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Position Opening for Assistant/Associate Professor Library User Services



Assistant/Associate Professor Library User Services [Tenure‐track]
University of Tennessee at Martin, Paul Meek Library

The University of Tennessee at Martin seeks a collegial and service‐oriented professional to serve as Head of User Services at the Paul Meek Library. The Library provides curricular, information, and resource support to academic programs offering 17 baccalaureate degrees in more than 100 specialized fields. Master’s degrees are offered in business administration, educational leadership, counseling, teacher education, agriculture and natural resources, and family and consumer sciences. The Manager of User Servicer reports directly to the Director of the Library and serves in a senior leadership role on the Library team.

The University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) is a primary campus in the University of Tennessee system located in northwest Tennessee approximately 125 miles north of Memphis and 150 miles west of Nashville. UTM has a combined graduate and undergraduate enrollment of approximately 6,900 students. The University’s emphasis is rooted in excellence of undergraduate instruction.

• In collaboration with members of the User Services Team, provides leadership and management of functional areas/services including: customer service; educational support/media services; research assistance/coaching; information literacy; research instruction; outreach services; and federal/state information resources.
• Participates in strategic planning, including developing new initiatives, setting priorities, budgeting, and developing policy/procedures for the Paul Meek Library as leader of the User Services Team.
• Participates in and assists the Director of the Library with the coordination of the library liaison program designed to increase the visibility of library resources/services across the University; promote research and instructional services; enhance collection development efforts; and foster communication throughout the academic community.
• Participates in public service activities and is available on ad hoc basis for point of service desk duty as assigned by the Library Director.
• Participates in university and/or library committees and constituent bodies.
• Supervises, trains, mentors, and evaluates tenured, tenure‐track, and library support staff.
• Pursues professional development opportunities, including research, publication, and professional service activities in order to meet University of Tennessee at Martin criteria for tenure and promotion.

Required Qualifications:
• Master’s degree from an ALA accredited library and information studies program.
• Four‐five year’s professional academic library experience with evidence of increasing levels of responsibility and supervisory duties.
• Ability to provide excellent customer‐service and demonstrated ability to communicate effectively (both written and orally).

Preferred Qualifications:
• Experience in research education and information literacy.
• Experience with outreach/promotion activities.

Work will involve occasionally climbing ladders and lifting up to 25 pounds to shoulder level. The successful candidate must be willing to accept a faculty appointment at an assistant/associate level and meet University of Tennessee standards for promotion and tenure.

This is a twelve‐month appointment with faculty rank at the Assistant/Associate Professor level; benefits include a choice of health and retirement plans, tuition waiver for self, and partial tuition waivers for dependents.

To Apply:
Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the University of Tennessee at Martin and the Paul Meek Library:
• Paul Meek Library:
• University of Tennessee at Martin:
• Weakley County:
•Martin, TN:

View and apply for this open position here:

Direct enquiries or requests for additional information to the search committee chair, Adam Kemper, or 731‐881‐7096.

Applicants must supply:
• Cover letter describing interest and addressing qualifications
• Comprehensive curriculum vitae
• Full contact information for 3 pertinent references who may be asked to evaluate the applicant’s experience or potential for this position.

Additional submissions may be required of candidates who advance through the process. Completed applications on file by February 2, 2015, will be given priority consideration. The position remains open until filled.

Finalist candidates will be invited to make a presentation to the library faculty and staff during their interview. Finalists are required to submit unofficial graduate transcripts; the successful candidate will be required to supply official transcripts and is subject to a mandatory criminal background check.
Mailed applications are acceptable, but e‐mail attachments in PDF form are preferred.

The University of Tennessee is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/ Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution in the provision of its education and employment programs and services. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.