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Assistant Director of Collections - Western Libraries, WWU

Western Washington University
Washington, United States
$64,848.00 - $75,656.00
Posted Date
Dec 8, 2021

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Position Type
Administrative, Academic Affairs, Librarians & Library Administration
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Employment Type
Full Time
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The Collection Services division of the Western Libraries facilitates and coordinates the management of the Libraries’ collections. This collection management includes stewardship of the library resource access budget and active engagement at every stage of the lifecycle of library materials. The division’s work encompasses but is not limited to the selection, acquisition, organization, delivery, and preservation of content, as well as efforts to make content discoverable and accessible; regular and ongoing collection assessment; careful monitoring of physical space; leveraging regional and national relationships to supplement local holdings; and one-on-one service to end users. In consultation with their supervisor, members of Collection Services are encouraged to seek professional growth opportunities beyond their immediate duties, such as participation in library committees, programs, or groups not directly tied to their role; trainings or other professional development; or service to the wider university. At least one hour each week is reserved for professional development related to accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI) in order to inform day-to-day work and foster integration of ADEI practices into all other position duties. 

The Assistant Director of Collections works closely with the Director on operational and strategic planning and helps lead the division in the achievement of organizational goals. The Assistant Director coordinates the management, assessment, and analysis of Western Libraries’ physical and virtual collections, supporting unit personnel in initiating, developing, and executing ad hoc and routine collection management processes and projects. This position serves as a key member of the Collection Services leadership team, collaborating with managers across the division on strategic planning, policy development, and logistics, and leading division operations and representing the division internally and externally in the Director’s absence. This position is critical to division accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and collaborates actively with division leadership on development, implementation, and assessment of division-wide ADEI initiatives. The Assistant Director will be expected to participate in at least one hour each week of professional development related to ADEI and will help hold others accountable for doing so, as well. The Assistant Director serves as the Collection Services division’s point person for personnel-related processes, including evaluations, reclassifications, hiring, and student supervision, and collaborates closely with the Director on division management. This position communicates extensively with stakeholders within and outside the Libraries, including university faculty, administrators, and regional peers.

Duties include: 

  • Ensuring that collection management projects and processes are planned, scheduled, and implemented efficiently and effectively 
  • Managing external communications for routine collections projects and liaising with departmental libraries across the university 
  • Coordinating the gathering and integration of physical and electronic collections data for holistic collections decision-making and external reporting 
  • Participating in library groups to develop and maintain library collections and convening these groups in the Director’s absence 
  • Providing operational and strategic leadership for the Collection Services division, in close collaboration with and under general direction of the Director of Collections 
  • Serving as the division point person for human resources and personnel issues, including annual evaluations, periodic reclassifications, onboarding, and student employment 
  • Training and leading personnel in the Collection Management & Assessment unit, including one classified staff and one faculty librarian 
  • Coordinating with Collection Services managers regarding inter-unit workflows and overlapping functional areas 
  • Developing and maintaining supervisory and leadership competencies via readings, trainings, peer discussions, etc.  
  • Pursuing professional development activities related to accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI) in order to inform day-to-day work and foster integration of ADEI practices into all other position duties 
  • This position may be eligible for a hybrid remote work schedule. 

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