Assistant Professor/Digital Resources and Services Librarian, Southern Utah University

By IS Lab February 4, 2021

Job Description

The Gerald R. Sherratt Library at Southern Utah University invites applications for an Assistant Professor/Digital Resources and Services Librarian from individuals with vision, creativity, energy, and initiative. Founded in 1897, SUU is a comprehensive regional graduate and undergraduate degree‐ granting university offering personalized and participative programs. The accredited, state‐supported institution of nearly 12,000 students is located in Cedar City, Utah, home to the Utah Shakespeare Festival and surrounded by national parks, monuments, forests and wilderness areas. SUU is 40 minutes from snow skiing and year‐round golfing, 2 hours from Las Vegas, Nevada and 3 hours from Salt Lake City, Utah.

The Digital Resources and Services Librarian will be responsible for the development and maintenance of the Library’s electronic resources and digital platforms. The person in this position also provides leadership, vision, and expertise related to user experience and supports student and faculty success by maintaining and improving access to library resources. In addition, as a member of the library faculty, the Digital Resources and Services Librarian acts as a liaison to one or more academic departments, teaches library curriculum, and works several hours a week at the Library’s questions desk.

Job Duties

  1. Cooperatively manages electronic resources.
    • Works with the Resource Sharing Department, Library Network Administrator and the campus IT Department to support and maintain access to online databases.
    • Serves as the point of contact for electronic resource providers to resolve technical issues.
    • Works with the Assessment Librarian to monitor and evaluate usage statistics related to digital resources and services.
    • Works with the Scholarly Communications Librarian to keep user access in accordance with copyright best practices.
    • Functions as backup for the network system administrator.
  2. Monitors the Library’s digital platforms.
    • Develops the structure and content of the Library’s website according to University web-publishing guidelines.
    • Keeps the website content and links up-to-date and relevant.
    • Maintains Library Research Guides in collaboration with library liaisons.
    • Conducts user-experience testing of the Library’s electronic interfaces.

General Library Assignments:

  1. Acts as a liaison from the LIbrary to one or more academic departments.
    • Initiates and maintains professional acquaintances with the chair, and with departmental faculty individually.
    • Encourages faculty in course- and assignment-related involvement with research instruction, helping faculty structure sound student assignments to foster both subject learning and transferable research skills in relevant information resources.
    • Provides research skill-development instruction to courses within the assigned-liaison departments and other areas where needed.
    • Uses LibGuides, the Library website, and other tools to create discipline-specific digital and print informational tutorials, guides, handouts, and reference to the subject areas.
    • Conducts collection development for one or more subject area(s) relevant to the liaison assignment, including new acquisition, selection, and weeding in the area(s).
  2. Develops courses and teaches assigned sections of courses in the Department of Library Media.
  3. Works collegially with other faculty and staff in internal planning and decision-making processes for the Library, including leading and participating on one or more work groups.
  4. Assumes regular service assignments at the Questions Desk, which may include occasional nighttime and weekend assignments.
  5. Maintains current knowledge of trends and issues in librarianship and higher education including those related to specific area(s) of responsibility as liaison.
  6. Maintains scholarly activity and participation in institutional, professional, and community service as required for promotion, tenure, and retention under applicable departmental and University policies.
  7. Participates in faculty committees and governance as assigned.
  8. Other duties as required and assigned by Library Administration.

Job Requirements

  • Web design and knowledge of Web development, graphic design and video editing software tools.
  • User-interface design and assessment.
  • Digital library platforms including Integrated Library Systems, Springshare, and discovery layers.
  • Maintaining digital library resources including the catalog, journal databases, and streaming video services.
  • Ability to prioritize and complete multiple tasks asynchronously in an academic environment.
  • Flexibility and interpersonal abilities of a nature to work successfully with a wide variety of constituencies including students, university faculty, staff, and administration.
  • Evidence of ability to work independently and collegially.
  • Organizational, written, and oral-communication skills.
  • Commitment to effective service for both internal and external clients.
  • Programming experience with tools such as: ASP/.Net, JavaScript, MySQL, Perl, PHP, XML, HTML5,
  • LibGuides CMS.
  • Web development experience in a library, college or university setting.
  • Information technology-related certifications or second advanced degree in a computer technology-related field.
  • Experience with or commitment to teaching at the college level (online and/or face-to-face).
  • Experience in academic public-service librarianship

This position requires an MLS from an ALA‐Accredited school or foreign equivalent. Evidence of potential for earning tenure. Promotion to full professor requires an awarded second master’s or doctoral degree. This is a full‐time, 10.5‐month, tenure‐track position. Expected starting date: July 1, 2021. First review will begin March 1, 2021.

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