Research & Instruction Librarian - Education Liaison - #002927

Western Carolina University

United States

November 11, 2021


Posting Details Posting Number FAC485P

Quick Link for Internal Postings https: // Classification Title Assistant Professor Working Title Research & Instruction Librarian - Education Liaison - #002927 Department Research and Instruction Services Position Summary

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 assistance.

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. 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.

Carnegie statement

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 scholarship.

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 literacy instruction • 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 constituencies • Flexibility to adapt and respond to the ever-changing landscape of information services in an academic library

Minimum Qualifications

• MLS from ALA-accredited program of library or information science or international equivalent

Preferred Qualifications

• 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 library activities.

Position Type Permanent Full-Time Number of Hours Per Week 40 Number of Months Per Year 12

Open Date 10/11/2021

Close Date 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. Proper documentation of identity and employability are required at the time of employment.

Credential Verification

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 program. Persons with disabilities requiring accommodations in the application and interview process please call (828) 227-7218 or email at

University Safety

The Western Carolina University Annual Safety Report is available online at University Annual Safety Report or in hard-copy by request at the office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, 227 HFR Administration Building, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7147) or the Office of University Police, 111 Camp Annex, Cullowhee, NC 28723 (828-227-7301). The report, required of all universities participating in Title IV student financial aid programs, discusses crime statistics, procedures for reporting suspicious or criminal activity, security, police authority, crime prevention strategies, university policies on substance abuse and sexual offenses, workplace violence and fire safety.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of references
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Optional Documents

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