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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 highly capable administrator with a demonstrated record of success in building, leading, and sustaining new programs and partnerships in libraries. The position will require a broad understanding of higher education institutions, and how libraries contribute to the teaching and learning mission of the university. Functioning as the deputy director for library administration, the Associate Dean will be an integral member of the Hunter Library leadership team, and will be expected to oversee library-wide programs and activities to include: strategic planning and goal-setting in assigned areas; marketing and communications; external partnerships and outreach, development and grant-seeking; stewardship and growth of the Friends of Hunter Library organization; and leadership and coordination of the library’s efforts to continuously improve diversity, equity, and inclusion as core organizational values. As appropriate, the associate dean will represent the library in campus and community activities.

Reporting to the Dean of Library Services, this is a 12-month, non tenure-track position. The anticipated annual salary for this position is $95,000. The Associate Dean serves as a resource for library faculty and staff, in a working environment that highly values collegiality, collaboration, and creativity. The Associate Dean will provide coordination and leadership for two standing library committees, the Marketing Committee and the DEI Committee.

The Associate Dean will play a key role in developing and executing the library’s long-range plans in support of the university’s strategic vision, with a particular focus on marketing and communications, and engagement with the campus and external community.

Areas of responsibility will include:
• Strategic planning in assigned areas such as diversity, equity, and inclusion
• Communication programs, including marketing and public relations
• External partnerships and outreach
• Grant-seeking and fund-raising in coordination with the university’s Division of Advancement and Office of Research Administration
• Other duties as assigned

Check the full Associate Dean posting for more information.

Hunter Fellows

The resident will enrich Hunter Library by bringing in new ideas and perspectives, contributing to projects and strategic priorities, and helping to foster diversity, equity, and inclusion within the library. The resident fellow also will have the option to serve on the library-wide DEI Committee and on campus committees and groups that promote DEI across the university. The majority of the first year of the fellowship will be spent working on an existing externally-funded research project. The resident fellow will be given an opportunity during the second year to continue working on the same project, or to design and execute their own research project that aligns with the purpose of the fellowship. This position will report to the Dean of Library Services initially, but may be reassigned later to another supervisor depending upon the resident fellow’s interests and the library’s needs. The fellow will be provided additional support for professional development, at a level commensurate with what is provided to Hunter Library faculty librarians. Appropriate mentoring will be provided, depending upon the interests and career aspirations of the fellow.

This is a 12-months per year fixed-term faculty position at the rank of instructor. Initial appointment period is anticipated to be a two year period. Any appointment beyond the initial term will be at the discretion of WCU campus leadership in accordance with existing Academic Affairs guidelines/policies.

Check the full Hunter Fellows posting for more information.

Special Collections University Library Technician

The position provides services which are part of the overall mission of Special Collections to acquire, arrange and describe, and provide access to its unique or rare research materials, consisting of manuscripts collections, photographic collections, books, ephemera, etc.

Primary duties include:

Provide independent, analytical reference service to patrons with differing research skills (students, faculty staff, community, and professional researchers) to the unique and rare holdings of manuscript collections, photographs, books, and ephemera to in-house individual researchers or to groups, through telephone inquiries and by email. Direct researchers to relevant materials found in the Southern Appalachian Digital Collections. Retrieve relevant research materials from the unit’s Closed Stacks area. Maintain usage statistics for filled reference requests. Provide effective and timely assistance to patron requests for high-resolution images for projects, exhibits, or publications. Serve as initial point of contact for Special Collections’ unit email.

Process manuscript collections acquired by Special Collections. Arrange materials in a logical and systematic format for reference access. Conduct research to provide context to the collection and its contents, preparing descriptive reports and concise inventories for electronic finding aids. Conduct audit of a collection’s contents and components, selecting materials for inclusion in the collection and creating a succinct description of individual items and groups of items. Create inventories based upon critical analysis of discrete items within collections, determining descriptive terminology that accurately conveys the singular and collective contents of the manuscript collection. Enter finding aids into ArchivesSpace in collaboration with Cataloging Department. Identify materials in collections that are fragile, damaged, or in danger of deterioration; determine appropriate preservation strategies; and perform preservation. Collaborate with other library units to add finding aids to the library catalog and ArchivesSpace.

Check the full Special Collections University Library Technician posting for more information.

University Library Technician

The person in this position will provide excellent customer service at the Circulation Desk on weekdays; and most importantly, opening/closing the library building and providing customer service on every Saturday the library is open. This position’s primary responsibility is providing customer service at the Circulation Desk, including circulating library materials using the library’s integrated library system software (Sierra); responding to patron inquiries in person, by telephone, and via email; and interpreting and enforcing library policies. This position shares in the processing of the ABC Express delivery service. As the primary Saturday circulation staff member, the person in this position is responsible for monitoring building conditions and the safety of library patrons, enforcing library behavior policies, opening the library building in the morning, and closing and securing the library building at end of business. This position also oversees the library’s delivery services for Biltmore Park. This position helps in the supervision of student workers, assists in stacks maintenance tasks, assists and instructs patrons in the use of public equipment such as scanners and microfilm readers, supports other Access Services functions as necessary, and participates in special projects as assigned.

Hours for this position are 8am-5pm Tuesday through Friday, 10am-6:30pm on Saturdays, with occasional evening or night hours as needed according to University and Library schedules.

Check the full University Library Technician posting for more information.

Student Employment

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