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Acquisitions Librarian

Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library seeks an Acquisitions Librarian to provide leadership and professional expertise in the selection, acquisition, and renewal of print and electronic monographic resources, media, special format materials, and continuing resources (journals and databases).

This is a 12-month tenure track position.

The position will work with the Collection Development Librarian to establish overall priorities for the $1.7M library collections budget and be responsible for the ongoing expenditure and maintenance of the one-time and continuing resources budgets.

The Acquisitions Librarian supervises all departmental activity in ordering and receiving materials in all formats via firm order, DDA, EBA, approval plans, and subscriptions. This position regularly reviews current and prospective vendors to assess service and pricing options and renegotiates service fees and contractual terms with the appropriate vendors.

Other responsibilities include supervising three staff members; coordinating ordering, payment, and receipt of monographs and continuing resources; license negotiation; collection assessment activities; establishing and maintaining effective relationships with publishers, vendors and subscriptions agents; and evaluating consortial purchasing opportunities.

The successful candidate will be professionally engaged, forward-thinking, detail-oriented, collegial, and demonstrate the ability to initiate and complete projects in a timely and independent manner.

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Department Head - Content Organization and Management

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.

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Special and Digital Collections Librarian

Reporting to the Head of Content Organization and Management, this is a 12-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated initial appointment at the rank of assistant professor. The Special and Digital Collections Librarian will serve as a member of the Content Organization and Management Department’s leadership team. Library faculty are highly engaged in scholarship, service, and in library planning and policy making. Salary is commensurate with qualifications. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected for hire.

Responsibilities include:
Managing the daily operation of the Special and Digital Collections unit consisting of 3.75 FTE staff as well as student assistants and interns. Coordinating on and off-campus assistance to patrons, including management of the Special Collections reading room and related reference services. Coordinating planning, implementation, maintenance, expansion, and promotion of digital content, including the creation of new digital collections and digital preservation strategies. Providing outreach to the university and region and providing expertise to organizations such as historical societies and museums. Working with potential and existing community partners and donors, including identifying and obtaining new collections. Overseeing the processing of archival collections, including inventory, arrangement, and description. Coordinating the collection of monographs for both Special Collections and the library’s circulating collection. Materials include independently published memoirs, regional histories, Southern Appalachian monographs, and works that focus on Cherokee history and culture. Identifying potential collections for digitization and potential grant sources to facilitate funding of projects. Engaging students with archival collections, including teaching class groups and coordinating projects with groups or individuals, including student interns. Collaborating with the metadata and cataloging unit staff to establish consistent descriptive metadata for digitized collections and manage ArchivesSpace, the library’s collections finding aid and inventory system. Increasing diversity and representation in archival and digital collections. Collaborating with various library units in the management of the library’s hosted digital collections platform (currently CONTENTdm), as well as the unit’s web presence, and would help the department coordinate any migrations to new platforms. Working with partner organizations and libraries on collaborative digitization projects. Keeping current with trends in special collections and archives, digital library technologies, curation practices, preservation formats and standards. Facilitating effective communication throughout the library and throughout the library and across the university and region.

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