Humanities Librarian for Collection Management

Position Title Humanities Librarian for Collection Management Tenure Status Tenure Track Position Number 026391 Department Library-Collection Dev - 275018 Minimum Qualifications
  • ALA -accredited master’s degree or equivalent advanced degree.
  • Subject knowledge and experience with one or more humanities disciplines.
  • Experience with collection management and budgeting.
  • One or more years of experience in teaching and instruction.
  • Demonstrated experience working collaboratively or in a team setting.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated potential to meet university and library criteria for tenure and promotion, including scholarly presentations and/or publications and service.
Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required)
  • Second Master’s degree in a discipline of the humanities.
  • One or more years of experience in an academic library.
  • Experience with collection or data analysis.
  • Knowledge of intellectual property, fair use, copyright, licensing agreements, etc.
  • Prior experience working with vendors.
  • Proficiency with computer technology and library software.
License/Certification Required


Description of the Department or Unit

University Libraries of Appalachian State University consist of the Belk Library and Information Commons and the Erneston Music Library and employ 85 library faculty and staff. Belk Library is a beautifully designed and popular facility with over 1 million visits per year. We are a member of the Western North Carolina Library Network ( WNCLN ). Additional information about the Library, the University, and the surrounding area may be found at Appalachian State University , Library , and Human Resources .

University Libraries seeks to recruit and retain a talented and diverse faculty. Our employees work in a collegial and collaborative environment, and the Libraries offer strong support for professional development. We value diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and are actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. Library employees are committed to collaborating to create a welcoming multicultural environment and therefore seek candidates who can contribute to this goal. More information on the University Libraries Diversity & Inclusion Plan can be found at here .

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Team: Collection Management
Reports to: Coordinator of Collection Management

Position Context
At Appalachian, Belk Library and Information Commons serve as the primary information source for academic/research departments and colleges. Library faculty work in a collegial team-based environment, are members of the University faculty, participate in the Library’s instruction program, and engage in active programs of scholarship and professional service. Library faculty communicate with a wide variety of patrons, including students, faculty, staff, researchers, vendors, staff in other libraries, and the general public. Some positions require specialized knowledge in an additional discipline, field, or subject area. Some positions may independently lead, guide, and direct functional areas of a library.

Collection Management Librarian responsibilities include:
Assessment/strategy, budgeting, collection supervision, and outreach/instruction to liaison departments. The librarian’s outlook is holistic and collaborative, examining the overall needs of the university and library while advocating for their assigned departments and programs.

Core Position Responsibilities

Collection management

  • Work collaboratively as a member of the Collection Management Team, participating in collection analysis, budget management, and policy development.
  • Select and manage materials that support the curriculum in the areas of English, art, history, theatre, dance, and others related to the humanities.
  • Consult with the technical services team (Resources and Acquisitions Management) and monitor processing of humanities materials.

Budgeting & Assessment

  • Wisely and judiciously use funds provided for purchase of humanities materials to support instruction, student, and faculty research.
  • Determine budget needs of assigned departments and programs, and advocate for a suitable annual fund allocation within the holistic conversation about university needs. The librarian is responsible for understanding their budgets and expending those funds in an expeditious manner.
  • Work collaboratively as a member of the Collection Management Team, participating in collection analysis, budget management, and policy development.
  • Maintain regular communication with the faculty and students in their disciplines.
  • Follow information trends in assigned areas, and keep track of curricular changes.
  • Analyze circulation, ILL, usage, and pricing data to provide useful statistical metrics for decision-making.

Instruction & Outreach

  • Participate in the Library’s instruction program, usually for upper-level students and faculty, including classroom instruction and individual research consultations both on-campus and online with a focus on humanities disciplines.
  • Collaborate with the Information Literacy Librarian for Humanities and other instruction faculty in the library.
  • Assist in the assessment of instruction and reference services.
  • Serve as front-line contact for questions about the collection and intellectual property, i.e. licensing agreements, and may rely on others in the library with deeper knowledge as appropriate.
  • Outreach proactively with humanities faculty in support of their teaching and scholarship.
  • Address the information needs of individuals and groups through marketing products and services.
  • Provide advanced reference service, both online and in-person, to students and faculty. -Collection management librarians serve as the subject expert, particularly for junior, senior, graduate, and faculty clientele.
    -Support special projects & events in the humanities, scholarly communication (i.e. the NC DOCKS institutional repository), and digital humanities on campus.
  • Contribute to campus and library-related programming.

Scholarship and Service

  • Engage in an active program of scholarship and professional service to the Library, to the University, and/or to the public, including committee work, as specified in the University’s Faculty Handbook.

As a part of the COVID -19 response, Appalachian State University is employing flexible teaching formats to address academic needs and to comply with local, state and federal public health regulations or orders. Your deans retain the discretion to assign or reassign you to teach in either online or in-person formats during or after the COVID -19 pandemic, as necessary.

Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of a professional position at a university.

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Suggested Salary Range $54,000-$62,000, salary may vary based on the faculty ranking. Special Instructions to Applicants

A complete application consists of:
(1) a cover letter addressing the minimum qualifications and additional areas of interest,
(2) a full C.V. including education and relevant experience,
(3) a statement addressing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; and
(4) the name, address, email, and telephone number of three to five references who are knowledgeable about their qualifications for this position.

Information about tenure, promotion, and other faculty responsibilities is found in the University Faculty Handbook .

Information specific to library faculty is found in Library Faculty Guidelines .

Please note this position is based on enrollment and subject to available funding.

AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

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