Assistant Professor – Web and User Experience Librarian, Western Carolina University/Hunter Library, Cullowhee, NC

TITLE:  Assistant Professor – Web and User Experience Librarian #002847
LIBRARY:  Western Carolina University/Hunter Library
CITY:  Cullowhee, NC

QUALIFICATIONS:           

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

  • Graduate degree
  • Strong leadership skills and ability to lead a web based electronic content management development team
  • Experience in designing, developing, and supporting web sites using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript
  • Familiarity with User Experience Design
  • Familiarity with usability testing, WAI guidelines, and web analytics
  • Familiarity with mobile platforms, applications, and design
  • Familiarity with responsive design
  • Familiarity with content management systems, intranets, and web servers
  • Demonstrated flexibility and initiative
  • Strong commitment to user-centered services and service excellence
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students
  • Superior oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to achieve tenure through effective job performance, service, and research

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree or international equivalent in library or information science
  • Academic library experience
  • Demonstrated skills in User Experience Design
  • Demonstrated experience with usability testing, WAI guidelines, and web analytics
  • Demonstrated experience with mobile platforms, applications, and design
  • Demonstrated experience developing responsive web pages or applications
  • Demonstrated experience with content management systems, relational databases, and web servers
  • Basic skills in graphic design
  • Skills or interest in photography
  • Experience with graphic design software
  • Familiarity with a programming environment that includes languages such as ASP.NET, PHP, Python, or Ruby

DUTIES:

Hunter Library at Western Carolina University seeks an enthusiastic, innovative, collaborative, and user-oriented librarian for the position of Web Development and User Experience Librarian.  This librarian will research, develop, and assess enhancements to the library’s web presence.  The person in this position will design new sites and applications to improve the user experience in discovering, finding, and accessing library content and services.  Specific projects may include improving search functionality on the library homepage, developing virtual exhibits, supporting digital projects, or enhancing the user experience with existing services such as inter-library loan, room reservation systems, chat reference, and course reserves.  Projects will also likely include implementation of open source code created in other libraries, as well as integrating various APIs and third-party software.  The Web Development and User Experience Librarian will also be assigned other digital library projects as the need arises.  This position supervises one Technology Support Analyst and may also supervise student employees.

RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Providing vision and leadership in designing, developing and supporting the library website content and integrating it with the larger library web presence, which includes discovery tools, digital collections, and electronic resources
  • Supervision of one technology support analyst, as well as staff/student employees engaged in related work, as assigned.  Monitors workflow and deadlines.
  • Day-to-day management, including programming and editorial recommendations, of the library’s web pages and intranet
  • Serves as a member of the library’s web steering committee, an advisory group that includes representatives from across the library
  • Development and implementation of web applications and tools, particularly for mobile environments
  • Research and design of assessment measures such as usability testing in order to ensure that web services and applications are tailored for targeted user groups, including distance education students, on-site patrons, faculty members, and library staff
  • Evaluation of data such as analytics to inform decision-making
  • Collaboration with the library marketing committee to develop and implement web-based publicity and outreach strategies such as web graphics, videos, mobile applications, and interactive online sites
  • Short and long-term strategic planning for and conceptualization of the Library’s online presence.
  • Creation of appropriate procedures and training materials for library faculty and staff responsible for content creation and maintenance of web pages.
  • Maintaining expertise in current web technologies, user experience and responsive design

Strong leadership skills and ability to lead a web based electronic content management development team; experience in designing, developing, and supporting web sites using HTML, CSS, and JavaScript; familiarity with User Experience Design; basic skills in graphic design; familiarity with usability testing, WAI guidelines, and web analytics; familiarity with mobile platforms, applications, and design; familiarity with responsive design; familiarity with content management systems, intranets, relational databases, and web servers; demonstrated flexibility and initiative; strong commitment to user-centered services and service excellence; strong analytical and problem-solving skills; ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students; superior oral and written communication skills; ability to achieve tenure through effective job performance, service, and research.

AVAILABLE:  Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

TO APPLY:  To apply, access our online employment system at:  https://jobs.wcu.edu/postings/7258

You will be required to attach a letter of application, resume, and names and telephone numbers of three references.

QUESTIONS:  Carol A. Hicks, Assoc. Administrative Support, cahicks@email.wcu.edu, (828) 227-3410.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:            

THE UNIVERSITY
Western Carolina University (WCU) is one of the 17 senior institutions of the University of North Carolina (UNC) system.  It is a dynamic, regional comprehensive university with more than 10,000 students and is dedicated to continuous enhancement of its academic programs and integrating engaged learning with service to the region.  WCU focuses on academic quality through its Quality Enhancement Plan and through its commitment to integrated learning and the scholarship of engagement.  The university has implemented the Ernest Boyer model of scholarship and is committed to its stewardship of place role in serving western North Carolina.  The university is a Carnegie Community Engagement-certified institution. Located in Cullowhee, NC, WCU is situated in a beautiful valley nestled between the Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains, 52 miles west of Asheville and near the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, one of the nation’s most spectacular and most visited national parks.  While in a small town setting, the university is only three hours from the vibrant urban centers of Atlanta and Charlotte.

THE LIBRARY

Hunter Library has a long, respected record of providing excellent service to the university and region.  The library is dedicated to the thoughtful integration of print and digital resources and to supporting and developing the general, information, digital, graphic, and visual literacy of students and the teaching and research needs of faculty and staff.  The library has three departments comprised of 19 faculty and 30 staff members.  The collection includes over 600,000 print and over 450,000 e-books and provides access to more than 60,000 journals; the library has 11 digital collections.  The library provides support across the university for open access, data management, and work in the digital humanities.  The library is an active partner in the Western North Carolina Library Network, NC DOCKS, and the Carolina Consortium.

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.  Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and scholarship

An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

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