Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library seeks a Serials Librarian to provide leadership and professional expertise in the selection, acquisition, assessment and deselection of print and electronic continuing resources.  The position will establish overall priorities for the library collections budget in cooperation with the Collection Development Librarian and the Head of Content Organization and Management and be responsible for the ongoing expenditure and maintenance of the continuing resources budget.  The position will develop continuing resources collections in close cooperation with library subject specialists and teaching faculty. Other responsibilities include supervising two full-time and one half-time staff members; coordinating ordering, payment, receipt, and holdings maintenance of continuing resources; and collaborating with the Western North Carolina Library Network on continuing resources issues.  The successful candidate will be professionally engaged, forward-thinking, collegial, and demonstrate the ability to initiate and complete projects in a timely and independent manner.


This twelve month, tenure-track position reports to the Department Head for Content Organization and Management.   Library faculty are highly engaged in library planning and policy-making.


About the University

Western Carolina University is one of the 16 senior institutions of the University of North Carolina system.  It is a dynamic, regional comprehensive university with approximately 9,400 students.  Western focuses on academic quality through its Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).  It has adopted the Boyer model of scholarship to support its commitment to integrated learning, the scholarship of engagement, and the stewardship of place.  Located in Cullowhee, NC, Western is situated in a beautiful valley of the 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 3 hours from Atlanta and Charlotte.


About 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 19 tenure track faculty members, 30 staff members, and an annual budget of approximately $4.5 million.  The library contains approximately 800,000 print and electronic volumes and provides access to more than 45,000 journals through print subscriptions and electronic databases.  The library is an active partner in the Western North Carolina Library Network and participates in the Carolina Consortium.


Salary and Benefits

Salary and rank are commensurate with qualifications.  Salary Range:  $40,000-$55,000. This is a twelve month, tenure-track position with a generous 24 days of vacation leave annually.


Minimum Training & Experience Requirements

MLS from an ALA accredited program; demonstrated mastery (through experience or coursework) of current continuing resources concepts, trends and practices; excellent interpersonal and communication skills; strong analytic and problem-solving skills; ability to work collaboratively with colleagues; potential to meet the library’s requirement for scholarship and service.


Preferred Qualifications

Experience  with: managing continuing resources in an academic library; budget administration; creating, interpreting, and analyzing data and reports for use in collection management decision making; working with publishers, vendors and subscription agents; III Millennium; EBSCO’s suite of serials management products; negotiation of license agreements; and consortial purchasing arrangements.  Supervisory experience.  Familiarity with the serials industry, collection development and scholarly communication issues and current library technologies.


Application Procedure

To apply, access our online employment system at https://jobs.wcu.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=52134You will be required to attach a letter of application, resume, and names and telephone numbers of three references.


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  For more information, contact Katy Ginanni at ksginanni@wcu.edu.


Western Carolina University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.  Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.  Final candidates for employment are subject to a criminal background check.  All new employees are required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment. 




Katy Ginanni, Collection Development Librarian

President, NASIG

Hunter Library, Western Carolina University

176 Central Drive

Cullowhee, NC 28723


828-227-3729 office

828-227-7380 fax