University Librarian

Update: Clem Guthro hired as University Librarian

The University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa (UH Mānoa) seeks a motivated, dynamic and experienced visionary leader to serve as University Librarian. Building upon the many strengths of the University, as well as the unique attributes of Hawai‘i and its uniquely multi-cultural and diverse populations of students, faculty and staff, the successful candidate has an exciting opportunity to lead the Library in becoming a stronger intellectual presence in Hawai‘i and beyond. Reporting to the Provost, the University Librarian will provide leadership and guidance in all aspects of the Library, including positioning the Library locally, nationally, and globally; maximizing the benefit of its multi-cultural and Pacific island environment; intellectual development; fundraising; and management of all aspects of Library operations, including developing and ensuring stewardship of a sustainable digital preservation program.

This position offers the opportunity to promote and grow the Library’s world-class Hawaiian, Pacific, and Asia Collections, and its unique special collections such as the Jean Charlot Collection, the Hawai’i Congressional Papers Collection, the Hawai’i War Records Depository, and the Japanese American Veterans Collection. These collections attract scholars from all of the world and will provide the successful candidate with the opportunity to leverage these outstanding collections to nurture continuing relationships with donors, increase funding from foundations and private funding sources, and build new relationships locally, nationally, and throughout the Asia-Pacific region. 

The UH Mānoa Library serves as a key resource for the Mānoa campus as well as for the other UH system campuses. The Library has approximately 134 faculty and staff members, and the annual budget is approximately $17.8 million. The collections contain more than 3.4 million volumes, 66,014 electronic journals, 23 million microform units, 15,000 linear feet of manuscripts and archives, 112,000 audiovisual items, and nearly 200,000 maps and 100,000 aerial photographs.  The digital map collections contain over 150,000 digital maps and aerials.  The Library houses research collections in the humanities, social sciences, science, and technology; the area focus collections for Hawai‘i, the Pacific, and Asia, and other special research collections, Hawaiian, Pacific, and Asia Collections, other special research collections, and the University Archives and Manuscripts, which collects, preserves, and documents UH history.

UH Mānoa is one of the premier institutions of higher learning in the Pacific and part of an international community of research universities. It is the flagship campus of the UH System and currently enrolls more than 17,000 students.  UH Mānoa is one of the nation’s few land-, sea-, and space-grant institutions, and it plays a vital role in Hawaiian, Asian, and Pacific communities through education, research, outreach, and service. Many of the University’s fields of study relate directly to the distinctive geographical and cultural setting of Hawai‘i, an island community with diverse ecosystems and exceptional cultural diversity. For more information about UH Mānoa and the Library, please go to and

Nominations, inquiries, and application information

Nominations, inquiries, and applications are being accepted for this position. Review of applications will begin on June 28, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications should be submitted by July 5, 2019. 

To apply, please visit and search for Position Number 89101. Note: If you have not applied for a position before using NEOGOV, you will need to create an account. Please attach the following to the online application:  a cover letter summarizing the candidate’s interest and qualifications for the position, a current curriculum vitae, and the names of four (4) professional references, including title and contact information.  For inquiries and nominations:  email, or Michele Tom; 808-956-9396 / Fax: 808-956-7115.

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The University of Hawai‘i is an equal opportunity institution and encourages applications from and nominations of women and minority candidates.

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