Job TitleVisiting Assistant Librarian for Resource Sharing
Position TypeFull Time
Job Category Researcher/Fellowship
Salary Range $ 50,000-55,000
Location Lubbock, TX US
Deadline September 04, 2022
Contact Name Carrye Syma
Phone US +1 (806) 834-2043
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The Resource Sharing Librarian is responsible for providing information resources to support the students, faculty, and staff of Texas Tech University, on campus or at a distance, and national/international libraries/institutions. They serve as a specialist for identifying, acquiring, delivering, and tracking information and materials required for scholarly research. This visiting non-tenure track position will provide leadership and oversight of the libraries’ Resource Sharing unit. This position reports to the Assistant Dean for User Centered Services.
The visiting assistant librarian position is a one-year appointment (September 2022-Augsust 2023) renewable for a second year based on performance evaluation and continued funding. After the second year, this position is expected to be replaced by a tenure-track librarian position for which the visiting assistant librarian may be an eligible candidate.
Specific responsibilities will include:
Supervise staff and student employees
Manage and set priorities and goals for frontline services staff, consisting of six employees and 15-20 student employees
Provide information to the liaison librarians to support collection development.
Continuously assess the performance of the department for process improvements and a variety of assessment activities.
Develop and maintain the operating budget of the Document Delivery department
Communicate and work effectively with librarians and staff in public services to improve service coordination
Oversee the Libraries course reserves process and assess for improvements
With oversight of a team and through quality control measures, ensures Texas Tech patron requests are filled accurately and quickly through a variety of fulfillment streams
Serve library committees and presents department activities, i.e. Library Services Committee and coordinate library teams
Work to continuously assess interlibrary services web pages for clarity and ease of use
Reviews and refines implementation of current technology to fully leverage existing features; identifies gaps and opportunities for streamlining and expanding services
Evaluates, recommends and implements new technology that streamlines request handling.
Monitor resource-sharing agreements and take a leadership role in related professional organizations
Applies quality control measures to ensure compliance with copyright and operational guidelines.
Maintain and develop professional relationships with vendors who provide software, equipment, or commercial document delivery services.
Ensure that the Libraries are meeting and exceeding the standards set by consortia agreements
Actively participate in professional networks and associations for resource sharing and document delivery. Represent Texas Tech Libraries at professional conferences to stay informed about changes and trends in the field.
Service duties include program-building, as well as commitment to extra-curricular activities. Service to the department, college, and university is expected. The libraries are a member of GWLA, TexShare, RAPID, and other resource-sharing organizations of which the Resource Sharing Librarian is the Libraries’ representative. A demonstrated and ongoing commitment to serving diverse student populations and first-generation students is highly desirable.
Qualifications: Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program, or other masters or doctoral degree plus current enrollment and within 1 year of graduation from an ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library science program or international equivalent.
3 – 5 years of experience in Interlibrary Loan / Document Delivery in an Academic Library, either as staff or a librarian
3 years supervisory experience in an academic library
Strong public service orientation
Excellent verbal and written communication
Ability to work independently and as a team member and leader
Knowledge of ILLiad and RAPID document delivery software
Knowledge of Consortia relationships
Proficiency in database and online catalog searching
Knowledge of scholarly publication trends, copyright compliance, and licensing implications
SALARY AND BENEFITS: The position is a visiting 2-year appointment with a nationally
competitive salary. Librarians and archivists have academic status and are an integral
part of the academic teaching and research mission of the University. Comprehensive
benefits include choice of retirement programs, including TIAA-CREF; state higher
education holidays; developmental leave opportunities; moving allowance; and no state
or local income tax.
GENERAL INFORMATION: Texas Tech University (www.ttu.edu) is a tier one research university with an enrollment of over 38,000. Texas Tech recently surpassed the Hispanic student population threshold necessary for designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Texas Tech is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, Greater Western Library Alliance, Texshare and is a founding member of Texas Digital Libraries. The University Library (http://library.ttu.edu/) has over 3.7 million volumes and is ranked 54th among ARL Libraries.
Lubbock has a metropolitan population of over 300,000 and is the regional center for education, agriculture, health care, banking, and business. It offers a wide range of academic programs in colleges and schools, including graduate, law, and medicine.
APPLICATION INFORMATION: To apply for this position, please visit the Texas Tech University Personnel site at: http://www.depts.ttu.edu/hr/workattexastech/. Select Faculty. Please fill out the electronic application and attach a cover letter indicating qualifications and interest in the position, current vita, and names and contact information of three professional references. Candidates who have very strong records of scholarship supported by extramural funding and who have the proven capacity or clear potential to bring externally sponsored research to Texas Tech University are encouraged to apply. Submission of applications is preferred by September 9, 2022.
As an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, Texas Tech University is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We actively encourage applications from all those who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community at Texas Tech University. The university welcomes applications from minoritized citizens, women, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.
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