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Tenure-Track Faculty; Instruction & Scholarly Communications Librarian

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This position requires that applicants attach an electronic copy of a cover letter, resume/cv, and reference list. This position also requires applicants submit unofficial or official transcripts. Electronic copies of unofficial transcripts may be attached under the attachment headings of Unofficial Transcript 1, Unofficial Transcript 2, etc. Electronic copies of transcripts may be emailed to employment@una.edu as attachments in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word format. If electronic copies are unavailable, hard copies of unofficial or official transcripts must be sent to Human Resources at UNA Box 5043, Florence, AL 35632 or brought to Bibb Graves Hall, Room 226. Official transcripts must be sent directly to HR from the issuing school to be considered official. Transcripts with a designation of "Issued to Student" will not be considered official. Official transcripts will be required of the successful candidate but unofficial copies will be accepted for the application process. For questions, please email employment@una.edu or call 256-765-4291 and select option #2.

Posting Details

Position Information

Posting Number F0600841
Position Title Tenure-Track Faculty; Instruction & Scholarly Communications Librarian
Department Library and Educational Technology Services
FLSA Exempt
General Description

The University of North Alabama seeks an energetic, innovative, outgoing, and proactive tenure-track faculty member to engage in service-oriented instructional and research services. This 12-month position will provide library instruction to undergraduate and graduate students. The successful candidate will work individually and as part of an instruction team to develop, deliver, and assess traditional and electronic library instruction (including developing technology-based instructional materials).

This position is also responsible for leading scholarly communications efforts by staying abreast of academic publishing trends, serving as the library point of contact for copyright, and keeping the campus community informed on developments in scholarly communications by developing programs, workshops, and other activities to highlight the changing landscape of academic research and publishing.

In addition, librarians are expected to assume leadership roles within the library and the university. Faculty librarians must demonstrate a commitment to professional effectiveness, engage in an ongoing program of scholarship, and participate in professional service suitable to fulfill tenure and promotion requirements.

Review of applications will begin on March 17, 2017.

Essential Job Duties

•Plans, develops, promotes, and leads basic instruction, course-related, and information literacy sessions;
•Provides leadership in the area of scholarly communications which includes but is not limited to awareness of scholarly publishing trends, copyright, institutional repositories, Open Educational Resources (OER), Open Access Initiatives (OAI), and the curation of research data;
•Serves as the lead in the area of copyright for the library, including providing direction regarding the use and dissemination of copyrighted works, and developing workshops and programs to educate faculty and students about copyright and licensing practices;
•Remains current in and develops workshops to educate the campus community on both OER and OAI;
•Works with faculty to develop library instructional programs based on curricular needs;
•Develops and maintains informational and instructional materials, both print and electronic, to support the library’s instruction program;
•Participates in one-on-one and small group research consultations;
•Participates in the embedded/course librarian program;
•Participates in ongoing evaluation of the library instruction program, including development of surveys and preparation of reports and other documentation related to the library instruction program;
•Maintains awareness of emerging trends in library instruction and information literacy;
•Engages in professional development, research, and service activities in accordance with departmental standards for tenure and promotion;
•Assists in collection development and departmental liaison duties in assigned areas;
•Serves as a member of library and university committees;
•Other duties as assigned.

Additional Duties

•Strong interpersonal skills;
•Understanding of library instruction;
•Demonstrated ability to provide library instruction, including the ability to develop a class presentation and teach effectively in an electronic classroom environment;
•Knowledge of copyright as it relates to academic libraries;
•Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in using a wide range of traditional and electronic information sources;
•Demonstrated knowledge of ACRL’s Framework for Information Literacy;
•Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies and apply knowledge to the design and delivery of instruction;
•Strong public service orientation and commitment to service excellence;
•Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a demanding and often changing environment;
•Flexibility in scheduling as weekends and evenings may be required, based on demand;
•Excellent public relations skills.

