Faculty Librarian - Public Services -- University of Central Arkansas -- Conway, AR

Primary Responsibilities
Working as part of the Public Services and Library Systems Team, the Public Services Librarian is responsible for providing in-person and remote reference services and assisting in other front line services, including circulation, interlibrary loan, and technology services to all library users. This person will also supervise and assist with the 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, and participating 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 and to participate in library outreach in various venues across campus, including participation in social media activities.

Performs additional duties and special projects as assigned.

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. Some weekend and evening hours may be required.

Required Qualifications
ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS or similar ALA accredited graduate degree. Ability to work with diverse staff in collegial, team environment. Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. Ability to pay attention to detail. Ability to manage time and multiple assignments. Qualified entry level candidates are welcome to apply.

Preferred Qualifications
Library public service experience, academic library experience, teaching experience, and experience with library systems.

Faculty Librarians at UCA have the right to choose, upon 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.

Salary Maximum: $44,000 depending on experience/qualifications.

Preferred Start Date
August 16, 2021

The University
Founded in 1907, the University of Central Arkansas (UCA) has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students, of which more than 15% are graduate students. UCA 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.

The Community
UCA is located in Conway, Arkansas, a thriving city of approximately 58,000, located in central Arkansas, 30 miles northwest of Little Rock. Conway is the home of a number of major industries, two private colleges, a public school system ranked among the state's best, and strong K-12 parochial schools. Residents have easy access to the Ouachita and Ozark National Forests and pristine wild areas near the Buffalo National River. Real estate is moderately priced and taxes are relatively low.

Posting Detail Information
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.

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.

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.

Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter.
  2. Resume.
  3. Three letters of reference are required. Please submit them by appending them to the resume so that they are part of the uploaded resume document.
  4. Unofficial Transcripts.
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