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


: $92,280.00 - $171,150.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Education - Post Secondary

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Position Summary

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.The selected candidatewill 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, , 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.
  • Service
  • 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).
  • Minimum Qualifications
  • 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.
  • Preferred Qualifications
  • 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.
  • Special Instructions

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

    Application materials must include:

  • Cover letter / letter of application.
  • Curriculum Vitae.
  • Names, affiliations and phone numbers of three professional references.
  • Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts (pdf suggested); official transcripts will be requested prior to hire.
  • Review of applications will begin September 29, 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 Building on 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.
    Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculty (APSCUF)

    Benefits available to permanent, full time faculty (including temporary, full time faculty with at least an academic year contract) or permanent, part time faculty (including temporary, part-time faculty with at least an academic year contract) scheduled to work at least 50% of full time.

    Health Care Coverage

    COVERAGE effective with date of hire

    Faculty members may enroll in Highmark Preferred Provider Organization (PPOBlue). Newly hired employees pay 18% of coverage cost. Continuation of 18% cost for PPO Blue is contingent on participation in wellness program with non-participants paying 28% of coverage cost.

    For employees hired on or after July 1, 2013 if spouse is eligible for coverage under their own employer's plan, they are required to enroll in their own employer's plan as their primary coverage as a condition for eligibility for secondary coverage under the State System plan.

    PPOBlue Plan from Highmark Blue Shield includes in-network office visits with co-payments and services at 100% with network deductible of $400 single / $800 family and no coinsurance; deductible of $800 single / $1,600 family and 20% coinsurance applied to out-of-network providers.


    Prescription drug coverage is included as part of the medical coverage, administered by Highmark Blue Shield and includes both retail and mail-order pharmacy coverage. Co-payments of $10 (generic), $30 (brand name formulary) and $50 (brand name non-formulary) for retail.


    Administered by the Faculty Health and Welfare Fund for dental and vision benefits. Benefits are funded through employer contributions.


    Pay for select medical and child care expenses on a pre-tax basis through payroll deductions. The Medical Reimbursement Account includes a debit card for immediate access.


    Term life policy provided by the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education for permanent faculty members is based on one-time salary up to a maximum of $50,000.


    Income protection equal to 60% of gross annual base salary to a maximum of $5,000 monthly benefit with an option for a 90-day or 180-day benefit elimination period.


    Optional Life and Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) insurance for eligible faculty members and their family, with premium contributions made through payroll deduction. Maximum employee coverage is five times annual salary up to $500,000.


    Defined Benefit Plan* - State Employees' Retirement System (SERS)

    Retirement income is based on a fixed formula that considers your years of service, age, and final average salary. The retirement benefit amount for vested participants is guaranteed and not affected by the investment earnings of the plan. Participants are 100% vested after 10 years of service (5 years if enrolled prior to January 1st, 2011). Visit the SERS website for more information.


    Defined Contribution Plan - Alternative Retirement Plan (ARP)

    Retirement income from the ARP plan is determined by your account balance at the time of retirement, which is comprised of your employee contributions (5% of salary), the State System contributions (9.29% of salary) and any investment earnings based on the performance of the investments you choose. Participants are 100% vested from date of enrollment. Employees may enroll in any of the three available vendors, Fidelity, TIAA-CREF or VALIC.

    *The Public School Employees' Retirement System (PSERS) is a defined benefit plan for Pennsylvania's public school employees. If you are a current member of PSERS, the State System is able to continue your enrollment in PSERS or you may elect SERS and opt for multiple service which combines service in both SERS and PSERS to receive a single retirement benefit, or you may enroll in the ARP plan.


    Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education faculty members have the option to contribute additional pre-tax funds for retirement. You can choose either or both a 403(b) plan (Tax Sheltered Annuity) and/or the 457 plan (Deferred Compensation). Roth 457 after-tax pay option is also available.


    The State Employee Assistance Program (SEAP) is a confidential program which provides a wide range of no-cost services to address a broad range of problems. This program is administered by the Commonwealth's Office of Administration who has contracted with United Behavioral Health (UBH) to provide SEAP services. Employees and family members are entitled to up to three (3) counseling sessions at no charge. SEAP's phone number is 1-800-###-####.


    Faculty members are entitled to a total waiver at any of the 14 State System universities

    Spouse or same-sex domestic partner is entitled to a total waiver at the university where the faculty member is employed up to the first undergraduate degree

    Children including children of same-sex domestic partner are entitled to a total waiver at the university where the faculty member is employed; 50% waiver at State System universities other than at the university where faculty member is employed. This waiver is up to the first undergraduate degree or until they reach age 25.


    Permanent faculty members accrue 15 days leave for each academic year of service

    Permanent part-time faculty members accrue leave on a pro-rated basis

    Temporary faculty members appointed full-time for one academic year accrue and may use 15 days leave during academic year

    Temporary faculty members appointed full-time for one academic semester accrue and may use 7.5 days leave during the semester

    Temporary part-time faculty members accrue one day of leave per semester

    This summary highlights the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education Health Program and Health and Welfare Fund for State System faculty members covered by the Association of Pennsylvania State College and University Faculties (APSCUF) collective bargaining agreement. The benefits described are available to most faculty; however, certain eligibility requirements must be met.

    Information is provided for general purposes only. Legal Plan Documents will govern any discrepancies that may arise. For additional information concerning these benefits, contact your human resources office. Questions on health and welfare fund benefits should be addressed to the Faculty Health and Welfare Fund. Additional information is also available at . Benefits, benefit levels, and eligibility rules are subject to change.

    Associated topics: admission, clinician, college, counselor, guidance, pathologist, school counselor, school guidance counselor, school nurse, staff * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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