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Serving three campuses, the University of Washington Libraries is one of the largest and most innovative libraries in North America with collections exceeding 9 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 UW Tacoma Library engages in the full spectrum of scholarly and teaching activities for the University of Washington Tacoma campus. As such, the UW Tacoma Library plays an essential role in the learning, teaching, research, and community partnership work of the University through access, collections, consultations, digital scholarship support, events, instruction, reference, service, and technology. UW Tacoma librarians work in a matrixed model in which all librarians carry responsibility for a single area of library work, but also contribute to all areas of library. The UW Tacoma Library aspires to be a catalyst for UW Tacoma, with agile and innovative approaches to meeting the changing needs of our students, faculty, and community.


One of three campuses of the University of Washington, UW Tacoma is an urban-serving university that shares the University of Washington’s commitment to high quality teaching and research and is committed to participating in the educational, cultural, and economic development of the South Puget Sound. Located largely in renovated historical buildings in Tacoma’s downtown warehouse district, UW Tacoma serves students from diverse racial/ethnic and cultural populations. UW Tacoma’s commitment to equity and inclusion is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty, and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth. UW Tacoma has a strong commitment to interdisciplinary research and teaching. Our campus provides a unique environment for the development of creative teaching, research and community collaborations. For more information about UW Tacoma, please visit


Under the general direction of the Associate Director, the Data and Digital Scholarship (DDS) Librarian will contribute significantly to the emerging digital scholarship program at UW Tacoma and develops data services as an essential aspect of the campus’s research enterprise. As a key member of the UW Tacoma LIbrary, the DDS Librarian increases the visibility and usability of digital scholarship and data resources through research consultations, workshops and course-integrated instruction, online research guides, and outreach efforts.

This position encourages a culture of digital scholarship at UW Tacoma and the UW Libraries through by leveraging tri-campus efforts to support digital scholarship and data services in support of UW Tacoma’s teaching and research mission.

Serving as a liaison to the Urban Studies Program and the Milgard School of Business, the DDS Librarian will have unique opportunities to embed into the activities of these programs and apply digital scholarship practices in support of the urban-serving mission of UW Tacoma. Areas of potential growth and outreach include geospatial technology, digital community archiving, community-engaged scholarship, data analytics, among others.

In addition to the above, all UW Tacoma Librarians participate in the full range of reference and instruction services to University of Washington Tacoma students, faculty and staff. Librarians plan, deliver, and assess research support and instruction for diverse students, faculty, and staff whose primary areas of study, teaching, and research fall within the librarian’s academic subject and program responsibilities. Responsibilities include developing innovative approaches to research assistance tailored to the user populations, collection development and delivery of services in an environment committed to electronic resources and access.

This is a full-time, 12-month position.


  • Collaborates with faculty engaged in emerging forms of scholarship, supporting all stages of the research lifecycle, from research design to audience engagement.
  • Promotes digital scholarship, data services, open access, and emerging research practices on the UW Tacoma campus through consultations, trainings, workshops, online tutorials, and other outreach methods.
  • Participates in the planning and implementation of digital repositories that serve campus and university-wide needs, focusing in particular on how to best leverage these tools to support scholarly communication.
    Develops and supports campus-based digital collections hosted in digital repository systems and other platforms used by the UW Tacoma academic community.
  • Consults one-on-one and offers workshops to faculty and student groups about data, including GIS and Geospatial Technologies.
  • Consults with faculty seeking to implement community-engaged research methodologies into courses that leverage digital technologies to connect with public audiences.
  • Serves as a subject librarian for Urban Studies and the Milgard School of Business, performing regular instruction, reference, and outreach services as articulated in the UW Tacoma Subject Librarian Guidelines.
    Represents the Library on campus and UW Libraries committees focused on repository services, research, and data practices.
  • Participates in coordination and implementation of the library website, LibGuides, and the campus institutional repository.
  • Participates in outreach opportunities with the UW Tacoma community.
  • Makes recommendations for and assists in formulation of library policies, and contributes to the development of library services responsive to the needs of the campus curriculum and users.
  • Provides reference assistance and referral to University of Washington Tacoma Library resources and, when necessary, to other resources including University Libraries, and regional academic and community libraries. Shares in providing instruction and reference services. Work schedule may include evenings and weekends.




  • Graduate degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or an equivalent graduate library science/information studies degree.
  • Coursework or demonstrated experience with digital scholarship, digital humanities, open scholarship, data curation, and/or altmetrics.
  • Experience providing consulting services and/or training faculty, or others, in positions of authority.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and an understanding of the contributions a diverse workforce brings to the workplace.
  • Coursework or demonstrated experience with reference and instruction.
  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully in a collaborative environment; excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • High level of energy, creativity, and flexibility; ability to foster collaborative relationships within and across administrative lines.
  • Ability to work successfully in a highly collaborative environment with a broad range of people from culturally diverse backgrounds including colleagues, students, faculty, staff, and administrators.
  • Ability to manage workload, priorities and deadlines and achieve timeline goals.



  • Experience serving diverse and underrepresented student populations.
  • Academic background in urban studies and/or business.
  • Coursework or demonstrated experience with GIS data and/or other geospatial technologies.
  • Experience with scripting languages for quantitative data analysis, such as R or Python.
  • Demonstrated interest in research, publication, or professional contributions.



$51,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background.



Position will be at rank of Assistant Librarian or Senior Assistant Librarian, depending on qualifications and background. See the Librarian Personnel Code for librarian rank appointment criteria,



Librarians are academic personnel and participate in the University of Washington Retirement Plan on a matching basis. Vacation is accrued at the rate of 26 working days per year; sick leave at the rate of 12 working days per year. No state or local income tax.


Application Instructions

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The following documents are required as part of your application for this vacancy:

  • Cover letter (addressed to Laura Lillard, Director, Libraries 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)

Application Deadline
To ensure consideration, applications should be received no later than Monday, March 18, 2019.


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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

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


Commitment to Diversity
The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint (


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