Undergraduate Experience Librarian, University of Washington Libraries

TITLE:    Undergraduate Experience Librarian

LOCATION:         Odegaard Undergraduate Library


Serving three campuses, the University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 8 million volumes, over 500,000 electronic books, more than 120,000 currently received journal titles, as well as millions of scholarly resources in other formats. Beyond the strength of local collections and digital resources, the Libraries is recognized for its excellent service, innovative learning and research spaces, faculty partnerships, global reach, extensive assessment efforts and diverse award-winning staff. The Libraries plays a significant leadership role regionally as a member in the groundbreaking Orbis Cascade Alliance and throughout the profession as evidenced by the number of its staff selected for competitive leadership programs and honored by professional association lifetime achievement awards.


The Odegaard Undergraduate Library is one of the largest undergraduate libraries in the country. Built on the vision of Charles Odegaard, former president of the University of Washington (1958-1973), the undergraduate library was completed in 1972 to be the primary center on campus for undergraduate learning and research. Today it is a place of strong community and collaboration for teaching, and a rich learning environment for students and faculty. The library was recently renovated to include two new active learning classrooms, innovative team spaces, and a combined writing and research center. The renovation was awarded the 2014 American Institute of Architects Institute Honor Awards for Interior Architecture. The library serves over 1.5 million visitors every year, most of those from among the 28,000+ undergraduate students on the Seattle campus. The library is open seven days a week and operates 24/5 Sunday through Thursday. There are ten librarians and eleven classified staff in Odegaard, in addition to graduate student staff and other student support staff.


Under the direction of the Teaching & Learning Program Librarian, and in collaboration with the First Year Experience (FYE) Librarian and associated graduate student assistants, the Undergraduate Experience Librarian will lead the Libraries’ development of innovative and effective methods of engagement with undergraduate students at the University of Washington. The Undergraduate Experience Librarian will provide energy, creativity, and leadership in designing and delivering Libraries’ programs and services that contribute to undergraduate academic success; and will design and participate in assessments to ensure the quality and improve the effectiveness of these programs and services. While this position is expected to work with pre-major students broadly, the Undergraduate Experience Librarian will place a particular emphasis on Libraries’ services and programs that may contribute to the success of international students and academically underprepared students.


*Works with existing partners in UW academic and student services programs that support the undergraduate population in order to increase broad knowledge of Libraries’ services and programs; and identifies previously-unexplored opportunities to develop relationships across the university community. Partners may include Undergraduate Academic Affairs, the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity programs, International Student Services, First Year Programs (in coordination with the FYE Librarian), the Center for Teaching and Learning, Summer Bridge Programs, and the Educational Opportunity Program (includes College Assistance Migrant Program, UW Champions Program and GEAR-UP).

*In coordination with Odegaard Library Administration and the Libraries’ and UW Communications teams, works with the FYE Librarian, graduate assistants, and other Odegaard staff to create a communications plan, and implements the marketing of Libraries’ services to all undergraduate students via a variety of channels. Coordinates and executes additional outreach and marketing efforts to targeted student constituencies, including participation in programming and events.

*In collaboration with Libraries assessment groups, designs and implements ongoing assessments and feedback mechanisms to measure the impact and effectiveness of library services and spaces for undergraduate students.

*Under the guidance of the Teaching and Learning Program Librarian, works with subject liaison librarians and course instructors in developing user education classes and appropriately integrated curriculum-based library instruction. Helps to develop instructional content, including classroom and online formats, in support of librarians’ work with undergraduate students. Assists in the coordination and assessment of the Libraries’ undergraduate education program.

*Actively participates in the activities of the Libraries’ Teaching and Learning Group.

*Plans and provides training and professional development opportunities for Libraries colleagues to enhance their knowledge and skills in working to improve the undergraduate academic experience, both inside the classroom and beyond.

*Contributes to the strategic direction and initiatives of Odegaard Undergraduate Library and the University Libraries.



*Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.

*Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.

*Evidence of excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and an ability to collaborate and work across diverse groups.

*Experience or demonstrated interest in teaching undergraduate student populations.

*Experience or demonstrated interest in implementing and managing innovative programs and services for undergraduate students.

*Demonstrated commitment to diversity and understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.

*Demonstrated initiative, creativity, and flexibility.


*Experience with building partnerships effectively and working collaboratively with a variety of individuals and groups in a rapidly changing environment.

*Experience in marketing and outreach to undergraduate student or youth populations, and facility with social media as an outreach and marketing tool.

*Familiarity with assessment techniques to measure the impact and effectiveness of libraries’ programs and services.


$48,500 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background.


Position will be at rank of Assistant Librarian.


Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 24 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax.


To apply for this position, please submit the following information to libhr@uw.edu:

*Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Assistant Director, Libraries Academic Human Resources)

*Curriculum vitae or resume (include a telephone number, mailing address, email address and salary requirements)

*List of three references who are knowledgeable of your qualifications for this position, one of which must be your current supervisor (include telephone numbers, mailing addresses, and email addresses)

*Please use “Librarian Application” in the subject heading.

*Please submit all components in a single, multi-page PDF document. All submissions will be maintained in a secure, password protected online file space during the course of the search. Campus constituents may have access to some material, including CVs.


To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than 5:00 pm, Friday, November 13, 2015.

University of Washington Libraries Home Page is http://www.lib.washington.edu.

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, the University is required to verify and document the citizenship or employment authorization of each new employee. 

For questions about this position, or questions regarding potential disability accommodations, please contact Laura Lillard at libhr@uw.edu.