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Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Collection Strategies and Development

Wichita State University
Wichita, Kansas
High $50's min, salary commensurate with experience and education

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Wichita State University Libraries seeks a collaborative, student-centered librarian for its Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Collection Strategies and Development position. This position is a critical library leadership position supporting the University’s research, teaching, and service missions by coordinating strategies and providing oversight for the development, management, and evaluation of the University Libraries’ general physical and digital collections.  

In consultation with others, the coordinator determines budget allocations and oversees expenditures for the approximately $2.5 million acquisitions budget. The position is responsible for strategic collections planning, coordinating collection development policies, developing and building partnerships, engaging in vendor negotiations, and managing collections projects including deselection activities. The incumbent closely collaborates with Acquisitions, Electronic Resources, Metadata, and Public Services units. The incumbent also may orient/train newly hired subject liaison librarians, and serve as a liaison for assigned subjects when needed. This position reports to the Dean of University Libraries and will represent the Libraries’ collection development and management interests within and outside the University.  

Required Qualifications: Graduate degree in library science, information science, or equivalent from an ALA accredited program; minimum three years increasingly responsible professional library experience with collection development and managing collection budgets in an academic or research library or equivalent. The successful candidate will have demonstrated ability to manage complex budgets; plan, coordinate, and manage projects and priorities in a rapidly changing environment; effectively collaborate, respect, and build partnerships with faculty, staff, and other stakeholders in a culturally diverse, service–oriented community; and work independently within the framework of an organization’s policies and goals. Successful candidates will have knowledge of techniques used for collection analysis and assessment of print and electronic resources; knowledge of current and trending practices and business models used for scholarly communication, especially open access models; functional knowledge of contract and license negotiations; demonstrated excellence in interpersonal, organizational, problem-solving, time management, and communication skills; strong service orientation; ability to anticipate and support the University’s values and needs; and the ability to meet the criteria for tenure and promotion.  

Offers of employment are contingent on satisfactory completion of a criminal background check as required by the Kansas Board of Regents. WSU is an AA/EOE. All employees of Wichita State University are expected to support the WSU Vision, Mission and Values and foster an environment of diversity in culture, thought and experience.

About the University: Wichita State University is located in the heart of the Midwest and offers a wide variety of programs – including more than 200 majors and specializations. Wichita State is distinctive for opening pathways to applied learning, applied research, and career opportunities, alongside unsurpassed classroom, laboratory, and online education. WSU’s approximately 16,000 students come from every state in the U.S. and more than 100 other countries. Wichita State University is the most diverse university in Kansas and has a strong commitment to diversity as a core institutional and educational value. We want our faculty, staff, and student body to mirror the variety of the types of people found in society. Living in the Area: With a population of almost 400,000, Wichita is the largest city in the state of Kansas and at the center of everything. As Kansas’ largest metropolitan area and one of the most affordable college town in America, Wichita is the commercial, financial, medical, cultural, and entertainment hub for the state of Kansas. Despite its growth, Wichita hasn’t lost its friendly Midwestern feel, and that makes it an ideal community for aspiring college students and families alike.   While this position is open until filled, priority review will be given to applications received before May 9, 2022. For the full position description including required and preferred qualifications, go to:  

Wichita State University does not discriminate in its employment practices, educational programs, or activities on the basis of age (40 years or older), ancestry, color, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, pregnancy, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a veteran. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding WSU’s non-discrimination policies: the Institutional Equity and Compliance Director (Telephone: (316) 978-3205), Title IX Coordinator (Telephone: (316) 978-5177), or Equal Opportunity Coordinator (Telephone: (316) 978-3186), each located at Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount, Wichita, KS 67260, Human Resources Building.

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