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Associate Dean

Western Carolina University invites applications and nominations for the position of Associate Dean of Library Services. The Associate Dean will be a knowledgeable, experienced, and visionary leader supporting the Dean, department heads, faculty, and staff by providing exceptional administrative leadership. Requiring a broad understanding of how libraries contribute to the teaching and learning mission of the university, the Associate Dean will coordinate library-wide strategic planning; assessment; public relations and marketing; external partnerships and outreach; and special initiatives and projects. As appropriate, the Associate Dean will represent the library on campus and community activities when asked by the Dean or in the absence of the Dean.
Reporting to the Dean of Library Services, this is a 12-month, non-tenure-track position. The Associate Dean serves the library by assisting the Dean in developing and promoting areas such as library assessment, Friends of Hunter Library, coordinating the library’s diversity goals, and coordinating all the efforts of promoting library resources and services in a working environment that highly values collegiality, collaboration, and creativity

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Cataloging and Metadata Librarian

The Cataloging and Metadata Librarian will participate in planning and implementing digital projects including exploring new technologies in metadata applications; metadata schema adaptation; developing standards, policies and procedures; training library staff to create and apply metadata; and project management. The position supervises and directs the work of four staff members. The cataloging and metadata librarian will create MARC and non-MARC metadata. The ideal candidate will work well with diverse stakeholders, be able to manage complex workflows and participate in the creation of digital projects that have both immediate appeal and lasting significance.

This is a 12 month tenure track Assistant Professor position which reports to the Head of Content Organization and Management, but will work in close collaboration with other library units. The cataloging and metadata librarian will be involved in ongoing projects such as the WCU Oral History Collection https://www.wcu.edu/hunter-library/find/digital-collections.aspx and will also be expected to participate in the development of new digital projects. The position will also have responsibility for overseeing and contributing to the creation of Special Collections finding aids in ArchivesSpace, and for cataloging traditional library materials such as books and non-print resources.

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Discovery and Resource Sharing Librarian

This position will provide leadership and professional expertise in library resource sharing and electronic resource access and discovery. The incumbent will proactively identify user pain points in the discovery and delivery of library resources and collaborate across library units to find solutions to these problems. The position will lead the collection and analysis of usage data to support e-resource collection assessment and process improvement.

The Discovery and Resource Sharing Librarian has responsibility for the overall, strategic direction of electronic resource management in the library and directs the day-to-day operations among the unit staff. The position coordinates the activation, customization, and maintenance of a wide range of licensed electronic resources such as databases, journals, and books. They will oversee all resource sharing activities, including managing ILL systems and service quality. They will stay abreast of emerging trends and standards in e-resource discovery and sharing and establish best practices.

Other responsibilities include supervising two full-time staff members; administration of e-resource management tools (e.g. EZProxy, Full Text Finder, Summon, etc.); oversight of resource sharing systems (ILLiad/Tipasa) and ILL request fulfillment; and maintaining the integrity of e-resource knowledge bases. The successful candidate will be professionally engaged, forward-thinking, collaborative, and able to initiate and complete projects in a timely and independent manner.

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Undergraduate Experience Librarian

This librarian will design, coordinate, and assess learning opportunities and services, including research assistance and library instruction, for undergraduate programs such as first-year composition and first-year experience classes. The person in this position will evaluate the undergraduate user’s experience of the library and explore avenues for engaging with partners across campus including the Honors College, Writing and Learning Commons, First Year Experience Programs, and will work to enhance outreach to transfer students and other undergraduate communities.

The librarian in this position will also provide high-quality face-to-face and virtual reference services to all of the library’s constituencies at the library’s reference service point and will develop tutorials and research guides based on student and curricular needs. The librarian will participate in collection development and perform other duties as assigned.

All RIS librarians at Hunter Library provide interdisciplinary, high-quality research assistance and library instruction during weekdays, evenings, and weekends. RIS librarians also participate—both on campus and at other instructional sites—in an active information literacy program and collaborate with colleagues in library-wide decision-making and initiatives. The successful candidate will assume responsibility for additional duties, projects, assignments, and initiatives as needed or assigned.

This is a 12-month, tenure-track position reporting to the Research and Instruction Services department head. The successful candidate will be professionally engaged, inquisitive, creative, and fully committed to fulfilling tenure requirements in teaching/librarianship, service, and scholarship.

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