Posting Number FAC485P
Quick Link for Internal Postings https: // jobs.wcu.edu/postings/17385
Classification Title Assistant Professor
Working Title Research & Instruction Librarian - Education Liaison -
Department Research and Instruction Services
WCU, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic has adopted a “Get Vaccinated or Get
Tested” policy effective September 15, 2021. This will require you demonstrate
evidence of full vaccination upon hire or be subject to regular testing.
The primary location of this position is on the main Cullowhee, NC campus.
Western Carolina University's Hunter Library seeks a Reference & Instruction
Librarian/Education Liaison to join its engaged, student-centered, and
service-oriented faculty in the Research and Instruction Services department.
The librarian in this position provides a full range of user education,
reference, outreach, and collection development services including in-depth
research assistance to students and faculty in the School of Teaching and
Learning and the Department of Human Services. The person in this position
will also work in conjunction with and supervise one full-time staff
member in the Curriculum Materials Center and provide general reference
All RIS librarians at Hunter Library provide interdisciplinary research
assistance and library instruction during weekdays, evenings, and limited
weekends, and build an ongoing familiarity of the disciplines and library
resources for all fields of study. RIS librarians participate in a dynamic
information literacy instruction program (in Cullowhee, at WCU instructional
sites, and online); develop online guides and tutorials; support research via
programming, outreach, and consultations; contribute to the development,
review, and management of collections and research tools; and collaborate with
colleagues in library-wide decision-making and initiatives. All faculty
participate in scholarship and service appointments. The successful candidate
will be intellectually curious, flexible, and up to the challenge of serving a
diverse range of undergraduate and graduate programs.
All library employees assume responsibility for additional duties, projects,
assignments, and initiatives as needed or assigned.
This is a 12-month, tenure-track position, reporting to the RIS department
head. Position is available immediately. Salary is commensurate with
qualifications and experience. 24 days of annual vacation leave. Choice of
retirement plans, see the Human Resources website
(https: // www. wcu.edu/discover/campus-services-and-operations/human-resources-
and-payroll/index.aspx) for details. Hunter Library is a progressive and
innovative organization and serves a growing, dynamic university. It has a
decades-long reputation for world-class service to faculty and students.
Professional scholarship and development are expected and supported.
WCU embraces its role as a regionally engaged university and is designated by
the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a community engaged
university. Preference will be given to candidates who can demonstrate a
commitment to public engagement through their teaching, service, and
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities Required for this Position
• Academic or professional background in education
• Experience providing reference assistance to library users
• Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication
• Knowledge of a wide range of information tools and sources and a creative,
persistent approach to finding authoritative information
• Desire to learn and practice the craft of reference in all subject areas
• Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills
• Demonstrated understanding of principles and best practices of information
• Ability to work productively, both independently and as a part of a team
• Time management and organizational skills to balance a varied workload,
including scholarship and service
• Strong commitment to public service
• Initiative to provide outreach to students, faculty, and other
• Flexibility to adapt and respond to the ever-changing landscape of
information services in an academic library
• MLS from ALA-accredited program of library or information science or
• Research support experience in a library setting;
• Supervisory experience;
• Experience creating online guides and tutorials;
• Classroom teaching experience;
• Academic or professional background in education;
• Experience in a K-12 environment;
• Recent experience and/or documented training in assessment and evaluation of
Position Type Permanent Full-Time
Number of Hours Per Week 40
Number of Months Per Year 12
Open Date 10/11/2021
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants
To be considered, you must apply online and attach a cover letter, CV, a list
of professional references with contact information, and unofficial
transcripts from your highest earned degree. Review of applications will begin
immediately and will continue until a candidate has been selected for hire.
For more information, contact Sarah Steiner at 828-227-3417 or
Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks.
Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks.
Western Carolina University uses E-Verify to confirm employment eligibility of
all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights
and responsibilities, please visit www. dhs.gov/E-Verify. Proper documentation
of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.
All new employees are required to have listed credentials/degrees verified
within 30 days of employment. All new employees who will be teaching are
required to provide official transcripts within 30 days of employment.
Transcripts should be provided for the highest earned degree and/or the degree
which is being used to satisfy credential/qualification requirements.
Western Carolina University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action
Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment
without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual orientation; gender
identity or expression; national origin; age; disability; genetic information;
political affiliation; National Guard or veteran status, consistent with
applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations, and policies, and the
policies of The University of North Carolina. Additionally, the University
promotes the realization of equal employment opportunity for minorities,
women, persons with disabilities, and veterans through its affirmative action
Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and
interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at email@example.com.
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