Business and Economics Librarian, Weber State University

By IS Lab February 26, 2021

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Website Weber State Univeristy

The Business and Economics Librarian serves as the liaison to the Goddard School of Business & Economics. They work closely with students and faculty in the school to promote student learning and faculty research. All subject liaisons also contribute to teaching Weber State University’s General Education Information Literacy requirement through several credit-course options. The Business and Economics Librarian is a member of the Teaching and Information Services Department and reports to the chair of the department. The core responsibilities of this position include five main areas of focus: information literacy instruction, collection management, reference and research assistance, scholarship, and service.

This is a tenure-track faculty position (11-month contract), with expectations for scholarship and service in addition to teaching and liaison responsibilities. We are seeking candidates who have a commitment to supporting students at an open enrollment institution. Stewart Library supports Weber State’s three core themes of Learning, Access, and Community in our Strategic Framework. This is a growth position which will benefit from a range of experience both inside and outside of libraries and other educational contexts. We are looking for a constellation of education, experience, and skills that will help us learn and grow as an organization. Equity, diversity, and inclusion are central to our strategic framework, and we are actively participating in the university’s equity initiatives. The library’s leadership holds itself accountable for doing the work that is necessary to address inequities in the library profession, higher education, and in our communities.

We provide support for professional and personal growth, including:

  • Financial support and release time for travel and other professional development opportunities.
  • Leadership opportunities across a range of library and university initiatives, as well as personal autonomy and support to shape your own career path.
  • A commitment to shared governance, transparency, and cultural humility by the library administration.
  • Support for engaging in service and advocacy work on behalf of underrepresented and underserved students and community groups.
  • Flexibility to address care responsibilities and other commitments outside of work.
  • Mentoring and connection to support systems, including the WSU Diversity and Inclusive Programs.

Job Duties

Information Literacy Instruction includes the following activities:

  • collaborating with library faculty and library staff to create and maintain a student-centered information literacy curriculum.
  • developing and teaching course-integrated library instruction sessions for classes within the Goddard School of Business & Economics.
  • teaching two for-credit information literacy courses per semester.

Collection Management includes:

  • developing and maintaining a collection of print and electronic resources that support the teaching and research needs of the Goddard School of Business & Economics as well as the Weber State University Community.
  • evaluating and selecting materials as well as weeding materials.
  • promoting the use of this collection through communication with liaison departments and through subject-specific instruction.

Reference Services include:

  • providing reference and research consultations to the Goddard School of Business & Economics as well as Weber State and the Ogden community.

Scholarship includes:

  • publishing peer-reviewed papers in appropriate journals.
  • publishing non-refereed articles in relevant library literature.
  • developing workshops, giving presentations and presenting papers at appropriate library conferences given by professional organizations.
  • developing workshops, giving presentations and presenting papers at Weber State University.

Service includes:

  • leadership on library committees, university committees, or committees in professional organizations.
  • membership on library committees, university committees, or committees in professional organizations.

Job Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Library & Information Sciences from an American Library Association accredited program or equivalent. Recent graduates or soon to be graduates are encouraged to apply.
  • Exceptional candidates for this position may also possess a combination of the following qualifications. Candidates are not expected to possess all of the following qualifications. Relevant work experience (internships, practica, and/or non-library employment count towards related work experience).
  • Demonstrated commitment to equity-minded and inclusive educational practices.
  • Experience providing information literacy instruction either formally or informally or through training or coursework.
  • Experience in anti-racist and anti-oppressive pedagogy or library practice.
  • Experience using key business and economics resources, both print and electronic, including but not limited to Business Source Premier, ABI/INFORM/Global, and EconLit.
  • Experience providing reference service or one-on-one assistance to students or other patrons.
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree, or coursework or work experience, in a discipline taught in the Goddard School of Business & Economics.
  • Knowledge of the ACRL Information Literacy Framework.
  • Demonstrated awareness of research and scholarly communication issues in Business and Economic disciplines.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated organizational and problem-solving skills.
  • Commitment to scholarship, service, and ongoing professional growth and development.
  • Demonstrated ability to initiate, plan and carry out projects, both independently and as a member of a team.
  • Knowledge of current technologies such as LibGuides, MS Office, Adobe Creative Suite, reference chat, social media, etc.
  • Knowledge of Open Educational Resources (OERs) and their benefits, challenges, and applications in academic environments.

A full-time, tenure track, faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level, with a starting salary of $53,000. Excellent benefits, including a substantial employer contribution to TIAA.WSU offers a generous benefits package that includes medical, dental, long-term disability, life insurance, retirement, a wellness program with release time and paid incentives, tuition benefits, free tickets to athletic and performing arts events, and paid holidays.

To Apply

To be considered for this position, please complete the online application and attach a current cv/resume, a letter of application addressing the strengths you would bring to the position, and contact information for three professional references. Screening for the position begins March 26, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. A criminal background check is required as a condition of employment. Individual selected must provide proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

Weber State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. The University strongly encourages minorities, women, veterans, and those with disabilities to apply. We actively encourage applicants who can contribute to the diversity and inclusivity mission of the university through teaching, service, and/or research.

For additional information, contact Nicole Beatty, Arts and Humanities Librarian and Teaching and Information Services Interim Chair at nicolebeatty@weber.edu.