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English and Communication Librarian, University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville AR

The University of Arkansas Libraries seek energetic, innovative, and public service-oriented candidates for the position of English and Communication Librarian.  Integral to this work are effective teaching, research assistance, creating instructional materials, utilizing technologies, and participating in outreach.  The successful applicant will possess strong analytical, organizational, and communication skills and the ability to work independently and collegially.  Reporting to the Director for Academic and Research Services, the librarian serves as the principal liaison and selector to the English Department and the Department of Communication working in the departments to ensure that the faculty and students have appropriate support. 


General Duties:  Coordinates with instructional designers to ensure library instruction is infused into department curriculum.  Participates in the Humanities Selectors Group and collaborates with colleagues throughout the Libraries.  Supports interdisciplinary needs and shares knowledge in support of liaison activities.  Works as a member of the Information Commons Team to provide high quality reference services to students, faculty, and other users of the University Libraries.  Participates in on-call, virtual, evening, weekend, and holiday reference services on a rotating basis.  Contributes to cooperative collection development initiatives; maintains awareness of collection development and scholarly publishing trends in research, libraries, and the commercial sector; and assists in monitoring vendors and materials budgets in assigned areas of responsibility.


Responsibilities of this position include research and creative work and service in keeping with the faculty requirements of the University of Arkansas.  The successful candidate must have demonstrated potential in performance, scholarly activity, and professional service to meet criteria for appointment at the level of Assistant Librarian / Assistant Professor.


Qualifications.  Required:  A master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or foreign equivalent; a bachelor’s degree in an English or Communication discipline or significant experience with providing English or communication reference services; and a minimum of two years of experience in an academic or research library.  Demonstrated understanding of, and receptiveness to, the uses of emerging technologies, course management systems, and virtual reference to meet changing user needs.  Knowledge of trends in higher education and academic research libraries.  Demonstrated commitment to effective public service. 


Preferred:  Second graduate degree in English or Communication. Two years of experience as an English or Communication librarian.  Knowledge of trends and issues in scholarly communications and experience in collection development and with delivering research and instructional services.


Rank and Salary:  Tenure-track, twelve-month faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Librarian / Assistant Professor.  Minimum salary: $45,000.


Benefits:  Relocation allowance available.  Benefits include TIAA/CREF, Fidelity Mutual Fund, or the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System, 22 days of annual leave, tuition reduction, and health insurance. 


Background:  The University of Arkansas places students first by enhancing academic programs, creating an engaging campus life, reducing obstacles, enhancing diversity, improving graduation rates, and marshaling the expertise of the faculty, staff, and students.  The University is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with very high levels of research activity (RU/VH).  The University provides a superior campus landscape and environment while designing and building world class facilities.  The funding for research awards and research expenditures continues to grow and so do the academic programs offered.  The University Libraries share in the stewardship of the University’s goals and takes responsibility for the health of the research and teaching collections as well as programs that further support the academic mission.  For more information, visit the Libraries’ home page (  The University of Arkansas campus ( in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with a student enrollment of more than 24,500, is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas System.  With a population of approximately 460,000, the northwest Arkansas region is home to two Fortune 100 company headquarters.  This thriving region offers numerous cultural venues, such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Walton Arts Center, and the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History.  (


Application deadline and contact information:  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Completed applications received by July 15, 2013, will receive full consideration.  Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.  Send letter of application, résumé, and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three current references to [email protected] to the attention of Jeff Banks, Assistant Director for Library Human Resources and Diversity Programs, University of Arkansas Libraries, 365 N. McIlroy Avenue, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002.