Business Librarian

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The University of Arkansas Libraries invites nominations for and applications from energetic, flexible, and innovative candidates for the position of Business Librarian.  The Libraries seek candidates who are receptive to and foster new ideas and who have demonstrated collaboration and open communication skills.  Additional key attributes are the abilities to foster successful partnerships with other university departments, to provide excellent services, and to adapt programs and services that support change within the institution nimbly.  

The Business Librarian works closely with the Sam M. Walton College of Business and has responsibilities that include collection development of business resources, reference, academic outreach, and instruction.  The librarian is responsible for selecting business resources in all formats for addition to the collection; for keeping abreast of new technologies and making them available in the classroom; for creating programs and materials to facilitate the use of collections; for working with faculty on research and grant opportunities and to ensure that distance education students are appropriately supported; for actively participating in the campus community, professional organizations, and serving on committees and programs.  The ideal candidate will possess excellent interpersonal skills; demonstrated ability to work independently and collegially as a member of a team; strong analytical and organizational skills; excellent written and oral communication skills; motivation to participate in and promote data management initiatives.  This position reports to the Head, Instruction and Outreach.  

Responsibilities of this position include research and creative work and service in keeping with the faculty requirements of the University of Arkansas.  The successful candidate must have demonstrated potential in performance, scholarly activity, and professional service to meet criteria for appointment at the level of Assistant Librarian / Assistant Professor and should possess an exemplary service orientation, the ability to work effectively in a diverse and changing environment, and a willingness to engage in faculty liaison activities.

Qualifications.  Required:  A master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program; a bachelor’s degree in a business-related discipline or an ALA certificate in business reference or significant experience with providing business reference services; demonstrated ability to use technology effectively; knowledge of trends in higher education and academic research libraries; demonstrated understanding of instruction and research trends in the business fields; and demonstrated commitment to effective public service.  Preferred:  Two years of experience as a business librarian, experience in collection development and/or instruction, and experience working with statistical analysis tools and with large data sets.  

Salary:  Entry level, tenure-track, twelve-month faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Librarian / Assistant Professor.  Salary: $47,000. 

Benefits:  Relocation allowance available.  Benefits include TIAA/CREF, Fidelity Mutual Fund, or the Arkansas Public Employees Retirement System, 22 days of annual leave, tuition reduction, and health insurance.

Background:  The University of Arkansas places students first by enhancing academic programs, creating an engaging campus life, reducing obstacles, enhancing diversity, improving graduation rates, and marshaling the expertise of the faculty, staff, and students.  The University is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a research university with very high levels of research activity (RU/VH).  The University provides a superior campus landscape and environment while designing and building world class facilities.  The funding for research awards and research expenditures continues to grow and so do the academic programs offered.  The University Libraries share in the stewardship of the University’s goals and takes responsibility for the health of the research and teaching collections as well as programs that further support the academic mission.  For more information, visit the Libraries’ home page (http://libinfo.uark.edu).  The Walton College is a nationally competitive business school that combines excellent student learning experiences with quality research serving Arkansas and the world.  Since its founding at the University of Arkansas in 1926, the Walton College has grown to become the state’s premier college of business – as well as a nationally competitive business school.  The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – AACSB International – accredited the college in 1931.  U.S. News and World Report recognizes the Walton College among the top 30 public undergraduate and graduate business schools in the nation.  The University of Arkansas campus (http://www.uark.edu/) in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with a student enrollment of more than 25,000, is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas System.  With a population of approximately 460,000, the northwest Arkansas region is home to two Fortune 100 company headquarters.  This thriving region offers numerous cultural venues, such as the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Walton Arts Center, and the Shiloh Museum of Ozark History.  

Application deadline and contact information.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.  Completed applications received by September 21, 2014, will receive full consideration.  Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.  Send letter of application, résumé, and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three current references to libhrofc@uark.edu to the attention of Jeff Banks, Assistant Director for Library Human Resources and Diversity Programs, University of Arkansas Libraries, 365 N. McIlroy Avenue, Fayetteville, Arkansas 72701-4002.  

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution.  The University welcomes applications without regard to age, race, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity.  Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment.  All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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