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Coordinator for Collection Strategies and Development and Assistant Professor

Wichita State University Libraries
Kansas, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Jan 25, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Library & Information Sciences
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Wichita State University Libraries seeks a collaborative, student-centered librarian for its Coordinator for Collection Strategies and Development position. This position is a critical library leadership position supporting the University’s research, teaching, and service missions by coordinating strategies and providing oversight for the development, management, and evaluation of the University Libraries’ general physical and digital collections.  In consultation, the coordinator determines budget allocations and oversees expenditures for the approximately $2.5 million acquisitions budget. The position is responsible for strategic collections planning, coordinating collection development policies, developing and building partnerships, vendor negotiations, and managing collections projects including deselection activities.  The incumbent closely collaborates with Acquisitions, Electronic Resources, Metadata and Public Services units on matters related to collection strategies. The incumbent also may orient/train newly hired subject liaison librarians and serve as a liaison for assigned subjects when needed.   This position reports to the Dean of University Libraries and will represent the Libraries’ collection development and management interests within and outside the University. Librarians at Wichita State University are members of the tenurable faculty. and are expected to meet the Libraries’ standards for librarianship, scholarship and service.  

Required Qualifications: Graduate degree in library science, information science, or equivalent from an ALA accredited program; minimum four years of increasingly responsible professional library experience in an academic or research library, or equivalent; and three years of significant experience with collection development and managing collection budgets.  The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to manage complex budgets; plan, coordinate, and manage projects and priorities in a rapidly changing environment; effectively collaborate, respect, and build partnerships with faculty and staff and other stakeholders in a culturally diverse, service–oriented community; and work independently within the framework of an organization’s policies and goals.  Successful candidates will have knowledge of techniques used for collection analysis and assessment of print and electronic resources; knowledge of practices and business models used for scholarly communication, especially open access models; demonstrated excellence in interpersonal, organizational, problem-solving, time management, and communication skills;  strong service orientation; ability to anticipate and support the University’s values and needs; and the ability to meet the criteria for tenure and promotion. 

Located in the largest city in Kansas, Wichita State offers access to a wide-variety of culturally rich activities. The position carries a 12-month contract; excellent professional development support, vacation and benefits, including TIAA-CREF. Faculty librarians have tenure eligible appointments with rank. Offers of employment are contingent on satisfactory completion of a criminal background check as required by the Kansas Board of Regents. WSU is an AA/EOE. Priority review will be given to applications received before February 21, 2022. For the full position description including required and preferred qualifications, go to:

Wichita State University does not discriminate in its employment practices, educational programs, or activities on the basis of age (40 years or older), ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding WSU’s non-discrimination policies: the Institutional Equity and Compliance Director (Telephone: (316) 978-3205), Title IX Coordinator (Telephone: (316) 978-5177), or Equal Opportunity Coordinator (Telephone: (316) 978-3186), each located at Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260, Human Resources Building.

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