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Assistant Professor/First Year Experience Librarian

The University of Southern Mississippi is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Professor/First Year Experience Librarian.  

Position Details
Location                          Hattiesburg
Division                           University Libraries
Position Type                  Faculty
Employment Status         Full Time
Grant Funded                  No
Salary Range 45,000.00 - 45,000.00
Posting Close Date

Special Instructions to Applicants
Working evenings, weekends, and holidays in rotation with other Research Services personnel may be required.
Job Summary

The University of Southern Mississippi invites applicants for a full-time, twelve-month, tenure-track faculty position as Assistant Professor/First Year Experience Librarian in the University Libraries to begin in fall 2018.

The First Year Experience Librarian is a member of a team responsible for providing general and specialized research, instruction, outreach, and collection development services and reports to the Head of Public Services. The position serves as primary contact between the Libraries and the Office of New Student and Retention Programs and the First Year Writing Program in the Department of English with regard to supporting the research resource and instructional needs of first-year students, along with some additional responsibilities. The FYE Librarian engages in outreach initiatives that build awareness of library resources and services and actively cultivates relationships with faculty, staff, and students in assigned areas.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities  
Provides research assistance through individual research consultations, as well as providing reference and directional assistance to library users, in-person, by telephone, and via electronic communication methods.  Creates and maintains online guides (e.g., using LibGuides) and other research tools in assigned areas. Working evenings, weekends, and holidays in rotation with other Research Services personnel may be required.

Provides instruction in the use of research resources through course-integrated instruction  and workshops  presented in-person and online. Creates and maintains online tutorials and other instructional tools in assigned areas.

Coordinates collection development for assigned academic areas.

May participate in library programs that support open access, such as the Open Textbook Initiative.

To fulfill the expectations for tenure and promotion, engages in scholarship and professional development and also provides service to the Libraries, the University, the profession, and the community. Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications 

Master’s degree in library and/or information science from a program accredited by the American Library Association or equivalent education or experience.

Demonstrated experience using online databases and other types of research resources.

Demonstrated ability to teach the concepts and skills of information literacy in both formal and informal settings.

Preferred Qualifications  

Additional advanced degree in a relevant academic discipline.

Demonstrated experience providing reference/research assistance in an academic library.

Demonstrated experience providing instruction in an academic library.

Demonstrated experience with instructional design and instruction assessment.

Demonstrated experience or interest in developing outreach programs that engage students and faculty with library research resources.

Knowledge of undergraduate living/learning environments and day-to-day experiences of first-year students.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
Founded in 1910, The University of Southern Mississippi is a comprehensive doctoral and research-driven university with a proud historyand an eye on the future. A dual-campus university, Southern Miss serves students on campuses in Hattiesburg and Long Beach, in addition to five teaching and research sites in Mississippi and through Online at Southern Miss.  Since 2006, our students have collected three Truman Scholarships and 17 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. USM students also lead Mississippi with 21 Goldwater Scholarships, an honor that recognizes the next generation of great research scientists. Our Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research affords our students meaningful research opportunities, and as a proven leader in innovation, we conduct transformative research that translates into real-world solutions. As one of only 36 institutions in the nation accredited in theatre, art and design, dance and music, we are a haven for creativity and artistic expression. In the classroom or lab, on the playing field, or in the performance hall, we strive to have a positive impact not only on our students, but also the world around us. Further information is found at

As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer/Americans with Disabilities Act institution, The University of Southern Mississippi encourages minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities to apply. 


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