ARIS Department Head

Cullowhee, NC
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Salary: 70,000
Created: April 10, 2023


Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library seeks an enthusiastic and highly qualified librarian to develop and lead its Access, Research, and Instruction Services (ARIS) Department. As part of the library-wide learning mission, the department facilitates the discovery and use of intellectual content by the university’s students, faculty, and staff. The head of ARIS is responsible for: departmental strategic planning, budgeting, and management, including coordinating and guiding recruitment, program review and assessment, mentoring and performance evaluation, and overseeing the collegial and peer review process; developing, coordinating and assessing innovative and proactive research services; overseeing the instruction and information literacy program; collaborating with library and academic departments to develop information services; and serving as a member of the library-wide leadership team. The successful candidate will: be responsive to user needs and services in an academic library environment and serve as a mentor, manager, and leader to the staff and faculty in ARIS; be current with technology and emerging trends; participate in departmental and library-wide committees and work groups and function in a full range of professional departmental responsibilities such as collection development, instruction, and reference services; remain professionally informed and pursue the discovery of new knowledge related to the field of librarianship through scholarship; seek opportunities for professional service; fully embrace the library’s guiding principles; and be empathetic, flexible, and act with integrity.

Research and Instruction, the Scholar Studio, the Curriculum Materials Center, and Access Services comprise the ARIS department and include 9 faculty and 10 staff positions. The head of ARIS reports to the dean of library services and will directly supervise all departmental faculty and 1 staff member and will also have access to one shared administrative support associate. This is a 12-month, tenured/tenure track position. The department head will serve a 3-year term of service, with the possibility of renewal. At the end of their term, they will assume Research and Instruction faculty responsibilities.

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.
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Last updated: Thursday, April 13, 2023 00:18 UTC