Associate Librarian-- Access Services — Texas Tech University

Post date: June 03, 2021

TITLE: Associate Librarian - Access Services Librarian (Open Rank)


POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Access Services Librarian provides creative leadership and direction in the planning, development, and management of circulation services, stacks maintenance, remote storage, service desks, and library security. The Access Services Librarian assumes a prominent role in strategic planning, budgeting, and communication for public library services, collection access, and facilities.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Supervise staff and student employees, ensuring that the University Library is adequately staffed

  • Train staff to effectively use an array of technologies and services that are essential to efficiently complete the work of the department

  • Manage and set priorities and goals for frontline services staff,

  • Communicate and work effectively with librarians, staff, technical services, and collections units to improve service coordination

  • Oversee department scheduling for service desks collection maintenance projects and activities; coordinate efficient service delivery

  • Work collaboratively with library staff, vendors, and campus e-learning and disability resources staff to ensure accessible, convenient, and seamless access to services

  • Maintain procedural documentation to ensure work is completed efficiently and accurately

  • Develop web content to explain and promote department services

  • Represent department on appropriate committees, task forces, and working groups to ensure user-focused services

  • Resolve problems and answer questions from library users and other libraries

  • Continuously assess the performance of the unit for process improvements and write reports to support a variety of services

  • Evaluate and integrate new technology

  • Take a leadership role in related professional organizations

  • Work to create an environment of inclusivity and service for a diverse campus population

  • Work in conjunction with the Assistant Dean for User Centered Services to provide organizational analytics that describe the impact of the department’s services to the library, campus and beyond.


The Access Services Librarian is a member of the Texas Tech University Libraries faculty whose responsibilities include actively pursuing academic publishing, professional development, instruction, and service to the Libraries, University, and community.

QUALIFICATIONS: Required: Master's degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited library program. Preferred: Record of progressively responsible experience in academic libraries; Evidence of outstanding leadership ability; Understanding of public services functions, best practices and current trends; Strong service orientation; Demonstrated ability to provide leadership and work effectively with a diverse population of faculty, staff, student and community members; 1 to 5 years of successful supervisory experience; Effective verbal and written communication skills; Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work in a team environment; Demonstrated potential to meet criteria for promotion and tenure; Experience working in Access or Public Services in an Academic Library; Knowledge of current trends in Access Services; Experience in Project Planning; Demonstrated ability to initiate, advocate plan and implement user centered services; Demonstrated experience with computer applications including electronic information resources; Active involvement in professional activities and commitment to continued professional development; Experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation students is highly desirable.

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, diversity statement, 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 July 15, 2021.

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.