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Diversity Residency Librarians (2)-- Texas A&M University Libraries

posted Oct 13, 2017, 6:37 AM by Lars Hagelin
Texas A&M University Libraries seeks two creative, energetic, and dynamic early career librarians to participate in a 3-year non-renewable term, post-master’s residency offering professional experience and the opportunity to contribute in an academic research library. The Libraries is a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance. Our residency program supports the Libraries’ commitment to build a diverse profession. The residency is designed to meet both the professional goals and interests of the Residents as well as the service and operational priorities of the Libraries. In the first year, the Residents will work in multiple functional areas, to experience the different aspects of a large academic research library, including scholarly communications, instruction, and special collections. In the second year, the Residents will plan and execute a major project in their chosen area of focus. Residents will provide service and gain valuable experience in multiple facets of academic librarianship through this process. During the third year, the Residents will continue in their chosen area of focus while searching for a full-time tenure-track position in an academic research library. Mentoring will be provided. The Residents will serve on the faculty Search Advisory Committee. Residency Program Details can be viewed here: http://www.library.tamu.edu.

Required Qualifications:
  • Received a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from an American Library Association (ALA)-accredited institution (or international equivalent)
  • Up to 5 Years’ post MLS experience as a - librarian in either an academic, special, public or school library
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Personal and professional goals that align with the residency program and structure
  • Ability to provide examples of interpersonal skills and working as a member of a team
  • Ability to provide examples of being flexible, taking initiative, and thinking innovatively
  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative and culturally diverse environment
Salary/Benefits/Rank: Faculty rank will be Lecturer and salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience; minimum starting salary will be $48,000. Excellent benefits include health plan and paid life insurance; several retirement plans including TIAA and Fidelity; paid holidays and vacation; no state or local income tax. Funding is available for professional travel and development activities.

Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants should provide a Cover Letter (of no more than 2 pages) that speaks to the following:
  • Interest in professional education development and service in the library profession
  • What you expect to gain from participation in the residency
  • Short and long-term professional goals
  • Perspective on working with a diverse population and customer service in a library
  • Personal and professional experiences that contribute to your future success as a librarian (interpersonal skills, flexibility, teamwork, initiative, innovation)
Please submit cover letter, resume, and the names, e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three professional references. References will not be contacted without contacting the candidate first and verifying permission. Send nominations and applications via email to LibrarianJob@library.tamu.edu or mailed to Jan Pfannstiel, Assistant Dean for Diversity Initiatives, Texas A&M University Libraries, 5000 TAMU, College Station, TX 77843-5000.

Applications received by November 16, 2017 be given first consideration.

ENVIRONMENT:

The University:

Founded in 1876 as a land-grant institution, Texas A&M University is the sixth largest university in the nation. The signature Aggie Spirit captures and embodies the university’s traditions and core values: Excellence, Integrity, Leadership, Loyalty, Respect, and Selfless Service. The university has an enrollment of more than 55,000 students and 2,800 instructional faculty. Based on Vision 2020, the institution’s goal is to become a premier, tier-one research university and to be ranked among the top 10 public universities nationwide by 2020.

The Libraries:

In an effort to provide relevant customer service in an ever-changing environment, the Texas A&M University Libraries is developing a core culture representing flexibility, innovation and risk-taking. In addition, the Libraries recognize the value in creating a culture that draws from the richness and strength reflected in the diversity of our state and our nation and has created an actionable Diversity Plan.

The Libraries currently rank 8th in materials expenditures ($23.6 million) and 4th in ongoing expenditures ($16.6 million) among all ARL libraries. Additionally, the Libraries typically rank near the top 10 for starting librarian salaries among ARL U.S. Public Academic Libraries. Currently the staffing includes 268 individuals which includes 90 librarians holding faculty status.

The Community:

Texas A&M is located in Bryan-College Station, a friendly community where the ubiquitous “howdy” greets friends and newcomers alike. The community boasts excellent medical facilities, live entertainment and the arts, fine-to-casual dining, outdoor recreation, a local airport, and a low cost of living, as well as easy proximity to Austin and Houston. Additionally, Texas residents enjoy the benefit of having no state or local income tax.

Applications:

An Equal Opportunity Employer, TAMU Libraries is committed to employing quality faculty who will enhance the rich diversity of our academic community. In that regard, we are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of qualified people who are representative of the state’s diversity.

For more information about the library, see http://library.tamu.edu, about the university, http://www.tamu.edu, and about the communities, http://www.visitaggieland.com.
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