Collections and Technical Services Library Faculty
Employee Type: Faculty
Position Number: 084874
Work Location: Vancouver, WA
Summary of Duties: Washington State University (WSU) Vancouver invites applications for Collections and Technical Services Library Faculty, a twelve-month, full-time, tenure-track position to begin July 1, 2020. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits are competitive.
WSU Vancouver Library supports the research and scholarship of the students and faculty at the Vancouver campus. The Library combines physical and digital collections, robust document delivery services and user-focused public services to continually build and adapt to WSU Vancouver's dynamic and growing environment. As part of the WSU Libraries multi-campus system, collaboration and strong partnerships are central to our work.
This position is part of a team that acquires, maintains, and assesses library collections in support of learning, teaching, and research in alignment with the strategic directions of the campus and the Library. Under the general supervision of the Library Director, the Collections and Technical Services faculty member supports the learning and teaching goals of the campus community through the life cycle management of print and electronic resources and the development and maintenance of local library technologies. As tenure-track faculty, this librarian will develop and execute a research agenda and participate in the libraries, campus and community service.
Work with university and library colleagues to ensure current collections meet the needs of an evolving and growing campus, with a diversity of viewpoints, interests, needs, and perspectives, and are in support of the Campus and Library's strategic plans.
Participate in the life cycle of collection activities (acquisitions, cataloging, and withdrawal) while considering collection, user, and space needs
Supervise, evaluate, and lead one full-time library staff and participate in the supervision of part-time student or temporary employees.
Contribute to ongoing review and documentation of workflows for efficiency and effectiveness with the collections management team.
Ensure consistent access to the Library's electronic resources by overseeing the Library's electronic resource management systems and associated metadata.
Stay current with emerging trends and best practices related to collection development, cataloging & technical services.
Make recommendations for budget allocations and expenditures to build collections in all formats that meet the needs of our users.
Gather and evaluate data from multiple sources, including usage data, collection and expenditure data, and other data as needed for both decision-making and reporting.
Interact and negotiate with library faculty from all WSU libraries, state-wide, and the Orbis-Cascade Alliance Consortium for selection and evaluation of library resources.
Document policies and procedures to ensure consistent practices.
10% Manage Library Technologies
Coordinate the acquisition, maintenance and troubleshooting of various library technologies in both public and staff areas.
Supervise part-time student or temporary employee(s).
20% Research and Publication
As a tenure-track member of the library faculty, the successful candidate is expected to pursue an active and ongoing program of research, publication and professional development. Preferred broad areas of research are: Equity & Inclusion in Library Collections & Services Understanding physical spaces and their relationship to academic success.
Represent the Vancouver Library and/or WSU Libraries on committees as requested.
Actively participate in the campus, the SW Washington community and the profession.
WSU Vancouver is an inclusive, innovative, non-residential research university dedicated to offering premier undergraduate and graduate educational and research experiences. Situated on 351 scenic acres, WSU Vancouver is in the homeland of the Chinookan and Taidnapam peoples and the Cowlitz Indian Tribe. WSU Vancouver is located in Vancouver, WA in the southwest region of Washington State. The Campus has been awarded the Insight Into Diversity 2019 Heed Award which recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion. (See https://www.vancouver.wsu.edu/news/wsu-vancouver-receives-insight-diversity-2019-heed-award)
A part of the Portland, OR metro area, Vancouver offers a wealth of cultural and recreational interests including visual and performing arts, identity-specific community events, professional sports teams, and farmers' markets and nature trails. With a population of approximately 300,000, the Greater Vancouver Area has been experiencing significant growth, from increasing diversity across social identities to expansion of the downtown waterfront community. Access to a number of nearby attractions is facilitated by Vancouver's central location. The Oregon coast, Cascade mountain range, and Seattle are within 2.5 hours of Vancouver by car. It is a short flight from Portland International Airport (PDX) to other nearby major cities, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Reno, and Vancouver, BC.
WSU Vancouver is one of 6 campuses that comprise Washington State University, Washington's land-grant university and a Tier 1 research institution. As the second largest campus in the WSU system and the only public four-year educational institution in Southwest Washington, WSU Vancouver is an equity-minded campus that enjoys extraordinary community support and is committed to developing areas of academic and research excellence that fulfill regional needs. The campus currently offers 22 bachelor's degrees, 9 master's degrees, and 3 doctoral degrees with more than 100 tenure line faculty. A personal atmosphere, relatively small classes, and interaction with world-class faculty attract 3,500 students.
To learn more about the WSU Vancouver campus, visit www.vancouver.wsu.edu. To learn more about the Vancouver community, visit: https://www.cityofvancouver.us/
Required Qualifications: ALA-accredited MLS, MLIS, or equivalent by time of appointment. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Experience in at least one of the following: management of electronic resources, collection development, technologies used in acquisitions, collection management or technical services. Evidence of successful management and maintenance of technologies. Interest in working with faculty and students in one of the following areas: nursing, business, sciences, engineering & computer science. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively. Ability to be flexible in response to changing needs and priorities. Interest in developing and executing a research agenda.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carnegie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with i...ts Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.