Assessment Librarian – SUNY Purchase – Purchase, NY -Deadline extended

Assessment Librarian
Application Deadline- 5/1/2020
Tenure Track, 12 month, Full Time
$58,000 – $60,000

Purchase College seeks an energetic and innovative Assessment Librarian to help develop and coordinate the implementation of a comprehensive and strategic assessment program within the Purchase College Library. This tenure track, faculty position oversees and participates in assessment efforts throughout the Library; collects, analyzes, and documents a wide range of data; and contributes to a data–driven approach to achieving strategic objectives. The Assessment Librarian supports on-going data analysis and reporting needs and provides training and consultation on evaluation, data, and reporting tools and techniques.

The work of the Assessment Librarian and the engagement of library staff will enable the Purchase College Library to document its value and impact, make evidence-based decisions and ensure that the most effective programs, services, and spaces are offered to users. The Assessment Librarian will pursue professional development opportunities, including research, scholarship, and professional service activities in order to meet College-wide criteria for tenure and promotion.

Description of Primary Responsibilities:

• In collaboration with library staff, promotes the integration of assessment and evidence-based decision making related to services, collections, technology, and physical spaces.
• Develops cross-departmental quantitative and qualitative user and research studies and actively participates in and supports assessment-focused data collection, analysis, and dissemination.
• Analyzes and reports quantitative and qualitative data gathered from various sources such as library systems, vendor statistics, observations, surveys, web analytics, interviews, and focus groups and facilitates the use of this data to support strategic planning.
• Provides consultation to support library staff and units as they gather, process, analyze, manage, and report data related to library resources and services, including guidance on conducting unit assessments and the most suitable qualitative and quantitative methods.
• Teaches introductory and advanced information literacy research sessions
• Provides reference service, including reference desk shifts and monitoring chat and text services
• Participates in collection development and serves as a liaison librarian to academic boards of study (departments) in keeping with the candidate’s academic background and interests
• Develops and maintains online instructional tools such as subject guides and tutorials

Instructions to Candidate:

To apply for the position, please visit our Purchase College Job Vacancy website at and complete an online application.

• A master’s degree in library and information science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited school.
• Expertise in a wide range of qualitative and quantitative data analysis methodologies and data visualization tools.
• Experience in conducting assessment projects and in documenting data, and providing recommendations for improvements.
• Expertise in program/outcomes evaluation, research design, instrument design, and the management, analysis, and reporting of data.
• Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish positive and productive collaborations working with diverse audiences and colleagues throughout the Library and beyond.
• Demonstrated ability to present complex information to audiences who possess different levels of library knowledge.
• Demonstrated ability to advance multiple complex projects in a team environment, meet deadlines, and prioritize work.
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
• Articulate and persuasive written and oral communication skills.
• Planning and leadership skills, with the ability to function independently, take initiative and set goals and priorities in a dynamic environment.
• Strong potential for meeting the requirements of tenure and promotion

• Experience in designing and/or conducting usability testing, and facilitating focus groups.
• Ability to develop training content and instructional materials, and other documentation; and conduct workshops for library staff.
• Demonstrated knowledge of the operations, services, key issues, and trends in academic libraries and institutions of higher education.
• Experience with a regional higher education reaccreditation process (e.g. Middle States).
• Strong working knowledge of standards for assessment in higher education.
• Background or liaison expertise in an academic field of study or conservatory art practice
• Record of including individuals of diverse backgrounds, experiences, races, ethnicities, genders, and perspectives in research, teaching, service and other work.

Required Documents:
Cover Letter
List of References

Date to be filled 7/1/20

About Melody Rood

Librarian at Central Piedmont Community College in Charlotte, NC