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Collection Management and Assessment Librarian

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: Academic Affairs

Position Title Collection Management and Assessment Librarian
About the University

Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, on the ancestral homelands of the Lummi Nation and the Nooksack Tribe, Indigenous Peoples who have lived in the Salish Sea basin and the North Cascades watershed from time immemorial. The university acknowledges historical injustices, seeks respectful relationships with our indigenous neighbors, and expresses gratitude for their ongoing stewardship of our shared lands and waterways.

Bellingham is a community of 90,000 with the advantages of a larger city and the charm of a coastal town, located 20 miles from the Canadian border. With a robust arts scene and a thriving local, sustainable food movement, the city and its environs feature celebrated bookstores, coffee roasting, and craft brewing. Bellingham's accessibility includes an international airport, the I-5 corridor, Amtrak Cascades line, and serves as the southern terminus of the Alaska ferry. The region offers ample outdoor recreation opportunities, with proximity to the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades mountain range. Seattle and Vancouver, BC are 90- and 60-minute drives from downtown.

About the Department Western Libraries proudly serves as an intellectual crossroads for the university community and as an innovative partner in Western's teaching and research mission. The Libraries collections include over 1.5 million items, supported by an annual resource access budget of $2.1 million. Areas of particular collection strength include Pacific Northwest Studies, Children’s Literature, and Mongolian Studies. The Libraries works to advance cultural competence; embrace diversity, equity, and inclusion; and vigorously oppose any form of prejudice, discrimination, and hate. The Libraries is particularly committed to diversity and excellence in our faculty, staff, and students, and we encourage applications from candidates who share and can contribute to this commitment through active engagement in the Libraries, university, and wider community. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

Western Libraries invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Collection Management & Assessment Librarian. This librarian works with colleagues across the Libraries and University to develop, manage, and assess library collections. This position is responsible for developing and maintaining a coordinated program of assessment for both physical and virtual collections within an Accessibility, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ADEI) framework; leading the routine management of physical collections; collaborating on collection development initiatives; and supporting electronic resource management. This position is also responsible for some configuration, use, and maintenance of relevant functions within the Libraries’ integrated library system, Alma, such as Analytics and location management. The Collection Management & Assessment Librarian serves as a member of various Libraries groups, including the Collection Maintenance Group, the Scholarly Resources Group, and the Alma Management Team, and works collaboratively with colleagues on a regular basis. This position may serve on university or consortium committees and task groups.

This position is part of the Libraries’ Collection Services Division. The division facilitates and coordinates the management of the Libraries’ collections. This collection management includes stewardship of the library’s resource access budget and active engagement at every stage of the lifecycle of library materials. The division’s work encompasses but is not limited to the selection, acquisition, organization, delivery, and preservation of content, as well as efforts to make content discoverable and accessible; regular and ongoing collection assessment; careful monitoring of physical space; leveraging regional and national relationships to supplement local holdings; and one-on-one service to end users. While all members of Collection Services are encouraged to seek professional growth opportunities beyond their immediate duties, faculty positions have a service requirement to participate in university shared governance and serve on committees and task forces to support a collaborative and equitable organizational culture. At least one hour each week is reserved for professional development related to accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI) in order to inform day-to-day work and foster integration of ADEI practices into all other position duties.

Required Qualifications
  • MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution or international equivalent before July 1, 2022.
  • At least three years of experience working with library collections and significant knowledge of current issues and/or practices in collection management and assessment.
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate constructive working relationships with colleagues and stakeholders from a diverse range of perspectives and backgrounds.
  • Strong attention to detail; experience successfully managing competing priorities and multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Evidence of activities related to accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion (ADEI) and the ability to apply that knowledge to day-to-day work; or concrete goals demonstrating potential for growth in this area.
  • Advanced knowledge of Excel or other quantitative analysis tool.
  • Demonstrated ability to produce reports, visualize data, and effectively communicate results and analysis with a wide range of audiences.

All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.


Preferred Qualifications
  • Knowledge of project management strategies and techniques.
  • Experience working with Ex Libris’ Alma system, including Alma Analytics.
  • Experience assessing academic library collections.
  • Experience managing physical library collections on an ongoing or project basis.
  • Experience configuring an ILS, especially functions related to terms of use, locations, fulfillment.
  • Experience managing e-resources.
  • Experience working with data analysis and visualization tools, including but not limited to Alma Analytics and Tableau.

Salary & Benefits

$65,000 minimum salary; negotiable based upon qualifications and experience

Excellent retirement benefits
Health and dental benefits
Vacation and sick leave
No state income tax
Professional development funding and leave time

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Applications must address the required and preferred qualifications for the position and should include a detailed cover letter and resume or CV.  The cover letter must explicitly address ALL required qualifications; applications that fail to address a required qualification will not be considered.  Please include evidence or thoughtful reflection on how your commitment to accessibility, diversity, equity, and inclusion has impacted your work or will impact the responsibilities of this position.  Please include a sample of your work related to library collections that demonstrates your ability to produce reports, visualize data, and effectively communicate findings.  Your application materials may include relevant work experience from course-related practica, field experiences, or internships.  Please include names, addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers of three professional references.  Please do not include letters of reference with your application materials.

Inquiries may be addressed to the search committee chair, Jeff Purdue, at or 360-650-7750.

Search Timeline 

Please note this timeline is subject to change: 

Accepting applications November 15, 2021 - December 31, 2021 
Review of applications through January, 2022 
Phone interviews conducted in early February, 2022 
In-person interviews February through March, 2022 
Offers extended in April, 2022  
Preferred start date in July 2022 

Closing Date Notes Application review begins January 3, 2022; position is open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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