Instruction & Research Librarian, Humanities

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  • Job Number:523555
  • Classification:Assistant Professor (F9)
  • Grade:UNAC Grade 30
  • Work type:Faculty Full-time, On Campus
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
  • School/Business unit:UAA Consortium Library
  • Location:Anchorage
  • Categories: Education/Instructional, Library/Physical/Social Sciences

Position Summary:

The Consortium Library at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Instruction and Research Services Librarian. This faculty librarian will be the liaison to multiple humanities programs within the UAA College of Arts and Sciences and at Alaska Pacific University (APU), such as art, creative writing, English, philosophy, and religion. Additionally, the person in this position will serve as the liaison for humanities-related Alaska Native programs and courses, joining with other library faculty in collaborations in this area. The successful candidate will be collaborative, technologically adept, and have a strong commitment to innovative information literacy instruction, user education services, and assessment. Librarians, both new to the profession and experienced, are encouraged to apply.


100This liaison librarian will actively promote, develop, and deliver information literacy instruction in the classroom, online, and through faculty partnerships. Librarians in the Instruction and Research Services Department teach research classes and workshops for their respective liaison areas, and share instruction responsibilities according to the Library's needs, such as for first year experience and student success programs and courses. ***** This librarian will participate in a teaching rotation for LS 101, an online one-credit introduction to library research. ***** Librarians staff the in-person and virtual research help desk, providing support for students, staff, faculty, and members of the public. In-depth research consultations are provided for liaison areas, and as part of a shared department appointment booking calendar. ***** Teaching and research help desk shifts for this job include a variety of days, nights, and weekends. This is based on requests for instruction and when courses are offered, as well as rotating coverage for the research help desk. Liaison areas may change with department and library needs. ***** Liaison collection development activities include collaborating with the Collection Development Department and other subject liaisons to build digital and print collections in support of teaching, learning, and research. Liaison responsibilities include working with subject discipline faculty and selecting materials, with special emphasis on identifying electronic resources for assigned liaison areas as well as reviewing and weeding collections. ***** Library faculty participate in professional organizations, faculty meetings and governance, and continuing learning/professional development opportunities. The successful candidate will have excellent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills, a strong commitment to quality customer service, experience working collaboratively, and be able to meet the Library Faculty Evaluation Guidelines for tenure and promotion.Essential

Additional Information:

The Instruction and Research Services Department has seven full-time librarians including a department head, multiple part-time reference librarians, and several student workers. Liaisons provide instruction, research services, collection development, and outreach to programs in their areas. The library currently has a Tiered Reference Model in place for its research help desk. 

The successful candidate should be committed to furthering the goals of the Library’s information literacy program as a high impact educational practice critical to student success. This includes integrating information literacy strategically within programs, developing online learning objects, and integrating new technologies and e-pedagogy into the teaching and learning process. Outreach to campus clientele in the assigned liaison areas is a significant component of this position.

The Consortium Library promotes diversity, civility, equity, inclusion, and an appreciation for each unique member of our academic community. Librarians, both new to the profession and experienced, are encouraged to apply.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: Required Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
● Education, knowledge of, or experience working in a field relevant to the liaison areas of this position; or searching and using information resources in a field relevant to the liaison areas of this position
● Teaching, training, or presenting experience
● Knowledge of or experience teaching information literacy concepts
● Experience with web-based instructional technologies, such as screen-casting software, Zoom, and/or course management systems
● Experience with online resources, tools, and services, such as discovery services, LibGuides, social media, e-portfolios
● Participation in collaborative work
● Knowledge of or experience meeting the needs of diverse populations

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
● Understanding of ways to market and promote instruction, collections, and services to various groups
● Experience providing research or information services
● Collection development experience or coursework
● Work experience in a library or research institute
● Knowledge of instructional design, curriculum development, or online teaching
● Knowledge of digital humanities
● Knowledge of or experience with information sources or library services for multicultural and indigenous populations

We are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and dynamic workplace, so if you are excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align with every preferred qualification, we encourage you to apply anyway.
Typical Experience:
● Education, knowledge of, or experience working in a field relevant to the liaison areas of this position; or searching and using information resources in a field relevant to the liaison areas of this position
● Teaching, training, or presenting experience
Required Education or Training:

Master’s Degree from an ALA-accredited Library and Information Studies program or equivalent by June 2023.

Salary Information:

This is a full-time, tenure track faculty position with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package, including relocation expenses. Salary is commensurate with education and experience. The base contract is 9 months with a 3-month contract extension. The preferred start date is early summer 2023.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach a cover letter, resume or curriculum vitae (CV), and the names and contact information (email address and phone number) for three (3) professional references with your application.

Also, include a copy of your graduate transcript. Unofficial copies are acceptable at the time of application; official transcripts will be required from the successful candidate

The initial review of applications will begin on January 30, 2023. To ensure consideration, please apply by 11:55PM, Alaska Standard Time, on January 29, 2023. Applications will be accepted until the recruitment is filled.

Candidates invited to campus will be asked to provide a teaching demonstration, and a written statement regarding information literacy teaching. The statement will be requested at the appropriate time by the chair of the search committee. 

Contact Page Brannon, Head of Instruction and Research Services, at with any questions about this posting.

The Consortium Library serves both UAA, the state’s largest post-secondary institution, and Alaska Pacific University (APU), a private college. The Library is fully engaged in statewide programs. The Library is the center of the Alaska Library Catalog, a consortium of 87 public, academic, special, and K-12 libraries that serve 92% of the population of Alaska with 3.2 million titles. The Library is a founding member of the Alaska Resources Library and Information Services (ARLIS) and Alaska’s Digital Archives, and it promotes and provides access to the research of faculty and students through the University of Alaska institutional repository, ScholarWorks@UA.

UAA is a comprehensive metropolitan university consisting of the main campus in Anchorage, four community campuses, and additional sites in rural communities and on military installations. UAA offers certificate, associate, baccalaureate, graduate, and doctoral programs. APU is a four-year university with two-year, four-year, and master’s and doctoral level programs that offer student-centered, experiential learning in the arts and sciences. APU is moving toward becoming an Alaska-Native serving and Tribal university.

The municipality of Anchorage is the chief business center for the state of Alaska. The spectacular scenery, the vast array of wildlife, and the many outdoor recreational activities around Anchorage are matched with a full range of theater, museum, symphony, fine arts, and cultural events, along with a bounty of movie theaters, shopping, live music, sporting events, and hundreds of restaurants. UAA’s campus is connected to 250 miles of trails where one can enjoy wooded seclusion, mountain vistas, and ocean views. The city’s 300,000 human residents share their space with an estimated 1,500 moose, not to mention bald eagles, bears, beavers, Dall sheep, and the occasional lynx. King and silver salmon fill Ship Creek in the summer, drawing anglers to one of the world’s only urban salmon fisheries. The city is diverse, with students in the Anchorage School District speaking more than 90 languages. Anchorage has something for everyone, combining city life with easy access to the wilderness for activities like hiking, biking, and skiing.

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

This position is represented by United Academics-AAUP/AFT (UNAC).

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

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