Western Washington University Libraries seeks a dynamic, knowledgeable and successful Director to provide leadership and vision for the Scholarly Resources and Collection Services Division, comprised of five managers who direct the work of an additional 15 employees. As a leader, the Director fosters an environment of effective communication and collaboration, and has a demonstrated ability to promote teamwork, equality, and inclusiveness. As a member of the Libraries senior management team, the Director is committed to working in a collaborative and participatory environment to shape the Libraries' strategic direction.
About the College/Department:
The Scholarly Resources and Collection Services Division works across units to support the University's strategic goals by acquiring and providing access to resources that enhance curricular and research needs. The Scholarly Resources and Collection Services Division is comprised of a knowledgeable, skilled, and engaged staff, all of whom provide a wide variety of critical library services to the University community and beyond. The Libraries' dedicated team is committed to delivering an excellent customer service experience for its users and colleagues. Furthermore, the Director has a unique leadership role in the strategic development of Western Libraries' future.
Western is a leader in the Orbis Cascade Alliance, a dynamic consortium of 39 public and private academic institutions in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Together, Alliance member libraries have embarked on an ambitious set of initiatives that include cooperative acquisitions, joint technical services, and a shared ILS to replace individual institutional systems.
About Western Libraries:
Western Washington University Libraries is vibrant and evolving. It comprises 16 faculty and 44 staff in three buildings, a collection of just over 1.5 million volumes, and an annual resource assess budget of $2.2 million. The Libraries particular strengths include Pacific Northwest Studies, Children's Literature, Mongolian Studies, writing instruction support, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and copyright and open access.
Recent accomplishments underscore a culture of planning and assessment. The Libraries has developed strategic goals and assessment strategies that closely align its teaching, learning, and collections mission with broader institutional objectives.
Western Libraries embraces the University's mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered University that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. Western Libraries is strongly committed to effectively serving its increasingly diverse student body and welcomes applications from diverse candidates interested in this tenure-track faculty position.
Collaborates with a diverse group of internal and external stakeholders to develop, implement, and promote a vision for user-centered collections and services at Western Libraries
Communicates trends, issues, and practices in scholarly publishing, open access, and collection development as an integral part of sustainable access to scholarly resources in 21st century higher education
Directs, leads, and mentors a strong, experienced, and dedicated group of managers responsible for cataloging/metadata, acquisitions & ILL, circulation, course reserves, electronic resource management, collection management, and map collection functions
Oversees the Libraries $2.2 million collections budget and develops effective documentation and communication strategies to articulate Western Libraries' collection needs
Manages vendor relations, leverages university funds in the marketplace to maximize user access to resources, and leads vendor contract negotiations
Leverages the University's membership in the nationally recognized Orbis Cascade Alliance in order to maximize benefit to the University and the consortia
Works collaboratively as a member of the senior management team to help develop and implement Libraries strategic priorities
Coordinates the assessment and development of library collections to advance equitable and inclusive scholarly resources
Commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and the demonstrated ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies
Master's degree in Library/information Science from an ALA-accredited program or international equivalent
Progressive responsibility in collection management within a library
Experience in planning, developing, and assessing collections and other strategic priorities
Ability to communicate significant trends, issues, and strategic opportunities in collection management
Evidence of scholarship and service to the library profession
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Library leadership responsibilities in more than one of the areas related to collection services (e.g., collection management, cataloging, circulation, acquisitions) in an academic library environment
Demonstrated ability to use data analysis tools
Experience leading others through organizational change
Additional graduate degree in a subject field
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications
With 15,000 students, 160 academic programs, and an energized campus community, Western offers the focus on students and the faculty access of a smaller college and the academic choice, resources, multicultural diversity, and room to grow of a large university. Western is located in beautiful Bellingham, a scenic coastal city of approximately 80,000 situated between Seattle, Washington and Vancouv...er, British Columbia. With easy access to both the Cascade mountain range and the Pacific coast, the region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities. Western is known nationally for its successes, including being named the top public master’s granting university in the Pacific Northwest by U. S. News and World Report and one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by the Chronicle of Higher Education.