First Year Experience Librarian and Librarian Assistant Professor

Kennesaw, GA
Sep 14, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

First Year Experience Librarian and Librarian Assistant Professor

Horace W. Sturgis Library

Kennesaw State University is now accepting applications for a twelve-month, non-tenure track First Year Experience Librarian and Librarian Assistant Professor faculty position in the Horace W. Sturgis Library.

Position Responsibilities:

Due to Kennesaw State University's unprecedented growth and increased funding and support for its libraries, the KSU library System seeks a new entry-level faculty librarian who is dynamic, collegial, self-motivated, energetic, student-focused and flexible to serve as our new First-Year Experience Librarian. This position is available July 1, 2018 and MLIS students completing their library degree by January 1, 2018 are eligible and encouraged to apply. Under the supervision of the Director of Research and Instruction the incumbent serves as a member of the Research and Instruction Unit and helps guide the library to meet the challenges of today's complex higher education library. The incumbent is responsible for working collaboratively to achieve the KSU University and Library System missions, goals, and objectives. The Kennesaw Campus will serve as the home base for this position, but the incumbent will spend time working at all of the library system's facilities and campuses. The successful candidate will build student engagement and success among first year students at KSU and must have a keen interest in student-library engagement, faculty outreach, instruction, and reference services. Strong communication and interpersonal skills are necessary, as this librarian is expected to play an active role in facilitating library use by first year students and building library support among academic partners.

First Year Experience and Major Librarianship Responsibilities (80%):

  1. Teaches information literacy and research skills classes in face-to-face and online learning environments, including some evening and weekend hours. The average semester instruction load is 30 sessions.
  2. Works in conjunction with the Instruction Coordinator to manage the library's Library Online Orientation Program (LOOP), including but not limited to, revising curriculums, improving technology policies, updating training documents, working with faculty to improve program engagement, and assessing program effectiveness.
  3. Develops lesson plans and instructional materials for students and faculty as assigned.
  4. Develops initiatives to support first year student success and library engagement.
  5. Builds ties with academic partners regarding library services.
  6. Provides research assistance in person and online.
  7. Serves as an undergraduate liaison to assigned departments. Purchase and recommend library materials for assigned departments.
  8. Continuously updates skills and knowledge of best practices in undergraduate success, engagement, and instruction.
  9. Provide research assistance and reference services to undergraduate faculty and other members of the KSU community as assigned.
  10. Maintain data reports, and assist the Director of Collection Development and the Assessment Librarian with collection assessment projects as assigned.

Additional Responsibilities (20%):

  1. Serve on library, university, and professional committees.
  2. Is professionally active and contributes to developments in the field of library science through scholarship, presentations, publications, and service.
  3. Work a flexible schedule including some nights and weekends at various KSU locations
  4. Embraces the library's vision to be an organization that provides continuous learning for all staff and librarians.
  5. Embraces the Library's vision to provide excellence in services and supports the KSU commitment to student success through recruitment, retention, progression and graduation.
  6. Embraces the concept of developing leadership skills for all employees.
  7. Effectively and collegially, facilitate the work of others.
  8. Perform other duties as assigned.
  9. A strong desire to seek excellence in library services.

Required Education, qualifications, and experience:

(Minimum Qualifications):

  1. Master's degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited program or foreign equivalent. Applicants with the training, ability, and/or experience equivalent to the minimum degree may be considered.
  2. Knowledge of current professional library principles, methods, procedures, and best practices especially in relation to information literacy instruction, reference, and first year student success.
  3. Knowledge of research methodologies and quantitative and qualitative research methods.
  4. Excellent written, verbal, presentation and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to communicate appropriately within and outside of the library.
  5. Ability to meet library faculty standards for job performance, scholarship, service and professional development.
  6. Aptitude for detailed work in addition to strong organizational, planning, and time management skills.
  7. Ability to function effectively in a team environment.
  8. Working knowledge of Office Suite applications including spreadsheets.
  9. Creativity in problem solving and enthusiasm for self-directed projects.

Desired Qualifications:

  1. Experience in building student-library engagement and assessing that engagement.
  2. Awareness of emerging technologies and trends for academic libraries and student instruction and engagement.
  3. Experience in networking and building support of libraries among community stakeholders, applicable non-library experience is acceptable.
  4. Experience in communicating library value to community stakeholders.
  5. A second master's degree in a STEM related field.
  6. Experience providing instruction in libraries or other settings.
  7. Experience providing reference services.
  8. Experience with academic libraries and university environments.
  9. Experience working with multicultural student populations.
  10. Experience working with first-generation-college student populations.
  11. Creativity in problem-solving and enthusiasm for self-directed projects

For more than 50 years, Kennesaw State University has been known for its entrepreneurial spirit and sense of community. Offering campuses in Marietta and Kennesaw, the university is located just north of Atlanta and combines a suburban setting with access to one of the country's most dynamic cities. As Georgia's third-largest university, Kennesaw State offers more than 100 undergraduate and graduate degrees, including a growing doctoral program. Designated by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia as a comprehensive university, Kennesaw State is committed to becoming a world-class academic institution positioned to broaden its academic and research missions and expand its scope on a local, regional and national level.

For a full description of this position, application deadlines, and application procedures, visit

Kennesaw State University, a member of the University System of Georgia, is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, and/or veteran status.

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