Opening: Digital Collections / University Repository Librarian

Murphy Library at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is seeking a dynamic, student-centered librarian to work in a collaborative library environment.

Responsibilities include: manage Murphy Library’s growing digital repository. Work directly with faculty, staff, administrators, and students to solicit, preserve, and service university content. Guide the library in technology software and infrastructure used for digital collections. Participate in reference services, information literacy instruction, and collection development in assigned subjects. Participate in collegial governance and campus and professional activities. The library recognizes and values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students. We seek a colleague who shares the library’s commitment to diversity and who will be a dedicated librarian and mentor for students with diverse backgrounds, preparation, and career goals.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: ALA accredited MLS; professional, post-MLS library experience creating and managing digital collections; ability to select, implement, and evaluate technology software and infrastructure used for digital collections; demonstrated ability to work collegially and communicate effectively.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience working in an academic library. Experience leading an institution to transition institutional records of varying formats into digital repositories.

ENVIRONMENT: The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-L fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-L is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “… our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive.” The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience.

UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top three institutions in the Midwest. With a student population of close to 10,000, the university offers 85 undergraduate programs in 29 disciplines and a variety of graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education. There are nearly 350 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 73 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 87 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 67 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.

The UW-L campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 51,818) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten “Best Places to Live” in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.

UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. Please contact the Search and Screen Committee if you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process.

Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.

SALARY AND RANK: Competitive salary for 9-month tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor. An approximate 50% summer contract also is available.

STARTING DATE: January 17, 2012.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this Faculty position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu. First review begins October 20, 2011; this position is open until filled.