Knowledge Skills and Abilities

•Superior written, oral communication, and presentation skills;
•Strong interpersonal skills;
•Demonstrated ability to work positively and effectively with a wide range of internal and external entities;
•Strong commitment to public service excellence;
•Knowledge of marketing trends in higher education;
•Understanding of library user engagement, outreach, and service assessment;
•Demonstrated knowledge of and skill in using a wide range of traditional and electronic information sources;
•Demonstrated experience in public presentation;
•Demonstrated ability to learn new technologies and apply knowledge to the design of library services;
•Ability to work both independently and collaboratively in a demanding and often changing environment;
•Commitment to ongoing professional development;
•Flexibility in scheduling as some weekends and evenings may be required;
•Excellent public relations skills;
•Effective organizational and time management skills.

Minimum Qualifications

MLIS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program required.

Desired Qualifications:
•Professional experience in library instruction in an academic library;
•Recent experience and/or coursework in the provision of library instruction/information literacy;
•Experience dealing with copyright and working with researchers to resolve details related to copyright;
•Experience in, or demonstrated understanding of, scholarly communications. This includes, but is not limited, to OER, OAI, institutional repositories, and data curation;
•Experience using databases, discovery tools and web resources;
•Experience in providing reference/research assistance;
•Experience in creating tutorials, surveys, and guides;
•Demonstrated flexibility in dealing with people, technology, and multiple priorities.

Licenses, Certifications, or Registrations
Essential Physical Requirements Standing, Walking, Sitting, Using Hands, Talking/Hearing, Reaching with Hands/Arms, Stooping/Kneeling/Crouching/Crawling, Lifting up to 10 pounds, Lifting up to 25 pounds
Environmental Working Conditions Indoor environment
Special Vision Requirements No Special Vision Requirements
Salary Grade
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Is the position Full-Time or Part-Time? Full-Time
Duration of Appointment/Assignment
Affirmative Action Statement

UNA is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving excellence and strength through diversity. UNA seeks a wide range of applicants for this position so that one of our core values, ethnic and cultural diversity, will be affirmed.

Position Type Faculty
Posting Date 02/07/2017
Closing Date
Open Until Filled Yes

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you learn of this posting?
    • Times Daily
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Minority Faculty Applicant Database
    • Higheredjobs.com
    • Insidehighered.com
    • UNA Email Announcement
    • UNA Employment Facebook
    • UNA Employment Twitter
    • UNA Employee
    • Other
  2. If you chose other in the above question, please list where you learned of the posting below.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Do you have an MLIS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program?
    • No
    • Yes
    • No, but my degree will be conferred this year.
  4. * Do you have prior experience in an academic library or a related setting?
    • No
    • Yes
  5. * Do you have professional experience in library instruction in an academic library?
    • No
    • Yes
  6. * Do you have recent experience and/or coursework in the provision of library instruction/information literacy?
    • No
    • Yes
  7. * Do you have experience dealing with copyright and working with researchers to resolve details related to copyright?
    • No
    • Yes
  8. * Do you have experience in, or demonstrated understanding of, scholarly communications including, but not limited to, OER, OAI, institutional repositories, and data curation?
    • No
    • Yes
  9. * Do you have experience using databases, discovery tools, and web resources?
    • No
    • Yes
  10. * Do you have experience in creating tutorials, surveys, and guides?
    • No
    • Yes
  11. * Do you have demonstrated flexibility in dealing with people, technology, and multiple priorities?
    • No
    • Yes

Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Reference List
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document 1
  2. Unofficial Transcript 1
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Letter of Reference 1
  5. Letter of Reference 2
  6. Letter of Reference 3
  7. Unofficial Transcript 2
  8. Unofficial Transcript 3
  9. Unofficial Transcript 4
  10. Other Document 2
  11. Other Document 3
  12. Other Document 4
  13. Official Transcript 1 (for HR use only)
  14. Official Transcript 2 (for HR use only)
  15. Official Transcript 3 (for HR use only)