Murphy Library at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse seeks an innovative and collaborative librarian to lead the development, assessment, and maintenance of Murphy Library’s collections in order to strategically support the diverse teaching, research, and learning needs of the UWL community. The Collection Development Librarian oversees the collections budget to ensure comprehensive and relevant collections and collaborates with UWL librarians and faculty and other collection development librarians across the UW System in collection building efforts. This position also assists in reference services and information literacy instruction. This is a 9-month, tenure-track faculty position in an environment that supports and encourages librarianship, scholarship, and service.
Plan collection development strategies and policies and serve as principal resource on collection development issues.
Directly responsible for collection development related to the general collection in all formats: books/e-books, e-resources, multimedia resources, journals, and gifts/donations.
Oversee, manage, and prioritize resource budgeting related to all library collections in collaboration with other librarians who oversee those collections.
Lead the development, assessment, and maintenance of all library collections in consultation with librarians, faculty, staff, administrators, and students to ensure comprehensive and relevant collections. Manage resource requests submitted by faculty and other campus community members.
Consult with faculty on a regular basis regarding current and future curriculum and program needs in relation to library collections. Write library information resource reports in support of accreditation/program reviews as requested.
Engage with campus constituencies, UW System campuses, and other partners to advance strategic activities in collection development and management.
Serve as primary contact for sales and marketing vendors for books, e-books, and multimedia resources.
Serve on the UW System Collection Development Committee.
Maintain current knowledge of trends in collection development, scholarly communication, and the publishing industry.
Manage donations of materials to the collection and serve as point of contact with donors.
Supervise, evaluate, and train university staff and student workers.
Participate in reference services, including occasional evening and weekend desk shifts.
Participate in information literacy instruction activities.
Serve on Murphy Library, university, UW System, and professional committees as elected or appointed.
Engage in an active program of scholarship and professional and community service as outlined in the University’s Faculty Handbook and the Library’s Departmental Guidelines.
Murphy Library supports and values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We seek a colleague who shares the department's commitment to diversity and who will be a dedicated teacher, active scholar, and effective mentor for students with diverse backgrounds, preparation, and career goals.
Murphy Library is integral to student success at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Located in the heart of campus, the library provides a dynamic and diverse learning environment centered on the core principles of service, stewardship, information literacy and equity of access. Librarians have faculty status and are members of the library department, which is a peer-reviewed academic department. Murphy Library is administered by the library director who functions as an academic dean.
ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS or equivalent international degree in library or information science
Demonstrated professional experience managing a budget and/or library collection
Professional experience working in an academic library environment
Demonstrated experience developing an academic library collection
Demonstrated experience managing a library budget
Experience working with the acquisitions functions of an integrated library system such as Alma
Broad understanding of technical services operations
Experience collaborating with other libraries as part of a library system or consortium
Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively collaborate with faculty/staff, colleagues, and students
Demonstrated teaching and/or reference experience
Experience working in a peer governed academic department
Evidence of professional growth potential through publication, professional activities, or other contributions to the field
Degrees from international institutions will be accepted under the following conditions:
The degree has been recognized by the ALA as equivalent, or;
The degree has been evaluated at the candidate’s expense by a U.S. credentialing service recommended by the ALA and received by the Search & Screen chair by August 21, 2019.
Salary and Rank: Competitive salary for a full-time, 9-month tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. Partial summer contracts may also be available.
Earliest Starting Date: November 1, 2019.
First consideration will be given to applications received by August 21, 2019.
Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu
Please contact the Search and Screen Chair if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.
UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse ranks 6th nationally among the Top LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges for 2018-19 by AffordableCollegesOnline.org (ACO).
For more than a decade UW-La Crosse has been named one of Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Universities and has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than 15 years, and is ranked #4 on its list of the Best Regional Public Universities in the Midwest.
With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs, 21 graduate programs, and 2 doctoral programs in the following colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education, Professional and Continuing Education. There are over 600 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 75 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 83 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.
UW-La Crosse’s strategic plan Sustaining Excellence continues to move our community forward through its four pillars: increasing community engagement, achieving excellence through equity and diversity, investing in our people, and advancing transformational education. More information about the ongoing work of Sustaining Excellence is available at www.uwlax.edu/info/strategic-plan.
The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.
UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse. As a prospective UW-La Crosse employee, you have a right to obtain a copy of campus safety and security information (Clery Act) for this institution. You may review this information at http://www.uwlax.edu/Police/Annual-Security-Report/.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UWL fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UWL is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.