Libraries – Assessment and Data Visualization Librarian (UL27579)

Position Overview

Organization: University Libraries, Libraries

Title : Assistant Librarian, Senior Assistant Librarian

Search Number : UL27579

Position Details

LOCATION:  Seattle


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.


Assessment & Planning is one of five departments in the Administrative Services Portfolio of the University of Washington Libraries. Assessment & Planning Staff collaborate with colleagues throughout the Libraries on projects to support the University’s mission. Staff in the department provide leadership and support for qualitative and quantitative assessments designed to understand diverse user needs, guide decision-making, and improve support for teaching, learning, and research at the University of Washington. In order to ensure the full integration of assessment and planning activities, Assessment & Planning staff also lead the Libraries strategic planning process. Staff play an essential role in supporting fostering professional communities for assessment practitioners through the UW Libraries co-sponsorship of the Library Assessment Conference.


Reporting to the Libraries’ Director, Assessment & Planning, the Assessment and Data Visualization Librarian will enhance Libraries services and programs through the collection, interpretation, and communication of a broad range of assessment and related data. Working across the UW Libraries system, the Assessment and Data Visualization Librarian will be responsible for developing and maintaining robust systems for gathering and managing Libraries assessment data; developing dashboards, visualizations, and other tools for the effective analysis and communication of Libraries data to staff and external audiences; and providing leadership, training, and support for data visualization activity in the Libraries. The Assessment and Data Visualization Librarian will work in collaboration with the Director, Assessment & Planning and Libraries staff to develop, conduct and manage quantitative and qualitative assessments within the University Libraries. This is a full-time position.


  • In partnership with other Libraries units, leads the creation of visualizations intended to communicate Libraries data, assessment results and other related information to guide strategic decision making.
  • Leads the development of tools and strategies for communicating survey and other assessment data to a variety of internal and external audiences.
  • Collaborates with the Director, Assessment & Planning to design and implement quantitative and qualitative assessments to identify user needs, demonstrate library impact, improve services and inform decision-making related to the UW Libraries strategic plan.
  • Develops and maintains ongoing processes and tools for the collection, storage, and analysis of Libraries data.
  • Leads the development of Libraries training related to assessment data analysis, interpretation, communication, and visualization.
  • Fosters collaboration with other assessment, data, and institutional research professionals at the University of Washington and, as appropriate, at other institutions. Actively engages with UW partners in support of Libraries data visualization efforts.
  • Participates in the broader assessment & data visualization community through professional activities and scholarly contributions.
  • Maintains the Libraries Assessment website.
  • Supervises assessment graduate student.



  • 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.
  • Demonstrated excellence in the following skills: verbal and written communication, interpersonal, planning, and organizational.
  • Ability to work successfully in a changing environment and in a large, complex organization.
  • Knowledge of library assessment and user experience methods, including surveys, interviews, focus groups, and service design approaches.
  • Ability to communicate assessment results clearly and effectively using a variety of methods.
  • Experience creating visualizations of assessment data, preferably using Tableau software.


  • Familiarity or experience with analyzing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative data and using tools such as SPSS and Excel.
  • Experience documenting procedures, policies, and/or support materials for staff.
  • Familiarity or experience with quantitative and qualitative data gathering and analysis tools (e.g., Qualtrics, LibAnalytics, Dedoose).


$50,000 minimum. Starting salary commensurate with qualifications and background.


Position will be at rank of Assistant or Senior Assistant, depending on qualifications and background.


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

To apply for this position, please submit the following information to

  • 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)
  • Please use “Librarian Application: Assessment and Data Visualization Librarian” 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, April 20, 2018.

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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, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.