and equity. Candidates from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.