Web Librarian

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Created: October 8, 2013


Category:  Academic Affairs
College:  Library
Department:  Belk Library and Information Commons
The University Libraries at Appalachian State University seeks an innovative, self-directed Web Librarian to provide leadership in the implementation and maintenance of the Library's web presence. This is an excellent opportunity to work in a collaborative, energetic, and enthusiastic environment. The ideal candidate will be a catalyst for identifying and advancing the use of emerging technologies.

Appalachian State University is located in the beautiful mountains of western North Carolina. The University is committed to promoting sustainability and creating global connections. The University Libraries enjoys the dynamic leadership of a new Dean of Libraries and offers an excellent opportunity to work in a collaborative, energetic, and enthusiastic environment.

Library personnel work in a collegial team-based environment, are members of the University faculty, participate in the Library's instruction program, and engage in active programs of scholarship and professional service. The Library offers strong support for professional development activities, including publishing, presenting, and attending conferences and workshops.

The University Libraries particularly encourages applications from candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for students from populations underrepresented at Appalachian State University.


The Web Librarian serves as the point of contact for website development and support. As a member of the Technology Services Team, the successful candidate will:

Oversee website issues, including accessibility, website policy and technical standards.
Provide advice, training, and support for library personnel involved in web content creation.
Improve the user experience to streamline access to services and resources;
Develop the library's mobile web presence.
Coordinate ongoing assessment of the website, including usability studies.
Supervise one or more staff or students.



ALA-accredited master's degree.
Experience producing and customizing a quality, ADA-compliant website within a Content Management System.
Strong knowledge of HTML and CSS.
Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
Demonstrated project management and problem-solving skills.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.


Drupal site-building experience.
Aptitude for graphic design and layout.
Knowledge of effective approaches for the assessment of the Library's web presence.
Programming experience with PHP, JavaScript, XML, and/or XSLT.
Demonstrated ability to support mobile versions of library resources.
Ability to use Linux command line and familiarity with web server environment.
Second advanced degree.
Life experiences similar to those of underrepresented populations at Appalachian.

This is a twelve-month, tenure track position and may be filled at the Instructor, Assistant Professor, or Associate Professor rank. Rank as an Assistant or Associate Professor and continued employment beyond the Instructor term requires an advanced degree in addition to the ALA-accredited master's degree. Salary and rank are determined on the basis of qualifications and experience. Information about tenure, promotion, and other faculty responsibilities is found in the University Faculty Handbook http://facultyhandbook.appstate.edu.

Appalachian State University is a constituent institution of the seventeen-campus University of North Carolina System. Located in Boone, North Carolina, the University has over 17,000 students, primarily in bachelor's and master's programs. Appalachian has both a traditional residential campus and a variety of distance education programs. Belk Library and Information Commons is a beautifully designed and popular facility with over one million visits per year. It shares a catalog and some services with UNC-Asheville and Western Carolina University as part of the Western North Carolina Library Network (WNCLN). Additional information about the Library, the University, and the surrounding area may be found at http://www.appstate.edu and http://fad.appstate.edu/information-about-appalachian/.

Appalachian State University routinely shows up in magazine rankings for "Green Colleges," "Coolest Schools," and similar qualities, along with U.S. News & World Report rankings. The University is especially proud of its ninth-place ranking on the Washington Monthly's "Best Bang for the Buck" rankings 2013, which includes variables such as low net cost, better than expected graduation rate, and low default rate for graduates.

Review of completed applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Send a complete application comprised of (1) a cover letter addressing the required and preferred qualifications, (2) a full C.V. including education and relevant experience, and (3) the name, address, email, and telephone number of three to five references who are knowledgeable about your qualifications for this position to: Sherrye Perry, Attn: Web Librarian Search Committee, Belk Library and Information Commons, 218 College Street, Appalachian State University, Boone, NC 28608; or electronically to Sherrye Perry at perrysj@appstate.edu with the subject line: Web Librarian Search.

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University has a strong commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion, and to maintaining working and learning environments that are free of all forms of discrimination.

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Cynthia Harbeson, Search Committee Chair (harbesoncd@appstate.edu). Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report. Documentation of identity and employability of the applicant will be required before the hiring process can be finalized.

For more information, please visit http://www.hrs.appstate.edu/employment.

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