Research Services Librarian— Texas Tech University

Post date: Nov 23, 2021

Position Description:

This tenure-track position reports to the Head of Research, Instruction & Outreach (RIO) and will act as the department’s primary research and reference librarian. This position will be responsible for managing all reference duties such as chat services, scheduling of reference services which include chat and desk hours, and other duties as assigned. Research Services Librarian will keep abreast of new models of librarianship and develop formal and informal methods of engagement that highlight the library’s role in furthering faculty and student scholarly endeavors.

Responsibilities:

Specific responsibilities will include:

  • Represents and advocates for quality research/reference services and programs

  • Pursues innovative approaches in providing reference services

  • Promotes the development of innovative reference and instructional materials

  • Conducts assessment of reference services and uses results to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of services

  • Covers extended hours for research assistance evenings and weekends

  • Maintains as well as enhances web-based research guides pertinent to assigned areas

  • Engages and interacts with all Library user communities through formal and informal channels to determine user needs

  • Explores, evaluates, and encourages integration of emerging technology into library services

  • Assists in the development of research services, policies, and procedures

  • Selecting and evaluating resources for the library’s collection

  • Teaches students information literacy concepts and research skills

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. Engage in scholarly pursuit and other professional and service activities in accordance with Texas Tech University Libraries’ Standards for promotion and tenure.

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.

Qualifications:

Required:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program or international equivalent.

Preferred:

  • Experience working with and providing library-based assessment.

  • Experience or course work in the use of both electronic and traditional print reference tools.

  • 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 in a culturally diverse environment.

  • Experience working in an academic library.

  • Experience providing reference and instruction.

  • Experience delivering outreach.

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. Submission of applications is preferred by January 3, 2022.

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.