Western Carolina University's Hunter Library seeks an enthusiastic and highly qualified librarian to develop and lead its Content Organization and Management (COM) Department. This is a 12-month tenure track position. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been identified for hire.
Hunter Library invites applications from underrepresented groups and those who have academic experience with diverse populations. The head of COM is responsible for: departmental strategic planning, budgeting, and management; coordination and guidance of departmental recruitment, program review and assessment; mentoring and performance evaluation; oversight of the collegial and peer review processes; supervision of the acquisitions, cataloging & metadata, collection development, and special & digital collections librarians, and advocacy for departmental needs at the library and university levels.
The department head collaborates with COM librarians and departmental liaisons to develop the library's collection of electronic and print resources; collaborates with the digital initiatives team to develop digital projects and programs; and serves as a member of the library-wide leadership team.
The successful candidate will: be responsive to user needs and services in an academic library environment and serve as a mentor, manager, and leader to the staff and faculty in COM; be familiar with technology and emerging trends; participate in departmental and library-wide committees and work groups and function in a full range of professional departmental responsibilities; remain professionally informed and pursue the discovery of new knowledge related to the field of librarianship through scholarship; seek opportunities for professional service; represent WCU in consortial or state collaboration initiatives; work cooperatively with other library departments and internal/external vendors; fully embrace the library's guiding principles; be flexible; and act with integrity. Expected salary range: salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.
About the University: Western Carolina University is a Carnegie engaged institution and one of the 17 senior institutions of the University of North Carolina system. It is a dynamic, regional comprehensive university with over 12,000 students. The university community is composed of faculty, staff, and students from a wide range of cultural backgrounds, and it embraces a diversity of programs, ideas, and people. WCU focuses on academic quality through its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP). It has adopted the Boyer model of scholarship to support its commitment to integrated learning, the scholarship of engagement, and the stewardship of place. Located in Cullowhee, NC, with an instructional site at Biltmore Park in Asheville, WCU is situated in a beautiful valley of the Blue Ridge Mountains, on the traditional homeland of the Cherokee people. It is 52 miles west of Asheville and near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the nation's most spectacular and most visited national parks. While in a small town setting, the university is only 3 hours from Atlanta and Charlotte.
About the Library: Hunter Library has a long, respected record of providing excellent service to the university and region. The library is dedicated to supporting and developing the information, digital, graphic, and visual literacy of students and the teaching and research needs of faculty and staff. The library has four departments composed of 19 faculty and 30 staff members, and an annual budget of approximately $4.5 million. The collection includes approximately 500,000 print and 800,000 e-books; provides access to more than 100,000 journals and more than 300 databases; and hosts 17 digital collections. The library provides support across the university for open access, data management, and work in the digital humanities and is an active partner in the Western North Carolina Library Network.
About the Department: The Content Organization and Management (COM) department selects, acquires, organizes and manages intellectual content and collections of archival and regional importance to support the learning, teaching, and scholarship activities of the WCU community. COM includes 5 librarians and 10 support staff members and is responsible for a collection budget of approximately $1.7 million.
ALA-accredited master's degree in library or information science or international equivalent; at least three to five years of experience in an academic library environment; experience with collection development and acquisition of monographic and continuing resources; demonstrated experience with at least one of the following three areas: collection development and acquisition of monographic and continuing resources, cataloging and metadata creation, or special collections, digital collections, and archives; demonstrated knowledge of budget processes; demonstrated knowledge of evolving business models for acquisitions; experience supervising full-time employees; experience with training and mentoring; experience with integrated library systems and the application of technology to enhance library operations; demonstrated knowledge of best practices, current issues, and trends in technical services.
Knowledge of issues, standards and trends in open access and scholarly communication; experience with Sierra, Banner, and institutional repositories; demonstrated knowledge of or experience with project management; a record of professional engagement and scholarly activity; ability to work collaboratively with colleagues; oral and written communication skills; ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships throughout the library and university; and potential to fulfill the library's requirements for librarianship, scholarship and service. Must be a team player and cooperative with other library departments and internal/external vendors.
Special Instructions to Applicants:
In order to be considered, you must apply online. Hard copy materials will not be accepted for consideration.
You will be required to attach a letter of application, resume or CV, unofficial transcripts of required the degree, and names and telephone numbers of three professional references.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship.
As the westernmost institution in the University of North Carolina system, WCU provides comprehensive educational opportunities to residents in the state’s western region and attracts students from around the globe to explore the region’s vast natural diversity. Founded in 1889 as a teaching college, Western Carolina now provides an education to more than 10,000 students in undergraduate and graduate programs.