Utah State University

Assistant/Associate Librarian (Collections Analyst)

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 months ago(7/14/2023 11:05 AM)
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Benefited Full-Time
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University Libraries
Spec Collections Digital&Cataloging
Advertised Salary
Minimum salary of $55,000, commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits
Telework Eligible


Utah State University (USU) Libraries seeks an innovative, and service-minded Librarian to be part of the collections team and play a key role in developing data-informed collection strategies. The Collections Analyst will work in a collaborative environment engaging internal and external stakeholders to further the role of collections in the teaching, learning and research mission of the institution. The Collections Analyst will ensure that USU Libraries is able to nimbly adapt to new and emerging areas of focus and align library resources with the needs of a diverse campus community. The Collections Analyst will provide analytical skills and creative solutions to support the development of strategies for evaluating different types of collections (e.g., circulating, special, distinctive, electronic) across a range of disciplines and promote transparency of collection-related processes and budgets. The successful applicant will work in a dynamic, collaborative environment with support for professional growth and development.


USU Libraries is currently wrapping up a realignment process that will position the Libraries to be agile and at the forefront of changing user needs. We anticipate this will be completed Fall 2023. Please note that these new alignments may not be reflected on the Libraries’ website or public presences until the end of the process. Current information on the new organizational structure can be requested from Carol Kochan or Becky Skeen. The successful applicant will report to the chair overseeing collection management.


The position is a 12-month, tenure track faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Librarian, depending on experience. Applicants demonstrating evidence of preferred qualifications with a proven track record of research and scholarship can be considered for a rank of Assistant or Associate Librarian with years credited towards tenure. The position is open fall 2023 and the start date is negotiable.


  • 75% Librarianship Responsibilities
    • Through a research library and user-centric lens, strategically develop and contribute to the management of USU Libraries’ collection of physical, electronic, and open access resources.
    • Organize the efforts of the collections strategies section in understanding evolving collection challenges and proactively find solutions to support information users both within the library and more broadly.
    • Research, develop, and/or keep the Collection Strategies Section up to date on best practices in making informed collection development and management decisions.
    • Lead the team to coordinate licensing, negotiations, renewals, activation of resources activities, and vendor relations.
    • Collaborates with colleagues to collect, analyze, and communicate collections data that will inform planning, decision-making, and assessment of library collections and related services.
    • Provide regular budget updates with respect to fiscal-year targets and projections
    • Develop policies, procedures, and reviews for collection development, including renewal and deselection of materials in a teamwork environment.
    • Evaluate opportunities and makes recommendations for investing in resources with the greatest potential for transforming the system of scholarly communication toward open dissemination of research.
    • Collaborate with colleagues to monitor budget allocations and ensure effective stewardship of a $6M library materials budget.
  • 15% Research and Creative Endeavors Responsibilities:
    • Contribute to the fields of Library Collections, Collections Analysis, Scholarly Communication, or librarianship through original research or scholarly outputs (presentations, publications, white papers, standards development, exhibits, etc.).
  • 10% Service Responsibilities:
    • Contribute to the fields of collections analysis, librarianship, and university governance by serving on university, local, regional, national, or international committees.


USU Libraries understands that successful candidates possess a variety of experiences and abilities, some of which lend themselves to demonstrating these qualifications better than others. We encourage candidates to think broadly about how their experiences, knowledge, skills, and abilities can apply to the qualifications. We remain committed to professional development and training to continue to build and evolve skills for the future.


Required Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited MLS, or equivalent degree, by start date.
  • Knowledge of the current and evolving trends in collection development (such as budget models, scholarly communications, and the publishing environment) and their impact on collection strategies for an academic research library.
  • Demonstrated ability to facilitate group decision-making.
  • Demonstrated commitment to practices that foster inclusion and belonging.
  • Aptitude for developing, prioritizing, and managing complex library collections projects.
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, including listening, speaking, and writing.
  • Excellent analytical, organizational, and time management skills.
  • Ability to be flexible and adapt to changing assignments and needs.
  • Ability to meet the university's requirements for promotion and tenure.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Three to five years of progressively responsible professional experience related to Collection Development in an academic research library.
  • Demonstrated experience managing workflows and processes associated with collection development and the acquisition and management of physical or electronic resources.
  • Experience with collection development tools and assessment data, including participation regionally or nationally with Library consortia and committees.
  • Experience with creating collection development and management policies and strategies.
  • Demonstrated experience working with vendors or publishers on content licensing or renewals.
  • Demonstrated experience in supervision, mentorship, and performance development.
  • Experience with one or more data analysis tools or approaches, such as using Microsoft Excel, R, or Python for data analysis, or coursework in quantitative and/or qualitative analysis, statistics, assessment, or data visualization.
  • Experience managing budgets in an academic library setting.
  • Demonstrated record of research (which may include publications, presentations, creative works, etc.), and service conducive to achieving tenure.

Salary minimum of $55,000, negotiable depending on meeting qualifications for Assistant or Associate Librarian with years credited towards tenure.

Compensation includes excellent benefits with a 14.2% (starting at $7,810) annual retirement contribution. Utah State University offers a competitive benefits package which includes medical and dental, and 22 days/year vacation.

The Libraries provide generous support for professional development and travel. The Libraries support a flexible work environment while recognizing the level of flexibility within positions will vary based on individual job responsibilities.

Relocation assistance is available.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. CV/Resume to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Resume/CV”
  2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted at the end of your application
    • Please address each of the minimum and preferred qualifications in your letter as fully as possible using evidence from your educational or workplace experience as appropriate.

**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Minimum salary of $55,000, commensurate with education and experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

University Highlights

Founded in 1888, Utah State University is Utah’s premier land-grant and space-grant university, with a strong commitment to excellence, access, and inclusion. USU serves approximately 27,500 students throughout the state at three residential campuses, eight statewide campuses, and 23 education centers. USU Online has served students from all 50 states and 55 countries for over 25 years, and USU Extension provides outreach and service to all counties in Utah.  


As a land-grant university, USU engages communities and empowers people to lead successful lives of involvement, innovation, and impact. As an R1 research institution, USU provides a high-quality undergraduate and graduate education at an affordable price. Washington Monthly has consistently ranked USU in the top 10 among public universities for contribution to social mobility, research, and public service.  


Utah State is committed to cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community where different perspectives, values, cultures, and identities are acknowledged, welcomed, and valued. We seek to recruit, hire, and retain people from all walks of life who will champion excellence in education, research, discovery, outreach, and service. We believe that promoting a strong sense of community and belonging empowers and engages all members of USU to thrive and be successful. Learn more about USU. 


The university provides a Dual Career Assistance Program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment. Additionally, USU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability, contact the university’s ADA Coordinator in the Office of Human Resources at (435) 797-0122 or hr@usu.edu. 


About the Region

U.S. News and World Report ranked Utah first for its strong economy, fiscal stability, education, and health care. Outstanding outdoor recreational opportunities abound throughout the state, including five national parks, 43 state parks and recreation areas, and 15 alpine ski resorts. The home of USU’s main campus, Logan, is a city of 54,000-plus people in a picturesque mountain valley 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. The Logan metro area claimed the top spot in the Milken Institute’s 2022 ranking for best-performing small cities in the nation. 


*updated 7/2023

Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Matthew Pinner, discrimination@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 401, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Cody Carmichael, titleix@usu.edu, Distance Education Rm. 404, 435-797-1266

Mailing address: 5100 Old Main Hill, Logan, UT 84322

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov


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