Assessment Librarian

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University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC
Job Description: 

University of South Carolina seeks an organized, self-motivated and collaborative librarian to coordinate a comprehensive and strategic assessment program for University Libraries. This individual will implement projects that generate useful data about library collections, services and spaces to inform decision making and measure progress towards strategic goals. The Assessment Librarian chairs a team dedicated to evaluating library collections, services and spaces in order to measure impact, monitor trends, and improve the experience of users. This position provides guidance and expertise to colleagues in evaluation and measurement of library activities; communicates results in effective manner through reports, presentations and other methods to internal and external audiences; and leads the collection, storage, and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data about the libraries. This position reports to the Associate Dean for Public Services.

The search committee will begin reviewing application on October 16, 2019. The position will remain open until filled.

The University of South Carolina, founded in 1801, is the flagship campus of an eight-campus, fully accredited, state-system. The University is one of only 40 public universities to earn the Carnegie Foundation’s top-tier designations in research activity and community engagement. The University of South Carolina - Columbia has strong undergraduate and graduate programs and other highly regarded professional schools including: medicine, law, education, engineering, social work, pharmacy, public health, arts and sciences, nursing, and business administration. About 32,000 students are enrolled with more than 8,000 students in graduate and professional programs.

University Libraries serves the graduate and undergraduate programs of all schools and colleges, with the exceptions of the School of Law and the School of Medicine. Holdings include more than 4.9 million volumes, 20 million manuscripts, 475,000 e-books, and four distinct special collections. University Libraries is a member of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, and the Center for Research Libraries. The University Libraries also participate in NACO. The City of Columbia is the state capital with a metropolitan area population of nearly 800,000. The city is a state center of financial, transportation, and industrial development, and it has a rich historical and cultural tradition. Columbia is located within easy driving distance of both mountains and coast.

The University of South Carolina Libraries welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and consciously maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors, and we promote diversity in our collections and the services that we provide as well as in our recruiting, hiring and retention practices.

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender, age, disability, protected veteran status or genetics.


Minimum qualifications: Master's Degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA accredited institution or comparable degree in related field. Demonstrable professional assessment experience; effective oral and written communication skills; ability to work successfully with colleagues; and experience working in libraries.

Preferred qualifications: Experience in an academic library or research institution; outstanding analytical skills; project leadership experience in a team-oriented environment; familiarity with assessment software and statistical tools such as NVivo or SPSS; current knowledge of assessment issues/trends for academic libraries; and at least 2 years professional experience in a library setting.

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