Assistant Professor of Newton Gresham Library (Research and Instruction Librarian)

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Position Title:

Assistant Professor of Newton Gresham Library (Research and Instruction Librarian)




Assistant Professor (12-months)

FLSA status:


Hiring Salary:

Commensurate with education and experience.

Position Type:

Full-Time Tenure Track


Newton Gresham Library


Newton Gresham Library

Open Date:



Contact Name:

Lisa Shen


Director of Library Public Services
Newton Gresham Library
Sam Houston State University
PO Box 2179
Huntsville, TX 77341-2179

Contact Phone:


Contact Email:

[email protected]

Duties Performed in the Usual Course of the Job:

Basic Function and Responsibility:

The Research and Instruction Librarian is responsible for providing professional reference/information services to patrons, participating in the library’s instruction program, and building relationships with the university community to meet their teaching, learning, and research needs.

This particular position will serve as the primary subject liaison librarian for English and Communication Studies, and collaborate with other librarians in related subject areas to support the research and instructional needs of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Arts and Media.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:

. Works with students, faculty, staff, and other library users in locating and interpreting library resources in all subject areas. This includes the use of the OPAC, electronic resources, and traditional printed resources which will satisfy information needs.

. Serves as bibliographer for collection development in designated subject disciplines and to recommend materials for purchase, serve as liaison with the faculty in designated departments, facilitate library orders from the faculty, promote the use of the library services and facilities among the faculty. Recommends reference materials for purchase.

. Prepares guides, web-based tutorials, and content/subject modules that teach research skills, including facilitating access to collections.

. Provides formal and informal library instruction and/or research assistance to groups and individuals as needed or as assigned.

. Maintains a current working knowledge of reference tools in the social sciences, humanities, fine arts, education, sciences, health sciences, and business.

. Develops expertise in assigned subject areas and maintains current awareness of new reference initiatives.

. Reviews new library materials and informs appropriate faculty of those items that could be useful in their courses or research.

. Collaborates with the Instruction Librarian and the other Research and Instruction Librarians to design and develop outreach services to meet information needs of students and promotes awareness of library services and resources.

. Participates in assessment of library services.

. Keeps abreast of activities and changes in the profession by attending meetings; reading professional literature and developing research interests.

. Works with other public service personnel to provide coordinated information services.

. Interprets library policies and procedures for the public.

. Participates in professional activities, professional development, scholarly research, publication and service activities as outlined in Academic Policy Statement 900417, Faculty Reappointment, Tenure, and Promotion.

. Participates in the Reference rotation including some nights and weekends.

. Other duties as assigned.

Reports to the Head of Research & Instructional Services.

Educational Requirements for the Position:

Master’s degree in library/information science from a program accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).

Experience Required for the Position:

Preferred Qualifications:
Some undergraduate or graduate coursework, or academic library experience, in English or Communication Studies

Other Requirements for the Position:

This is a tenure track, 12-month position.

Special Instructions Summary:

Review of applications will begin March 17, 2021

Please note: References provided in the References section of the application will receive an automated email reference request at the time the application is submitted.

Open Until Filled:


EEO Statement:

Sam Houston State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Employees with a contract will have additional terms and conditions. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code 51.215.




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Job No:
Posted: 3/13/2021
Application Due: 4/21/2021
Work Type: Full Time