Assessment Librarian

Fairfax, Virginia
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience
Jan 31, 2019
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Assessment Librarian

The George Mason University Libraries seek to fill the position of the Assessment Librarian. George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment. 


This position assists in leading the library assessment program, participating in any activities that seek to measure the University Libraries’ effectiveness in the implementation of its mission and values with the overall goal of promoting action for continuous, data-based improvement. Incumbent is responsible for designing and conducting assessment activities in collaboration with library faculty and staff, with a focus on user experience. 


  • Works with the Head, Library Assessment and Planning to oversee the Libraries’ assessment activities and coordinate the integration of assessment with relevant positions and departments.
  • Partners with library departments to plan, design, and implement user engagement and experience assessments for digital and physical library resources and services. 
  • Designs research projects and instruments to collect, analyze, and communicate assessment findings to appropriate stakeholders, including internal and external audiences.
  • Researches and analyzes a wide range of topics associated with academic research library services, programs and administration.
  • Uses knowledge of academic research library organizations and higher education generally to develop strategies to measure the effectiveness of existing services and programs, as well as new strategic initiatives.
  • Reviews, develops, implements, and maintains information systems to collect, process, and disseminate data for internal decision making and external reporting.
  • Provides consultation, training and documentation to support library faculty and staff involved in assessment activities.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned. 

Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science OR an equivalent certified foreign degree; and/or related graduate degree;
  • Ability to design assessment projects, define research questions, and analyze data to improve services and programs and to guide decision-making;
  • Familiarity with assessment instruments such as surveys, focus groups, interviews, rubrics, and ethnographic methods;
  • Experience with data analysis, statistical, or visualization software applications (such as Excel, Tableau, SPSS, Nvivo, Atlas.ti or R);
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication (oral and written), and organizational skills;
  • Ability to work independently and as a team member to assess and shift priorities and to adapt a demanding and rapidly changing environment;
  • Experience with project coordination; 
  • Experience in an academic setting, preferably in an academic/research library. 

12-month professional faculty appointment with rank; health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; tuition waiver for self. 

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience; not less than $55,000.

Special Instructions to Applicants: 

All applications for this position (FA779Z) MUST be submitted online at George Mason’s employment page ( Applicants must submit letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses (including e-mail) and phone numbers of three current references. Questions should be directed to Renee Prokop ([email protected]), Human Resources Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Libraries. Review of applications will begin March 4, 2019.

The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and four other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington, D.C., region. One of Virginia’s leading academic research libraries, the Mason Libraries continues to gain steadily in national stature as it undergoes extensive transformation in all areas that are key to a 21st century research library—innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. Visit us at for more information.

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.