Collection Strategist - 026391

University Libraries

Faculty Rank: 

Assistant Professor or Associate Professor

Beginning Date of Appointment: 

Summer 2019 (anticipated)

Position #:


Type of Position:

 Full Time

Tenure Status:

 Tenure Track

Number of Months per Year:

 12 months

Minimum Qualifications:

 ALA-accredited master's degree or equivalent advanced degree.

Experience with collection development in an academic library, including knowledge of current and emerging trends.

Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate and build partnerships with faculty and staff in a diverse community.
Demonstrated ability to lead and organize projects, including goal setting, determining benchmarks, problem solving, and meeting deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to apply metrics and other evaluation criteria to support collection development decisions and generate associated reports.
Minimum 3 years of experience managing a collection budget or allocation.
Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
Excellent communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills.

Additional Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required):

 Understanding of liaison best practices and programs.

Familiarity with solutions to collection accessibility issues.
Ability to work successfully with vendors.
Managerial experience.

License/Certification Required:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities: 

The University Libraries at Appalachian State University seek a dynamic and effective individual for the position of Collection Strategist. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Liaison Programs and Services, the position leads the collection assessment and development initiatives within the University Libraries and establishes and maintains strong collaborative relationships with faculty, students, staff, and vendors. The successful candidate will play an integral role in shaping the collection development function of the liaison program.


Lead University Libraries in designing, implementing, and maintaining a holistic vision for diverse and inclusive collections that align with university priorities for research, teaching, and learning.
Utilize a design-thinking approach to shape a sustainable, user-centered strategy for collections.

Facilitate the Collection Development function of the liaison program by coordinating collection activities, promoting communication, leading group decision-making, and organizing training.
Provide expertise and leadership for collection assessment initiatives including gathering, analyzing, and disseminating assessment data and reports.
Establish and maintain strong collaborative relationships with faculty, staff, students, vendors, and other stakeholders.
Prepare and monitor annual and multi-year collection budgets in collaboration with library leadership, acquisitions, e-resources, and liaisons.
Demonstrate awareness of collection development initiatives that meet the needs of diverse users and prepare all students to lead purposeful lives as engaged global citizens.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicant must submit (1) a cover letter addressing the minimum qualifications and additional areas of interest, (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 their qualifications for this position. We invite all applicants for employment with Appalachian State University to complete our voluntary Affirmative Action data collection survey. This brief survey can be accessed at

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

 Initial Review Date:

 January 7, 2019

Person and address to whom the application should be sent: with the subject line: Collection Strategist

Description of Department or Unit:

University Libraries of Appalachian State University consist of the Belk Library and Information Commons and the Erneston Music Library and employ 85 library faculty and staff. Belk Library is a beautifully designed and popular facility with over 1 million visits per year. We are a member of the Western North Carolina Library Network (WNCLN). Additional information about the Library, the University, and the surrounding area may be found at,, and

University Libraries seeks to recruit and retain a talented and diverse faculty. Candidates who are members of underrepresented populations are strongly encouraged to apply. Our employees work in a collegial and collaborative environment, and the Libraries offer strong support for professional development.

We value diversity of thought, perspective, experience and people, and are actively committed to a culture of inclusion and respect. Library employees are committed to collaborating to create a welcoming multicultural environment and therefore seek candidates who can contribute to this goal. More information on the University Libraries Diversity & Inclusion Plan can be found at

Search Committee Chair Name:

Margaret Gregor, Jennifer Natale (co-chairs)

Search Committee Chair Email Address;

Seated Disability Statement

Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Maranda Maxey, Director & ADA/504 Coordinator, at 828-262-3056 or

Description of the University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 19,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Diversity Statement

Appalachian State University is committed to developing and allocating resources to the fundamental task of creating a diverse campus culture. We value diversity as the expression of human similarities and differences, as well as the importance of a living and learning environment and conducive to knowledge, respect, acceptance, understanding and global awareness. Learn more at

Background Check Statement

Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University's receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report. For more information, please visit

Eligibility of Employment

Proper documentation of identity and employability will be required before the hiring process can be finalized.