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Collection Assessment Librarian

Notice of Vacancy January 31, 2018. Applications should be received no later than 5:00 p.m., Friday, March 9, 2018.


Serving three campuses, the University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 9 million volumes, over 500,000 electronic books, more than 120,000 currently received journal titles, as well as millions of scholarly resources in other formats. Beyond the strength of local collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent service, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global reach, extensive assessment efforts and diverse award-winning staff. The Libraries plays a significant leadership role regionally as a member in the groundbreaking Orbis Cascade Alliance and throughout the profession as evidenced by the number of its staff selected for competitive leadership programs and honored by professional association lifetime achievement awards.


Collection Analysis and Strategy (CAS) is one of four departments in the Collections & Content portfolio of the University of Washington Libraries. The department consists of four librarians including the Director. CAS supports the distributed, three-campus collection development activities through the pursuit of data-driven, efficient, and transparent systems for the selection, acquisition, and management of resources to support teaching, learning, and research. CAS works with our consortial and other external partners to extend the reach of our community to access the resources they need to succeed.



Reporting to the Director of Collection Analysis and Strategy, the Collection Assessment Librarian will work in a team environment in CAS to provide creative and user-centered leadership and support for collection assessment. The position oversees the work of the Student Assistant for the collection and maintenance of electronic resources usage statistics. The Librarian must be proficient in the tools needed to manipulate data and produce reports for use by CAS, subject librarians, and Libraries Administration for decision making. The position works closely with assessment efforts in other parts of the UW Libraries and will be a resource for other staff needing assistance in data manipulation and analysis techniques. In addition the Collection Assessment Librarian will work with vendors and staff in the UW Libraries to manage and customize the user interface on vendor platforms. This position will take a lead role in the Libraries for assessing accessibility of our vendor platforms.



  • Manage the collection and maintenance of electronic resources usage statistics including overseeing the work of the Student Assistant.
  • Provide leadership in the UW Libraries for collection assessment initiatives including analyzing data and producing reports for decision-making.
  • Provide guidance and assistance to UW librarians and staff in selecting, analyzing, and visualizing collection data.
  • Act as a liaison between CAS and the Libraries Assessment Program and other assessment efforts in the UW Libraries.
  • Work with vendors, librarians, and Libraries staff to manage and customize platform interfaces to meet user needs.
  • Take a leadership role in the Libraries for assessing accessibility of our licensed vendor platforms.



      • Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.
      • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
      • Coursework or professional experience with data manipulation and analysis techniques.
      • Demonstrated commitment to providing excellent user-centered services in an academic library setting.
      • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a collaborative environment; excellent interpersonal and communication skills.


      • Demonstrated understanding of electronic resources usage statistics.
      • Demonstrated understanding of collection assessment principles and techniques.
      • Experience with tools used for data manipulation, analysis, and visualization (e.g. Excel, Access, Python, OpenRefine, Tableau).
      • Experience with the ExLibris Alma ILS and Alma Analytics.
      • Experience in collection development or as a subject librarian in an academic library.
      • Familiarity with the issues surrounding accessibility of library resources.


      $50,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background.


      Position will be at rank of Assistant Librarian, or Senior Assistant Librarian, depending on qualifications and background.


      Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 26 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax.

      Application Process

      To apply for this position, please submit the following information as a single PDF document to libjobs@uw.edu:

      • Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Director, Libraries Human Resources)
      • Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements)
      • List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses)
      • Please use "Librarian Application: Collection Assessment Librarian" in the subject heading.
      • Please submit all components in a single, multi-page PDF document. All submissions will be maintained in a secure, password protected online file space during the course of the search. Campus constituents may have access to some material, including CVs.


        Application Deadline

        To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, March 9, 2018.

        University of Washington Libraries Home Page is http://www.lib.washington.edu.

        University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or
        genetic information.

        In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the University is required to verify and document the citizenship or employment authorization of each new employee.

        For questions about this position, or questions regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lillard at libjobs@uw.edu.