Assessment Librarian— Texas Tech University

Post date: Oct 07, 2021

Description: Assistant/Associate – Assessment Librarian (Open Rank)


The Assessment Librarian will lead the library assessment program, participating in activities that measure and communicate the University Libraries' effectiveness and value in meeting library and institutional goals. They will work with the departments within the libraries to assess and report on their activities, through which continuous improvement can be made. Additionally, the Assessment Librarian will partner with other units, such as the Office of Planning and Assessment, to coordinate, and assess library effectiveness. As a tenure-track faculty position, the Assessment Librarian will be expected to conduct research and scholarship, participate in university and professional service, and pursue professional development consistent with University Libraries’ standards for promotion and tenure. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Resources Management, Collections and Library Systems, the Assessment Librarian will guide the growth of the libraries’ assessment program, participating in activities that measure and communicate the University Libraries' effectiveness and value. This position requires strong leadership and analytical skills to assess, promote, and increase awareness of the University Libraries’ value within academic departments, student learning outcomes, and other strategic goals of Texas Tech University.

Qualifications:

Required:

Master’s degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent.

Preferred:

  • Prior experience with library assessment.

  • Current knowledge of assessment issues, trends, and methodologies for academic libraries and archives.

  • Knowledge of data analysis methodologies and the application of data to library assessment initiatives.

  • Ability to successfully initiate, track, and manage projects.

  • Experience designing surveys and analyzing data

  • Experience working with library-specific assessment tools and data visualization software.

  • Familiarity with current national initiatives, methods, and standards such as IPEDS, ARL/ACRL statistics surveys, ACRL Standards for Libraries in Higher Education, etc.

  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with the ability to establish positive and productive partnerships working with diverse audiences and colleagues throughout the libraries and beyond.

  • Demonstrated excellent organizational, analytical, and time management skills

  • Demonstrated ability to meet the University’s criteria for promotion and tenure for library faculty.

  • Proven ability to work independently and in a team setting to assess and set priorities and adapt to a demanding and changing environment

Responsibilities:

  • The Assessment Librarian will foster a culture of assessment within the library and will lead the design and implementation of a successful, sustainable, comprehensive assessment program.

  • Partner with library departments to create robust and sustainable assessment plans

  • Leads library-wide assessment initiatives including data gathering, analysis and reporting.

  • Assessment Librarian will be expected to utilize their knowledge of appropriate quantitative and qualitative methods to design and administer user surveys for original data collection and analysis, as well as effectively gather, organize, and analyze data from the University Libraries LMS and other common sources of university and library assessment data.

  • Coordinates library assessment projects and supports colleagues engaged in assessment work, ensuring shared actions and broad understanding toward assessment and assessment measures.

  • Is a permanent member of the Library’s Assessment Team.

  • Contributes to integrating assessment with data-driven planning and decision-making related to collections, services, instruction, technology, physical spaces, outreach, archives, and overall library initiatives.

  • Supports library and university diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

  • Organizing/analyzing assessment data for the University Libraries annual Strategic Plan report.

  • Commitment to conduct research and scholarship consistent with a tenure track faculty appointment; commitment to engage in continuing professional development.

SALARY AND BENEFITS: The position is a 12-month 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. https://bit.ly/2Y4ZyZA

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 candidates, women, protected veterans, persons with disabilities, and dual-career couples.