Assistant Librarian – STEM (Open Rank Faculty), Texas Tech University Libraries

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Assistant Librarian – STEM (Open Rank) – 16727BR

To serve the information needs of library clientele in assigned subject area(s) to include liaison, collection development, user instruction and reference activities; must also cooperate and function as part of a team to provide services to all library users. This is an entry-level rank assigned to those beginning their professional careers or those, who upon their appointment, do not meet the criteria of Associate Librarian. Work is performed under general supervision with latitude for individual initiative and judgment. Evaluation of employee performance is based upon accomplishment of defined objectives.

Required Qualifications

Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program.

Preferred Qualifications

Three years library experience. Undergraduate or advanced degree in a STEM field. Experience or course work in the use of reference and research tools with special emphasis in STEM fields. 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. A general knowledge of the information needs of STEM faculty, students and staff, as well as an understanding of current trends and issues in this area, including digitization, institutional repositories and open access textbooks. Experience working with diverse student populations and first-generation students is highly desirable. Evidence of ability to meet Texas Tech Libraries’ requirements for promotion and tenure.

Major/Essential Functions

Actively participate in the library’s instruction and outreach program with a heavy emphasis on promoting information literacy to STEM related disciplines. Provide reference services in creative and innovative ways including personal contact with departments and utilizing various technology tools. Develop and maintain STEM reference materials in both print and digital forms as well as making specific recommendations to purchase research materials germane to the STEM fields. Contribute to Ask A Librarian chat service and other virtual reference services as needed. Maintain as well as enhance web-based research guides pertinent to assigned STEM areas. Contribute substantially to the planning, development and assessment of departmental policies. Participate on library committees and cross functional teams as assigned. The incumbent is also expected to engage in scholarly pursuit and other professional activities in accordance with Texas Tech Library’s standards for promotion and tenure. Faculty are expected to participate in library, college, and university governance. The STEM librarian is also expected to remain abreast of current developments in library and information sciences and devote time to research, scholarly activity, and service to the University, the public, and the profession.


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