Assistant Professor - Special and Digital Collections Librarian - #132738

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Assistant Professor - Special and Digital Collections Librarian - #132738


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Position Summary:

Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library seeks an enthusiastic and service-oriented individual to serve as the Special and Digital Collections Librarian.

This tenure-track position will support the university and the community by building, preserving, and providing access to historically significant collections that represent the region’s history, culture, literature, and geography. This position will coordinate the planning, implementation, maintenance, expansion, and promotion of digital content, including the creation of new digital collections and digital preservation strategies. They will engage students with archival collections, including teaching class groups and coordinating digital humanities projects with groups or individuals, including student interns. They will stay abreast of trends in special collections and archives, digital library technologies, curation practices, preservation formats and standards.

Other responsibilities include direct supervision of 1 staff member; increasing diversity and representation in archival and digital collections; outreach to potential and existing community partners and donors; providing on- and off-campus support to patrons, including staffing the Special Collections reading room and related reference services.

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WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged university.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position:

Customer service orientation with strong collegiality and communication skills; ability to work collaboratively with colleagues; ability to provide prompt and thorough reference services to patrons; potential to meet the library’s requirement for scholarship and service.

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in library and/or information science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent.

Preferred Qualifications:

At least one year supervisory experience; demonstrated ability to provide outreach to donors and members of the community; experience with project management; experience with grant writing; experience providing research help and instruction to individuals or groups; experience with digitization or digital collections; demonstrated knowledge of the history and culture of Southern Appalachia.

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Permanent Full-Time

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Salary information available upon request. Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications. This is a twelve-month, tenure-track position.

Applicants must apply online in order to be considered. Hard copy materials will not be accepted for review. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected for hire.

Applicants must attach the following in order to complete the application:
1. Cover Letter
2. Current CV
3. List of work-related references (include complete contact information)
4. Unofficial transcripts from highest degree earned

For questions or additional info, please contact Kristin Calvert, search committee chair at [email protected] or 828-227-3397.


Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.

Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification:

All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.


Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information; political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action program.
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at [email protected]

University Safety:

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.




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Posted: 4/7/2021
Application Due: 7/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time