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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Collection Strategist and User Experience Librarian

  • Post Date:September 10, 2019
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    Employer Name West Chester University
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invites applications for the position of:


 Tenure-Track AssistantProfessor, Collection Strategist and User Experience Librarian



Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success.  West Chester University (WCU) Libraries invite applications for a tenure-track Collection Strategist and User Experience Librarian to join our team of dedicated librarians.  Librarians at WCU enjoy full faculty status, including a 9-month contract,  faculty pay scale, and same tenure/promotion process as classroom faculty.  As a faculty librarian, maintaining both a scholarly agenda and record of service is essential.

We hope to find a highly collaborative colleague to serve as our Collection Strategist and UX Librarian.  This librarian will utilize data gathered from library systems and a range of university user communities to inform decision-making about the libraries’ collections, spaces, and services.  We are seeking a candidate who is passionate about user-centered and evidence-based collection management.  The Collection Strategist and UX Librarian will work to develop cohesive collection development strategies that support both subject specific disciplines and interdisciplinary programs across campus. He or she will work closely with the Electronic Resources Librarian to ensure strategic collection development regardless of format.  The Collection Strategist and UX Librarian will suggest innovations to better serve both our physical and virtual users, and collaborate across the libraries to implement those projects. We are hoping to embark on a major library renovation in the near future, so an analysis of and plan for our physical holdings will be an immediate priority.

West Chester University recently unveiled a new strategic plan, Pathways to Success, which focuses on student success as core to our university mission.  WCU Libraries believe that we are a key player in supporting student success on campus.  The Collection Strategist Librarian will contribute to this mission by helping us make our collections and spaces more responsive to the changing needs of our university community, especially our students.

Collection Strategy and User Experience

  • Manages and assesses collections data from library systems (ExLibris analytics).
  • Identifies user needs by leading library initiatives to gather user research data and conducting usability studies.
  • Recommends new initiatives to meet user needs regarding library resources, spaces, and services.
  • Chairs a new collection development team, which will collaboratively develop user-centered collection strategies and policies and assess library collections for relevance, impact, and usability.
  • Works collaboratively with subject liaison librarians on collection development projects.
  • Creates data reports for both accreditation processes and national level library reports.
  • Oversees the libraries physical materials budgets and ordering.
  • Serves as liaison to one or more departments in the social sciences.

 Continuing Scholarly Growth

  • Demonstrates continued professional growth through publications, presentations, professional activities, and other contributions to advance the profession.
  • Engages in scholarship that includes research, scholarly, or creative activities required for tenure and promotion.
  • A record of and/or interest in scholarship.


  •  Provides service to the library, the university, and the profession through committee work, conference attendance, or similar endeavors.
  •  Participates in library and university governance (shared governance).


  • An earned Master’s in Library Science (MLS) or equivalent from an American Library Association accredited institution.
  • Experience with collection management in an academic library.
  • Strong data analysis abilities, including facility with gathering, analyzing and reporting data,  and knowledge of relevant software/tools. 
  • Knowledge of trends and tools for collection assessment such as altmetrics.
  • Experience or coursework in user experience research methodologies.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a collegial academic environment.
  • The potential to achieve the requirements for tenure and promotion in the areas of librarianship, research, and service.
  •  Successful completion of an on-campus interview process that includes a presentation.


  • Second master’s or advanced degree.
  • Experience with Alma and Primo.
  • Experience with data visualization tools.
  • Familiarity with design thinking.
  • Experience with library acquisitions.
  • Experience with reference and instruction in an academic library.


Interested applicants should apply online at  West Chester University offers a competitive benefits package.  Rank and salary commensurate with experience.  Salary based upon the schedule established by the faculty Collective Bargaining Agreement, see page 8, pay range Q02 for the assistant professor scale.

Application materials must include:

  1. Cover letter / letter of application.
  2. Curriculum Vitae.
  3. Names, affiliations and phone numbers of three professional references.
  4. Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts (pdf suggested); official transcripts will be requested prior to hire.

Review of applications will begin September 29th, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.   Applicants must successfully complete the interview process, including a teaching demonstration, to be considered as a finalist.

Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU’s educational mission and strategic plan Pathways to Success. West Chester University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment background checks.