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Research & Learning Librarian (Assistant or Associate, Fine Arts/Architecture Emphasis)

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Position Details

Position Information

Title Research & Learning Librarian (Assistant or Associate, Fine Arts/Architecture Emphasis)
Department Libraries - Research & Learning (1707)
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The University of Arizona Libraries seek a dynamic and proactive librarian: a self-starter who thrives in a fast-paced, service-oriented environment and who welcomes each new challenge as a new opportunity. Librarians in the Department of Research & Learning are key partners in the University’s research enterprise and educational mission. They engage faculty and researchers across all disciplines and serve as a conduit for active and open communication between academic units and the Libraries as a whole. They develop campus partnerships that place librarians, and the expert services and resources they provide, into critical faculty workflows and at key points across the educational continuum.

As a whole, the Research & Learning (R&L) Department provides point-of-need assistance and consultation across all research services, as well as expert services and support in assigned areas. The department is also responsible for implementing the Libraries’ instructional program and, with other library units, for information resources management. While the area of emphasis for this position is expected to be in fine arts and architecture, qualified candidates with other backgrounds (e.g., humanities, social & behavioral sciences, etc.) are encouraged to apply.

This is a continuing-eligible or continuing track, academic professional position. Incumbents are members of the general faculty and are entitled to all accompanying rights and privileges granted by the Arizona Board of Regents and the University of Arizona. Retention and promotion are earned through achievement of a record of excellence in position effectiveness, scholarship, and service.

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Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities
  • Cultivate strong relationships and partnerships with faculty, staff, and administrators in the College of Fine Arts and the College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture.
  • Assess needs and provide assistance, consultation, or referral across all research services (e.g., copyright, repository services, data management planning, information literacy outcomes assessment, etc.).
  • Develop and deliver effective and efficient instructional services (providing students with active and assessable learning opportunities through faculty partnerships and the development of in-class or train-the-trainer sessions, online tutorials or guides, course assignments, or other appropriate learning activities)
  • Seek out and pursue opportunities where the library can facilitate greater research or instructional productivity or improve student learning, by inserting new or existing services into the teaching, learning, or research workflows
  • Gather data and analyze trends in teaching and research programs at departmental and college levels. Remain aware of scholarship in assigned disciplines in order to respond to unit needs
  • Acquire and manage information resources needed by clientele for ongoing curricular and research needs. Track new and emerging information resources within assigned disciplines
  • As a member of the library profession, the Library Faculty Assembly, and the General Faculty of the University of Arizona 1) contribute to the information/library profession by actively engaging in service and research/scholarship, and 2) participate in the governance of the Libraries and the University through service in the Library Faculty Assembly and/or on University committees as a member of the General Faculty of the University of Arizona
  • Other duties as assigned
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
  • Ability to identify opportunities and capitalize upon them
  • Ability to advocate, influence, and persuade others
  • Ability to conceive of, plan, document, and complete projects or complex assignments. Demonstrates initiative, optimism, flexibility, and follow through
  • Ability to embrace ambiguity in a changing environment and be committed to continual professional development, improvement, and learning
  • Excellent analytical, time management, organizational, and creative problem-solving skills
  • Facility with existing and emerging research tools, methodologies, and resources in assigned areas
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal
  • Positive attitude and strong demonstration of Our Values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity, Innovation, and Integrity
Minimum Qualifications
  • Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution or other relevant advanced degree
  • Evidence of the ability to achieve continuing status (equivalent to tenure), including contributing to the information/library profession and to fulfilling the responsibilities of a library faculty member through service and scholarship
Preferred Qualifications
  • Liaison-related experience in a higher education environment or liaison experience/skills, coupled with a strong understanding of higher education. Demonstrated initiative in working across organizational boundaries
  • Experience in supporting faculty throughout the research and/or creative activity lifecycles (e.g. in-depth reference consultations, support for digital arts or humanities, grant or publishing support, etc.)
  • Significant work experience and/or education in the arts, architecture, or a related field
  • Experience consulting and working with faculty/instructors, especially on course, tutorial, or assignment design, or in developing educational programs
  • Basic working knowledge of one or more foreign languages (especially, but not exclusively from the Greater Middle East or Europe)
FLSA Exempt
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Job Category Administrative and Professional
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay $55,000-$75,000 Annually
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number A21582
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

Krissandra McNeill

Open Date 03/28/2016
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 04/20/2017
Special Instructions to Applicant

In your letter of interest, please describe how your qualifications and experience are fitting for this position.

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Can you perform the essential functions (job duties) of this position with or without accommodation?
    • Yes
    • No
  2. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  3. * Upon hire, will you have a Master's degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited institution or any other relevant advanced degree?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. * What in your work brings you the most professional satisfaction and keeps you motivated?

    (Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
Optional Documents