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Serials Librarian

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, the Electronic Resources Librarian, and the Head of Content Organization and Management and be responsible for the ongoing expenditure and maintenance of the continuing resources budget in conjunction with the Electronic Resources Librarian.  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; working with publishers, vendors and subscriptions agents; 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.


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 approximately 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.  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 20 tenure-track faculty members, 29 staff members, and an annual budget of over $4.2 million.  The library offers approximately 2.6 million items of intellectual content, including print and electronic titles and 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, NC DOCKS, and the Carolina Consortium. 


Salary and Benefits

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


Required Qualifications:

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 Sierra; 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  You 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 Kristin Calvert at

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



Kristin Calvert

Electronic Resources Librarian

Western Carolina University

Hunter Library

Cullowhee, NC 28723



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