Public Services Librarian

University of Central Arkansas

United States

June 14, 2021


Position Details Posting Number F0342021

Working Title Public Services Librarian Department Org 427100 - Office-Torreyson Library Position Summary

This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency/institution policy.

This position reports to the Library Director.

Torreyson Library is committed to supporting and enhancing a multicultural environment that values diversity, belonging, inclusiveness, and equity. We especially welcome applications from persons whose communities traditionally have been excluded from or marginalized by the academy.

Job Duties and Responsibilities

Primary Responsibilities: Working as a part of the Public Services and Library Systems team to ● provide in-person and remote reference, and assist in other front line services including circulation, interlibrary loan, and technology services to all users of the library ● supervise and assist with training of public services staff ● create and maintain library research guides and FAQs, utilizing LibGuides. ● participate in identifying and addressing accessibility issues and reaching under-served communities ● participate in the management of physical library spaces. Additional duties include, working as part of the Education and Outreach team to ● provide instruction and information literacy services ● participate in library outreach in various venues across campus, including participation in social media activities

Performs additional duties and special projects as assigned. Some weekend hours and some evening hours may be required.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

The successful candidate will have a strong work ethic, possess a collegial attitude, be dedicated to public service, and understand the evolving role of academic library services in the 21st century. He/she will be technologically savvy, open minded, flexible, and eager to develop new approaches and assess effectiveness. Outstanding interpersonal and customer service skills are essential. The candidate must have a commitment to and/or a clearly articulated philosophy on the role of library services in fostering student success and the impact of library services on student retention. Must have demonstrated the ability to pay attention to detail and to manage time and multiple assignments. Knowledge and understanding of library resources and comfort with technology are essential. Must show a willingness to learn from experienced colleagues. Qualified entry level candidates are welcome to apply.

Skills Considered Essential for Success

-Knowledge of the organization and administration of higher education. -Knowledge of student development theory. -Knowledge of state, federal, and university rules, regulations, and procedures. -Ability to work in a diverse and dynamic environment. -Ability to compile statistics into reports. -Ability to work collaboratively and independently with common goals as a part of a team. -Ability to make sound judgments and assist in resolving student concerns. -Effective interpersonal communication, writing, and organizational abilities. -Civility in all interactions of a public or confidential nature. -Demonstrate follow-up contacts and consultations in a timely manner.

Required Education and/or Experience

All personnel appointed to the library faculty must hold the appropriate terminal degree, a master's degree accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).

Library faculty have the right to choose with the initial appointment whether to accept tenure-track or non-tenure-track status. Non-tenure-track library faculty may be appointed and promoted to the ranks of lecturer I, lecturer II, and senior lecturer. Tenured and tenure-track library faculty may be appointed and promoted to the ranks of assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. The applicant's decision is binding and will be included in their initial letter of appointment. The library associate professor and professor will be required to hold in addition to the terminal degree an additional graduate degree in an academic discipline.

Preferred Education and/or Experience

Preferred qualifications are library public service experience, academic library experience, teaching experience, and experience with library systems.

License(s)/Certifications (Required or Preferred) University, Campus, and Community Description

Thank you for your interest in employment at the University of Central Arkansas. Founded in 1907, UCA has an enrollment of more than 10,000, of which more than 15% are graduate students. The university offers more than 90 undergraduate and 60 graduate certificate and degree programs, including doctoral programs in five disciplines. The undergraduate student body consistently scores above the national average on the ACT exam. UCA is proud of its tradition of teaching excellence and its contributions in research, scholarship, and creative activities. UCA seeks to attract students and employees that are dedicated to building a culture of diversity, belonging, inclusion, and equity.

Desired start date 08/16/2021

Background Check Statement

This position may be subject to a pre-employment criminal, sex-offender registry, financial history background check and drug screening. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication and/or adverse financial history alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background checks and drug screening information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

UCA EEO Statement

The University of Central Arkansas is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution dedicated to attracting and supporting a diverse student, faculty and staff population through enhanced multicultural learning environments and opportunities. In keeping with its nondiscrimination policy in employment, admissions and other functions and programs, the university considers employees and students on the basis of individual merit and will not discriminate against a person on the basis of gender, race or color, ethnicity, religion, spiritual beliefs, national origin, age, familial status, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation, disability, political beliefs, intellectual perspective, genetic information, military status, or other factors irrelevant to participation in its programs.

Open Date 06/04/2021 Close Date Open Until Filled Yes Special Instructions to Applicants

Please supply contact information for three references that can supply a letter for you. A resume, cover letter and unofficial transcripts will be requested. Review of applications will begin June 14, 2021.

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Optional Documents

  • Other Document
  • Research Statement
  • Leadership Statement
  • Other Transcripts