Assistant Librarian for the College of Education -- Texas Tech University

Post date: Feb 25, 2019

Position Title: Assistant Librarian – Education (Open Rank)

Department: Research, Instruction & Outreach

Position Description:

Texas Tech University Libraries seek an innovative, forward-thinking, creative individual to serve as Assistant Librarian for the College of Education. This tenure-track position reports to the Head of Research, Instruction & Outreach and will act as the department’s primary liaison to the College of Education and the various centers within, such as the Burkhart Center for Autism Education & Research. The Assistant Librarian for the College of Education will play a centralized role in creating and customizing library services to support Texas Tech Universities students, faculty and staff.

Librarians at Texas Tech University are members of the faculty and are expected to participate in service/engagement, teaching/teaching support and research/creative activities to meet the Libraries and University requirements for tenure and promotion.

Responsibilities:

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Participate in the Library’s instruction and outreach program with emphasis on promoting information literacy in the College of Education.
  • Provide reference services in creative and innovative ways including personal contact with departments and utilizing various technology tools as needed.
  • Develop and maintain education research materials in both print and digital forms as well as making specific recommendations to purchase research materials germane to education.
  • Contribute to Ask A Librarian and other virtual reference services as needed.
  • Maintain and enhance web-based research guides such as the creation of LibGuides.
  • Engage and interact with all Library user communities through formal and informal channels to determine user needs.
  • Explores, evaluates and encourages integration of emergent technology into library services.
  • Engage in scholarly pursuit and other professional activities in accordance with Texas Tech Universities Libraries’ standards for promotion and tenure.

In addition, the position requires service on various teams and committees as assigned as well as other duties in support of RIO and the Libraries.

Qualifications: Required: Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program or international equivalent. Preferred: Three years library experience. Understanding of the research process and knowledge of the ways new technologies are affecting the production of scholarship. Evidence of a strong customer service orientation coupled with an ability to interact positively and productively in a collegial academic environment. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation students is highly desirable. Additional degree in Education or related field. Experience in the Education field. Library course work in education resources, with a knowledge of the information needs and an understanding of the ways new technologies are affecting the production of scholarship in education, as distinct from other fields.

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; 12-17 state 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 37,000. Texas Tech recently surpassed the Hispanic student population threshold necessary for designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HIS). 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 2.4 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. Named the Friendliest City in America, Lubbock is one of the fastest growing cities in the United States.

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.

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